REVIEW – Pulse by Gail McHugh

Title – Pulse
Author – Gail McHugh
Series – Collide, #2

From the New York Times bestselling indie author, the conclusion to the sexy contemporary romance that began in Collide, about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger.

“Do you know how scary it is to want something so bad you’re willing to change your whole life for it?”

Emily Cooper is ready to risk everything to be with the man who has consumed her thoughts and dreams since the fateful day they met. Unraveling fast, she can only cling to the hope that Gavin Blake still wants her.

Nursing his wounded heart, Gavin has cut himself off from society and retreated into a self-destructive, mind-numbing world. Emily isn’t used to being the strong one, but she’ll have to find the daring and confidence within to fight for their love and bring Gavin back from the edge—even if it means losing herself to their all-consuming, pulse-pounding passion. A New York Times bestseller, Pulse is the unforgettable conclusion to the story of Emily and Gavin that began with Collide.

Be still my heart; Gavin Blake can make me giggle like a school girl no matter how many times I read this series. The love found in Emily and Gavin’s relationship is special and heartwarming, one that continues to give me tingles in all the best ways. It’s a romance that defines the very word in so many different senses. Where Collide was very much the journey to our heroine finding her strength, Pulse was about being rebuilt into the woman she wanted to be.

“I’m going to break you down and slowly build you back up. Second by second, piece by piece, and memory by memory, I’m going to make you realize you’re worth what I’m going to give to you.”

From the moment I met Emily, there was something special about her that burrowed deep into my heart. She was broken in a way that I don’t traditionally see heroines and it made me appreciate her character and the story she had to tell that much more. Further, Gavin was created to be the most complementary male counterpart. The way that he took each broken piece and was able to aid Emily putting herself back together was encouraging, sweet, and absolute perfection. He never pushed too far and was the perfect blend of hard and soft. I know that McHugh wrote these two to go together in the way that she wanted them to with fate in mind, but I honestly could not have thought of a better story had I dreamt it up myself.

“Fate had a weird way of circling back over paths that were meant to cross.”

Above all else, I can say that Gail McHugh handled the situations these characters faced with respect and an unparalleled realism. She was able to show how women (and men) find themselves in situations that are so difficult to recognize and leave. McHugh was able to create sympathy, yet also pride in watching the characters grow and find strength. Furthermore, I thought that it was interesting because while I don’t normally condone a relationship happening the way that Gavin and Emily’s did, there was never a moment in my heart that I didn’t think these two characters should be together.

“Again, there’s a reason behind everything. All that matters is what you do with those decisions. You can let them break you or mold you.”

Pulse was a little difficult to read at times given the emotional impact, but much like Gavin did with Emily, it healed me as well. This book, and their love, is a story that I read for the first time years ago and one that still sticks with me today. I can’t recommend this epic romance enough to everyone and anyone who will listen. This bottle cap playing, Yankee loving, perfection of a man is definitely up there with my favorite book boyfriends of all time, and I don’t see him getting dethroned any time soon!

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