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Review…Collide by Riley Hart

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Synopsis:

At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.

Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.

There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?

This title contains two strong, sexy men, and a passionate friendship that transforms into a sizzling hot romance.

 

My review:

Collide is the debut work from author Riley Hart and the first in the Blackcreek Series.  I really enjoyed this touching story and think it was a great start to a series I’m looking forward to continuing.

Looking to make a new start, Noah Jameson wasn’t all that surprised when he found himself returning to the one childhood hometown that meant the most to him.  Noah moved around a lot as a kid, but Blackcreek held a special place in his heart. After having his heart broken finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, he figured this town was a good place to pick up the pieces and start over.  Of course getting hit by a truck wasn’t exactly the start he had planned.  But fate, that tricky thing, seemed to have a plan.  The driver of the truck that hit him turned out to be his childhood best friend.  The best friend he never could replace after moving away all those years ago.  The best friend that looked really freaking hot these days….Cooper Bradshaw.  Now, finding himself staying with Cooper while recuperating, Noah can’t help but think things were only going to get better from here.  Finally, things were looking up.  Unfortunately, also looking up was his attraction to his very straight best friend.

Cooper Bradshaw couldn’t believe Noah was back in town…and that he’d hit him with his truck.  If he was being honest though, he’s kind of happy he did because now his friend was going to be hanging around for a while.  He was planning on renting out one of the rooms in his big old fixer-upper of a house and now he didn’t have to worry about a stranger living with him.  He had Noah.  Cooper was taken back a bit when his friend mentioned he was gay, but it didn’t bother him in the least.  He was still the kid he shared the best years of his childhood with and that’s what mattered most.  Besides, Cooper liked girls.  Right.  He did.  Really.  So what the hell were all these new feelings Cooper was having when it came to his friend?

Reconnecting has been great for Cooper and Noah and now it seems they have a lot more to talk about besides the good old days when the attraction goes from being one sided to very much a two way street.  Could fate really have had a master plan when she put Noah in the path of Coopers truck that day?

Collide was an emotional journey that had feelings ranging from sweet and tender to sizzling hot and intense.  Noah and Cooper have a great relationship right off that bat and it was great to see the evolution from friends to much more.  What starts out as Noah pining over Cooper and a relationship that could never be turned into Cooper exploring all the foreign feelings that had awakened within him.  This was the first M/M romance I have read where one of the main characters wasn’t experienced with a same sex relationship going into the story.  It was really beautiful to see Cooper’s acceptance of his feelings and his willingness to try a new kind of relationship.  It was also beautiful to read how patient Noah was with Cooper, treading lightly and waiting until Cooper was ready. From the very start I wanted nothing more than for Noah and Cooper to be together and find their happy ending.  They have both been through so much in their own lives and I had faith that they could find happiness in one another.  Oh, and when things got hot and heavy between them, damn…it was freaking delicious! Talk about some seriously scorching sex scenes.  I was fanning myself on more than one occasion.

Overall, this was a great story and had some very real emotions involved along with the passion, thrill and intensity of a new relationship. The total package for a win in my book! Thank you, Riley.  I’ll be looking forward to more from the Blackcreek Series!

 

4LovesRLBFour Loves

 

About the author:

Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.

 

Comments

  1. I agree Jilly, it is a whole package of a book. I’ll have another portion of Noah & Cooper, please! Now, it’s definitely a gay erotica novel but it’s also so well done and the sex scenes are but they do not overpower the rest of the book. I definitely didn’t want to stop reading it not until I finished the very last page.

    • Hi Jamie! First, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. Second….I completely agree with you on wanting another portion of Noah and Cooper! Total yum factor, those two!!

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