Collide by Juliana Stone (Barker Triplets #2)
January 15, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
My biggest complaint with the first book in this series is that I didn’t experience the hero and heroine falling in love enough. In Collide, we get to see a much more emotional relationship with Shane and Bobbi. It also helps that the two of them used to be deeply (and turbulently) in love as young adults.
Shane is an ex-con, having gone to prison for doing some stupid things when younger. He is now back in his hometown, cranky, sexually frustrated and is all grrrr and broody. I love a cranky hero and Shane fits the bill. His ex-love of his life, Bobbi is about to get married but instead shows up at the bar he is at wearing her wedding dress and immediately does tequila shots.
Bobbi had been engaged to a man who was safe, but too safe. They didn’t really love each other and she finally realizes this on her wedding day. So she gets completely wasted and Shane drags her back to his house to let her sleep it off. When Bobbi realizes that her relationship with Gerald is truly over, she eyes up Shane and realizes she feels alive again. The love that they shared in the past was so intense, yet there were times they were so awful to each other, can she go through that again? There are also secrets and family drama that plays out towards the end as well.
This book has great sexual chemistry and tension. Bobbi is a little mouthy and stubborn, but not annoying. She made me smile as she could really care less what people think of her. Their romance is really a pretty straight forward one. They both still love each other really, it just takes getting over stubbornness on their parts to realize it. There is a deep, dark secret Bobbi holds onto forever in this book. It’s dark enough that it made sense when it was revealed but at the same time it’s brought up a lot that she should tell him, and it got a little tiring that she never did until the end.
The sex scenes in this book go so well with the characters, hot and fierce. As this series revolves around triplet sisters, we revisit Billie and Logan, but more intriguing, we learn a bit more about the youngest sister Betty, and how much she drinks, does drugs and sleeps with random men. I’m interested to see how she turns things around in her book.
Shane has daddy drama in this book and I think things are resolved rather quickly with his father. I would have liked to see that explored more. And the secret thing lasted too long. But otherwise a very sexy book. I liked it.