Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gail McHugh - Collide - Review & Interview

Blurb :

Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him bad. 

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?

1.      How did the idea of Collide form in your head?

While in the middle of finishing up another book, Gavin bombarded my head with his tale about a girl who was going to crush his heart to pieces—but in the end—was going to fill his life in so many colorful ways, that it was going to worth every ounce of heartache he was going to endure.  <3

2.      I loved the idea of bottle caps! What gave you the inspiration for them?

Before writing that scene, I knew I wanted Gavin and Emily playing some sort of game while on the balcony. I like to write outside, (I think the fresh air helps move the scene from my head into words onto my screen) so the day I started that chapter I was on my deck and saw a bottle cap. I called a friend of mine and said that I thought I could incorporate the bottle cap into the game. She helped with the whole ‘Terracotta pot’ thing, and wala! Bottle caps! However, when I wrote the next chapter (where Gavin secretly slips one into Emily’s hand the next morning) I thought it was cheesy and was going to pull it from the manuscript. My girlfriend insisted that I kept it because she felt it was something unique.  After much debate (let’s face it, Gavin’s a billionaire, and bottle caps as a gift really isn’t what most would consider cool) I decided to keep them, letting them into a scene every so often. J

3.      Do you think you will ever explore these characters again or possible do a spin off?

Yes. One: Because I really do miss then. And, two: With the request so heavy from my readers for more, I’ve decided that a fun little novella would be appropriate. When? I’m unsure. I’ve also thought about delving into either Fallon and Trevor’s story, or Jude and Olivia’s. We shall see. J

4.      Do you have any weird writing rituals? Shot of tequila? Ogling of hot men? Half naked dance round a fire?

LMAO! Love it! Umm, no. I’m kind of boring, (actually, I’m VERY boring) and stick to a playlist consisting of songs that nudge at me while writing. Oh! I do need a cup of hot tea and a huge glass of water before I begin. L See? B-O-R-I-N-G.

5.      Can you tell us a little about your upcoming book? 

Amber to Ashes is my current work-in-progress and is due to publish through Atria Books on November 4th.  This one will show the darker side of my brain. Composed of 50% real-life events I’ve experienced first-hand, and a little fiction thrown in, Amber to Ashes (other than the love-triangle facet, which is still VERY different) is the polar opposite of Collide and Pulse. Amber, Ryder, and Brock are flawed far beyond anything Gavin, Emily, and Dillon ever were. They also know they are, having owned every one of their flaws. Amber to Ashes is going to be a hit-or-miss for readers. This I’m aware of, but am still excited to see whether my readers GET these characters or not. J


I just want to point out before the review that this book does contain a Love Triangle, I am usually not a fan of them but in certain books the author manages to get it right, and with this book Gail managed to achieve this. It didn't leave me wanting to yell at the female lead and scream in frustration instead it has a well balanced amount of lust and angst. You are able to feel the tension and emotions from the characters which stops you from pulling out your hair in frustration. 

This book completely took me by surprise, and I loved it I was left glued to the pages and ignoring the world until I finished. I was drawn into Emily Coop's world and left needing to know ever detail of her life, and especially her interaction with a very hot and steamy Gavin Blake.  

Emily has recently Lost her mother and a fresh start is exactly what is needed, Deciding to follow her boyfriend Dillon to New York City Emily moved in with her best friend Olivia and takes a job working at a local restaurant, the last thing she expected to come across while doing a delivery was to come across a guy that could literally take her breath away. You can tell right away there is a huge connection just sizzling away between them, if sexual tension was sound the room would be deafening.

Emily deciding to keep Gavin at arms length gives him a fake name; Molly. But she does confess to already being in a relationship which of course he pays no attention to. How can you when you know there is something between you.

“Here's to bottle caps,the Yankees, and 'birds', and most of all"...he paused and lowered his voice to a whisper.." and,most of all to a beautiful girl named Molly who refuses to believe the man-the man who loves her more than she'll ever know”

Gavin has most certainly earned himself a space on my book boyfriend list, He just seems so darn attractive I can feel his sexiness radiating off the pages. I may have had to use my kindle to fan myself down once a while. 

Dillon is what I would describe as a douche of a boyfriend, I can see why Emily was with him to a certain extent because he is what is familiar and he was there to help with her loss but at the same time he is a very manipulative person. You begin to want Emily to drop him with a click of her fingers and run into Gavin's amazing arms.

“ I've never felt so heartbroken and so in love at the same time. If you would've told me the day we met that you were going to break my heart— and that days, months, or even years would pass, that I would still be hurting like this—it wouldn't have stopped me from falling in love with you.” 

The emotions in this book where built up and the characters didn't jump head first into everything, I think this made it more believable but also more likable. You where able to understand how Emily was feeling and not that she was some sex crazed women wanting to get into Gavin's pants . . . but then again I don't think anyone could be blamed for wanting to get into Gavin's pants.  

“I want the late-night drives, the sunset watching, the screaming, the yelling, and the crying. I know I'll definitely want the make-up sex that comes after all of the screaming and crying. I want the good, the bad, and the in-between. All of it is what's going to make us amazing together.” 

This was a book I was very excited to read, I had been following Gail's posts and teasers religiously and as soon as I got my ARC I couldn't wait to get stuck in. This book was beautifully written and I enjoyed seeing the interaction and flirtation between Emily and Gavin and most defiantly the steaminess *swoons* . 

“Every part of you was made for me. Your lips were made to kiss mine, your eyes were made to wake up to me looking at you in my bed every morning, and your f***ing tongue was made to roll my name off of it. I am more certain of us than I'm certain that I require oxygen to breathe.” 

This book also had one of my favorite things, alternative point of views. There is just something about them that gives a story a whole new dimension, I like being able to tell what the main characters are thinking without having to guess and being left in the dark. 

This book is 100% a must read, this needs to be on your kindle pronto!

4.5/5 stars.

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