A missed first encounter....
Colliding with a second chance....
On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother's death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.
While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can't live without her by his side, he's sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.
Until she meets Gavin Blake - a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.
This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.
©2013 Gail McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I enjoyed the story, looking forward to the next ... My only gripe, I couldn't stand her voice as "other people" I rather the tone change vs trying to sound like a man.
Love's to listen or read!!!!! Mother of 6 Grandmom of 6! Reading or listening is my getaway I can go wherever I like in a matter of seconds.
To much assumption and not enough questions! I really liked Gavin because he was real and spoke his mind. But Emily was back and forth. Trusting that loser and the one time she may have questions for Gavin she just runs away and believes some bull that she made up in her own head! Emily seemed so childish she broke her own heart, all she had to do was ask, it's almost as if she like being in a dominating relationship. Maybe if Dillion told her what Gavin was trying to say to her she would have believed him. She would have believe Dillon if he was in the act and telling her he wasn't cheating.
This was my first novel by this author. I enjoyed it write a bit, but the cliffhanger would have seriously upset me if it were not fit the fact that it is already out.
Other reviewers have discussed the narrator's lack of skill in catering off the New York accent, so I will not rehash it here; but I cannot leave without saying that I had to read parts of the story to give myself a break at times. She was great as the voice of Emily.
This was a good listen. The narrator was ok, but some of her voices I found to be annoying. It was worth a credit and I look forward to seeing how things play out in book 2.
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.
All business but contemporary fun!
EVERY dialog, every feeling was described in the superlative tone. A look would shoot the heroine's hair up across ALL her body from her toes to her head. A single touch would speed their hearts at their maximum pace and they would completely lose their breath.
It was bizarre that the scenery descriptions were delivered using a formal, elegant tone with many metaphors and yet the dialogs among the main characters actions and humor were child-like, swearing all the time, giving the finger, etc. I definitely do not expect a 30 year old self made millionaire man to act like that. The male character actually fell completely flat. For some reason I kept going and finished the book. so there go the two stars.
Again, if the dialogs matched the author's writing style, this would have been 100x better.
An Audiobook-addict & I'm Luv'n it! ~Chronic Illness hit 5+Yrs ago; creating this inner "Audiobook Monster" of mine!
The main Female, and both main Male Characters as well; Especially Mr. Blake!! As for the Men you have one to Love easily and one that Confuses the hell out of you...
My first experience with Mary Kowal..!! — She's good; an easy narrator to listen too. My only slight? -A few Male voices; however, they ended up being a few one-liners or short responses here and there. Perhaps if that particular Male variation was used a lot, it could've became annoying enough to actually interfere with the story. However, this book has a lot of male sub-characters; I can only imagine how hard that would be to make so many different sounding "guy voices"!! – The 2-significant male characters of the book fit great into the narration; that's all that really matters to me. ;)
Worth that Credit — Cannot disappoint; This story kept me consistently and undeniably enthralled. I even hated it when I had to stop and/or pause, so I could attend my daily appointments, etc!! Plus, I was SO happy to find the sequel. It was ready & available right away on Audible for Download as well. I went straight to that book as soon as I was done with the first! - Jeez, and the second book?!! – Completely worth another Credit or purchase as well. A "must have" Download-duo, without a doubt!
Maybe, maybe not. I read the book first so I had already formed an opinion of the characters, plot, and writing. If I hadn't already read the book, the narration would have absolutely driven me insane, so much so that I honestly don't think I could have finished listening. It was that bad.
If you enjoyed the Beautiful Bastard series, Driven trilogy, or Tangled you'll probably enjoy this book (please read it, don't listen to audio version).
That's an easy answer...NO way! One thing kept coming to mind, Yogi Bear. MK's character voices sounded so much like cartoon characters. Fallon in particular (a female, supporting character) sounded just like Yogi Bear to me. Every time she would "speak" I would immediately shout out "Yoooogi Bear." That was probably the worst but, every characters voice was so over-acted that it became a major distraction from the storyline.
No, absolutely not. Go buy the book and read it, it's an awesome romance (I love Gavin) and is completely ruined by this narration. Gail McHugh is so talented, don't let this weird narration keep you from reading more of her books.
Note to authors:You have spent a lot of time writing, editing, rewriting, marketing and pouring your heart out in to your books, please, spend some time selecting a narrator. It will make our break your book for so many listeners.
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