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.
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~ 5 Street Thug Stars ~
Collision is the first book that I have read by Evie Harper and I am happy to say that it won’t be my last. This is the first book in her Portland Street Kings Series. After reading this book I am so excited to read the rest of the series when it comes out. There is going to be 5 books in this series….each Portland Street King member getting their own books. I can’t wait to see where she takes each of these characters.
So I went into this book thinking it was a MC book, but was pleasantly surprised to find out it was actually a book about a Street gang, which I guess is similar to a MC book, just without the motorcycles. This book had me hooked right from the start. I knew once I finished the Prologue that this was going to be a great book and I wasn’t disappointed.
The writing was smooth and flawless. This story is told in Dual POV, which as always, I absolutely LOVE!!! This book was both predictable and surprising…some things I could guess were going to happen, but the author put enough surprises into the storyline to take my completely by surprise. There was one surprise that I totally didn’t see coming and never would’ve guessed it, but I love what direction it took this story in.
The characters in this book were fabulous. The main characters were Slater and Piper, but really Della, Mackson, Kelso and Pacer had just as an important role in this story as Slater and Piper did. Slater, Della, Mackson, Kelso and Pacer are all foster siblings who grew up together from a very young age with their foster father Phillip, who was just horrible. After one night when Phillip ends up killing the last sibling, Mia, Slater decides it is time to get everyone else out of that house. So the five kids take to the streets and learn to live and survive the best way they can. After this we are fast forwarded to when they are all adults and still living together as a family as the Portland Street Kings. This is when we run into Piper, or should I say Slater runs into Piper. When they meet they have instant chemistry…and can’t seem to stay away from each other. Once they meet we the reader are taken on their journey to happiness. Can an evil Street King ever find happiness, especially when secrets are revealed about both of them?? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
So if you are looking for a book that is based off a gang related storyline, that has a crass, sometimes mean, but can’t help to love him Hero and a heroine who knows how to stand her ground, then this is the book for you. Even though this is part of a series, it is a completed story with a happy ending. I almost want to say that is a happy for now ending, because I am hoping that we get more of Slater and Piper’s story throughout the other books. I just feel there might be a little bit more to their story yet to come 😉
“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.
About The Author :
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.