At 10 years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided midair 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, 17 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 as 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?
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"Luke Itzvic does a great job with all the emotions"
I think the audio enhances the story exponentially.
I loved how he portrayed Noah.
Too hard - both Noah and Cooper are equally memorable. The emotion runs high in this.
This was a fantastic friends-to-lovers story with a dash of “How did I not know I was bisexual before now?” to spice it up.
When Noah Jameson needs a fresh start he returns to the one place that felt like home during his tumultuous childhood. He reconnects with his best friend, Cooper Bradshaw, after getting clipped with Cooper’s truck. Coop offers a spare bedroom, and then to become roommates so they can continue to catch up.
Noah immediately tells Cooper he’s gay, but Cooper doesn’t care. However, as they spend more time together and Cooper remembers more of their years with one another as kids, his friendship slowly turns to something more, which confuses the hell out of him, because he’s always identified as “straight”. When a bisexual co-worker sets him straight (excuse the pun), he pursues Noah with the same single-minded focus he does everything else.
Noah is gun shy, first because Cooper has never been with a man, and second because he’s determined to live out and not be relegated to any closet.
While the story is great: smoking hot, lightly angsty, and really well done, the star of this terrific story is the narration.
Luke Itzvic does a great job conveying the emotions of the story easily, from friendship to the confusion and then passion that Noah and Cooper go through. He has good character voice distinction, clear diction, tone and steady pacing.
I loved the story, and the narration, and look forward to starting the audio for Stay soon!
"I love this series!"
I loved the voice he did for Cooper, super sexy, and really smooth and nice to listen to.
Really painted a picture in my mind!
First of all I wanna say... PLEASE MAKE MORE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!
I finished Collide, and im halfway through Stay right now..
I've never been a big fan of books, or audio books.. but I can't stop listening to these!
They almost make me believe that I have hope in finding someone Like Cooper, Noah, or Braden!
When ever I'm in a bad mood I just listen to this fantastic series and it picks me right up!
Luke Itzvic voice is PERFECT for this series as well.. I just keep coming back for the story, the voices, and everything!
I just suggest.. I want another book on Cooper and Noah! I love their romance and love their story. I got so attached and wanna know more about their lives in Blackcreek
Collide made me Cry, smile, and frisky! It's the perfect book, and perfect series!
Thank you so much for making this series, Riley Hart! xoxo
Such an emotional story. The book is amazing I can't wait to continue on to the next one.
I mostly enjoyed the audiobook. My issues with it were minimal and for the most part, personal. (like Cooper's voice sounded a bit painful for the narrator and vaguely Jenson Ackles' Dean-like) I do enjoy hearing how other people READ books, that's probably my favorite part of audiobooks. I enjoyed Luke's interpretation of Coop and Noah.
I just read "Him" and loved it. (Same genre) I just didn't buy the storyline of this book which ironically is very similar to "Him". Cooper is this male slut Uber macho guys guy. Noah shows up and Cooper instantly questions his sexuality. I guess I needed more trepidation on Cooper's part to make it seem believable to me? I'm returning it almost halfway through. I wanted to like it.
"Amazing GFY/OFY with superb narration!"
This is another book I was shocked to find I’d never formally reviewed. This was my first “exposure” to the wonderfulness that is Riley Hart. This showcases her expertise at writing “gay first time lovers” so well.
First, she gives us two really well developed MCs with compelling back stories and then puts these guys back in each other’s orbit. That sets us up with not only an interesting, but a believable story.
Second, she excels at the emotion behind the sex. Sure, the physical times are off the charts hot, but even more, they work so well because of all the FEELS. Coop and Noah work slowly toward one another. Each subtly noticing their feelings and then when they act upon them it’s an explosion because we’ve been working up to it right along with these guys.
Third, once they’ve begun acting on their feelings, things are magically “fixed”. There are still a lot of questions, regrets and worries. But… it’s not like they vacillate, just appropriately ruminate and contemplate and proceed cautiously forward. It feels really organic and natural.
I think the flashbacks did a great job of showing us the longevity of their relationship and help us to see some of Noah’s issues as well as Coop’s – beyond the new feelings toward each other.
I really loved this and was so glad to see it come to audio!
Luke Itzvic really impressed me with his work on the # Gearshark series (reviews to come) and he did an amazing job with this! He’s really good at the emotion, timing and grittiness of this story. There’s not much to distinguish Coop from Noah, but it was always easy to know who was talking. He’s got an easy voice to listen to and the sound quality is excellent. This is definitely the best way to enjoy this story and highly recommended.
it had a few spots where the build up was way too long but it was a good read.
"I Hart Riley Hart (Haha So Cheesy)"
Riley Hart is one of the first authors I started listening to when I came to Audible. Honestly, Hart never disappoints me.
I love that the story always flips between the two main characters, giving you insight into what they're thinking and feeling. I feel like sometimes, you lose a lot in a romance book when you only get one side of the story, but I've never had that problem with Hart's books.
Noah and Cooper are fucking adorable as individuals and as a couple. I loved watching their past unfold and I'm definitely a sucker for past flames being rekindled.
I'm reading through the Black Creek series and I love Luke Itzvic as the narrator, he definitely puts a lot of emotion into the reading and I never have a problem following whoever happens to be speaking at the time.
It amuses me that there are certain things that always remind me I'm reading a Hart book (if someone doesn't mention sexy forearms at least once I think I'd be shocked), but I still enjoy the easy listening style of writing.
Would definitely recommend Collide to anyone who enjoys the m/m genre and definitely one not to miss for other Riley Hart fans!
"Corny honeymoon phase fucking the WHOLE book"
I finally just gave up hoping for any substance after chapter 23.
Two guys, just have sex, have sex, have sex. The first 5 chapters are great. They lead you through a story up to climax and then there's nothing left to keep you wanting more.
It just got awkward. And the use of 'Baby'...give me a break. I won't be finishing this one.
I do have a soft spot for "gay for you" relationships in my romance novels, and Collide did this beautifully. A strong cast of characters who were dreamy and easy to identify with ensured this book held the perfect balance of heat, drama, and well-developed narrative.
A stunning love story.
"very emotional and wonderful"
Noah is gay. Cooper is not. Cooper's wishy washy thought process drove me a bit nuts !
I wasn't too impressed with Cooper but loved Noah!
It's got everything you want in an erotic m/m read: sexual tension, angst, passion, lust and love!
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