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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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omg

This is the 20th time I listen or read this book. I just love it.

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Good listen

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.

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Excellent!

Loved this story and can't wait to listen to the next story. Highly recommended reading.

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  • Magda
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Superlatives everywhere!!!

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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.

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Collide - Hits like a 2-Ton heavy thing! WOW!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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...

Have you listened to any of Mary Kowal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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. ;)

Any additional comments?

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!

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The Importance of Choosing a Good Narrator...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What other book might you compare Collide to and why?

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).

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

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.

Was Collide worth the listening time?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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surprised how much I enjoyed this book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes ... it was a good story and well performed by the narrator .. well developed characters that I really cared about.

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

yes ... and I will listen to it a few times more.

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Great listen!

Emily, what took you so long to figure things out! OK, I don't usually have such strong feelings about characters in a story. That's the point, this book was so good I have the second one now. So, this review will be short as I can't wait to find out what happens. Great job Mary Kowal. This is the first time listening to your narration and you are good girl! If you haven't already you need to get this one.

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Narrator needs to stop doing voices

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book for those who liked Fifty Shades of Grey. The stories follow the same type of storyline. The narrator was bad at voices and I wanted to cringe when she did some of them.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was engaging and the twist was that the main character had a boyfriend. Getting out of that predicament was the twist or the interesting part of the plot.

Did Mary Kowal do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

no

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Great Drama, Romance and Conflict!

Where does Collide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was not the best performance but, I love the book. I actually purchased the book a couple years ago. I was curious if the book would translate the same through audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

I really love the conflict of the story. I don't love that the Emily was still so indecisive. I think there is a great deal of truth in the emotional conflict we experience.

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

Little voice inflections here and there, but I think it reads much better through an actual book. I have listened to audiobooks that put you right in the thick of the moment. This narrator didnt do it for me.

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

The Ulitmate Emotional Tug of War