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- Print Length: 298 pages
- Publication Date: November 28, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07786KX2W
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Maggie is tired of her life in Hillstone, and after her long-time boyfriend proposes, she feels caged, with no future, and runs away to Vegas to fulfil her dream of entering the most prestigious Dance Academy in the city. If you have read Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and south", you'll recognize Margaret Hale in this Maggie that arrives in Vegas judging everyone, feeling better and more than everyone else, most of all Jay Thornton, the muscled right-hand of a corrupt cop that earns his living beating up the people that cannot return the payments lent by his boss while teaching boxing in a gym. She's proud, and he's rude and violent. When she gets herself into trouble trying to help Nico Higgins, she starts to realize that life is not always black and white, good or bad, and sometimes people make bad decisions that affect their lives.
I loved the character development, how both Jay and Maggie (and Nico, too) recognise their mistakes and learn from them while keeping the misunderstandings of the original story and weaving a story of corruption, violence and despair. It's great watching them fall in love again as they fight for their lives, and my only complaint is that it's too short. I want more Jay, and more Maggie, even if she irritates me as much as the first time.
Put me in line for Melanie Stanford's next re-telling of whatever she wants to write next. I'll buy it.
I enjoyed it so much I downloaded this final, published version.
Collide is book two in a series, but it easily works as a standalone story since it has very little connection to the previous novel and novellas. Even the connection to Elizabeth's Gaskell's classic, North and South, doesn't mean the reader has to be familiar with that story either, though it certainly made it engaging seeing the parallels.
I loved this story and particularly the situations of these characters and how it portrays people just doing the best that they can. Maggie starts out as a cautionary tale because she's so cocksure that I wanted to thump her. She has no idea how good she's had it all her life and doesn't get that not everyone started with the same breaks.
But that was the beginning. She grows less naive and she starts to really look beyond her snap judgements to see Jay was right about her trying to simplify everyone's motives to black and white and she starts to get some street smarts.
She is also right to push for more and to not just settle for status quo like Jay has been doing. Jay feels he owes loyalty to a man who has grown morally bankrupt over the years and has to figure out how to extricate himself and keep Maggie out of the danger she dove into. Maggie challenges him to believe that he can have something better and to get out of the bad stuff he's doing.
It was well-paced and the tension built nicely. The balance between character development and action were perfect. The characters are flawed, but they learn and grow. And what really impressed me was the mature behavior both Maggie and Jay demonstrated in that mistakes are owned to and apologies are made.
This is a sweet romance, but this works well because the pair spent most of the book out of step with each other because of Maggie's assumptions about Jay, his need to get out of a bad situation and then both of them in trouble up to their necks. I liked seeing the subtle shift in their feelings and thoughts about each other. It was organic to the story rather than forced. There is sizzle and chemistry.
All in all, this was an engaging story where I could root for the characters' romance, hold my breath at times when they were in trouble, and appreciate the echoes of connection to a well-loved classic. Sweet romantic suspense and contemporary romance lovers are the target group for my recommendation.