We’re so excited to be participating on the blog tour for Collide, the first book in the Hard Hit Series by Charity Parkerson today! We’ve got an awesome excerpt to share with you as well as a giveaway for a $5 Amazon Gift Card. First, here’s the 411 on the book:Collide by Charity Parkerson
Series: Hard Hit #1
Published by Punk & Sissy Publications on August 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Erotica, M/M Romance
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Shayne thinks he has nothing left to lose…
On his way home after losing his job, Shayne’s bad day goes further downhill when a truck slams into him. The sexy man who pulls him from the wreckage, seeing him at his lowest, is either the best or worst thing to happen to Shayne in a long time.
While Lincoln feels guilty for totaling Shayne’s car, he can’t regret having met the man. Something about Shayne calls to him on a new level and brings out a side in him even Lincoln can’t explain.
When these two opposites collide it’s only a matter a time before one falls.
Shayne’s first love will always be hockey. With the out-of-work goalie on the hunt for a new team, Lincoln knows their time together is short-lived. It’ll take a veteran player to sneak past the guard on Lincoln’s heart, but Shayne is up for the fight.
Erin: Collide is the first book I’ve read by Charity Parkerson, and it won’t be the last. It is also the first book in her new Hard Hit series and let me tell you, I’m hooked. An out of work, down on his luck hockey player and a charismatic doctor is a recipe for sparks, and Parkerson delivered … and then some.
From the moment Shayne and Lincoln meet, their chemistry simmers and only grows the more time they spend with another. Flirting by text as well as in person, the UST factor ramped up in a hurry. A bit too fast for it to be totally believable, but the sheer sexiness pretty much outweighs that fact. Watching Shayne and Lincoln circle one another was fun. Both were bold in certain instances then endearingly vulnerable. Brash and direct, then shy and unsure. I found this push and pull quite enjoyable and helped make the characters, which aren’t as well developed as they could be, even more engaging.
Lincoln couldn’t look away as Shayne’s eyes flashed with mischief. “So you’re my doctor now?”
“Fine,” Lincoln conceded. “As a doctor, I really think you need some sleep.”
“Nope,” Shayne said, sounding as exhausted as he looked, but still sexy as sin. “You had it right the first time.”
Snagging the hem of Lincoln’s shirt, Shayne drew him closer. “You are my doctor, and we should be in bed right now.” He was a dangerous man. Every word falling from Shayne’s amazing lips drove Lincoln insane. Lincoln was almost certain he hadn’t stayed hard for so long at one time in years.
I liked Shayne and Lincoln’s dialogue; I liked the way they were open with one another even if the insta-love was a tad over the top. Parkerson’s writing style took me a little bit to get used to: it’s kind of like she starts mid-thought and then rushes forward, dragging the reader along so fast that you can’t really grasp what you just read, then it becomes clear if you just wait a little bit and she gives you a bit more. I’m not sure that’s an entirely accurate description but it’s close. I was able to follow the story with no question though some parts could have definitely been explained better and others for sure needed more details. The multiple points of view could have been confusing, but they weren’t.
The other characters that were introduced piqued my interest and I can totally see how some of them will have their own parts in the following books. I am SO looking forward to Ryker and Grady! All in all, this was a pretty great introduction to a new author I will for sure be keeping an eye on. Check out Collide and come along for the ride, I think it’s going to be a good one!
He had the most beautiful green eyes Shayne had ever seen.
“What’s your middle name?”
Shayne groaned. “Why don’t you ask my weight too while you’re at it? That way, you’ll know all my dirty secrets.”
“I won’t laugh. Promise.” He stopped short of crossing his heart, but Shayne thought it was understood. There were flecks of gold in his gaze as well.
“Let’s not take any chances.”
“Mine is Hansel.”
That gave Shayne pause. If he was serious, that was bad, but still. “Mine’s worse.”
He drew in a hiss through his teeth, wincing. “What were your parents thinking? Worse is a terrible name.”
Shayne’s chuckle turned into a gasp as a sharp pain shot through him. His savior sprang into action, inspecting his ribs for damage. He hit something. Shayne didn’t like it. “Fuck me. How bad is the other guy?”
He didn’t look. “Walking around as if nothing happened.”
Sirens rang in the distance. Still his sexy rescuer didn’t move away. “His truck is bigger than your car. He won. Does anything hurt other than your ribs?”
“Everything,” he admitted, attempting to sit up. Sexy savior pushed him back down.
“You could be hurt worse than you realize. The paramedics are almost here.” His gaze shifted down Shayne’s body. “Can I call someone for you?” Shayne’s mind went blank. If there was a God in heaven, this gorgeous man would stop asking him questions. Getting t-boned by a huge F150 on his way home from being released by the Blue Fire’s—the minor league hockey team he’d played for going on ten years now—was not the best start to a day he’d ever had. Even if he had every right to do so, he didn’t want to have a fit of dramatics in front of this man who was already seeing him at his worst. If he hadn’t pulled Shayne from the car, he’d be freaking out right now. “I can dig around in the wreckage for your phone if you need to let your…” he cast a glance around, obviously searching for the correct term. “… Significant other know you’re all right.”
“It’s Wayne,” Shayne said, cutting him off before he could dig further. “My middle name is Wayne.” Suddenly, answering the man’s first question seemed nowhere near as embarrassing as admitting he had no one to call.
“That’s not terrible.”
“My first name is Shayne.”
A smile exploded across the man’s face at Shayne’s confession. “Now I have to know. What’s your last name? Please tell me it rhymes.”
***About Charity Parkerson***
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Indie Publishing House LLC, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.
*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards
*2015 Passionate Plume Award Finalist
*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath
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