JM Kelley’s Formula is a steamy, suspenseful, emotionally charged contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Driven World!
Racing is in my blood. Jace is in my soul.
Confident, fearless, female Indy race car driver, Charlotte Brooks, is determined to be the best.
She’s never had it easy in a sport full of testosterone, always battling obstacles.
When faced with threats and sabotage on her new team, sparks fly when she meets her new bodyguard. She never imagined she’d fall in love with the broody alpha, Jace Nova, but can’t seem to resist him.
When given the opportunity to run in the most prestigious race in the sport, the Indy 500, the stakes become even higher, and Charlie must battle her demons on and off the track. When her past collides into her future, Jace must protect what’s his and prove his love.
Can Charlotte race to the finish line when Jace is keeping secrets, or will they both crash and burn?
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Professor Romance Review:
Overall Grade: 3 1/2 – 4 ⭐️
Look, I am absolutely a proponent for any story where a woman must show her strengths in a world “driven” by men. Usually, those stories show the tenacity and perseverance of women. When I read the blurb for Formula, a book in K. Bromberg’s Driven world, I knew that I wanted to read this book. Charlotte, “Charlie,” the heroine of Formula, is everything you love in a romance heroine: she’s independent, gritty, focused on achieving her goals of winning in the world of racing where men dominate, and she’s sexy. She is also haunted by her past, and she’s being threatened by some unknown person. Enter Jace, a man brought in by the Donovan Racing Team to protect her. Jace is also haunted by his past, one spent in the military, and he has a secret that he’s withholding from Charlie. These two meet anonymously at a fundraiser one night, succumb to their attraction, and figure they won’t ever see each other again. Even though the night is memorable, their lives are complicated, and a future feels impossible. When Jace and Charlie meet shortly after that, life becomes even more complicated for them as they struggle against their chemistry and maintaining professionalism. As the story progresses, these two flounder on their journey toward finding a happy ending. Can Charlie succeed in the world of racing if she falls for Jace? Will Jace’s secrets derail their happily-ever-after? Even more, who is this mysterious person threatening Charlie, and will Jace be able to protect her?
Formula‘s strengths lie in the chemistry between Charlie and Jace and its commitment to writing a story about a woman hellbent on disrupting a male-dominated sport and forging a path forward for other women. JM Kelley does both of these things very well. This story builds to each physical moment between Charlie and Jace, and those moments are steamy. Additionally, Kelley characterizes Charlie with the moxie necessary for taking the race world by storm. If anything, there are times when I would have loved for Kelley to pour a bit more into that journey, but I think Formula is meant to show a woman juggling life inside that world and outside of it.
Where I think Kelley could have done more work is in the evolution of Jace and Charlie’s relationship. To be honest, it’s the most confusing part of the book because one minute they “can’t” be together and in the same moment, they “do.” This happens for much of the story, and it has this consequence of undermining the development of their emotional connection. For me, Jace and Charlie read more like a “hook up” than a serious relationship. With that comes a question about the believability of their final commitments to each other. Additionally, I would have liked for Kelley to develop more of Jace’s background. His secrets don’t have the emotional punch to make you sympathetic for his vacillation over his affection for Charlie. There is more to discuss about Jace, but I don’t want to divulge his secrets here, but know that I struggled with that secret as I simply wanted more information. And lastly, the threat against Charlie is unevenly developed throughout the story. At times, it takes up the plot, but there are other times when it becomes muted by the other facets of Charlie’s story. All of these conspire to undercut the emotional punch of Formula.
Here’s the thing. There are three very distinct reasons to read JM Kelley’s Formula: a love for K Bromberg’s Driven world and its beloved characters, a need to read stories about women seeking to upend traditionally male-dominated worlds and the journey of a woman who is dogged in her pursuit of achieving goals and balancing it with the love for a man, and a chemistry between a hero and heroine that lights up the page. You will find ALL of these qualities in JM Kelley’s Formula, and it will entertain you even if it might leave you a little underwhelmed.
In love and romance,
Formula is written in New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg’s Driven World, which is one of two KB Worlds projects. With over 100 authors, who were selected by and are working with K. Bromberg, these stories will be fan fiction at its finest—and sexiest. Devoted fans of the Driven and Everyday Heroes series will have the opportunity to revisit their favorite characters and settings. JM Kelley is returning to the Driven racetrack and putting her spin on this smoking hot, fast-paced and addictive world. You can find out more about K. Bromberg and the KB Worlds at kbworlds.com.
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Meet JM Kelley
JM Kelley loves to write steamy hot romance almost as much as she loves to read it. She grew up in Long Island New York, and just recently, took the Florida plunge with her husband of thirty years(real-life book boyfriend). She has three, extremely handsome sons, and taught each one of them the difference between a curveball and a fastball. She is a lover of baseball and has been a Yankee fan, wearing pinstripes since the day she was born. If you can’t find her reading or writing, she’s probably in Disney World since that’s her favorite place to be on earth.
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