Collision by Evie Harper
Series: Portland Street Kings, #1
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 twehrough 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.
This series has lots of potential. Its a gangbanger romance. (At least I think that's a trope now.) Obviously, being gang members, the men are all tattooed bad boys. There was lots of drama, a good amount of action, and a really good plot twist. All good things for fans of these types of books.
That being said, while being a good enough read, the story did not resonate with me. It was lacking a level of maturity that I would expect from 30 y/o characters. I thought, based on the super emotional and engaging prologue, that this book would get under my skin. But we go right from the prologue to raunchy sex in the bathroom of the bar, where the girl is holding on to the nasty toilet seat. At one point she even rests her head on her arms on the toilet seat. This grossed me out so much that the story started to unravel. I mean, ew, public toilet seat in a bar??? And you know public toilets dont have lids - so she was up close and personal with some nasty bodily fluids and lots of germs. I wanted to shower just reading it. And it was repeated every night for the next 3 weeks! No thank you. Why couldn't they just do it against the wall? Another thing... most of the sex was doggystyle. I prefer variety in my smut, otherwise I'm just gonna skim those parts.
I think this book may appeal to a younger crowd, but I wouldn't be surprised if the over-30 age group aren't satisfied. I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Disclaimer: After I read this, I realized that PMS had turned me into a whiny bitchy shrew and, since all of the books I rated this week were 3 stars, I probably under-rated some of them. This may be one. So don't let my review dissuade you, it was just the way I was feeling when I read. It happens.
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