Title: Collision (Portland Street Kings #1)
Author: Evie Harper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015
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.
I received a copy of Collision in exchange for an honest review.
Not even close to what I thought this story was going to be about!
The truth of the matter is simple ... you don't have to share the same blood to be family!
I was totally blown away with this read. Never ever did I imagine the depth of emotion I would come to have for this believable family.
Maybe it had to do a little bit with the setting of the story, but I became very attached. Louisville, Kentucky is a hop, skip, and a jump from where I grew up!
(Can you say southern bell?) lol
The King family, aka The Street Kings, are not to be tested!
Everyone in Portland knows this and in exchange for their protection the whole community has unspoken loyalty to Slater and his brothers.
Coming from broken homes and forced into a system where children sometime get left to fend for and protect themselves its no wonder fight or die has been ingrained into this rough no-holds-barred street gang (family.)
Escaping abuse and even worse, life on the street has not been easy, but Slater, the self proclaimed leader of the Street Kings, has built a life, a business, and a reputation that has kept his family safe, for the most part. Rival gangs try to move in from time to time, but are no match for men willing to die for each other.
When Slater finds himself falling in love with a woman he should hate the stakes become greater than ever! Piper has given the Parkland Poison Boys just what they needed to exacute revenge on the Kings.
Oh boy .... this is where the action gets hot and heavy!
Twists and turns you will never see coming are what make this such an awesome read!
I must admit at chapter 15 I burst into tears !!!!!!
Evie Harper has hooked me. I'm now a groupie and so excited to see the next book is FATAL (Portland Street Kings #2)
You know I'm giving Street Kings 5 big 'ol stars! (Southern bell, remember? )
No kidding people you have to read this because I'm not sure I can keep all of these secrets!
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.
Evie has another series called the PORTLAND STREET KINGS coming soon.Book #1 in the series is called COLLISION and will be releasing 13th March 2014.