(summary from Goodreads)
Staci Jameson is independent to a fault. But after growing up in the shadow of an overprotective family, and being let down by the only person that promised to always be there for her, Staci locked away her heart and vowed only to rely on herself.
Until a tall dark and sexy-as-sin player reawakens something inside of her.
Kade Ford knows what some people will do in the name of love, and it isn’t all hearts and flowers. It’s the reason he isn’t looking to settle down. Ever. Instead, he plays the field and never gets too close.
Until a tiny blonde firecracker barrels her way into his life and leaves him wanting more.
What starts as a one-night stand turned friends-with-benefits arrangement begins to blur into something neither of them saw coming—or wanted. And when secrets from their pasts catch up with them, the very thing that they are both running from might just be the thing that they need most. Will Staci and Kade turn to each other or will they let their pasts define their future?
Sometimes two people don’t just come together…they collide.
I spent my entire weekend reading all three of the books in this series and even though my house is still a mess, I’m behind on my assignments and my hair is greasy, I don’t regret a single page!
I As mentioned above I read the entire series in two days and I really liked the way they all fitted together. All six main characters are interlinked in someway, whether high school friends or college friends or friends of friends. Some parts of the stories were overlapped but at no point did it feel like I was re-reading the same stuff again. It felt fresh each time coming from each different character and the whole structure of all three of the stories and the way in which they were written was done very well.
“Right now, watching her eyes glaze over with lust and her skin flush, I couldn’t imagine anyone ever making me feel like this again.”
I loved Staci from the first time we met her in Fate’s Love. She has such a massive personality, and because we are very focused on Livy in book one we don’t realise that under Staci’s very loud exterior there is a very vulnerable interior with a dark past. I really enjoyed getting to know Staci more and some of my favourite moments have to be when she starts to open up, not going to lie it all got a bit emotional. I also loved that she spent the majority of her time out in Ecuador helping to re-build a village. I have never read a book which features a character who does anything like that, so I really enjoyed her unique lifestyle.
“The smug smile he was wearing slowly transformed into a lazy grin only making him sexier—if that was possible.”
Kade is another one who we have met a few times before, but again he has a whole secret side of him that we have no idea of until this book. I really liked Kade from the start, even with his “player” act, there is still something totally likable about him, even though we should like him! He opens up a lot through the book and shows his caring side and I really liked his development through the book as he realised that he wanted more out of his life.
“Livy looked so pleased with herself; I shot her a discreet scowl. She was the only person who knew about my brief history with Kade Ford, and that was only because she tricked it out of me after one too many tequilas last year.”
I loved Kade and Staci together, the chemistry was perfect. We had gotten glimpses of them hooking up before in previous books but nothing had ever been confirmed and the other characters never seemed to dwell on it too much. Their romance had it’s moments when I just wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to stop being silly, a lot of miscommunication which led to multiple break ups (I don’t know if you can call it that as I’ not sure if they were actually officially together or just “friends with benefits”). But even so, the moments when they were together was worth all the bad ones because they were so great together.
“This was how it was with us. We didn’t come together, we collided.”
And lastly I should probably talk about the story, which I really enjoyed. It was fresh and not at all like the other love stories we have gotten in this series. The ‘friends with benefits’ made the whole thing interesting and I loved watching their relationship develop over the course of the book. Parential relationships are quite important in this book and Kade especially has some heartbreaking moments with his mother which were beautifully written. L.A.Cotton threw in some unexpected moments for us which added a bit of excitement to the story but maybe, for me, it was a little too late in the story for us to feel the full effect.
I really enjoyed the whole series, and this book held it’s own and a cute but sexy alternative romance story. My only negative would be that L.A.Cotton tends to wait until pretty late on in her books for the “big moment” which often makes the end of the book feel rushed or bitty as she tries to tie all her loose ends for all characters.
I would recommend this book to fans of: NA romance, friends with benefits romance, second chance romance.
Swoon worthy and heart stopping New Adult Romance.
L.A is author of the Fate’s Love Series and Chastity Falls Series. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.