I needed some time to be able to express my thoughts on this book. It is a series with the next book, Pulse, due out this summer.
Collide by Gail McHugh
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.
Rating: 5 stars
I was so confused by my reaction to this book that it took me over 24 hours to rate this novel. I hated Emily during half of this book. Her boyfriend Dillon has to be the worlds worst man and the biggest asshole! He was a cheater, verbally and physically abusive. Why was she with him? He helped her when her mom died. Good f-ing reason! I hated her even more for staying with him. I also am not sure what to say about the love triangle, it was the same as they always are. Because of the relationship drama I hated this book during the middle but I had to know when and how it would resolve. The chemistry between Emily and Gavin helped me love this book! But I hated her again for the way she was all of a sudden in love with Gavin after repeatedly saying she loved Dillon. The ending was amazing and infuriating, while it isn’t what would occur in a standalone novel it was perfect for a series! Overall, I would recommend this book because I think most people will enjoy it. And I will be awaiting the sequel, Pulse, that releases in May just to see if Emily actually fixes her mountain of a mess. It’s like an impending car wreck that you cannot stop looking at until you see the impact. So why 5 stars is a question I can feel coming. This book was meant to have angst, with love triangles that is the point. My reaction is exactly what is to be expected. That love/hate relationship is the meaning of angst. The author did this so well that this book left me in such a state of emotional distress. I say well done Gail McHugh! I have realized that I do in fact love this book. This reminded me of Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. If you have any qualms about cheating or love triangles you may not like this book. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did!