REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: Pulse by Gail McHugh

August 26, 2013 Adrienne's Reviews, Giveaways, Reviews 4 ★★★★

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Pulse by Gail McHugh
Series: Collide #2
on July 9, 2013
Genres: Abuse, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Romance, Sociology
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
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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…

Tick-Tock…
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The SHMEXY Gavin Blake is back!  After the cliffhanger in Collide, I couldn’t wait to jump on top of Gavin Blake into Pulse.

“Thank you so very much for making my legs shake the way you do.”

Let me tell you this story is HAWT but it’s also kinda sad and yes you will have moments of laughter thanks to Olivia.  Olivia never disappoints with her witty names for Dillon.  She’s the perfect comedy relief that’s needed in this story.

“Untangling a necklace that appeared to be growing from her hair, she rolled her eyes and yanked it out. Her expression twisted in pain for a moment before she smiled. “Thank God. That thing was fucking killing me. Don’t ask how it got in my hair, either. I think it happened when I bent over to wipe myself. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I peed on my heels.” – Olivia

You may not know this yet about me, but I don’t need rainbows and unicorns and happily ever afters.  Well that’s not entirely true.  I don’t NEED them.  Not all the time anyway.  Sometimes, maybe a lot of the time, I like real, gritty, sing your teeth into, stories that make you feel like YES this is what really would happen.  This is what life is all about.  I know a lot of you will disagree.  You want the escape from reality.  You want to immerse yourself into a story of make believe where everything is perfect and every one lives happily ever after.  I get it.  I don’t mind it.  I don’t hold it against you lol.  Hell I want it sometimes too.

The reason for the paragraph above is because I think Pulse could have been so much more.  Gail touches on some really juicy stuff.  Stuff that could have gone in so many directions.  But in my opinion she played it safe.  Safe is not what I wanted.  There is a particular part of the book about three quarters of the way in that had me shocked.  I thought “there it is!” this is where things will go from ho hum cute story to OMG DID SHE JUST FREAKING DO THAT?  But she didn’t….

I was slightly disappointed.   When you read it you’re going to think “Adrienne is nuts!  Why would she want that to happen?”

I wanted it to happen for a few reasons but mainly because I found myself getting bored.  I absolutely adore Gavin but I was tired of the love sick p***y (pick your own 5 letter ‘p’ word) he had become.  I’m all for mushy gushy lovey dovey stories but sometimes there’s overkill.  In Pulse I rolled my eyes through a lot of it.  I found myself really looking forward to the scenes with Dillon.  DILLON!!!  What an awful man but he at least gave the story some oomph.

So for me the book was a little too sugary sweet.

I felt like Gavin was the bread and butter in this story.  He’s still sex on a stick.  Absolutely alpha male and yes even swoon worthy.

“I don’t take checks, but I do accept most forms of foreplay and sex as payment.”

“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.”

I will tell you right now, I will read anything that has Gavin Blake in it.  Even if it’s just a cameo.  There’s something about that man…..

Pulse will give you the closure you’re seeking and I can’t wait to read more from Gail McHugh!

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Gail McHugh has graciously agreed to donate an eBook copy of Collide and Pulse to two lucky winners.  Thank you so much Gail!

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About Gail McHugh

Gail McHugh is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Collide and Pulse. She is the mother of three beautiful children and has been married to her husband for fifteen years.

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