I guess I only read the "great" reviews. I am having trouble with this story and narration so I came back to see what others thought. Worried I am becoming a narration snob. But she is just awful...sounds like a prude Victorian prissy and the male voice is so unattractive you cannot imagine these men are well attractive or magnetic....I appreciated the reviewer that gave the overview of the prequel...I don't care for this writer's turn of phrase.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Never have I ever listened a book with more emotional angsty goodness than Collide. From the very beginning, I bought every single word Gail McHugh was selling and then some. And, you know what's weird? I'm usually not a fan of love triangles. Or cheating. Collide has the love triangle to beat all love triangles, as well as some cheating. And, I just could not get enough. So, bravo to Ms. McHugh for doing what few authors have been able to do.
Emily moves to New York to be near her boyfriend Dillon and her BFF Olivia after her mother passes away in her home state of Colorado. After only a few days in the city, Emily meets Gavin completely by chance. And, it's sorta love at first sight. Except Emily's already in love with someone else. As time moves on and Dillon and Gavin both show their true colors, Emily has to decide what is more important - the past or the future.
I'd heard nothing but amazing things about Collide from many other new adult fans. I bought the audio version from Audible and it sat there. For months. I'm not sure why. I just didn't get to it. Then, I started listening And, I was like, WHOA. I am such an idiot for not reading this sooner!
Initially, I wasn't a big fan of Emily's. It was glaringly obvious who the right guy was, and yet she spent the entire span of the book denying it, even in the face of some pretty convincing evidence. This was one of those books for which a padded Kindle cover is a good thing - you know - for the times you want to throw it across the room because you're so damn frustrated. On one hand I wanted Emily to realize what was doing from the beginning. On the other hand, her self-denial made for some pretty amazing sexual tension between she and Gavin.
OMG - it was beyond delicious. Gail McHugh knows how to write the heat. I'd classify Collide as a mature NA book. And the heated tension between Emily and Gavin is the best part of the book. It was palpable on every single page. It doesn't hurt that McHugh made Gavin this amazingly perfect specimen of a man. I think any encounter between him and a woman would overheat my senses. But with Emily - the woman he loves more than his next breath - swoon city, baby.
Dillon is the biggest jerk EVER - I kept waiting for the moment when Emily realized what the reader had known for awhile. It was a very long wait. Gail McHugh was able to weave a powerful message into her epic love story - a message about finding your inner strength and beauty when someone all but rips it away from you. Other reviewers called it "stupidity" or Emily being a door mat. But, I get what Gail McHugh was trying to say. Sometimes, especially in the face of a tragedy when you're at your weakest, others are able to convince you that you need them and are not able to make it on your own. It sucks, but it happens all the time. This book was very real in that aspect. By the end of Collide, Emily has finally started reclaiming her voice and her life, and although you don't get to see Dillon's comeuppance, you know it's coming.
Collide ends on one of those good kinds of cliffhangers. Most of the loose ends are tied up and the story comes to a close, but there's one big thing left undone that absolutely compels you to read the next book in the series. By the time the end rolled around, I was very glad that I had had the foresight to purchase the audio version of Pulse (Collide #2) and had it waiting for me. Because, although the ending was good, I was left wanting to know what came next.
The banter between Emily and Gavin is many times lighthearted and sweet. Olivia's and Emily's restaurant is funny and real and amazing. Those moments were the lightest of the book. For the most part, Collide is angsty with a capital A. It's perfect for when you want one of those super emo romantic books. Just, trust me when I say, have Pulse ready to go before you finish. You'll thank me for that bit of advice.
Mary Kowal was fanastic with the delivery of the story.
Say something about yourself!
This is one of those books that really ticked me off. The first 75% I was in love, ready to sing its praises, to download the sequel in actual reading format because its not available in audio yet....thank goodness I waited.
The things I loved were:
1. Alpha males galore
2. Totally hot scenes
3. I really respected the drama...in the beginning....the female lead lost her mom to breast cancer, her boyfriend helped her emotionally and physically, he even held the moms hair while she threw up....so no matter what she feels for another guy how do you ditch the man your dying mom approved of???
Then the writer just flipped a switch, the wonderful boyfriend becomes anything but wonderful.....how does a man who held a dying woman's hair while she was sick complain to a waiter about a crying baby? Huh?!?!? Then the 24 year old super hot model like female lead never had a boyfriend before this guy? Huh?!?!?
Throw in some fake made up drama towards 85% through and I turned it off with an hour ago.....ugh! Ruined a great book and ticked me off! If you like fake drama go for it, at least the hot scenes were hot.
I'm a book lover. I call myself a booky.
I purchased this book back in 2013, and have listened, and enjoyed it many times. I don't know why there's so many bad reviews about the narrator, to me she's perfect for this book bringing the characters to life. There are so many horrific narrators out there killing the hell out of books, but Mary Kowal isn't one of them.
This story moved way too slow. Nothing really occurred between the two leads until the last two chapters. They spent no time together as a couple because the female lead was seeing someone else for the rest of the book.
I'm certain I'm not the only person who listened to Collide and Pulse who got distracted by the strange adjectives used. It's like the author opened up a thesaurus and grabbed any old word regardless of it working. I mean...she used the word 'cavernous' to replace 'deep' for a man's voice. It was off-putting. I tried to just ignore the weird descriptive language and try to get into the story line, but even that was horribly predictable. The narrator gave some of the worst character voices I've ever heard. She also had a slight lisp and read Spanish horribly. I gave it a higher star count due to its lower price. It isn't credit worthy, but it's adequate for the price it's offered at. Back to the weird adjectives...Tiffany Reisz's main character Nora in The Siren is an erotica writer who asks her new editor "What's another adjective for thrust?" I probably got that line wrong but that was the gist (synonyms: essence, substance, central theme, heart of the matter, nub, kernel, marrow, meat, burden, crux) of it. I adore Nora and her creator Ms. Reisz and the thought of Nora's editor Zachary verbally beating the naughty adjectives out of Ms. McHugh's writing made me smile.
The narrator was not amazing but the story is good enough to overcome. I also have a problem with the desperate poor decisions Emily makes at times. (I can't say more without spoilers) Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. Great plot, lots of sexual tension & conflict.
Good luck listening to this one without immediately buying the next one! This is only half the story...I hate that!