Title: Collide into You(A romantic body swap story)
Author: Kelly Washington
Publication Date: October 28th,2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Gender Bender
Synopsis: SHE’S ALL ABOUT ORDER. HE NEEDS A CHALLENGE. THEIR LIVES ARE ABOUT TO COLLIDE.
Love, by its very definition, is disorder…
When twenty-seven-year-old Army Sergeant Keira Holtslander, an orderly and rule-loving intelligence analyst, is reassigned to the Pentagon for a special assignment, she agrees to room with her brother’s best friend, Dillan Pope. But there’s a problem. Several, in fact. He’s sarcastic, egotistical, full of himself, extremely attractive, and a womanizer. Within a matter of days, her life is chaos. She didn’t like him when they met nine years ago, and her opinion isn’t likely to change now.
Love… crashes around you…
Dillan Pope, a thirty-year-old career businessman climbing his way up the corporate ladder, has learned to use his looks, charm, and sexual skills to his advantage. There isn’t much he cannot accomplish. Women easily tumble into his bed and business deals come about effortlessly. But when his best friend’s little sister moves in, he knows he’s in trouble. She’s rather hostile toward him, which takes him by surprise. Not even his patented smile works on her, but maybe that’s why Keira, aka Sergeant Prim and Proper, has always been the one girl he hasn’t been able to forget since their first meeting, nine years ago.
Love… blinds you…
When a meddling barista puts a charm on the roommates, causing them to swap bodies, they must live as the other until they both own up to some hard truths. They quickly learn that panic, fighting, and accusations will get them nowhere. Until they can learn the lessons they refuse to acknowledge, they experience life as the other. Along the way they are forced to concede that maybe the other isn’t so bad.
Love… heals you…
Maybe there’s a reason they hated each other. And admitting the feelings that lay hidden may be the only way to undo the switch.
Collide Into You as the subtitle suggests is a romantic body swap love story between Keira Holtslander and Dillan Pope,which means that their bodies get interchanged,that physically Keira becomes Dillan and vice versa.I have watched this phenomenon occur in a few movies but had never read it in a book.So I was very curious to see how this pans out.
Sergeant Keira Holtslander or ‘Sergeant Prim and Proper’ as Dillan likes to call is an army intelligence analyst who leads a very disciplined and orderly life,and keeps to herself.Dillan Pope who is climbing the corporate ladder in a leading business firm in Washington DC is just her opposite in every way.He is carefree,suave,charming and a ladies man.Trouble brews when Keira is assigned with a top secret assignment in the Pentagon and comes to stay in the flat in Washington DC which is shared by her brother,Jon,a Navy officer deployed to Bahrain,and Dillan.
Keira is not impressed by her brother’s best friend and his lifestyle and comes to loggerheads with him within hours of moving in.Dillan is surprised by her hostility and also perplexed that his charms don’t work on her.She is also the girl he had a secret crush on when he met her nine years ago.But he gives back as good as he gets and soon it becomes impossible for them to share the same space.Keira is ready to move out when one night the fifty-five year old Ellen from Ellen’s Corner Bakery gives them both coffees which swap their bodies the next morning.Now they are at wits end as to how to get back in their own bodies.A quick trip to the meddling bakery owner doesn’t solve their problem but rather adds to their confusion when she tells them they have to figure out themselves in a week or be stuck in the swapped bodies forever.She thinks Dillan could use a challenge and Keira can let go a little of her control.
How this pair of polar opposites are then forced to spend time with each other to figure out a solution to get themselves back into their respective bodies is the rest of the story.Do they come to realise that despite their odds they are perfect for each other?Does Keira learn that letting go a little does not make her weak?Can Dillan come up to the challenge of making Keira see that he is more than who he appears to be and fall in love with him?
This was different from most other love stories I have read in the contemporary romance genre.Aside from the body swap bit it was a delight to find gender role reversals in terms of profession and personality between the protagonists.Keira’s office in Pentagon building and the general description of the place,the nuances of the procedures and protocols related to her job are done well.Perhaps it is the author’s background in the army which makes her writing convincing.It was hilarious and surprisingly realistic the way both Keira and Dillan try to cope in each other’s bodies and live the other’s life.(Spoiler: Particularly,the scene where Dillan’s casual girlfriend tries to seduce Keira in Dillan’s body had me in stitches. )
Apart from Keira and Dillan there are an interesting array of characters in the story.From Keira’s brother Jon(though he is not physically present)and his professional baseball playing boyfriend Tanner to Dillan’s casual girlfriend,Stacy and Tanner’s Irish-American colleague,Alec with whom Tanner fixes Keira up,not to mention Ellen from Ellen’s Corner Bakery,they are a riot.Add to the mix,Keira’s new colleagues from the Pentagon,viz,the wild and boisterous Sergeant Sean ‘Nebraska’ Walker,the handsome army couple Sergeant Justin ‘Hotten’ Hauten and Lieutenant Aaron Parris,there’s never a dull moment.I understand these three have a series of their own;I’ll have to check them out soon.Also,the mystery of the suspicious stack of old letters which is Keira’s assignment in the Pentagon adds flavour to this highly entertaining read.
Could it have been better?Of course there is always room for improvement.For instance,I feel that both Keira and Dillan were too accepting about their situation of body swapping when they first discover it.I would panic if it ever happens to me and I don’t think I’ll readily accept the situation just because it has been portrayed in a few movies or in this book for that matter.Because they don’t live in a world of supernaturals,it is unrealistic to accept the situation as no more than an irritating bug.But all in all,the author has done a good job here which doesn’t disappoint.
The story is told in first person alternate POVs by Keira and Dillan.
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review