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Synopsis: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.
An Excerpt from Collision
“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.
I really enjoyed this first book in the Portland Street Kings series! It was different then anything I had read before, so it was quite refreshing for me! There were many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming or expect in this book and honestly some of them were quite shocking!
Piper is a CPS worker and a damn good one at that. She isn’t the type that just dumps kids and forgets about them. With good reason too, because Piper herself was a victim of that system. She didn’t have an abusive foster home, but she did have a loveless one. Piper also has a slight disability that she’s worked so hard to overcome. The stereotypes never bothered her in the least when it came to what people thought about CPS workers… Until she meets Slater, who she’d fallen for, and hated her the minute he found out what her job was.
Slater is the complete opposite of Piper in every way imaginable. Well maybe not every way. The man has a HEART OF GOLD underneath that rough exterior he fronts to the world. But life on the streets trying to protect the only family he’s every known will make you jaded and breed hatred. All that dissolves the minute he meets Piper, he wants to be better for her and find a way to ease her into his life. Until he finds out what she does for a living. Then the hatred for the system and the people that work for it come out in full force!
You will mostly want to swoon over Slater even when he is threatening to kill… But there will definitely be times where the urge to shake him outweighs the love you have growing for him. He does some crappy things throughout the book, but every one of them seems fully justified because of he life he’s been forced into. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and Evie’s writing kept me glued to the pages throughout. The secondary characters play a HUGE role in this first book and I’m truly anxious to read each and every one of their books. My only issue with this was the ending, I really wanted to see a little bit more after a few revelations rocked this tight night family! Hopefully we will see more of Piper and Slater in the next book and see how the rest of the situations get resolved. But even with that small issue overall I thought this book was well developed and written. It’s raw and gritty but sweet and tender in moments when it needs to be. Evie is an author on my list that will be a must read in the future!