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"A romance that is food for the soul and a love story that is simply unforgettable." - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Have you ever read a book or series that has seeped so heavily into your veins, your body, your mind that you think of nothing else A book that has filled every void, every fiber within your heart and soul. A book you could read again and again and again. There are some books that you could never get sick of. Some that the characters come alive and embed themselves into every pore of your being. Collide and Pulse is that series for me. It's a series that I breathe, think and dream about. To be Emily Cooper and to be loved by a man like Gavin Blake. To be loved in such a way that you are cherished, savored and consumed. To own another human being the way Gavin and Emily own each other. To live the experience she had. I want that. I need that. This book has created that in me. The need to live through every line, every word, every paragraph. The author writes so beautifully, so eloquently that every page is a beautiful experience and a journey that's simply unforgettable. I have a lot of favorite books. Books that I have absolutely loved but this series is my favorite. It's a series that I care deeply about. The characters have come alive in me and are my friends that I love and cherish. Pulse is an emotional journey. One that puts you through the ringer. One that will make you laugh, cry and swoon. It'll crush your heart, your spirit, give you intense heart palpitations and then put you back together. It's what I call a "book experience!" You're not simply reading the story, you're living the story. Each and every part. It's a romance that's unforgettable. It's breathtaking and heart stopping. What I consider to be a MUST, MANDATORY AND REQUIRED READ!
****** If you have NOT read Collide please stop here and go read it. This is not a spoiler review but there are things that will spoil Collide if you have not read it! ******
Ok, so when we last left Gavin and Emily they were apart. Emily had left Dillon and rejected Gavin. It was heartbreaking to watch Gavin get his heart broken by the woman he loves and made me sick that Emily hadn't provided Gavin with the benefit of the doubt that he did nothing wrong. With Emily's departure after she leaves the "asshole" Dillon we are left broken. Broken for Em, broken for Gavin but there's a flicker of hope. Hope that they still have a chance. Emily knows she made the wrong choice. She feels it in every, bone, pour and fiber in her body. She needs to get her man back!! And that's exactly what she does. She goes to get Gavin but Gavin's not home. Gavin's MIA.
After getting his heart broken Gavin needs to get away. He needs to escape from everything that reminds him of Emily. She has single handedly fucked him up. She's messed with his heart, mind and body and he simply can't cope. He decides to get on an airplane and head for Mexico where he can drown his sorrows and try to recover.
When Emily hears that Gavin's gone she books a ticket to go fight for the man she should have never let go. Determined to apologize and get him back she goes to the hotel Gavin's staying at and what greets her is intense. Things between her and Gavin are rocky (obviously). Gavin's not sure he can trust Emily and be with her. She's unequivocally broken him down and he's afraid that she's going to up and leave him for Dillon. The back and forth is angsty but all is made right or so we think. Just when things are getting back on track an unexpected situation arises and Dillon is thrust into their lives again. Life gets rocky and Emily and Gavin relationship goes through the unthinkable.
Can they move past all the new challenges with the baggage they hold from the past
Can Emily give Gavin what he needs and heal her broken spirit at the same time
Will Gavin be able to trust that Emily isn't going to bolt when things get tough
Can their love survive
Get ready for a ride that is going to have you hanging on. Gail McHugh can write and she can write fantastically. You'll be in book hangover mode when this is all said and done.
With all that said I want to talk a little about Emily and Gavin. Sigh....This is hard for me to write because I loved these characters so much. Emily...I know she got a lot of slack at the end of the first book. She was frustrating and at times you wanted to shake her but even through all that I loved her. I wasn't overly annoyed or frustrated. I understood. I understood the way she felt, the way she thought and the way she processed her situations. Emily was a broken woman. She was a shell of a person. That happened over time throughout her life as the events that took place shaped her; the loss of her mother, the abuse she saw from her father to her mother and the slow decaying abuse of her spirit from Dillon. These are life moments that BREAK people. That's why her decision making was so flawed and that's why I was able to look past it and see a woman with potential. A woman looking for love and not knowing where to find it. She found that in Gavin but was scared. Scared to risk her heart. She takes the leap in Pulse and you can literally see her bloom like a flower opening one petal at a time. She grows and blossoms. It's beautiful and makes me teary just thinking about it. I can say with all honesty that she is my most beloved female character. She starts out weak but finishes strong!! She loves and inspires. She is for me a woman after my own heart and in her I see glimpses of myself.
Gavin! Oh sweet, sexy, bottle cap loving Gavin. I say this often because I think it's true. To me, Gavin is the perfect mix between Christian Grey (Fifty Shades) and Kellan (Thoughtless). He's the mega millionaire with a heart of gold. Sweet, seductive, possessive, smart, shmexy (lol) and just all around brilliant. He's the perfect catch. The kind of guy any girl would dream about bringing home to mom and dad. Gavin has a tenderness to him that really speaks to me and I think to a lot of woman. He can be an ass at times but under all that is a loving, tenderhearted, giving man. A man that would sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. Not only is Gavin (in my opinion) a sweetheart but he is a suave, smooth talking, son of a gun..lol! The lines..oh my..the lines out of his mouth are swoon worthy. He knows exactly what to say to a woman to leave her weak kneed and melty inside.
"We were written for one another, and I wouldn't change one line in our romance novel. The good, the bad, the in between. It's ours. We own it." - Gavin Blake
"When I look at you, I feel like I'm looking at the other half of myself. You've filled the empty space in my soul, and because of that, you're a Goddess to me. That's the way I'm always going to treat you. For the rest of your life. I promise you that." - Gavin Blake
"I'm going to break you, Emily Cooper. I'm going to break you down and slowly build you back up. Second by second, piece by piece, and memory by memory." - Gavin Blake
See...he melts my inside like warm, silky milk chocolate. He's dreamy, absolutely dreamy. I love the way he loves and protects Emily. I love the way he defends her. The way he wants to posses her mind, body and soul. You can feel his intense adoration for Emily through his words and actions and there is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING sexier than that.
Overall this story is.... gosh, this story is ineffable. It's a true romance. One that has ups and downs. I loved it. I loved every second of reading it. It's one of those series you'll savor and come back to time and time again. I also think it will become a series that is ingrained in your mind and will affect your future reads. It's one that will be with you always. I wouldn't just recommend this...I would say HURRY, GO NOW, READ IT, SAVOR IT, ENJOY IT and get ready for journey that's indescribably good. My rating is 5 MILLION stars.
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This Ladies is MY (yes...MY) Gavin Blake...
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… Tick-Tock…