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Review: Pulse by Gail McHugh

Pulse Book CoverTitle: Pulse (Collide, #2)
Author: Gail McHugh
Publisher: Gail McHugh
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5


How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?

You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your…soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?

Only time will tell…



HOLY COW!  Gail McHugh knocked it out of the park with this one!  Gavin Blake has now taken a coveted position in my list of book boyfriends.  I could not put this one down and I enjoyed every moment of the story.  This was one of those where you get to the acknowledgments and you’re sad because you want more of the story.  I’m going to do my best and not spoil any part of the story for you.  You have to gasp the same way I did.  You’ll love me later for it.

“I want to break the rules with you.  Kiss you passionately every day.  Make you smile when you’re about to cry.  I want no regrets with us.  I want us to laugh together until we can’t breathe and it hurts.  No man will ever love you the way I’m going to love you, Emily.  You’re it.  My last.  My forever.”

Gavin Blake is a man.  Yes, other book characters have all the *ehem* appropriate parts and they are as deliciously alpha as we need them to be, but there is something about Gavin that makes you jealous of his fictional girlfriend.  Emily is one lucky son of a gun.  To be honest, he makes me want to get pregnant just so I could have him tell me how beautiful my body is.  Seriously.

Emily has grown from the last book.  I did not have as many WTF moments as I stated in my review of Collide.  I understood her and the new situation she has been thrown into.  Emily was never weak in the first book, but she has surely shown strength and bravery in Collide.  No matter what, to put your heart out on the line for someone you think has moved on from you is one of the bravest things someone could do.  Rejection could easily happen, but Emily does her best to get her man back.

Giggling, Emily kinked her head to the side. “Who are you? Christian Grey?”

Hands gliding up her back, a furrow appeared between his brows.  “Who’s Christian Grey?”

McHugh nailed the sexy scenes.  To be honest, Gavin did not need to know who Christian Grey is.  He’s hitting it just right, if you know what I mean.  Ehehehehehehehe.  It has been a long time since I’ve had to say, “Well, dayum!  Get it boy!” when reading a book.  I know McHugh said she hates writing these ultra sexy scenes, but her hate from them has turned them into some of the steamiest couplings I’ve read.

On top of all of the sexy, man defining, asshole kicking parts, Gail McHugh gutted me.  I cried hard, y’all.  I had to message Elizabeth and Tiffany because I was having a serious emotional breakdown.  This was bad.  You know a writer is good when they are able to affect you so deeply that you feel devastated over the actions of fictional characters.

McHugh drew me in and kept me there from the very first page of the serious until that last punctuation mark of its finale.  I highly recommend this series.  If you’ve not yet read it, it will be one of those “bonding books.”  You know, one of the books where if you find someone else who read it, they’ll be your friend instantly.

“I’ve never been a man who believed in any type of fate.  I considered it fluffy bullshit women read in romance novels, but sitting down here for the last couple of hours, I started thinking about you and me.  Our romance. Our novel.”

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