2014 Book Reviews · Favourite Books

Collide by Gail McHugh

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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 notorious playboy, Gavin is dangerous 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?’

Firstly I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Kate for sending me a copy of Collide. Although if I am honest I’m not sure whether I should hate her or love her because I’m now at a complete loss of how to conduct normal life.

I don’t know where to begin or how even form sentences that will make sense to you, so I must apologise in advance if at any point I ramble or over gush, because this book consumed me and played with my emotions until the very last page, leaving me utterly bereft that it finished too soon.

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Collide tells the story of Emily, having lost her mother to a battle of cancer, she agrees to move to New York with boyfriend Dillon. Although much to Dillon’s disapproval she refuses to move in with him and instead moves in with her best friend Olivia. There is absolutely no love lost between Olivia and Dillon, they hate each other and certainly don’t hide their dislike from Emily.

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Emily wants to become a teacher so whilst looking for a job takes up a waitress position. On her first day the delivery boy lets them down and she ends up doing a delivery instead. As she enters the building a pair of swoon worthy blues eyes are instantly drawn to her and whether he believes in it or not, it’s love at first sight. Being the complete gentleman he is, he offers to hold the delivery for her and escort her up to her floor. Emily is drawn to him, like a magnet he is pulling her in and she has absolutely no control over it. She knows she is danger and needs to get away from him. Gavin is flirty and damn right naughty he was the one who made the order and pretended otherwise to be around her for longer. But Emily leaves him in a flash leaving him desperate to make her his. Whilst Emily is left wondering what the hell just happened, she adores Dillon so why the hell did this guy have such an effect on every part of her body and mind.

At work the next day Emily gets the shock of her life when who should be siting at a table but Gavin. He makes it clear in no uncertain terms that he wants her but she tells him she has a boyfriend. Gavin is rather cocky and says while she has no ring on her finger he still has some hope. Before he leaves he give her his number, but she puts it straight into the bin. Emily’s entire body comes alive when he is near her and the same for Gavin.

Dillon takes Emily out that week to meet some of his friends, as she walks in Gavin and Emily come face to face once again, Gavin is Dillon’s good friend.

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Neither of them have managed to get the other out of their heads and now it seems they will be spending more and more time in each others company. Gavin is furious, Dillon is a complete idiot and thinks that Emily deserves so much better, she deserves him, he could give her the love she so righty deserves. Dillon is nearly caught out for the idiot he is when an “ex” starts walking towards the table with a glint in her eye, but Gavin quickly intercepts and warns her off furiously. The electricity between Emily and Gavin is like a force in the room and Emily soon finds out she will be spending an entire weekend at Gavin’s annual party.

As the book goes on Dillon becomes more and more possessive and controlling towards Emily, she wears a bikini at Gavin’s party and Dillon does his nut, he demands she goes and changes and humiliates her, both Olivia and Gavin are furious at how he treats her but Emily allows it, he has done so much for and been there when she really needed someone so allows him to get away with his bad behaviour and his obvious lies about where is and what his doing go over her trusting head. Gavin is absolutely determined to make her his and decides that he has to be her friend rather than have nothing, seeing as Emily is so determined to stay with Dillon and ignore the heat that her and Gavin have.

Wether they get together is a torturous game that the author plays with the reader until we are BURSTING with need and clutching the book refusing to come back to real life until you know the outcome. Collide takes over your entire life and refuses to let you go without emotionally draining you first.

seriously… it will end and you WON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOURSELF…

Emily was a real good character to love, she was in a relationship where she was happy then along comes Gavin Blake and consumes her every waking thought. The poor girl never stood a chance. I got how she was torn over leaving Dillon, he had been there for her and was kind and sweet, but then this other side would come out leaving her lost and scared. The good times outweighed the bad in her head. From the outside looking in you want to shake her and make her see sense but she had to see that for herself not be pushed into decisions by others.

Dillon was an arsehole (sorry, but there really is NO other word for him). He played mind games and manipulated Emily into believing that his temper and bad attitude was all down to her. He made her believe she deserved him treating her so bad. Every time he treated her badly he would instantly shower her with kisses and promises that he loved her . As a character he made me so angry, I wanted to hire a hitman and have him taken out.

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I REALLY HATED DILLON

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As for Gavin Blake… OH MY GOD…

he was worthy of real good and proper swooning…

He was so sweet and kind and so madly in love, he refused to give up and so determined to make her his. I loved him, I LOVE HIM! With everything I have. After the party at his house Gavin would give Emily a bottle top every time he saw her, it was something they shared and I lost it every time, I mean could he get any sweeter? Not only was he adorable, he was HOT…

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WHY ISN’T HE REAL?

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and he was a good guy, so something in his past and turned him into this “player” title he had earned, but the girls he did spend time with, well they were only after his money and he didn’t want that. He wanted real, true proper, go to the ends of the earth love and he had it to give, he wanted to give it to Emily. One of the things I really liked about Gavin was his flirty, fun sense of humor. It was spot on and made him irresistable. There was no way I wasn’t one hundred percent TEAM GAVIN. Some of the little speeches he gave to Emily broke me, he literally broke me down and killed me.

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Collide is one of the best books I think I have EVER read and Gavin is now my ultimate book boyfriend.

This book possessed me, it’s addictive, insanely enthralling and utterly pouring with emotion from beginning to end. The pages set on fire from the second Emily and Gavin set eyes on each other and compells you to finish it in one sitting. This is one of those books that absolutely refuses to let you go and will stay with you long after you turn the last page…

An ABSOLUTE MUST READ, but I’ve given you fair warning about the emotions you are going to go through. You cannot end this book with dry eyes.

Collide comes out in paperback May 22nd and you can pre-order it now!

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