Title: Collision Course
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary GLBT (M/M)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Immovable object? Meet the irresistible force.
Paramedic Aaron Chase doesn’t have anything against love. It just comes with a lot of responsibility, like when he had to raise his sister and brothers after their drug-addicted mom took off for good. Now that the last one is off to college, Aaron’s anticipating enjoying life on his own terms. He certainly wasn’t expecting Joey Miller to accidentally drop into his life.
Joey’s sexy, funny and annoyingly optimistic, and his tendency to get into trouble keeps sending him Aaron’s way. Even the fact that Joey works for the hated social work system isn’t reason enough to keep him out of Aaron’s bed. Joey knows all about love. He’s fallen in it ten times—he thinks. It’s not that he can’t tell the difference between sex and love. All that experience has to count for something, right? With Aaron it’s different. Maybe because there’s something to fight for.
This time Joey’s fallen for good. He’s not going to let number eleven get away.
Many readers may remember Joey Miller from K.A. Mitchell’s wonderful romance Diving in Deep with Noah and Cameron. Well this time it’s all about Joey and Aaron. Joey is a klutz who finds new ways to hurt himself accidentally, but the first time he meets Aaron, a paramedic, he’s actually helping to save a child who had survived a terrible automobile accident. They took one look at each other across the carnage and knew they had a connection, but Aaron was seriously damaged emotionally and only wanted Joey for sex. However, Joey had other plans which included getting and keeping the man of his dreams, and Aaron didn’t stand a chance.
Aaron was nothing like the other 10 men Joey had dated and the excitement was so hot between them that their first time together was on the hospital grounds in Aaron’s ambulance where Joey injures himself yet again, but the bleeding doesn’t stop him from having the best sex in his life. Joey knows that Aaron wants him but realizes that he had serious issues about being close to any one outside his family and it’s a constant battle to overcome Aaron’s past and prejudices.
This book has some serious smoking hot lovemaking which required me to take frequent breaks before I self destructed, but what makes it different from other books and such an incredible read is there’s a compelling story with an intricate plot and characters that tug at your heartstrings. Collision Course is not a lightweight book. It deals with issues most of us have never experienced and would never wish on anyone. Aaron is from a dysfunctional family and had to be responsible for his siblings at a very early age when tragedy struck. This lead to their mistreatment at the hands of the Department of Families and Children and Aaron’s hatred for all social workers and unfortunately Joey is the face of the DFC.
The writing is exquisite and the story is poignant at times and gives us glimpses of a family still in crisis even though most of them are now adults. The characters were vulnerable and real, and Aaron who tried really hard to be cold and detached was no match for Joey who loved him and wanted his heart in return. The author added a music track to the story which was always playing in Joey’s mind that made it fun, and even though it’s not the kind of music I groove to, it was very effective in getting me to understand Joey’s complicated persona.
Collision Course has got to be one of the best books I have read this year. I thought that K.A. Mitchell was an excellent writer before when I read some of her other stories and this one reinforces my respect and admiration for her prose, dialogue and characterizations. Collision Course has everything – great protagonists, a complex plot, fast pacing, terrific secondary characters in Aaron’s siblings and colleagues, the return of Cameron and Noah, and a seriously cool music track to die for.
I’m looking forward to what I hope will be the next story in this series, that of the hunky ER doctor, Dr. Jae Sun Kim. Buy this book.