Driven to Distraction

Driven to Distraction

When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted pers...

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Title:Driven to Distraction
Author:Lori Foster
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Driven to Distraction Reviews

  • Marcie Robinson

    “Driven to Distraction” starts Lori Foster’s Road to Love series. When a book has a great beginning, you hope the rest of the book lives up to the expectation. This one does!

    Mary Daniels is the liaison for a collector and her boss needs a new driver. Brodie Crews, of Mustang Transport, is the guy her boss wants to hire.

    Mary is buttoned-up, using her clothes and hairstyle, as a way to protect herself.

    Brodie is laid back and casual. And completely into Mary. He tries to get her to open up and trus

    “Driven to Distraction” starts Lori Foster’s Road to Love series. When a book has a great beginning, you hope the rest of the book lives up to the expectation. This one does!

    Mary Daniels is the liaison for a collector and her boss needs a new driver. Brodie Crews, of Mustang Transport, is the guy her boss wants to hire.

    Mary is buttoned-up, using her clothes and hairstyle, as a way to protect herself.

    Brodie is laid back and casual. And completely into Mary. He tries to get her to open up and trust him.

    Their chemistry is intense, their intimate scenes flaming hot.

    “Driven to Distraction” does have a light suspense thread running through it like most Ms. Foster’s books tend to do. However, this story focuses more on the characters than the plot and, for me, is reminiscent of Ms. Foster’s previous works like “Getting Rowdy” and “Fighting Dirty”.

    They are also my favorite books by this author and “Driven to Distraction” has been added to that list.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series, “Slow Ride”.

  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    I’ve always loved Lori Foster, and her newest Road to Love series is a perfect reminder of why. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with characters you instantly fall in love with. Brodie and Mary’s story proves the road to love may be rocky and strewn with obstacles but, oh what a sweet destination!

    Brodie was so easy to love. Who doesn’t love a man that loves his dog so much? He was such a laidback, carefree guy. So confident. He appreciated the good times in life and didn’t worry over

    I’ve always loved Lori Foster, and her newest Road to Love series is a perfect reminder of why. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with characters you instantly fall in love with. Brodie and Mary’s story proves the road to love may be rocky and strewn with obstacles but, oh what a sweet destination!

    Brodie was so easy to love. Who doesn’t love a man that loves his dog so much? He was such a laidback, carefree guy. So confident. He appreciated the good times in life and didn’t worry over the bad. I had to get to know Mary and her struggles in life to appreciate her. She hadn’t had the close and loving family Brodie had. And because of that, she kept herself apart from others. Even those who cared about her.

    The two of them dancing around each other was a real treat to watch. At first glance, Mary thought Brodie was a Neanderthal covered in grease, and he thought her a stiff little prude. Regardless, they were both attracted. Though Brodie was unashamedly masculine and had a casual rudeness and disregard for propriety, he turned her on. He was so sure of himself. She envied that. Mary had carefully crafted her persona of self- control but Brodie threatened that. He read her so easily. She was a different person around him. And with each trip to add to her boss’s collection, he chipped away at her misconceptions about him. Brodie thought Mary was too uptight and straight laced. She needed to loosen up and he enjoyed taunting her. Her ballsiness and fiery temper fascinated him. Even the way she dressed to hide her body intrigued him. The more she covered, the more he wanted her. And her buttoned up and cold demeanor only tweaked his interest and made him want to protect her.

    As always, Lori Foster nailed it with this book. Seriously though, has she ever written a bad one? Driven to Distraction was romantic, a little suspenseful, sweet, and just plain fun. The whole adventure had a real Romancing the Stone vibe to it. And like Joan Wilder and Jack Colton, Brodie and Mary’s chemistry really sparkled. Most of all, I enjoyed the humanity and ease to their relationship. Brodie was fun and outrageous at times but he really was a perceptive, responsible, and caring man. I loved how he patiently worked and waited for Mary to open up. And I loved that Brodie made her want to take that step out of her comfort zone and allow herself to feel and experience all the things she’d wanted but lacked in life.

    If you’re looking for a read to warm you up on these cool fall nights, you’ll find it in Driven to Distraction. Equal parts sweet and sizzling romance and adventure, this is one ride you’ll want to never end.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I have to hand it to Lori Foster, Driven to Distraction, the first book in her new Road to Love series, is the perfect mix of romance, suspense, and sweet, sexy fun. As with all first books in a series, a lot of characters were introduced and the series was set up, but never once did the romance between Brodie and Mary get lost and for that I give Ms. Foster huge kudos. While the road to love was filled with twists, turns, and a few obstacles, there is no doubt these two enjoyed the ride!

    I alway

    I have to hand it to Lori Foster, Driven to Distraction, the first book in her new Road to Love series, is the perfect mix of romance, suspense, and sweet, sexy fun. As with all first books in a series, a lot of characters were introduced and the series was set up, but never once did the romance between Brodie and Mary get lost and for that I give Ms. Foster huge kudos. While the road to love was filled with twists, turns, and a few obstacles, there is no doubt these two enjoyed the ride!

    I always love when the hero and heroine don’t hit it off right away and there is a bit of animosity and that describes Brodie and Mary perfectly. Brodie is laid back, confident, and overtly sexual and Mary is buttoned up, controlled, and exudes an air of authority so naturally from the start they are sparring, but beneath that is sexual chemistry that oozed off the page.

    Mary works for an eccentric, very wealthy man who liked to collect things; things that are sometimes odd, sometimes a bit illegal, and always expensive and it is Mary who goes out with a driver/courier as her boss’s representative and the “money person.” When Brodie is hired to be her driver, they end up spending quite a bit of time together and sometimes coming up against some interesting people. Their hours of driving also gives them a lot of time to talk and get to know one another and THIS is what I loved so much about this book; the reader really gets into these character’s heads and begins to know what motivates them and why they act the way they do. Oh, and I cannot forget about Brodie’s dog, Howler, who is always along for the ride and his story is equally important to his relationship with Brodie.

    We meet Brodie’s brother, his pseudo sister, and his Mom all of which are entertaining and fascinating and while I’m sure she has stories planned for Jack and Charlotte, I do hope she writes one for their mom, Ros as well who is so deserving of her own happy ever after. I honestly can’t say enough about Ros and the men she raised, the way she treats Charlotte as her own, and the way she gave Mary something she never had and needed so very badly.

    With characters that come to life on the page, an engaging plot, a fantastic dog, and lots of sizzling chemistry Driven to Distraction was a perfect romance and is Lori Foster at her best!

  • Claire Robinson

    3.5 -

    Stars!

    It’s been a while since I have read anything by Lori Foster, and the blurb for

    intrigued me enough to want to dip my toe in Foster’s pond again.

    The first book in the

    series gives us buttoned-up Mary Daniels and laid-back Brodie Crews’ story. They are pretty much forced into close proximity with each other on a regular basis through her boss’s unique, unus

    3.5 -

    Stars!

    It’s been a while since I have read anything by Lori Foster, and the blurb for

    intrigued me enough to want to dip my toe in Foster’s pond again.

    The first book in the

    series gives us buttoned-up Mary Daniels and laid-back Brodie Crews’ story. They are pretty much forced into close proximity with each other on a regular basis through her boss’s unique, unusual and sometimes not completely legal purchases of rare and specialised collectors’ items. Which requires Mary to go and pick them up at a moment’s notice and at times in some inhospitable and slightly shady places. Brodie as the driver should stay in the car, but Mr. Laid-Back also has a protective streak a mile wide, so ends up getting himself into a few situations (along with his dog Howler) in order to keep Mary out of harm’s way.

    With the addition of a slightly odd villain, and a little suspense thrown in as well,

    is a story that has a little of everything in it. Opposites attract when it comes to Brodie and Mary, and the author wrote some pretty spectacular sexy scenes between the two of them on that front. We also got an introduction to the rest of the Crews family as well which I liked, especially with Jack’s book due next, with

    releasing April 2019.

    The one negative, and the reason for the 3.5, is that I found the book a little long and drawn out, and a lot of the inconsequential stuff for me could have been pared away, leaving a shorter, sharper and all-round better flowing read. There were parts that clipped along at a steady pace and the dialogue was witty and sharp, then a lot of others where it was more a meandering stroll, with lots of internal monologue (some of it repetitive) which is where I found myself drifting a bit too.

    All in all a good start, lots of promise with the Crews family in general, and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store next.

    ARC provided by the author via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Driven to Distraction is the start of a new series by Foster, and I loved both Brodie and Mary. The family relationships, the friendships - it was all very good.

    Slow burning romance, a little suspense, and some fantastic characters is the recipe for a fantastic series in my opinion.

  • Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Lori Foster is that rare breed of romance writer that infuses her wonderful romance plots with a bit of mystery/suspense and takes what would be an ordinary romance over the top. I loved it from the very first scene to the last, although, I have to be honest and tell you the middle got a little high on the angst meter. I'm looking forward to the next book, Jack's story, should

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Lori Foster is that rare breed of romance writer that infuses her wonderful romance plots with a bit of mystery/suspense and takes what would be an ordinary romance over the top. I loved it from the very first scene to the last, although, I have to be honest and tell you the middle got a little high on the angst meter. I'm looking forward to the next book, Jack's story, should be great.

    Mary Daniels had a tough childhood and as a result has grown up to be the consummate professional. She works for Therman Ritter, a wealthy eccentric, acquiring rare items for his various collections. The ethics and legality - well, let's just say sometimes it's a little murky. Hence the need for the Mustang Transport courier service. The new driver, hunky Brodie Crews, is just the man Therman wants for the job. Mary, well she has a deep, visceral reaction to sexy, hunky Brodie, which is both good and bad.

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. Unfortunately, sometimes that impression can shade everything that follows. Brodie has a lot to live down from his first encounter with curvaceous Mary and he is determined to keep his own visceral reaction in check and prove to the buttoned-up but luscious Mary that he can do the job and then some. When it becomes more than a job, both professionally and personally, Brodie will do everything he can to protect Mary and make her see there is more to life than a job.

  • ☕ Kimberly

    First, I have to say Mary Daniels, has a really cool job. She works for an eccentric millionaire who likes to bid and collect pieces of art. Her job is to collect the pieces, make payment and deliver them safely. When her boss hires Brodie Crews as the driver to accompany her, Mary’s controlled little world gets turned upside down!

    From their first very awkward meet to her attempts at hiring Brodie’s brother instead I knew I was in for a fun ride.  While I don’t consider myself to be a prude, eve

    First, I have to say Mary Daniels, has a really cool job. She works for an eccentric millionaire who likes to bid and collect pieces of art. Her job is to collect the pieces, make payment and deliver them safely. When her boss hires Brodie Crews as the driver to accompany her, Mary’s controlled little world gets turned upside down!

    From their first very awkward meet to her attempts at hiring Brodie’s brother instead I knew I was in for a fun ride.  While I don’t consider myself to be a prude, even I had my concerns about Brody. Sure the man curls your toes, but I wasn’t at all sure. Even as Mary unwillingly kept checking out his body. LOL. I will say that Foster soon had me swooning over this brother and his big heart.

    Brody and his brother own Mustang Transport Courier Services. Jack, his brother is the suit guy and Brody handles deliveries. Ladies you are going to love these brothers, their office manager and their spitfire mother.

    I not only loved Mary’s story, growth and the developing romance but Foster gave us an intense suspense thread, sibling teasing an awesome family and interesting secondary characters. Mary was wonderful and Foster allowed the reader to understand and connect with her. She is complex, confident in some aspects, defensive in others but a good soul. I love when I can picture myself having coffee with a character. We will make Mary’s decaf though. Now Brodie, on the other hand, is laid-back, unless someone or something he cares about is in trouble... then look out. Wait until you meet his furry friend, Howler.

  • Shannon

    Driven to Distraction is a romantic, suspenseful, sweet start to Lori Foster’s new Road to Love series. I really enjoy an opposites-attract love story, but I’m not sure I’ve ever come across two such opposites as Brodie and Mary. Brodie is your quintessential Foster hero- a loving, caring family man, with a fun-loving naughty side. He is all male, in all the best ways. Mary is pretty buttoned-up, and not just in the clothing sense. She’s very straight-laced, professional, and doesn’t suffer fool

    Driven to Distraction is a romantic, suspenseful, sweet start to Lori Foster’s new Road to Love series. I really enjoy an opposites-attract love story, but I’m not sure I’ve ever come across two such opposites as Brodie and Mary. Brodie is your quintessential Foster hero- a loving, caring family man, with a fun-loving naughty side. He is all male, in all the best ways. Mary is pretty buttoned-up, and not just in the clothing sense. She’s very straight-laced, professional, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly- which causes some strife between her and Brodie at their first meeting, and that may be putting it mildly!

    I found the storyline pretty intriguing and enjoyed the way the mystery aspect played out. Mary’s boss Therman puts her and Brodie in some very precarious positions in his quest to collect rare artifacts, causing Brodie’s protective nature to kick in.

    I got a kick out of Brodie and the way he pushed Mary’s buttons, without overstepping (too much, anyway). He was very gentle and patient with her when needed, doing his best to get her to open up about her life. I must admit, I had a hard time warming up to Mary at first. It helped when we finally learned why she carried herself the way she did, why she was so stand-offish, although it took a bit to get to that point. Mary really came into her own when she realized she no longer needed to let her past dictate her future. She had a whole lot of people that cared about her, and it was great to see her finally recognize that.

    Once again Ms. Foster has created a wonderful cast of characters and I'm looking forward to more of the Crews crew!

  • Jennifer

    ARC received for review

    The story just felt old and it did kinda drag along. Brodie was all kinds of hot. Mary was buttoned up and needed to let loose which Brodie was happy to help with. His brother is hot, too. She had a very weird boss and the bad guy was just as weird and slightly crazy.

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