Pulse Book Review

March 27, 2014 / 3 comments

Pulse Book ReviewPulse by Gail McHugh
Series: Collide #2
Published by Atria Books on July 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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…


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Liezel’s Thoughts:


Good heavens! Book 2 of the Collide series certainly made me feel like I was on an emotional roller coaster. In the beginning I felt  sad for both Emily and Gavin. They were separately going through so much pain from loosing each other it was beyond heartbreaking.

 It then became heartwarming. I loved that moment when they were able to get past the issues and rekindle their love. The ways they showed how much they cared for each other was beyond passionate and romantic and just when you think that they would finally get their HEA Dillon strikes again.

I’ve mentioned how much I abhorred his character in my Collide review. I thought he was hateful then but when I got to reading Pulse… the guy was even worse than before.  He made their life just plain miserable. I can not even begin to describe  how much he made my stomach roll and my blood boil.  The uncomfortable situations and problems  he caused however created a cascade of melodrama that molded the story and kept it rolling.

Gavin on the other hand…OMG! He was totally swoon – worthy. He would  have literally moved mountains  for her.  If you know her history and the past relationship that she was involved in you would agree with me that she deserved what Gavin had to offer. As a romance reader, I am always searching for that soul deep connection and Emily and Gavin  undoubtedly exceeded my expectations.

“I want to break the rules with you. Kiss you passionately every day. Make you smile when you’re about to cry. I want no regrets with us. I want us to laugh together until we can’t breathe and it hurts. No man will ever love you the way I’m going to love you, Emily. You’re it. My last. My forever.”

Except for that one completely unnecessary, shocking and unexpected  scene I thoroughly enjoyed this book . I thought the story line, the characters (and supporting characters), the perfect amount of angst and the passion and romance was otherwise terrific.

The Verdict:




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About Gail McHugh

A self-proclaimed chocoholic, married mother of three, and a lover of writing for as far back as she can remember, Gail McHugh is the author of two New York Times bestselling novels. The COLLIDE series (which includes COLLIDE and PULSE), was acquired by Atria Books on September 17th, 2013.

“The first of two sexy contemporary romances about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger who will stop at nothing to have her.” – Publishers Weekly on COLLIDE, a Top 10 Romance pick!

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