March 13, 2014

Title: Collide
Author: Gail McHugh
Series: Collide
Publisher: Atria (Simon and Schuster)
Published: September 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: Attracting, compelling, colliding, their chemistry—to say the least—was explosive. He felt it the first time he laid eyes on her. . .

On the heels of college graduation and the unexpected death of her mother, Emily Cooper moves to New York City to join her boyfriend for a fresh start. Dillon Parker has been sweet, thoughtful, and generous through Emily’s loss, and she can’t imagine her life without him—even as her inner voice tells her to go slow.

Then she meets Gavin Blake. A rich and notorious playboy, Gavin is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Their first encounter is brief, but it’s enough to inflame Emily’s senses. When their paths cross again through an unexpected mutual acquaintance, she tries to deny the connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome won’t let go so easily.

As she discovers Gavin’s pain-filled past and Dillon’s true nature begins to surface, Emily knows she must take action or risk destroying everyone—including herself. But how can she choose when she can’t trust her own heart?

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

2.5 stars rounded up to 3 I’m all kinds of sad because I wanted to love this book…but I just didn’t. It gets fantastic ratings from so many people, but for whatever reason I just found that I couldn’t connect with the characters, and the story went in circles. It had to do with the writing style itself, and although I can’t pin point exactly why, I just know that I never felt like the words resonated with me. It also didn’t help that the story was told in 3rd person, which made it that much harder to connect to a story that didn’t catch my attention in the first place.

Emily moved from Colorado to NYC with her boyfriend Dillon in order to get a fresh start. While Emily seemed frail in the beginning, I cut her some slack because she had just lost her mother. I didn’t like Dillon from the first time I met him. However, as the story went on and Emily didn’t get any stronger or smarter she started to wear on me. It was so obvious Dillon was cheating from the beginning, and he was abusive. Emily was just so weak that she annoyed me. While I know I should be compassionate and understand that Emily was a victim, it just didn’t work for me. She was supposed to be smart, gorgeous…the whole package, yet she was so weak that  I didn’t understand how it was the same person. And it’s not like she loved Dillon or liked him. I didn’t see why she kept going back to him.

I did like Gavin, he was sexy, rich, successful, confident…and totally in love with Emily.

These two flip flopped back and forth between being friends, more than friends, or not speaking…and it was just such a cycle that kept happening over and over again. I am pretty sure I rolled my eyes every single time it happened.

The cliffhanger ending? Um, I can guess what is going to happen and then the whole cycle will probably start up again.

Would I rec this book? Personally no, it wasn’t anything special or even a quick read. However, I seem to be a bit of a loner in this opinion so maybe if you have friends that loved it you will too.

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