Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Beautiful Collision By: T.G. Ayer

Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life for herself.

But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that's only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don't play nice with each other. Will Gray's past catch up with her first? Or will Thane's own secrets explode and tear them apart?

Beautiful Collision.  I have attempted to write this review since I finished reading the book and I am having problems because I am honestly not sure if I liked the book or hated it.  I think I am leaning more towards the liked it side of the equation but there are reasons why I am not stating strongly that I liked or hated it.  It wouldn’t be fair without a little bit of reasoning behind my indecision right?  So let me try to explain why I am torn.

First let me start with what I didn’t like overall.  I had a hard time really connecting with Gray, I didn’t feel any emotion at her at all to be honest.  She did go through hell, I am not saying that she didn’t but I am not sure if it was the author’s writing style or the character itself I just couldn’t connect with her, what she was going through and what she survived at all.  I usually do not mind flash back scenes because it usually helps the reader see things in their past that helps you understand why they are the way they are and so on.  In Beautiful Collision, the flash back chapters jumped around and could get confusing as to if it happened six months prior, four months prior or even if it happened the day before the book begins.  It took away from the storyline at times and that for me was the one thing I disliked the most.  I am not even upset that there is a cliff hanger, by the time I was close to the end I could tell we wouldn’t finish Gray’s story in this book.

Okay enough of the bad now onto what I did like.  I really liked the that we also have Thane’s POV in the book, and even though as a reader you know what he does to get close to Gray is just wrong, that there is more to his feelings than he lets on.  I actually really like storylines where maybe one person isn’t exactly who they portray themselves to be so I think that is what kept me reading and not putting the book down and walking away.  I wish we would have had more of his POV but I am sure in the next book we will, or at least I hope so.  The storyline while like some others I have read has some twists that I didn’t see coming and I want to see how this is going to play out.

While I may be torn on my feelings with this book, I don’t want that from keeping you from checking it out for yourself.  What doesn’t always work for one person works for another.  You wouldn’t give up eating all types of cake if you tried one flavor you didn’t like would you?  So form your own opinion but know that I will be reading the next book just to see where the storyline is headed.

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves - it works wonderfully...

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist oil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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