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I honestly don't know what to type as I sit here and ponder the responses I just read over to this book. I just feel... slimy. Uncomfortable. Discombobulated.
And I'm gunna have a moment to Woosah. So. Spoilers.
There's something I failed to truly appreciate in Lizzy Bennet, despite loving her for years. Her backbone. She's sure of herself, and when confronted with security in the form of handsome Darcy, she'd rather stay single than deal with douchbaggery.
Not Emily. Emily is dating a creeper. All the signs are there. Like, waved in our face. He's like Mr. Wickham with money. And to make sure we notice them, the second voice of the story is the OTHER guy. So we know from the beginning Gavin and Emily will end up together. We just have to wait. And wait. And watch this girl make one bad move after another. It's like some cross between a boyfriend and Stockholm syndrome and she just CAN'T get away. Even after meeting her love-at-first-sight guy.
On top of it, there seems to be a lot of women who love answering doors in their underwear. This abnormal occurrence plays a role in this story. And to be honest. The whole "misunderstanding" could have been understood if homegirl had a backbone and simply stepped inside her recently claimed domain, and confronted the situation.
But she's a doe. A heart-bleeding doe. That's her spirit animal.
And when she finally gets what she wants - I knew something was up because there was too much book left. So enter the evil ex who is there just to be a drunken, panty-wearing, door-opening, plot device. Boom. "Shot thru the heart, and you're to blame.."
I was so off balance during my yoga class today because I was so ANGRY at this heroine. Laugh if you will, but yoga is that calm place. A happy place. Instead, I was stuck on pause while the last hour (like 8 hours in) of listening and my warrior pose sucked because I was pep-talking myself how I would NEVER let a guy abuse me like that. Or would I let things get so out of control like she did.
My heart is tight even now just thinking about it. Don't ever let a man treat you like that, reader, Christian Grey is better than this guy. Seriously.
I came here hoping the reviews would mention how broken this heroine is from the first minute of the book to the last. Nope. Everyone loved it. Apparently heartbreak for 11 hours is fun!
It's not. Nothing about this book is FUN. It's a heart attack. With bad narration. I love Elizabeth Bennet and that story has just as much heartbreak and mishaps and you ENJOY reading it. This book was a big bunch of frustration, aggravation, and to top it off, it ends right before the climax!
You want to know what happens? Me too. You have to get the second book because authors these days didn't listen to their English teachers. They listened to their pocketbooks. Luckily because of all the rave reviews, I bought both books while they were on sale so I can suffer through another 11 hours. I'm guessing these two will continue to have misunderstandings and heartbreaks - as if they aren't already puddles of goo on the floor.
I will say it's a decently written nightmare of an abusive relationship. I'm hoping she grows a backbone in the second book so I'll continue on. Tight heart and all.
Oh. And just because this review isn't long enough. The narration was a joke. She had half of them down okay but Fallon? Hah! She had a deeper voice than the guys! The accents are pretty terrible too. Still, not the worst I've heard... so... 2 stars.
Listen at your own risk. And you are a risk taker. Aren't you. Cause you read these spoilers.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this damn book. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster! I loved it , I hated it, it made me laugh, cry, I screamed and shouted, the twists and turns had me frustrated- I was all over the place, but I loved every second of it! The summer after her senior year of college, Emily moves from her home in Colorado to New York City to be closer to her boyfriend Dillon. Since her mother died of breast cancer, she has nothing to keep her there. She moves in with her best friend and college room mate, Olivia and gets a job waitressing for the summer while she applies for teaching jobs. On her first day at the restaurant, Emily makes a delivery on her way home... To Gavin Blake’s office. Gavin and Emily both feel an instant attraction, a spark right away. There's an instant connection between Emily and Gavin, but of course she avoids and rejects all his advances, the problem is, Gavin and Dillon are friends (not best friends but friends) never the less, it still means that it's impossible for Gavin and Emily to avoid each other... As time passes by, the feelings they have for each other just intensifies. The connections and friendships you don’t expect and the events that have a domino effect on the entire story line. Normally, I am not the biggest fan of love triangles. I always feel bad for someone... except when a member of the triangle is a jerk. That always helps. Certain things about this story reminded me of Thoughtless, the angsty love triangle and all. Seriously. If you hate love triangles or wishy washy heroines who've got men falling over them, this book is not your cup of tea. If you can handle all that, then you must BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!
37 of 41 people found this review helpful
What would have made Collide better?
Less and less explicit sex scenes, more story and depth
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I liked the parts of the story where something actually happened, e.g. the part in the park
What character would you cut from Collide?
None, the characters were well chosen
Any additional comments?
I did not like the book that much as I had expected to find more body to the story. I personally found the story very predictable, focusing mainly on the sex scenes, and less on the events.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Collide to be better than the print version?
already got it in print & kindle
What was one of the most memorable moments of Collide?
she got rid od Dillon thank god
Which character – as performed by Mary Kowal – was your favourite?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
the waitress & the millionaire
Any additional comments?
loved it Emily got on my nerves a bit but in general i enjoyed the book