Author: Gail McHugh
Published: September 17th 2013
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Blurb: A missed first encounter.....
Colliding with a second chance.....
On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother's death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.
While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can't live without her by his side, he's sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.
Until she meets Gavin Blake-a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.
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.
Review: After reading really good reviews about this book, I decided to get it a while ago and I have finally got around to read it. Collide tells the story of Emily, a girl who has just lost her mother to cancer and feels that she is still alive only thanks to her loving boyfriend, Dillon. So she decides to move to New York to be with him. She moves in with her friend Olivia though because she is not ready to have such a serious realtionship with Dillon. But he is more than ready and keeps bringing up mariage.
Then Gavin appears and his attraction to Emily is electrifying. He has found the one and he is going to get her no matter what. Even when fate plays one of his games and she turns out to be the girlfriend of one of his dearest friends, he is not going to stop until he gets her.
On first impression, Emily is a strong woman in love with a nice guy and Gavin is kind of a womaniser who just wants a new toy but as the story unfolds we learn that first impressions are not always true. Dillon is a beast, an arrogant lier who controls Emily with lies and insecurities and the memory of her mother. Emily is weaker that we first thought and quite vulnerable. And well, Gavin is the knight in shinning armour. Will the good win? Well we don't know because the book is left with a cliff hanger and you just want to go to amazon and get the second book instantly!
I really enjoyed the game between Emily and Gavin during the book. You discover little by little that he is a good guy and that he really cares about her. They make each other laugh and feel good, and you enjoy every interaction they have. As for Dillon... you'll hate him and you'll wonder why she cannot see his true self. It's actually quite frustating and there's always something between Emily and Gavin. Why can they just see what's in front of them and live happily ever after? I guess that life is not that easy and a love so intense must be epic, otherwise why would we read the book?