Collided: An MM romance (LSU) by Becca Steele

Becca Steele has a knack for writing enemies to lovers books. Collided gives us all that UST and more! 

From the blurb:

When my mother told me she was getting married, I had no idea just how much my life would change.
Her new husband does his best to make me feel welcome, but his son is a different story. Huxley

Granger is rude and aggressive, and from the moment we collide, he makes it clear that he loathes me.

Then, something happens. An event that alters everything between us.
I find myself looking at him in a different way.
A way I shouldn’t be looking at the person who has been so hostile to me from the beginning. A way I shouldn’t be looking at the one person I’m not allowed to have.

Even though I tell myself to forget him, I can’t get him out of my head.
And I could be wrong, but I think he might have the same problem.
I know I should stay away.
I should.
But I won’t.

Collided is an M/M new adult romance with enemies to lovers themes. It is a prequel to the LSU college romance series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔, 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒚 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘, 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆-𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒖𝒏 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒔. 𝑴𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒉𝒐𝒘, 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒅𝒅𝒔, 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆."

Becca Steele never disappoints me with her New Adult enemies to lovers. I eat that shit up. Huxley and Cole were no different. I mean these two HATED each other. Enough to come to blows so if violence between the MCs is not your cuppa then consider yourself warned. To be honest it was Huxley's fault. From the second Cole arrived he made sure to tell him exactly what he thought of him and his mum moving in. I have to be fair though. I don't know how welcoming I'd be to the son of the woman who my father had an affair with. On the flip side, Cole was just as blindsided as Huxley was about their parents. It was a big change all around and neither of them seemed to be taking it well.

So how did Huxley and Cole go from outright loathing each other to the sweetness of my opening quote? Trauma. A traumatic event is what it took. People react to trauma in different ways. No one way is the answer. And even though Huxley is the last person on Earth Cole wants to help, he still does it. He sticks by him and in turn he starts to see the man behind the hostility. And low and behold he likes what he sees.

"𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝑰'𝒅 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒉𝒊𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒏. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏, 𝑰'𝒅 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆."

It wasn't easy. Falling for your step-brother never is. The falling part is the easiest. It's everyone else that's the hard part. How do you disappoint the people who raised you? It also doesn't help that although Huxley has opened up a bit, he still keeps most of his emotions locked down tight. It was touch and go for a while. I was worried. I didn't need to be. In fact I absolutely loved how it all came together in the end. Like I said at the start, when it comes to enemies to lovers, Becca Steele has never disappointed me.

Rating: 5 Stars

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

OMG!! What an intense step-brothers enemies to lovers read!  Their animosity and hostility towards each other reminded me of why I began reading MM, throwing hands followed with hot and scorching, revenge hate sex…ummmm…yes please!!!  Add in the step-brothers forbidden element and I’m front row seats ready for all the action! 

“𝗙𝘂𝘂𝘂𝗰𝗸. 𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗜 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗜 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲,”

Oh Huxley, all your built up emotions and Cole saw right through it all!  These two were so much fun to read about, just imagining their constant bickering turn into lustful sexual tension was enough for me. But, Becca added in the truthful struggles that come with being together, even though they never asked for their family dynamic. 

Becca never ceases to amaze me with her ability to nail these enemies to lovers novels. Her skills to bring everything together, throughout their struggles, takes a level of expertise that doesn’t come easily. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Collided is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.