PULSE by Gail McHugh
Pulse (Collide, #2)
Author: Gail McHugh
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 16+ (for Explicit language, Sexual Situations)
Contains No Spoilers
THE GIST: First I would like to say, that my review of Collide would’ve coincided with Sara’s, I liked most of the characters, disliked the Female Protagonists, gushy metaphors, and didn’t like McHugh’s 3rd person writing. All things considered, I started Pulse with some trepidation. It had the same writing style as Collide, which was a negative in my book, but I seemed to like this a bit better than the first.
[note color=”#fcc383″]SYNOPSIS: 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…
THE LOWDOWN: Okay, please don’t yell at me people, but this series was just okay for me. I feel like this series is full of clichés (love triangles, philandering-cocky-billionaire, broken-girl, cliffhanger, HEA). The plot, though not original, holds your interest, in the same way as watching reality TV: you just can’t look away! I’m not bashing the books, because I obviously read them both, but there’s something about them that falls flat.
The number one thing I cannot stand is a third person point of view that is all over the place. I think it’s extremely tough for an author to pull of the 3rd person, and maintain a connection with the characters. I couldn’t maintain the connection and got aggravated. The other thing I dislike is that the story became very mushy-gushy. Collide had a lot of angst with the love triangle aspect, especially the rehearsal dinner scene. But in Pulse, once the main conflict had been resolved, it was pretty much predictable after that. Well, with the exception of the MAJOR plot twist at 80% of the book. It made no difference in the gist of the story, but added some more drama to the storyline. To me, that was just uncalled for!
On to the good parts, I like love Gavin’s character! I really think that he is what made this series. I like his snarky confidence, and he’s got good looks to boot! The ending was enjoyable, bringing the book to a complete circle. I would like to read Falcons story (told in the 1st person POV), because I like her character as well. I think Emily’s character is a bit easier to take this time around, or maybe I was numb to her bad decisions. Overall, I would say if you liked Collide, then read Pulse. It’ll leave you all warm and toasty on the inside. If you didn’t care for the first book, then you may want to pass. Like I said, it was entertaining, and ultimately that’s what reading is about.