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'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this damn book. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster! I loved it , I hated it, it made me laugh, cry, I screamed and shouted, the twists and turns had me frustrated- I was all over the place, but I loved every second of it! The summer after her senior year of college, Emily moves from her home in Colorado to New York City to be closer to her boyfriend Dillon. Since her mother died of breast cancer, she has nothing to keep her there. She moves in with her best friend and college room mate, Olivia and gets a job waitressing for the summer while she applies for teaching jobs. On her first day at the restaurant, Emily makes a delivery on her way home... To Gavin Blake’s office. Gavin and Emily both feel an instant attraction, a spark right away. There's an instant connection between Emily and Gavin, but of course she avoids and rejects all his advances, the problem is, Gavin and Dillon are friends (not best friends but friends) never the less, it still means that it's impossible for Gavin and Emily to avoid each other... As time passes by, the feelings they have for each other just intensifies. The connections and friendships you don’t expect and the events that have a domino effect on the entire story line. Normally, I am not the biggest fan of love triangles. I always feel bad for someone... except when a member of the triangle is a jerk. That always helps. Certain things about this story reminded me of Thoughtless, the angsty love triangle and all. Seriously. If you hate love triangles or wishy washy heroines who've got men falling over them, this book is not your cup of tea. If you can handle all that, then you must BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!
Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn
It's great how the right guy gets the right girl and the bad guy gets what he deserves. I really enjoyed it.
Gavin was determined but still gave Emily space. So definitely Gavin.
Her voice is easy to listen to, she did a good job with changing her voice with caricature.
It was hard to have to put the story away for the night. I wanted to continue listening....
There were various reviews on this book and I was not sure what to expect as I have not read this author before. I really, really liked it. The price was great so I just bought it rather than use a credit. I know that a storyline about cheating is not usually a positive story but you can understand why Emily and Gavin were drawn together. The struggle between right and wrong and the underlining hint of abuse from Dillon make for a tense story. I think I was drawn in because you could understand her indecision and struggle to follow her heart. I wish Emily was a little stronger but the author made you really feel her struggle. I think that the ending was a bit abrupt but knowing the sequel is out there you can understand why she did it. I think there are more twists to the story ahead so I am waiting for the next book. I am disappointed that audible does not have it. I am tempted to buy the book and read the next part. I loved the characters but have to say that the narrator was not my favourite. She did a good job on the 3 main character's voices but some of the other male characters and Fallon's voice was not good. Overall once you got into the story you can look past those details. It is not that the narrator was that bad but I like other's better. This is a hit with me and I am glad that I gave it a shot. I love tension filled stories that make you crave the story to continue.
i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.
i wanted to throw in the towel so many times i lost count, and it had everything to do with the narrator. she was just sub-par. maybe this just isn't her type of storyline, maybe she should stick with more victorian-type novels or just stop narration altogether. it was that bad.
she butchers the new york accents so horribly, that every time one of the characters began to speak i would cringe. lots of eye-rolling. i wish i didn't have to be so harsh but honestly, she can only seem to do TWO voices... harpy female and old man. it was bizarre. i could never tell dillon and gavin apart but worse than that, they both sounded like they were fifty year old men, not men in their late twenties/early thirties. yuck. and emily was "ok" most of the time, but fallon? dear lord. BAD.
HOWEVER, the story was great and that's why i stuck it out, and i even purchased the sequel (Pulse) and by that time i was fairly used to the lacking narration. oh well. can't win them all.
the story has a lot to offer, especially if you're someone who continues to make the wrong choice in men and can't seem to break that cycle of abuse. i thoroughly enjoyed it and loved book two as well.
i bought it on sale. don't waste a credit.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
I am going to review Collide and Pulse together here since they are both available on Audible. I was glad for that because the cliffhanger in Collide was frustrating and sad.
As a love story, my heart resonated with this one because I, too, had a love at first sight experience that is now into its 40th year of marriage. That's about where the similarity between my life and Emily's life ends, but it was enough for me to know that while romance novels are generally escapism, sometimes there are some very real aspects to the stories they tell.
Overall, the story was satisfying because I like good to overcome evil and HEA's. Even though there were moments in this story that were frustrating or made me roll my eyes, there was enough realism to the story that made it a cut above the typical rich young billionaire hero falls in love with beautiful but broken heroine.
There were some details in the story that didn't make sense. Here a few examples. If Emily (who definitely did not come from money) lived in CO, why did she go to Ohio State for a teaching degree? Likewise, why did her wealthy roommate/friend Olivia from NYC go to Ohio State for a degree relating to art? Why did filthy rich Gavin live in a fabulous penthouse that didn't have security at the building entrance that would prevent people from just showing up at his front door? These are minor details (and there were more), but they bugged me nonetheless. Stuff like that detracts from my enjoyment of a story.
The story flowed fairly well, but when Emily had an awful nightmare, I thought the author dropped the ball by not transitioning into that scene. It was just dropped into the storyline in a way that felt very manipulative. I thought she could have handled it better. The story had enough emotional highs and lows without that particular flashback to the original TV series "Dallas" to be thrown in there.
As for character development, the hero (Gavin) was very well fleshed out. A reader would have to be brain dead not to fall in love with him. Likewise for the villain, which rhymes with his name, Dillon. Of course, there was nothing likable about him; it was very easy to hate him. Very black and white dynamic with the hero and villain. I have mixed feelings about Emily. I think her relationship with her mother needed more detail in order to make Emily more empathetic.
The narrator was pretty bad. She did a fairly good job when she was reading in the 3rd person or doing Emily's voice. But that's about the only praise I can give her. Almost all the other characters' voices were so annoying that it almost ruined the books for me. Her NY accent was absurd. I wanted to push pencils in my ears whenever Trevor or Fallon were speaking. There were also numerous mispronunciations of words and glitches in the sentence or dialogue flow that made her narration of the story less than enjoyable.
The sound quality was pretty bad, too. For example, I could hear the narrator inhaling deeply between sentences in many places. Somebody on the production team should have made sure that the sound was properly mixed.
Lastly, since these books are under $10 each, don't use credits to purchase them. Paying cash for them is more economical, and despite my criticisms, I think the books are worth the money.
Love a good romance
Roller coast ride
She did a good job had no problem getting into each character
Yes, I wanted to cry at the end when the story is left hanging and there is no next book for now
I love romance, believable romance...so many have fallen short. While Gavin is so perfect that it makes you question the possibility that such a man exists..you can't help but fall madly in love with him. Sometimes Emily upsets me with her assumptions, but then you can't help but feel you would react that way yourself... and it's easier to see bad situations from the outside, than when you're in it. I have read both books and they are majorly addictive! Be ready to lose sleep when you start these books! You can't stop listening! In fact, I started listening to them again!
This book has got to be one of the best books I have gotten since I became a member. I hope Gail McHugh writes more books like this. Collide was a great story, it had the romance and it really made me laugh at times too. Gavin Blake had some really good comebacks when he met an old Flame that Emily used to date in the past, it had me laughing so much.
This truly was a great book. I HOPE THERE IS MORE!!! I loved this story!
Gavin Blake was the best character because he seemed so confident and sexy, plus he has everything going for him he is too hard to resist. Too bad it took Emily so long to figure it out though.
There wasn't a Mary Kowal in this book so I am not sure where this name is coming from.
The part of the book that moved me the most was when Gavin was in the hospital from a motorcyle wreck. It had me crying I was so upset about what was happening to him, Emily and all of his family and friends.
I am glad I got the book Collide and the Pulse book written by Gail McHugh. I wish and hope there are more to come. I could not put these two books down at all.
I would Highly Reccommend this book to everyone, it has it all romance, sex a great story line and some great laughs all wrapped up into one. I will be waiting for the next book to come by Gail McHugh.
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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.
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.
Less and less explicit sex scenes, more story and depth
I liked the parts of the story where something actually happened, e.g. the part in the park
None, the characters were well chosen
I did not like the book that much as I had expected to find more body to the story. I personally found the story very predictable, focusing mainly on the sex scenes, and less on the events.
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