Collateral by JC Hannigan
November 15, 2015
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While the scars on Harlow’s body slowly fade, the ones etched into her soul take longer to heal. Harlow faces her biggest challenges yet, as she navigates the trauma of being attacked in her home, the struggle of trying to move on with her love life, and a dark secret that could destroy her most enduring friendship.
This new adult novel is the darkly satisfying third installment of the Collide series. Here, Harlow Jones is at her most raw, as she finally faces her demons, and Iain Bentley, head on.
J.C. Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She writes contemporary romance, through which she brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges.
I was provided with a copy of Collateral in exchange for an honest review and this book literally blew me away! I loved reading Collide and Consumed, but this third installment has been my favorite. The story begins where Collateral concludes. Harlow is working at ‘The Bean’ and still roommate to Jenna, her best friend. Her life has been turned upside down for the longest time with all of the tragedy that has befallen her and those around her. Being raped, losing a close friend in a fatal car accident, causing someone to go to jail over an illegal relationship and brutally attacked are a few of the leading factors plaguing her ongoing nightmares and haunted guilt. Harlow knows that she can’t move on with Jax until she learns how to let the past stop dictating her future. It is much easier said than done, especially when Iain starts showing up wherever she turns by pure coincidence. Can Harlow and Iain move on from the mistakes that they’ve made or will it cause her relationship with Jax to deteriorate like all other relationships that Harlow has ever known?
My favorite characters are Harlow, Jenna and Iain. I completely fell for the heartbreak surrounding Iain and Harlow’s relationship from Collide. Even though it was wrong on many levels, Harlow owes her gratitude to him for allowing her to be honest and loving with Jax. I really wanted Iain to find his success and happiness, with or without Harlow simply because it was deserved. Jenna had her own issues within this story as well, but her troubles were bearable with the help of Harlow and Crimson. Harlow has always been strong and confident, within her own confines.
I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys young adult and college or romance. I would rate Collateral with five stars because of the depth that the story holds. The content is original and creative, while the author does a superb job with character development. I thoroughly enjoy reading about Harlow and her struggles to find a peaceful and happy life. I loved the pace of the story because it was fast, but I was still able to picture every scene with the vivid details provided by the author. I will continue to look for new releases by this author because I love her writing and originality.