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Publisher's Summary

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.

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ending was kind of fucked up she let him do it

could have been a better ending but good listen wasnt as bad as expected to be

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  • Tina
  • Penticton, BC, Canada
  • 06-25-16

Predictable story line and wince-worthy adjectives

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.

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I hate cliffhangers

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!

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Pretty good story

It was way better than I thought it would be. Definitely worth a listen. The only bad thing was the narrator. She was quite ridiculous at times.

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Not worth the time

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Kowal’s performances?

No, the voices were not fitting the characters

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Too long, not realistic at all, too many coincidences, and just not very interesting

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Terrible Narrator

I feel like I wasted a credit on this book. Narrator was not good for this book at all and the story itself was a little boring to me. Maybe the narrator ruined it for me.

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OMG! Worst narration ever!

Would you listen to Collide again? Why?

NO. THE NARRATION WAS THE WORST EVER! THE VOICE IS ANNOYING AND SHE SUCKS WITH DIFFERENT VOICES.

What didn’t you like about Mary Kowal’s performance?

SHE SUCKS WITH DIFFERENT VOICES. MADE ME THINK I WAS LISTENING ONE OF THOSE NICKELODEON TWEEN TV SHOWS WITH THE CRAPPY ACTING.

Any additional comments?

DON'T LET HER NARRATE ANY OTHER BOOKS EVER!

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Good "listen" but...

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.

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It was ok!!!

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.

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Good story, but needs a different narrator

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.