Blog Tour: PULSE 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 ou move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes and 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, bust 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…
Dawn’s Review 3 – 3.5 Stars
Gail McHugh left me hanging by a thread in Collide, not knowing how things were going to go down between Emily and Gavin. Thankfully, I waited to read Collide until Pulse was available because I can’t imagine the anguish for those who read it months ago! All I knew was that I was hoping and praying that in the end, I’d get my happily ever after because dammit, Gavin is the man! And they NEEDED that HEA!
Pulse starts right where Collide left off. I was emotionally hooked into it right away. As with Collide, Gail McHugh has a very expansive way of describing emotions and the connections between characters. If anything, I became lost in that in Pulse and so I didn’t feel quite as engaged as I did with Collide.
There is a definite level of drama still going on between Gavin, Dillon, and Emily. Dillon is still a total douche and the way he insinuates himself into Emily and Gavin’s lives made me want to beat the shit out of him myself! While there was drama there, I would have wished for a quicker pace in the story. And I can’t go without saying around 80% I was like WTF?! No, this cannot be happening!!! As much as it was a WTF moment, for me, I felt it was not a needed one to get to the end.
Overall, Gavin is still swoon worthy and captivating and I loved his demanding side! Rowr! The humor and fun moments made Pulse for me.
Abby’s Review 3 stars
I have been torn on writing this review. I read Collide back to back with Pulse. Collide is a 5 for me, but Pulse was not there along side it. Here are my thoughts.
Pulse starts off right where Collide ends. Everything about the way the first 40% of this book moved had me super excited. I was starting to rave about what I was reading. Damn that Gavin Blake and all of his hot lines! I was loving every minute! If you need a great conclusion to Collide the first half of Pulse is it.
Gavin has lines through out the whole book that are completely swoon worthy. I especially was loving some of his dads lines to him. My highlighting finger was going crazy.
Around the halfway point of this book, it seemed like our major conflict was resolved. Yes we got a new bit of drama, however at the end of Collide I was guessing this was going to happen as well as I am sure so many other readers guessed the same thing.
The next half of this book for me was filled with way too many I love you’s let me count the way. It felt overdone. I was convinced already of Gavin and Emily’s love, I did not need to be reminded of it on every page. It started to lose me here. I get it they have great sex. They love each other.
Something happens towards the end of this book that infuriated me as a reader. I felt it was unnecessary and was just thrown in for more drama. After this “thing” happens I didn’t really want to finish the book.
Overall I am so grateful that I loved the first part of this book. It was the saving grace for me. I loved Collide and I needed this half as a conclusion.
ARC provided for honest review
“Wait,” she purred, trying to catch her breath. She towed her neck back and stared into his eyes. “What are you doing? Are you going to just fuck me right out here?”
With a smug grin, Gavin backed away, leaving her panting body lax against the wall. “Not as fun as you originally appeared, I see,” he muttered, fishing his keys from his pocket. He slid them into the door and unlocked it, holding it open as he waited for Jessica to adjust her clothing.
Sighing, she picked her clutch up from off the ground.
As she walked past him she rolled her eyes. Dropping the clutch onto an antique, claw-footed table in the foyer, Jessica swept her gaze across his expansive beachfront home.
“Nice place.” She turned and faced him, her smile showing she was impressed. “So now, where were we?”
“You were about to strip for me.” Gavin tossed his keys onto the table and started unbuttoning his shirt. After slipping it off, he leaned against the doorjamb of the kitchen and crossed his arms as he watched her undress.
Jessica peeled the last piece of clothing from her body and moved toward Gavin. She took his face in both her hands and pulled him into her mouth. It was then that Gavin shoved Emily back into his aching heart’s closet, locked the door, and threw away the key. As he unbuckled his belt, one clear thought attacked his mind.
Emily would be proud that he was taking a ‘void filler’ to bed tonight.
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I’ve always been a lover of writing, but mostly dabbled in creating poetry while raising my three beautiful children. I am grateful my husband of fifteen years has supported me—albeit sometimes kicking and screaming—as I pursue this “hobby” of mine. Without his help, writing would be an impossible endeavor.
In late June 2012, I felt an urgent tug of my pen, and I began writing one of my first novels, Collide. Although I thought it might never see the light of day, it gave me the courage to plunge headfirst onto a path I had never considered before.
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