“Fate and the roads that get placed in front of us. It’s like one huge puzzle that ultimately fits in the end.”
After the death of her mother Emily Cooper moves to New York for a fresh start, and to be nearer to her boyfriend Dillon Parker. Dillon support her took care of her when she needed him most. She loves him…. he is the one… her future, or she thinks until she meets Gavin Blake. Mr. Tall, Dark, and very Handsome. A man who makes her question her decisions, and all that thinks she knows.
“Her breath hitched at the sight of the tall, devastatingly beautiful man who was making his way toward her. She felt thrown off kilter as though her equilibrium had skewed itself all over the building.”
I really enjoy the storyline, and there will be no storyline spoiler from me, but I will say it was hot, steamy, and had its fair share as angst and drama. I knew that with the love triangle aspect of the story it was going to take me on that me that emotional rollercoaster that I love. It was one of those books that once I started I didn’t want to put down, and did I love it? Yes, I did every minute of it.
"Sometimes, bad choices bring us to the right people."
Emily was sweet, I had a love/ hate relationship with her, only because she was frustrating at times, and I didn’t like some of her choices. I wanted to shake her, and tell her to open her eyes, and see what was going on, however, there were also times that I did feel for her especially toward the ends, I just wanted to hug her.
“I’ve never felt so heartbroken and so in love at the same time.”
I loved Gavin, and everything about him, he was sexy, charming, wealthy, and an alpha. And oh the things he said and the way he said them. The way he was with Emily, wanting her to see she deserved better, always letting her know his true feeling for her. There was a magnetic pull about him. I could so understand why Emily feels the way she did about him. This man!! The bottle tops!! Swoon!!!
“Let me love every part of you. Your mind…your body…your heart…your scars…your quirks…your habits…your thoughts…all of you. Give me all of if, Emily.”
“When you want something this badly, you don't just give up. You fight and fight until you absolutely can't fight anymore.”
I won’t say too much about Dillon, but if I tell you I want to punch him in the face so many times I think you will get the picture. I just didn’t like him, and the way he treated Emily.
The sexual angst, tension, passion connection, and chemistry between Emily and Gavin were undeniable. I love the way Gail McHugh describes their relationship, how they are fighting their emotions, and how that both feel about each other, every time they were in the same room together you could just feel it. It was just oozing off the pages. I just couldn’t get enough I love all there encounters together,
"Every part of you was made for me. Your lips were made to kiss mine, your eyes were made to wake up to me looking at you in my bed every morning, and your fucking tongue was made to roll my name off of it. I am more certain of us than I’m certain that I require oxygen to breathe.”
"Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him bad".
There were some great secondary characters such as Emily’s best friend and roommate Olivia, Loved her! She was a true friend to Emily, who always told her truth even what she didn’t want to hear it, and we all need friend like that, also she too hated Dillon.
“Make yourself useful and unpack her belongings or something, Donkey-Dick-Kong.”
Overall I loved Collide, this was the first book I had read by Gail, and I would definitely read more of her work. I loved her characters (Will most) her writing style, she writes with such passion, and it was captivating from the start. The ending!! Yes, it’s a cliffhanger; last 60 pages had me on the end of my seat, as it was gripping, intense, and heartbreaking, but also hopeful. I’m so glad that the next book Pulse is available to read now as otherwise I would be in such a bad mood right now.
I highly recommend that you one- click this book today as you won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t, and I have a paperback book full of pink post-it notes for my highlights prove it.
Okay!! Just one more from Mr. Tall, Dark, and very Handsome…
“ I want it all, Emily. I want to spend my nights holding hands with you,” he breathed the words into her ear. “ I want the all-day texting. I want the laughing and the forehead kisses. I want the date nights, the movie watching, and the breakfast making. I want the late-night drives, the sunset watching, the screaming, the yelling, and the crying.” Still kissing her, he smiled against her mouth. “I know I’ll definitely want the make-up sex that comes after all of the screaming and crying. I want the good, the bad, and the in-between.”
A self-proclaimed chocoholic, married mother of three, and a lover of writing for as far back as she can remember, Gail McHugh is the author of two New York Times bestselling novels. The COLLIDE series, which includes COLLIDE and PULSE, was acquired by Atria Books on September 17th, 2013.
“The first of two sexy contemporary romances about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger who will stop at nothing to have her.” - Publishers Weekly on COLLIDE, a Top 10 Romance pick!
Gail's next novel, also publishing through Atria Books, AMBER TO ASHES, is slated to release November 4th, 2014.
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