By Gail McHugh
Series: Collide, Book 1
My Rating: 4 Stars
Collide is the first book in Gail McHugh’s Bestselling Collide series. Definitely considered contemporary romance and new adult fiction, it’s the perfect type of love story. It has all the qualities you want to find in an epic story about two people finding each other, falling in love and staying in love despite the forces that work against them. McHugh delivers an unforgettable story that you’ll want to come back to time and time again.
Hoping for a fresh start after suffering the devastating loss of her mother, Emily Cooper uproots her life and moves to New York City. Emily and her boyfriend, Dillon Parker, have been doing the long distance relationship thing and want to be able to have a normal relationship. Because of this, Dillon convinces her to move to New York City. Having been her rock throughout her mother’s illness and continuing to help her cope with the loss, Emily decides moving is the right thing to do. Her life is Dillon and they are eager to start their life together.
Soon after arriving in New York, Emily meets Gavin Blake. A sexy millionaire and infamous bachelor who has a reputation for being a complete ladies man, Emily has a hard time resisting his charm. On her first day at her new job, Emily happens upon Gavin and though she is inexplicably drawn to Gavin, she deflects his blatant advances. Then one night, when out on the town, Emily and Gavin’s worlds collide when they discover that they are both connected to Dillon and avoiding each other is going to be impossible. As Emily and Gavin tip-toe around their feelings for one another, Dillon’s true nature slowly reveals itself. Emily knows she is at risk of losing more than herself if she doesn’t act and act soon. But Emily feels a sense of duty toward Dillon despite his actions, for all that he did for her during her mother’s illness. Will she listen to her head or her heart and will there be anything left worth fighting for when she finally does.
This is my second time reading this book and, I must say, loved it just as much the second time as I did the first time. This is a romance through and through. It’s definitely guaranteed to pull at the heart strings, get your heart pumping and completely consume the helpless romantic in you. While there are some hot and sexy encounters in this book, that’s not what this book is about. This book is a love story and probably one of the most perfect that I’ve ever read. I truly enjoyed reading about Gavin and Emily and watching their love blossom as the book progressed.
I loved Emily’s initial description of the mysterious man she meets when delivering food, Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome. It’s a perfect description of Gavin. I loved that Gavin is so down to earth. He seems like a truly normal guy. His wealth isn’t a big thing in the book and that made him seem more real to me.
Emily’s struggle in the book is interesting as well. The mind of the abused is so conflicted. Emotional abuse can be far worse than physical and even harder to break away from. McHugh does a solid job of showing this conflict and how it can make a person blind to what is truly happening; how a person can’t seem to pinpoint where everything became skewed. Emily’s struggle is hard to watch and frustrating because looking at it from the outside everything seems so black and white. The vast grayness that abuse creates for a person is depicted quite well by McHugh and it made the book more substantial and such worthwhile read.
If you are looking for a truly great love story, I highly recommend Collide. You will most certainly run right out and pickup the second book in the series, Pulse. I guarantee you’ll be rooting for Emily and Gavin and you will want their love to win in the end. I can’t wait to see what Gail McHugh writes next. I will be the first in line to pick it up.