//Lives Collide by Kristina Beck//
A debut novel about fate, serendipity, destiny, and coincidences and how they weave our lives together in the most confusing, heartbreaking, and life changing ways.
Lives Collide by Kristina Beck was an unexpected surprise as it swept me away to a land where fate has a hand in everything. It was sweet with just a touch of sexy, swoon-worthy with a whole lot of heartbreak and just the right amount of angst.
The novel starts off with a bang, as Lisa and her mother get into a car accident that ends up killing her mother and scaring her physically and emotionally for years. She would have died had it not been for James pulling up to the wreck at the opportune time, calling for help and saving her life. For years their their lives are constantly intertwined, however, they never meet until part two of the book… years later after heartbreaking tragedy and loss have struck. Both an emotional wreck and emotionally unavailable, they agree to be friends, however, there is no denying attraction. After they find each other, they help each other heal and move past their suffering to find hope and love in one another.
James and Lisa were amazing and strong characters. Both so lost and confused after enduring so much pain. I loved how they slowly learned to trust one another and open up about their pain and fears.
So why not five stars? Well, even though I did adore this novel, I almost didn’t make it through part one because of how it was written. The timeline was constantly jumping forward, sometimes years would go by and it would take me a minute to catch up. I wish there had been a caption telling us how much time had passed. Also, part one was a bit cheesy, especially James’s story, and fell into place a little too perfectly. However, this all changed in part two… Beck stepped up her writing game and perfected the story with everything that was missing from part one. The writing style was a bit formal for my taste but didn’t bother me enough to distract from the story-line.
I would definitely recommend this novel if you are looking for a sweet read that makes you believe in fate and true love! Can’t wait to read the next novel by Kristina Beck!
You can plan your life, but sometimes life has a mind of its own…
Following Lisa’s near-death experience as a teenager, she is haunted by the emerald-green eyes of the stranger who saved her life. Her only connection to him is the leather jacket he left behind. Years later, she’s still reeling from the aftereffects of her injuries, convinced that no man will love her once he uncovers her secret. She lives a life of solitude and hides behind her days of monotony. And then James storms into her life.
After James helps a young girl in a car accident, he sets his life course—determined that nothing will stand in his way. Once he accomplishes his dreams, one unforeseen event changes his orderly existence into one of chaos. He spirals downward and can’t summon the strength to pull himself from the edge of despair. Until Lisa becomes a beautiful distraction.
Familiarity and a sense of peace draw them to one another. They soon discover they lived parallel lives that intertwined at the most crucial points. Can their revelations help them face their fears and move forward, or will history repeat itself?
A Jersey girl herself, Kristina was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, for thirty years. She later moved to Germany and has lived there for over twelve years with her German husband and three children. She lives in the farthest southwest tip of Germany, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and a perfect view of the Black Forest. She is an avid reader of different genres, but romance always takes precedence. Her hobbies include writing, reading, fitness, wine tasting, and forever trying to improve her German-language skills.
She loves movies from the 80’s and 90’s. Favorite books are hard to list because there are too many. They range from romance to paranormal to science fiction.