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Review: Collide by Gail McHugh

Collide Book CoverTitle: Collide (Collide #1)
Author: Gail McHugh
Publisher: Gail McHugh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


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.


I would like to introduce all of you to my new book boyfriend, Gavin Blake.  Yes, he is pretty.  He has dark hair, blue eyes, and dimples.  He’s one of the sweetest men I’ve ever known.  He’s also has a mouth that will make you do something strange for a little bit of change.  Mr. Blake has me trying to find Doc from Back to the Future to see if he can make me become a fictional character named, Emily.

He. Is. That. Good.

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.

Let me go back because I don’t think you’re understanding me here…

Gail McHugh made me love a ‘I’m with someone at the moment, but you’re actually the one’ story.  I’ve tried them before and never got into them.  Maybe my romantic mind doesn’t work that way.  My heart raced while I read Collide.  McHugh made this story about two people who were meant to be together.  There is no doubt about it.

Secret moments between Emily and Gavin are shared that break my heart.  Their relationship could be so easy because they find being together is so easy.  But every time Emily has to go home to her boyfriend (who happens to be one of Gavin’s friends) they know they can’t be together.  I wanted Emily to run to Gavin with every turn of the page.

Read. This. Book.

Collide examines abuse.  It’s not always physical and it usually seeps into a relationship without the victim knowing.  I’m very glad McHugh added this subject matter because it not only added another level of interest to the book and genre, but it also provides a bit of education to readers.  While others may believe Emily is not a strong female foil for Gavin, I disagree.  She is a woman who has been made to feel that she should take whatever people give her.  The fact that she even considers Gavin lets me know she has strength, but she doesn’t yet know how much of it she has.

Although I know Emily isn’t exactly where she should be mentally, I still had some “WTF is this trick talking about?” moments.  Yes, I actually said that to the book.  Don’t judge me. :/  There were just a few things that I could not understand, but that may have just been because I was wrapped up in all things Blake.  I mean, c’mon girl!  You’ve got hot, schmexy, sweet, tall, gorgeous, caring Gavin Blake beating down your door and you have to think about it?!?!?! Ugggg….

Overall, Gail McHugh made me yearn for Gavin Blake.  She made me hope for a relationship between Gavin and Emily.  Gail McHugh made me want someone to cheat!  EEEPPP!

I know I’ve said this song matches a million and one books, but it really does this time (I promise).  The lyrics match it perfectly.

If you want to twirl and fall in love, read this book.

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