Archive | July 10, 2013

Pulse ((Collide Volume 2)) Gail McHugh



Pulse ((Collide Volume 2))Oh.. been waiting for this one, read Collide back in jan and loved it so i’m pleased this has been released early. I’ve just bought it, got a few review books to read too so will add my thoughts on it once i’ve read it.




(Pulse is the sequel to Collide Volume 1)

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…


Collide (Volume 1)


Reclaim My Heart. Donna Fasano.


Arc supplied by Netgalley.

Among all the high school/university romances around its good to find one about older people. Sometimes you’d think from what’s available that anyone over 25-30 isn’t interested in sex and love from the number of books around, ( and God help us poor over 50’s – we’re pretty clearly past it !!) Its one of the reasons I so loved the This Man series – its fantastic writing of course but Jesse is – gasp – 38!!!
So, the premise that Tyne had a sixteen year old son so thus was older, (hurrah) made this book a must read for me. I’m glad as it offers much more than just a quick hot romance, and covers all sorts of conventional stigmas, unmarried mothers, racial discrimination, and religious bigotry. Its not done in a preaching manner though, but one where its simply part of the story and everyday life. That’s how life is for most of us, not some sweet fluffy kittens and hearts rose tinted paradise but a real world where people can be cruel and vindictive.
Anyway – the people. Tyne is great, struggled to do the right thing, filled with guilt for her earlier feelings on finding herself pregnant as a teen she’s done her best to bring up Zach, but as teens are prone to, he gets into trouble one night when she’s at work and he’s supposed to be safe at home with her fiancé, Rob. Robs’ not really interested in Zach and has fallen asleep. She feels the best person to help Zach is his father Lucas, a Native Indian, but Lucas doesn’t know she had a child, never mind that its actually his. He takes the news well, and when the judge says he’s concerned that Zach was out alone and defacing property with a group of older kids, Lucas suggests he takes Zach and Tyne back to the village he grew up in to meet his relatives and other Native Indians for a month. Tyne hasn’t seen her family since Zach was born as they were not happy she was involved with Lucas, being very WASP snobbish type characters.
Zach’s a typical teen, grumpy and sullen and yet keen in intelligence and loves to learn. He’s fascinated by his history and gets on really well with his great uncle Jasper, the man who brought up Lucas. There’s so much to the story, from racism and bigotry, to the way we lose contact with out backgrounds and family sometimes without intending it. The whole story brings out so much from many of the characters, and we meet people that had long been in the background for Tyne and Lucas.
They were great characters, still had that spark that attracted them as teens, and it smouldered and fizzled into a blaze after a time. Jasper had a slew of interesting stories. Lucas’ mother and the problems of extreme Religious thinking made another fascinating aspect, and then of course there’s Tyne’s parents. Each character is carefully chosen and shaped to fit what becomes not just a story of reclaimed love but so much more, forgotten memories and tantalising futures.
I really enjoyed this book and would happily re read. Its not hot, erotic sex, but a love story that has some well written and hot sex scenes but as part of the story, not one of those where the sex is all the story 🙂

Stars: five, a great romance with an interesting and satisfying story.

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