A missed first encounter…
Colliding with a second chance…
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.
You know those books that stay with you for days after? The ones where the emotions that you felt were just so intense that you were sad, angry, happy, but you couldn’t explain why a book could tear you up this much. Yup, that was this book for me!! There are very few books that I can name that have literally evoked such deep feelings for characters, or that I could see some of my own insecurities in them, Collide is one of them.
I REALLY tried to write a review spoiler free but I couldn’t stop some of it.. Please forgive me! xoxo
Emily Cooper moves to New York City to be close to her boyfriend Dillon. Her mother has recently passed away and it has taken a huge emotional toll on her. Dillon is supportive, nurturing, and just seems perfect. Emily believes she is in love with him, but she decides to live with her best friend Olivia instead of Dillon. Olivia is probably one of my favorite characters in the book, and she loathes Dillon (as do I). Olivia is snarky, honest, and has Emily’s best interests at heart, their friendship reminds me of me and my best friend, which I loved.
“Yes, he was that good looking. Take-your-breath-away good looking. Want-to-strip-your-body-naked-and-let-him-devour-you-alive good looking. Certified-eye-candy good looking.”
BREAK ME OFF A PIECE OF THAT PUH-LEASE!
However, Emily is with Dillon and she denies the pull she has to him. Gavin refuses to accept Emily’s denial of their connection. I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t play games trying to get her to agree to see him. There was no beat around the bush, it was very commanding and sexy.
“I’m hoping you’ll break up with your boyfriend and go out on a date with me,” from Gavin to Emily
Ok… Back to Gavin & Emily. They fight their feelings and try to remain strictly friends, and they do a pretty good job of it. He is a really sweet friend to her, he listens and is attentive. He pushes Emily to see that the relationship she has with Dillon is not what she thinks it is, and that she could do so much better.Gavin and Emily’s relationship takes a turn where they make many mistakes, let me rephrase Emily makes many mistakes. She was the girl I loved to hate. She strung Gavin along, out of guilt for Dillon helping her through the death of her mother. Gavin falls so desperately in love with her, and it is literally hard to read because you want to physically choke Emily.
“God, Emily, please…you have to give us a chance. Let me take care of you. Let me love you.”
The ending is a cliffhanger.. Like a big one! One that left me with tears running down my face because I was so upset, and angry. Good news though is if you buy it now you only have to wait until August for “Pulse”.
A lot of readers complained that Emily was a doormat, or weak. There were times I agreed, there is one scene in particular and after you read this I BEG you to contact me so we can talk!! The thing is, if we all take a very deep look inside of us, we are all a little bit of Emily. We are naïve and want to often ignore the voice in our head telling us that things aren’t right. Emily is grieving and doesn’t trust herself, she feels indebted to a man who is a selfish twatwaffle. If you really look at a relationship with another, is there not a time you can look back and say “why did I ever stay with him/her for that long” ?
About the Author
I’ve always been a lover of writing, but mostly dabbled in creating poetry while raising my three beautiful children. I am grateful my husband of fifteen years has supported me—albeit sometimes kicking and screaming—as I pursue this “hobby” of mine. Without his help, writing would be an impossible endeavor.
In late June 2012, I felt an urgent tug of my pen, and I began writing one of my first novels, Collide. Although I thought it might never see the light of day, it gave me the courage to plunge headfirst onto a path I had never considered before.
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