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!
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
It's all been said before in all the positive reviews but this is what happens when love at first sight is ignored because Gavin knew from the start Emily should be his but instead she was with Dillion. She felt the pull, the chemistry and the attraction too but she was sure she loved Dillon. As soon as Gavin, Emily and Dillon's love triangle begins your swept away with the romance, the secrets, the temptation, the manipulation and the heartbreaking bitter devastating consequences of assuming things rather than just talking things out.
I loved every minute of it and I'm now desperately downloading book 2 Pulse to see what other anguish, angst and drama will befall these three because I'm sure there's more turbulence to come in their love life before there will ever be any hope of a HEA ending in sight for three broken and battered hearts.
Worth a credit? Dual POV's, a narrator who had many interesting characters and emotions to do and she managed to do it with ease and a story that'll have you pulling you hair out at the end with the wrongness of it all. That's why I'm off to listen to Pulse now..... I need the emotional high of a HEA ending. This would easily have been creditworthy but for under $8 for nearly 12 hours of undiluted bliss this was the bargain of the year as I just bought it saving a precious credit.
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....
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I honestly don't know what to type as I sit here and ponder the responses I just read over to this book. I just feel... slimy. Uncomfortable. Discombobulated.
And I'm gunna have a moment to Woosah. So. Spoilers.
There's something I failed to truly appreciate in Lizzy Bennet, despite loving her for years. Her backbone. She's sure of herself, and when confronted with security in the form of handsome Darcy, she'd rather stay single than deal with douchbaggery.
Not Emily. Emily is dating a creeper. All the signs are there. Like, waved in our face. He's like Mr. Wickham with money. And to make sure we notice them, the second voice of the story is the OTHER guy. So we know from the beginning Gavin and Emily will end up together. We just have to wait. And wait. And watch this girl make one bad move after another. It's like some cross between a boyfriend and Stockholm syndrome and she just CAN'T get away. Even after meeting her love-at-first-sight guy.
On top of it, there seems to be a lot of women who love answering doors in their underwear. This abnormal occurrence plays a role in this story. And to be honest. The whole "misunderstanding" could have been understood if homegirl had a backbone and simply stepped inside her recently claimed domain, and confronted the situation.
But she's a doe. A heart-bleeding doe. That's her spirit animal.
And when she finally gets what she wants - I knew something was up because there was too much book left. So enter the evil ex who is there just to be a drunken, panty-wearing, door-opening, plot device. Boom. "Shot thru the heart, and you're to blame.."
I was so off balance during my yoga class today because I was so ANGRY at this heroine. Laugh if you will, but yoga is that calm place. A happy place. Instead, I was stuck on pause while the last hour (like 8 hours in) of listening and my warrior pose sucked because I was pep-talking myself how I would NEVER let a guy abuse me like that. Or would I let things get so out of control like she did.
My heart is tight even now just thinking about it. Don't ever let a man treat you like that, reader, Christian Grey is better than this guy. Seriously.
I came here hoping the reviews would mention how broken this heroine is from the first minute of the book to the last. Nope. Everyone loved it. Apparently heartbreak for 11 hours is fun!
It's not. Nothing about this book is FUN. It's a heart attack. With bad narration. I love Elizabeth Bennet and that story has just as much heartbreak and mishaps and you ENJOY reading it. This book was a big bunch of frustration, aggravation, and to top it off, it ends right before the climax!
You want to know what happens? Me too. You have to get the second book because authors these days didn't listen to their English teachers. They listened to their pocketbooks. Luckily because of all the rave reviews, I bought both books while they were on sale so I can suffer through another 11 hours. I'm guessing these two will continue to have misunderstandings and heartbreaks - as if they aren't already puddles of goo on the floor.
I will say it's a decently written nightmare of an abusive relationship. I'm hoping she grows a backbone in the second book so I'll continue on. Tight heart and all.
Oh. And just because this review isn't long enough. The narration was a joke. She had half of them down okay but Fallon? Hah! She had a deeper voice than the guys! The accents are pretty terrible too. Still, not the worst I've heard... so... 2 stars.
Listen at your own risk. And you are a risk taker. Aren't you. Cause you read these spoilers.
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.
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
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
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.
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.
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.
already got it in print & kindle
she got rid od Dillon thank god
the waitress & the millionaire
loved it Emily got on my nerves a bit but in general i enjoyed the book
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