Pulse (Collide #2), by Gail McHugh ✰✰✰✰✰


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…


My Casting


Read Collide (Collide #1) review here: https://smittensbookblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/collide-collide-1-by-gail-mchugh-%E2%9C%B0%E2%9C%B0%E2%9C%B0%E2%9C%B0%E2%9C%B0/

Soooooooo good!!!!


Honestly, this series had be completely hooked! I really don’t know if I preferred book #1 or book #2. They were both phenomenal and so different.

Whilst Collide was angsty and frustrating, Pulse was heart warming, full of hope, despite the heartache, deliciously sexy and just a total page turner.

Pulse picks up right where Collide ended. We begin with Emily as she follows through on her decision to leave Douchebag Dillon, in pursuit of our lovely Gavin. And we’re off. And whilst Gavin continues to be amazeballs, Dillon continues to be a complete prick!

“I loved you, and you became everything you said you never would!”


Gavin and Emily’s reunion wasn’t a wham-bam-thank-you-m’am. But it didn’t drag out. Thank God. I was worried that the whole of Pulse was going to be Gavin twoing and froing about whether he wanted Emily back. Of course, bridges had been burnt and trust had been broken, so it wasn’t all smooth sailing, but it wasn’t without it’s heartache.

“After I’m finished fucking you, I’m going to make love to you. From the minute my body touched yours, there was never going to be anyone else. I’m in love with you, but I have to fuck you first. Do you understand me?”

At about the 30% mark I was loving it, but thinking, okay, this is good, but I kind of feel like we’ve come to a conclusion right now… how wrong was I?! Jeez, poor Gavin and Emily really can’t catch a break!

I was totally blindsided by the plot for this book. Shit a brick! I really didn’t see it coming. I don’t know why, looking back, now I know, I can totally see the clues… but anyway, I didn’t guess and I was shocked.

I felt so sorry for Emily. She hadn’t done anything wrong and yet she finds herself in an absolutely devastating situation. But, hey, I’m not in love with Emily, so whilst I felt for her, my heart just shattered for Gavin. Ohhh, my poor poor baby. 😦

loved the solidarity between Gavin and Emily in this book. They talked, they communicated, they dealt with situations as best they could, like rational adults, despite the shitty hand they were dealt. It was so refreshing! There was no ridiculous over reactions, no miscommunications, no petty issues… the problems they faced were real, heartbreaking and the whole things just made me want to fangirl all over Gail McHugh!

“We were written for one another, and I wouldn’t change one line in our romance novel. The good, the bad, the in between. It’s ours. We own it.”

think I might have mentioned, that I love Gavin… but just incase you didn’t get that memo. I fucking love Gavin Blake! Okay? He’s perfect. Like, in such a way that he has flaws, is over protective, flies off the handle sometimes, totally stole his best friend’s girlfriend, but is still just perfect. And let’s not pretend we’re not impressed by the size of his… bank account! (Get your mind out of the gutter, ladies!) It makes me sad that we can’t conjure him up, using our imagination, into a living, breathing, real-life human being! These book boyfriends could really begin to depress a girl if we’re not careful.

“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.”


Emily is so very broken in this book.

She’s suffered a helluva ordeal and it’s taken it’s toll. And seeing Gavin build her back up, restore her self worth, convey his adoration for her, is just breath taking. He’s so determined that she won’t come to any more harm. *swoon* I love it. I know, that’s all I keep saying. I love it. I love it. I love it.

“I’m so sorry. I’m sorry that out of any girl in this world you couldn’t fallen in love with, you chose me.”

There was one scene in this book that made me cry happy tears like a little bitch!! Oh, the sweetness was just off the freakin’ scale. It was two o’clock in the morning, I was blubbing like an idiot and Mr. Smitten rolled over, looked at me like I had three heads, rolled his eyes, said ‘Can you cry a bit quieter please?’ and went back to sleep. I continued to sob through my big stupid grin! I cry at books quite a lot when they’re sad, but I can’t recall many books that have made me cry happy tears. It’s just that damn beautiful to see Emily and Gavin find some happiness after all of the ugly they endured.

“I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m more in love with you now than before. You’ve rocked my entire world, Emily Cooper.”


And lastly, but absolutely definitely not least, holy hotness!!! There are some sexy as hell scenes in this book. The car scene! Oh my Christ!!! Phew.

Oh, wait, I know I said ‘lastly’, but, just quickly… The epilogue is entitled Molly and Mr. Tall, Dark and Fuckable Handsome’s Epilogue ! I love that! 😀

Right, do you think I should probably stop typing now? I mean, if that review hasn’t sold it to, I’m think you’re pretty un-impress-able! I could go on… but I don’t think it’s necessary. There’s a lot of heartache, and Collide is maddening beyond belief at times. You will want to push Emily in front of a bus at various intervals and Dillon just needs castrating from the beginning… but it’s so totally worth it. Pinky promise!


Pulse Statistics
Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥♥
Ending: HEA
Series: ✓ (Collide series)
Reading Order:
Book #1 – Collide
Book #2 – Pulse
Can this be read as a standalone? No
Love triangle
Controlling partner
(view spoiler)
Warning. This book includes… 
Domestic violence
Sexual content
Writing: Great

Blog Tour Giveaway
As part of the Pulse blog tour, Gail McHugh is giving away a $200 visa gift card, a $100 Amazon or Barns and Noble Giftcard, a Kindle Fire and a signed set of Pulse and Collide signed paperbacks.
Don’t forget to enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MWVlYWZkNzhmMGIyOGNjYjNlMDU3YWEwYmUwNmZmOjM5/

Teaser Alert

With an equally devious brow lifted, Gavin ran a hand through his messy hair, and leaned back against

the headboard, the grin on his mouth wide. “These gifts wouldn’t happen to include a black laced

ensemble worn by you, double ‘A’ batteries and your ‘shmexy’ legs shaking uncontrollably around my

head, would they?”

Eyes wide, Emily belted out a laugh. But shit if he didn’t look hot, waiting for her, shirtless no less.

She swallowed, suddenly aware of the throbbing between her legs. All humor left her face as she

slowly crawled onto the bed. With the bag in one hand, she took the other and slightly lowered his

sweatpants. She rained kisses along his hip, following his glorious tattoo all the way to the side of his

left rib cage. Sighing in pure contentment, she moved her lips back down over every delicious peak and

dip of his washboard abs. She felt Gavin tense, his muscles tightening. He buried his hands in her hair

as she hovered, lightly skimming her tongue along the edge of the evil looking beast’s wings. In all its

evilness, it tasted like the sweetest cotton candy in her mouth.

Emily brought her eyes up to his, their light, blue sexual intensity shocking through her system. She

smiled. “So you never told me why you got this particular tattoo on your body.”

Gavin blinked, a rush of puffed air escaping his mouth. “Are you honestly going to ask me that after

you just achingly licked your way up my body?”

“What?” Emily giggled, straddling his waist. Looking down at him, she frowned. “I want to know,

Gavin. You told me why you got it where you did, but you left out why you picked a dragon.”

Eyes zeroed in on her lips, Gavin smirked. “I got the dragon because I knew women would never…

ever… ever be able to resist licking over it.”

Emily playfully swatted his arm. “You bastard. Are you saying I’m not the first to lick it?”

In one quick movement, Gavin slipped his arm behind her waist, flipping her onto her back.

Emily gasped, her heart nearly stopping as he hovered above her, lightly brushing his mouth against

hers. “Oh my God,” she breathed. “I was right. You are crazy.”

“And you’re trying to kill me with your questions,” Gavin countered, now nipping at her bottom lip,

which she started to realize was something he loved to do. “You’re no longer allowed to say the

words ‘lick it’ while in my presence. Is this understood, Miss Cooper?”

His demand drifted over her like a caress, however, she was about to push a few buttons. She popped a

brow, her mouth curled into a smirk. “Lick… it… Caveman.”


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3 Responses to Pulse (Collide #2), by Gail McHugh ✰✰✰✰✰

  1. Tera Lemus says:

    Great review! These are 2 of my favorite books!!! I can’t wait to read more from Gail McHugh.

  2. Adriana A. says:

    Read both. Loved them dearly! You rock Gail!

  3. Karen Barton says:

    Great review as always! Loved the book and thought it was the best series I read this year.

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