Pulse (Collide #2)
Author: Gail McHugh
Publication Date: 9 July 2013
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?
So, in Pulse we pick up right where Collide left us weeping on the floor. This series just took over my mind and heart for about 24 hours, and left me with a serious book hangover. It's that good. Though, I wouldn't recommend reading Pulse, without first reading Collide.
WARNING: This will be spoiler-free for Pulse, but will have spoilers for book 1, Collide.
In Collide Emily broke Gavin's heart, she rejected him but has left Dillon. Emily realises that she can't be without Gavin and desperately searches for him, hoping he can forgive her. Unfortunately, Gavin has gone MIA and is pretty much impossible to contact.
When Emily and Gavin are reunited they have to really fight for their HEA and to finally be together.
I was cheering Emily on for most of the book. After the bad decisions she made in Collide, mostly due to fear, I was ready for her to make the right ones and to fight for Gavin. She's so filled with insecurities and doubts, from Dillon and from the way she saw her mother treated by her father, your heart aches for her. After everything, she deserves to find real and lasting happiness with Gavin.
Gavin is pretty perfect. He's one of my favourite book boyfriends, and I just adore him. He's charming and fun, but has a fiercely protective side that Emily brings out in him.
The initial confrontation scene with Dillon was one that I'd been dreading and I was right to do so. It made my stomach twist and I was so angry. The real Dillon shines through, and I was so happy that Emily could finally be free from him.
Then when Emily finds Gavin, my heart could soar again, and I was just thrilled. But this series is an intense rollercoaster, so you know that something will happen. I was so worried that Dillon would be a poison in their lives, that they'd never be rid of.
Emily and Gavin have an irresistible chemistry that they would never have been able to fight. I had been immersed in the intense emotions for so long, that I was delighted all over again by their playfulness and the sweetness of their relationship. Emily grows so much throughout this book, she's finally free from the poisonous Dillon and with Gavin's love she can heal properly and take back herself.
“I’m going to break you, Emily Cooper. I’m going to break you down and slowly build you back up. Second by second, piece by piece, and memory by memory.” - Gavin Blake
Overall, it's a wonderful, engrossing and emotional book that is the perfect end to a fabulous series. I'm just so bloody glad I picked these books up. I seriously think if you haven't read the series, you need to. Now. I'm pretty sure it's changed my reading habits pretty majorly- that's a big deal for me! GO GET IT NOW!