Wednesday 14 May 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Collide (Collide 1) by Gail McHugh

Book Description:

Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him bad.

On the heels of 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?

Our Review:
**ARC Received for honest review**
Reviewed by Willow ~ 4 Stars

"She's out there, son, and when you find her, you'll know it the second you see her. She'll pull at your every instinct . Without any regard to the natural order of things, she'll just....appear"

After the death of her mother, Emily has moved to New York to be closer to her boyfriend Dillon. Dillon has cared for her and her mother during her mothers fight with cancer, he's the perfect boyfriend, but something is holding her back from moving in with him.

My impression of Dillon at this stage was that he was a nice caring guys, but was a bit cocky, but given his job, he had to be self assured and confident.

One evening just as Emily is leaving her shift at a new job she landed, the owner explains that the delivery boy is sick and they need to make a regular delivery, so Emily agrees to make the delivery on her way home. As she steps into the lobby of the office building, "Mr Tall, Dark & Handsome" greets her and offers to take her to the correct floor. It turns out the delivery is for him, but he's totally attracted to her so wants to spend time with her, getting her to ride the elevator with him.

The next day Mr Tall, Dark & Handsome turns up at Emily's work, he has to see her again. Sure Emily is attracted to him - who wouldn't be - but she has the lovely Dillon, so brushing off his advances she tells him her name is Molly and leaves it at that.

Requested by Dillon, Emily goes down to a bar to meet Dillon and some friends & clients of his. As she enters the bar Mr Tall, Dark & Handsome notices her, this cant be his luck cant it? Her, here, now, walking towards him? As he is staring at her making her way across the room, he hears his friend, Dillon speak about his girlfriend Emily approaching - wait what? Molly is Emily? Molly and Mr Tall, Dark & Handsome are introduced to each other by Dillon - Gavin, one of his best friends and Emily, his girlfriend. Neither of them can believe it's happening.

As the book progresses we see Emily trying to stay away from Gavin, she doesn't need her senses assaulted every time she sees him and Gavin is constantly battling with himself that he wants this girl but not only is she taken, she is taken by a close friend. Unfortunately though, with both of them running in the same circle, there are times when their worlds collide.

As Dillon's kind caring nature starts to disappear and his true colours start to show, he becomes possessive, aggressive and his faithfulness is questioned. Although they try to fight it and Emily tries to stay away from him, Gavin and Emily become friends.

"With bloodshot eyes, Gavin watched her chest rise and fall peacefully. As each one of those seconds, minutes or possible hours passed, Gavin knew - and not for the sake of what he wanted for him and Emily, but for the sake of Emily alone - he needed to get her away from Dillon."

There are many ups and downs in this book and many misunderstandings. There are times you want to scream at Emily for being blind when it comes to Dillon and times you want Gavin to try harder. There are definitely times when you want to yell at Dillon. The author did a brilliant Job of making you think Dillon was a decent guy, then slowly his fa├žade is peeled away and his true nature surfaces, and that's usually how it all starts in real life too.

Gails writing is extremely easy to read, and the book had me hooked very early on. It's not a slow book, it seemed packed with things happening, and not in a bad way, as I got to the half way point I was surprised that so much had happened in the first half of the book and I wanted more. Gail didn't disappoint, there was still plenty of ups and downs to go! I will warn you, it does end on a cliff hanger and although it does give you the first chapter of the next book Pulse, it actually leaves you in a worse place if you read it! I am totally hooked and need to know what's going to happen. Fortunately for us kindle readers, the ebook of Pulse is out now, but if you're waiting for the paperback that appears to be due for release on 12th August.

I definitely recommend this book, I know Donna loves this book too and I'd be surprised if you read it and don't fall in love with Gavin Blake (to the Amazon Forum girls - just don't google him whilst at work ;-) )

So what are you waiting for? Go order your copy now!
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Amazon UK Paperback: - available 22nd May

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