The New York Times bestselling Driven series continues with a standalone story about finding love where you least expect it…
Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father’s shadow.
Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.
Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?
(ARC provided by author)
Zander Donavan is a race car driver living in Los Angeles. He’s the adopted son of racing legend Colton Donavan & is Indy’s newest Golden Boy. For the first seven years of Zander’s life, he lived with his birth parents & it was a hard life. When traumatic memories he repressed as a child resurface, Zander goes off the deep end. He’s reckless and leaves racing mid-season after some controversy & bad behavior.
Needing some clarity & to be somewhere quiet to deal with his issues Zander decides he needs to get away from the chaos that is his life. He needs to figure how to make things right with those he’s wronged & redeem himself. He’s tired of running from his past & feeling inside like he’s still that little boy needing closure. He decides to take the time to sort out his past before he returns to racing. He heads to his friend’s vacation house in Pine Ridge Island off Washington.
Getty Caster is a 25 yr. old woman who recently escaped a life full of abuse, where she was controlled and had to be perfect. Reputation was everything & she had expectations that were impossible to live up to. Tired of constantly being criticized & living in fear, Getty flees & leaves her old life behind. When a friend offers her home she’s renovating to Getty to stay in for a while, she’s excited & looking forward to the solitude. To being alone & healing her body, mind & heart. She needs time to think & figure out her future. She’s longing for a taste of normalcy & the space to repair her self-esteem.
She gets a job & is just setting in when she returns home one day to find a gorgeous stranger in the house. They soon figure out they were both told they could stay at the house & they immediately clash. Zander has planned to steer clear of women while sorting his life out, & Getty is looking for a fresh start on her own. She doesn’t trust anyone & especially men. She wants to be a confident woman who makes her own decisions, but Zander slowly wins her over with his tenderness & humor. They don’t want to like each other, but can’t seem to stay away from one another. There’s an electricity between them that can’t be denied, & they eventually can’t fight it anymore.
-“For some reason every time I look at you, I know I need to stay when all I want to do is run again.”
-“She’s beautifully scarred, gorgeously flawed, irresistibly captivating.”
-“Your kiss tastes like an aged whiskey: something I want to sip slowly, feel on my lips, savor on my tongue, and take my time with before I get drunk on it.”
As Zander & Getty share their past and secrets with one another their connection continues to grow. He shows her kindness and compassion & makes her feel safe. He gives her hope for new beginnings & awakens every part of her with a desire she didn’t know was possible to feel. Can they escape their troubled pasts that have held them hostage & together find a way to build a future together?
I really loved this book & Zander! He was totally swoon worthy & absolutely irresistible! Hot as hell and has a heart of gold! So happy we got Zander’s story! :))