Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: The Collide Series by J.C. Hannigan

Series: The Collide Series
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Genre: New Adult. Contemporary.
Publish Date: July 1, 2015
Review Source: eARC

He's tall, dark, and deliciously handsome. Not exactly what Harlow is looking for. Her heart's still stuck on Iain Bentley. But it's been a painful struggle since she last saw him. Two years of silence and wondering; of desperate sleepless longing. And Jax Walker is a hard man to resist. Just as she's prepared to open herself to new love, Harlow's whole world is thrown into a painful spiral.

In this new adult novel, readers are consumed by the collision of past and present. Raw and dark, this emotional minefield is the perfect second book in the continuing story of Harlow Jones.


Harlow Jones has a troubled past, and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable…or so she thought. Until she becomes involved with her grade twelve English teacher.

In this exclusive entry into the new adult genre, with raw style that is as dark as it is poignant, Collide presents the ultimate choice: forbidden love or doing the right thing?

I absolutely could not put these books down! JC Hannigan did a wonderful job bringing a rather forbidden love to life, and to top it all off, it was done in the first person! This, I feel, is a huge compliment to her as a reader can potentially get lost within the character as the story line progresses. Be sure when reading these books that you read Collide first, and then pick up Consumed. While I feel Consumed could be read as a stand alone, there were definitely some points that would have the reader scratching their head.

When Harlow Jones transfers to a Catholic School, she didn't expect to feel an instant pull to her English teacher, Mr Bentley. Shameless, shy flirting was the first step to landing the hot teacher into her web, and falling for him was only a bonus. At least in the beginning. When things go amiss in Harlow's life, who does she run to? Iain Bentley. Whom she had no idea lived in the house that she frantically attempted to escaped into. A riveting, quick, almost insta-love that had me begging for more as I turned each page. This was a ringer of a story, and left me heartbroken for Harlow in the end. Her feelings were true to what one would feel in her situation, and that she didn't ignore them. 

Two years after a whirlwind of a forbidden romance has left Harlow Jones in pieces. Moving to Ottawa after graduating High School at the top of her class (even after some hearty allegations against her!), she steps into her new life almost renewed. Almost. The pain is still present when Iain's name is brought up. The necklace that encompasses her neck is still present. And, when she thinks she sees him, her heart rate picks up. Can she move on? Can she get past what once was?

The ending had me in absolute just disbelief. This is definitely one series that is a must read for anyone who likes forbidden love. It was very well written with a relatable character, and many relatable instances that a reader could see themselves in. This book left me wanting more in the sense that there were many more questions that went unanswered. A job well done to JC Hannigan on a really well written book!



J.C. Hannigan’s love of reading was spawned from a very early age. She inhaled novels with an unquenchable thirst. Eventually, that love of reading turned into a love for writing. She started to pen stories at the tender age of nine while sitting at her white desk, pencil posed over lined paper, writing countless stories about a girl, her best friend, their horses and the adventures they’d have going on trial rides together. Born with a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, she didn’t get to play sports or run amuck like her siblings and peers. Writing kept her company amid a world of surgeries, bad pain days, and isolation.

She started a blog when she was fifteen-years-old, chronicling the challenges of high school, dating, and coping with her chronic pain bone disorder. That blog went on to win a Bloggie for Best Teen Weblog, and J.C.’s ego inflated quite a bit over it (enough to continuously mention it even today).

J.C. currently resides in a small town in Ontario with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. When she isn’t trying to wrangle kids and dogs, she can be found writing. In addition to writing new adult romance and suspense novels, J.C. writes a blog for the MHE Coalition, discussing the struggles of living with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. She also contributes to several other websites, including her personal blog, the OCH Literary Society, and she is the content manager for Stigma Fighters Canada. Through her writing, J.C. brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Her writing has been described as edgy, bold, poignant, and raw.

Other hobbies of J.C.’s include hiking, camping, binge-watching shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, eating dill pickle chips and daydreaming of travelling around the world. J.C. adores interacting with readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi! She tries her best to respond to every message. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and follow her personal blog of random ramblings.



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