Series: Collide #1
Published by Atria Books on 20th May 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him badly.
On the heels of her college graduation and the unexpected death of her mother, Emily Cooper moves to New York City to join her boyfriend for a fresh start. Dillon Parker has been sweet, thoughtful, and generous through Emily’s loss, and she can’t imagine her life without him—even as her inner voice tells her to go slow.
Then she meets Gavin Blake. A rich and notorious playboy, Gavin is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Their first encounter is brief, but it’s enough to inflame Emily’s senses. When their paths cross again through an unexpected mutual acquaintance, she tries to deny the connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome won’t let go so easily.
As she discovers Gavin’s pain-filled past, and Dillon’s true nature begins to surface, Emily knows she must take action or risk destroying everyone—including herself. But how can she choose when she can’t trust her own heart?
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received a paperback copy of Collide from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Going in to Collide I had no idea what to expect from it. Yes, I had heard of it, and heard people mention that they loved it. Yes, I had heard people talking about Gavin Blake and how amazing he was. Other than that I went in blind, apart from reading the blurb. And oh, what a treat Collide was. I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart, that Collide has now been added to my list of ALL TIME FAVOURITES. I loved it, and if you haven’t read it yet yourself then you need to remedy that NOW!
Gail McHugh packed a punch with this one and I don’t think I have felt so many different emotions during the course of reading a book in a long time. I wanted to punch Dillon in the face, I wanted to shake Emily and get her to wake up, and I wanted to jump on Gavin and have him for myself! Yeah, yeah, I know I’m married! Hi, honey! I’m joking! I love you!
When I opened the book to the book to the first page and saw it was written in third person point of view I wasn’t sure how I would like it since that’s not my favourite POV to read from. I find it harder to connect with the characters when I’m not right in their head. I have to say though that with Collide I loved the fact that I could get in to both Emily and Gavin’s head at the same time because with the third person POV it was easy to switch like that. I needed to know how they were both feeling, I needed to know how Gavin felt about Emily. It’s still not my favourite POV but for Collide it worked and I liked it.
Another thing I don’t normally like in my books is love triangles. They make me nervous, anxious, and generally I just don’t like them. Guess what? Collide has one and yes, it made me nervous and anxious, but it was just so well done and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was the kind of love triangle where you think you know who the girl’s going to choose – you just have to wait for her to get there – but then things don’t go quite like you expected and you find yourself quite literally shouting at her to wake up and smell the coffee.
I don’t want to retell the story, I want you to discover this one for yourself. Not knowing the twists and turns that Collide was going to take made the reading experience so much better for me. I just couldn’t flip the pages over fast enough and found myself staying awake waaaaay past my bedtime with my eyes burning and barely open! A couple of parts I will mention though are when Emily and Gavin stayed up talking at his beach house. My heart just melted. And when he saw her in the club and worked out exactly who she was. My heart shattered.
I have to mention the side characters in all of this – the group of friends who were stuck in the middle of things.
I loved Olivia and her humour, and especially the names she called Dillon. Oh, and FYI Olivia – I *think* Donkey D*ck is a compliment not an insult! I would’ve hated to be one of them – caught in the middle of a love triangle that was going to explode any second. They were all such loyal friends though and I think that those friendships were what helped Emily deal with things and finally make her decision.
The ending of Collide killed me, absolutely KILLED me. I had tears streaming down my face at what Emily had to endure. And when I thought of Gavin it just set me off again! And when I wasn’t crying I was fuming with anger over Dillon. See? I told you I felt a whole mixed bag of emotions when I read Collide and I wasn’t kidding!
I need book 2 in this series, Pulse, in my life NOW! Meanwhile you need to go get Collide *looks at co-blogger Joanne with side eyes* Yes I mean YOU!
(Some of) My Favourite Quotes
“No, it’s Gavin. Gavin Blake,” he deadpanned, reaching for a beer from a six-pack. “Although, in certain private, one-on-one situations, I’ve been referred to as God.”
“I want to take my time with you, brushing my fingers over the spots that he’s neglected. He’s never loved you the way you need to be loved,” he whispered in to her ear, pulling her closer. “Let me love every part of you, […] give me all of it Emily.”
“These are definitely good tears this time, Gavin,” she said, sniffling.
“And that’s all they’ll ever be.” He leaned down to kiss her. “I swear to God that’s all they’ll ever be, Emily.”
“Holy … Mother … F***ing … Sh*t.”
“I was taught telling the truth was always a good thing … and the truth for me is that if I say I wish you and Dillon the best of luck … I’d be lying … because I f***ing don’t.”
God, she’s so beautiful, Gavin thought to himself as he watched Emily close the space between them. Her body swayed with elegant poise beneath an emerald silk evening gown. His eyes followed her sleek legs down to a pair of silver strappy stilettos adorning her feet. He tried to keep his eyes from traveling back up to her subtle curves and long, auburn locks of hair. He fought to push the familiar ache away, but his body continued to respond as she drew nearer. He felt his pupils dilate as she swept her tongue across her lips, causing his blood to pump with brutal force toward necessary extremities.
He had a desire for every inch of her—the smell of her sweet breath on his hungry lips, the taste of her tongue, the soft feel of her skin, and the sound of her husky voice whispering in his ears. She was an assault on his senses, a constant thirst needing to be quenched. He’d had a taste, but he feared the only thing he would have left was his instinct of wanting her more and needing to feel her again and again. With all of this, what captivated him the most were her eyes—those deep pools of alluring green felt as if they were boring into his very soul.