Author: Gail McHugh
Series: Collide #1
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Emily Cooper is starting the next chapter of her life by moving from Colorado to New York City. Following the death of her mother, she relies on the strength of her boyfriend Dillon Parker and the support of her best friend and roommate Olivia. Waiting for her first teaching job to come up, she fills her days waitressing at the local diner. After finishing up her first successful day on the job, she’s asked to deliver a takeout meal downtown. No problem, it’s on her way. Nothing can prepare her for what meets her there; a chance meeting that will change the course of events forever.
Gavin Blake knows the moment he sets eyes on her that Emily is the girl for him. Finally he sees what everyone’s been talking about – love at first sight isn’t just a myth, it’s real. Desperate to get to know her better, he rides with her in the elevator to find out more about her. When that doesn’t work, he continues his pursuit at her workplace the following day. Whatever is between them, it’s clear she feels it too. Despite the fact that she has a boyfriend, he’s not about to let that get in the way of destiny. Or so he thinks. When it transpires that Emily is in fact the girlfriend of a close friend, Gavin is forced to evaluate his priorities and decide whether all is fair in love and war.
Why you should read it: Like rich playboys with empires to run? Then you may enjoy this book. Gavin Blake is tall, dark with piercing blue eyes and a body for sin. Emily is the typical good girl torn between her history with her controlling boyfriend and a possible future with Gavin. If you are fond of a love triangle then give it a shot. The sex scenes are steamy and very hot. The book also attempts to deal with a serious topic – mental abuse and a controlling partner.
What you might hate: One word: Emily. She’s one step away from becoming a battered girlfriend. She has no fire, no backbone and absolutely no idea what’s best for her. The only thing she has going for her is her beauty. Everyone’s always going on about how beautiful she is – like that’s a virtue. It’s the only virtue she’s given. She makes bad decision after bad decision and bats back and forth between Dillon and Gavin. She’s honestly one of the THE worst heroines I’ve read in a long time and believe me, that list is LONG. There were glimmers of a great story at times but then it went from bad to worse and Emily is hell-bent at times on wrecking her life. Dillon has issues with fidelity but he doesn’t want anyone to so much as look at Emily without him losing it. Gavin is the more normal of the characters but even he is prone to stalker tendencies. It’s all a big mess.
Rating: 2/5 – honestly, I feel as though heroines should learn something on their journey if they start out weak in a book. They should be the type of person that the reader wants to be or can at least identify with. I honestly am curious to see whether she’ll come through in book two, Pulse, (out on August 10) but I’m not sure I’m prepared to re-visit these characters.