When I was fourteen years old, I killed for the first time. That day I learned cruelty wasn’t only within the walls we had just escaped.
It hasn’t been easy growing up in the middle of a war. A struggle to find shelter. Fighting to protect our bodies against the corruption of the streets. Nobody cared about the street kids who had to beg and steal to eat.
We are the Portland Street Kings – A family forged through loyalty not blood. To get through this life of broken dreams alive, we’ve become hard, uncaring and merciless. We do what must be done to keep our family safe, we will harm those who stand against us.
We have it all, feared and respected by those on the streets. Then she collided into my world, and with her came demons from my past, back to haunt us all.
WOW! That was a seriously intense read. So much happened and there are so many things I can’t talk about because of potential spoiler issues. I loved it though, I really freaking loved it. Collision is an adrenaline-filled read that kept me on the edge of my seat and glued to my Kindle. I couldn’t read fast enough and just when I thought I had a handle on what was going on, Ms. Harper would throw a twist in the mix to shake things up. Of course, THE TWIST (and when you read the book, you’ll know what I’m referring to) wasn’t even on my radar. I never saw that coming. Unfreakingbelievable!
Collision’s Prologue is devastating. Learning what those children witnessed and endured is absolutely heartbreaking and it makes their actions, especially Slater’s, as adults understandable. Of course the fact that Slater is serving up a beat down on a bully – an adult bully I might add – for making fun of a woman who stutters pretty much made me fall in love with him instantly. The bathroom sex that he and Piper engage in shortly thereafter … YOWSER! Seriously hot! I am not a fan of public bathroom sex, but Slater could change my views on that location. The voyeur in me definitely enjoyed their repeated trysts, but the romantic in me was giddy when Slater asked Piper out on a date. But the moment the author revealed Piper’s profession, I braced for heartache because the writing on the wall was in
glow-in-the-dark neon paint for what was coming when Slater found out. As expected, Slater delivered some serious fireworks when he learned where Piper worked and the street thug revealed that his tongue was just as damaging as his brass knuckles.
When Slater’s interest in her puts Piper’s life in danger, he does what comes naturally to him and assumes responsibility for her safety. I loved how Piper meshed so well with Slater’s family and that as she spent time with them and they got to know her, they let go of their resentment toward her profession and embraced her as a person. Despite the gang wars, the illegal street racing, the fights, and the danger that permeates the lives of the Portland Street Kinds, Collision is ultimately a tale of
forgiveness and acceptance that just happens to be packaged in a seriously hot and sexy story. Again, I was completely blown away by the twist at the end and the drastic measures that Slater took to insure Piper’s safety floored me. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to find out what happens next, so please Ms. Harper, write quickly!
“What if I already have, brotha? What if she’s already dead?” Rex’s grin is devilish, one I know all too well. He got to her.
I push off him, hard, causing Rex to slump to the ground roughly. My chest explodes and my whole world falls apart. I look around me at the people staring, at the dust in the air, at the cars in the distance.
I grab for my chest at the exact moment I know my heart plummets to my stomach, as if I thought I could catch it first.My mind is screaming at me to get to Piper to try to save her, but my panic is holding me back. Laughing at me, taunting me, reminding me that I actually thought I could let her go when really I can’t even bear the thought of living in a world where she doesn’t exist.
In a blur, I hear Pace yelling that the home phone isn’t connecting. I look to see Rex on the ground, laughing, almost cackling.
In a split second, the harsh world comes back into focus and I see everything for what it is: a world where I never win, where I’ll always be the underdog.
I look to Rex and growl, “I told you why I did it! Why your father had to die. He was a rapist, and he deserved to die. Now you’ve gone after my girl? I can’t let you walk away from this.” I look down to him with what I’m sure are black eyes, murder running through my veins. I feel it pumping through my blood like worms sucking me dry. “If you’ve gone after her, if she’s hurt, you better run,” I growl. “You better run fucking fast, because I’m coming for you. I’m coming for you and your whole fucking crew. By the end of the day, I’m gonna to be washing your blood from my body and laughing. Laughing because your daddy still controls you even after his death. You won’t take off your fucking rose-colored glasses and see him for what he was, a fucking sadistic asshole!” I end on a roar.
Evie is an Australian author whose passion for reading lead her into writing. Evie spends her days writing angsty, heartbreaking love stories and creating happily ever afters. When Evie isn’t writing you can find her reading or spending time with her husband and two children.
Evie released her debut novel You Loved Me At My Darkest in August 2014 and it was quickly followed by Book #2 You Loved Me At My Weakest which released in November 2014. Book #3 You Loved Me At My Ugliest will be releasing mid-2015.
Book #1 in the series is called COLLISION and will be releasing 24th March 2014.