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Pulse | [Gail McHugh]

Pulse

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start? Only time will tell…Tick-Tock…
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Publisher's Summary

How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading? You're…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your…soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start? Only time will tell…Tick-Tock…

©2013 Gail McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Jordy United States 09-14-13
    Jordy United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "The ending was PERFECTION. Loved loved loved it. "

    I can’t tell you how relieved I was to finally get my hands on Pulse after the gut-wrenching cliffhanger at the end of Collide. What a crazy, emotional rollercoaster ride this has been! In Collide, I was consumed by Emily and Gavin’s story. I hated and loved that book. I was struck speechless by the cliffhanger. I loved this book even more than the first one. I didn't know that would be possible considering that the first one was real great. It didn't have much angst (thank goodness) but I can say it was sweeter and more romantic. And the steam was over the moon. Believe me when I say there was a lot of “shmexy” scenes. Pulse started right were Collide ended, when Emily finally got some sense in her head and left Dillon. Emily goes after Gavin, but he wasn't so accessible, and she realizes that getting him back was going to be worth the fight. Emily & Gavin do find their way back to each other, but they don't have it easy. Major events happen throughout this book and so no spoilers here. I'm being vague because their love story needs to be savored. I really loved the progression of everything. It was well paced, the sex scenes very erotic and captivating. If you loved Gavin Blake in Collide, you will fall hopelessly and head over heels in love with him in Pulse. His words and his actions will make you melt. Gavin and Emily are not fighting against their feelings for one another, they’re fighting for their happiness together. Their journey is hard, complicated, challenging, breathtaking, and it smolders with passion. Emily and Gavin' face a lot of complications and challenges but, it’s an extraordinary conclusion to this story. Prepare to be enthralled, surprised, passionate, heart-mending, and deeply emotional …it’s all you can ask for and more!  So, I can honestly say that this was an amazing ending for a perfect series. I loved the conclusion, loved how the characters ending, loved everything. On a side note, this book tries to deliver a different message within. It's about moving forward. It's about fighting back. Basically the theme that every abused woman out there shouldn't blame herself! she should fight back, and get out! It was very powerful message. So the author really focuses on abuse and this subject in particular is very sensitive. I thought the author was sucessful in delivering her message in sensitive way. The love between Emily Cooper & Gavin Blake was even stronger if that was even possible, their lives kind of collides together. There has been so many things in the story, so many events. I guarantee that you will LOVE this book. 

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Twitterpated Phoenix AZ 10-05-13
    Twitterpated Phoenix AZ 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Phoenix, AZ, USA

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    "Narrator almost ruined it for me"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Latoya MESQUITE, TX, United States 09-26-13
    Latoya MESQUITE, TX, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Collide was better; this book is overly sappy. It was like every fourth sentence was "I love you" to the point that it was getting on my nerves. I get it - you all are soul mates and you love each other can we please move on? There are about 8 chapters that didn't make my mind wander. I am so mad at myself for not just skipping to the end.

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    simone Florida, FL, United States 10-26-13
    simone Florida, FL, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a John Grisham Fan!!!!!

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    "I had to force myself to finish listening"

    Collide in all fairness was a good book, However, the story of Emily Cooper and Gavin Blake could have been completed with two additional chapters at the end of Collide. I was really waiting for the new twist and turns in Pulse but it never came. With that said I was happy The baby was Gavin's, because Dillon did not want to be a father in the first place, but Pulse was really not necessary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy D. San Antonio, Texas United States 09-16-13
    Kristy D. San Antonio, Texas United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost 5 Bottlecaps!!!"
    If you could sum up Pulse in three words, what would they be?

    Adorable yet heart-wrenching


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gavin, of course... Lol! Seriously, there are too many things to list; I loved almost all of it. There is one part of the book that I found distracting and I am still note sure why it was necessary... don't worry no spoilers, here - you will see what I mean when you listen/read it. But all in all, great follow up. Loved the characters, appreciated the nice and thorough ending - didn't feel rushed, provided just enough time to reflect and savor the story of the characters. I think one of the best conclusions I have heard/ read in quite some time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Male voices seemed to be an issue for narrator and outside of Gavin, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the male voices, and it may have just been me, but they all sounded a bit "dopey." Also, I really disliked the voice used for Fallon. Was it just me or did Fallon and Trevor sound exactly the same??? Creepy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. Not sure what I was expecting, but a great surprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 09-17-13
    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 09-17-13 Member Since 2012

    reviewed wrong book for one more day

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    "Good 2nd book just drawn out"
    Was Pulse worth the listening time?

    I really think it was a good book but I got a bit bored towards the end until the dream happened.


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    Amazon Customer Temecula, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Amazon Customer Temecula, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed this"
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    4.5 stars- I enjoyed this second book. Although I wish I would have just read it and not purchased the audio version. Once again loved Gavin and wanted to beat down Dillon. There were a few twists in this book which made it even better.

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    Lynda Evanston, IL, United States 11-23-13
    Lynda Evanston, IL, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2013

    rather read than eat

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    "I have re-listen to this book three times"
    Would you listen to Pulse again? Why?

    yes and I have. listen to Collide first than this one and you will know why.


    What does Mary Kowal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt the sadness, the happiness, the joy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never give up on true love


    Any additional comments?

    I have re-listen to this and Collide three times. It is a true love story with the ups and
    downs,crazyness ,sadness that we all go thru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-20-13
    Kelly COLUMBUS, OH, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Missed Book 1... missed a lot!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Didn't read book one and quickly figured out that in order to get into Pulse you must start there. Apparently all the drama and character development happened in book one... I'm sure it was great and recommend readers start there and Pulse will make much more sense.


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    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 10-28-13
    Michelle Bloomfield, NJ, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

    pm04

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    "Great Sequel."

    The narrator does a bit better in this one and the story is truly entertaining. Gail McHugh does go over board with the sappy overly long declarations of love. However with what Emily & Gavin go through to be together it's their love that can help them make it through the coming challenging moments. Towards the end things go a bit strange but if you over look those moments I believe your love the book as much as I do.

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    "love it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pulse to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version however I loved the audio version I found myself giggling away to myself at times and feeling there pain at other times


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way you felt you were there watching it all happen


    Which character – as performed by Mary Kowal – was your favourite?

    I must say I could relate more with Emily I understood at times how she's was feeling


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing at all loved it


    Any additional comments?

    A must read I have to say ladies heart breaking at times I loved bed times just so no could get my next fix of Emily and gavins dramas

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