The characters in Collision were fantastically written - flawed but sympathetic. Sienna seems a bit naive in the beginning of the book but learns, grows, and and becomes wiser with her experiences. She is willing to roll with a lot of things that would force most people to shut down but she also stumbles over emotional baggage and her humanity which keeps her from being too cool under pressure. Legian might be an alien and is definitely arrogant but he's "real" - his alpha personality and protectiveness are very similar to that of a human soldier showing that some things are quite universal.
The supporting characters are well rounded and left me wanting to read more about them which I always think of as the sign of a well written book. Nalea, Apolo, Jax, and the rest of the aliens and humans are a combination of comic relief and reality check for our protagonist couple.
The action in Collision is fairly non-stop and completely page-turning. I was never sure what was going to happen next and made several wrong guesses as to who the "bad guy" was as the book moved forward. I liked the pace of Collision for the most part though the ending felt a little rushed. There were a lot of loose ends left dangling but, as it is part of a trilogy, that makes sense and wasn't entirely unexpected. The only issue I had with Collision was that it could have used one more round of copy-editing before being released but that's up to the published and not something the author can control.
Collision by Berinn Rae is the first novel in Rae's Colliding Worlds trilogy and it is an awesome start. I've definitely moved Implosion, book two in the series, up my reading list! Explosion, the conclusion of the trilogy, will be published this summer.
*I do know Berinn and think she's pretty kick-ass! :)
Sienna Wolfe knows it’s going to be an interesting day when a man with golden skin and strange tattoos crashes in her backyard… and ends up tied to her bedposts. She likes her life just the way it is – simple, easy, relaxed. But when the gorgeous new alien in her life asks for her help in an inter-galactic war on a collision course with earth, she can’t say no… but she’ll soon wish she had.
Sienna struggles with her new, unpredictable world, which includes trying to protect earth from alien domination and dodging attempts on her life. And to make matters worse, her greatest enemy – who just so happens to have annoyingly good looks – offers her a double-edged proposal to end the war. All she has to do is give up her freedom and turn her back on the love of her life. Now it’s up to Sienna to pull off the impossible: save the world and – hopefully – live a little happily ever after.
Sensuality Level: sensual