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Would you consider the audio edition of Collide to be better than the print version?
I think the audio enhances the story exponentially.
Which character – as performed by Luke Itzvic – was your favorite?
I loved how he portrayed Noah.
Who was the most memorable character of Collide and why?
Too hard - both Noah and Cooper are equally memorable. The emotion runs high in this.
Any additional comments?
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!
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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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful