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A childhood accident left Emmaline vulnerable to disturbing fugue states that last only minutes, but feel like an eternity. The blackouts are unsettling but manageableuntil she meets Johnny Dellasandro.

The reclusive painter gained notoriety in the '70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films. His naked body has achieved cult status, especially in Emm's mindshe's

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Spice (first published 2011)
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Megan Hart is one of my go-to guilty pleasure reads. She isn't afraid to write outside of the box and try new genres, and the quality of her writing is a level above most books in the genre. The only thing that keeps her from being a favorite is that she writes just as many misses as she does hits. This...was a miss.



COLLIDE starts off promisingly enough. Emmaline had a traumatic head injury when she was young, which has caused her to interm
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Wendy Darling
I've seen a lot of rave reviews for this author, so I thought I'd try out one of her books. Apparently this was not a good one to start with, though, because I really didn't enjoy this at all. Pretty much every aspect that it tried to cover was not well done, including:

* the paranormal stuff (weird, jerky, needed better transitions)
* the relationship (she is a FAN STALKER, no matter how you try to get past it, and is obsessed with him)
* the characters (why does he like her? she's so dull! He's n
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Rose
I've actually read this story a few times, and each time I've read it, it's actually improved a little in my mind, though I have complicated emotions about it. I'll first say off the bat that I love Megan Hart's writing, as usual. She has a way of taking me straight into the character's mind and making me empathize with what the character experiences, even if I don't always see eye to eye. I love the depth of the character intimacy, and not just in the sensual scenes. This story hit a little clo ...more
Jen Davis
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really expect to like this book all that much. But it made me laugh. It made me feel. And boy, was it hot!

The story follows Emm, a 32 year-old woman, who has lived her life with the constant threat that she will go into a fugue state. She had a head injury in childhood, and ever since, she has had episodes where her mind leaves reality. In the past few years, though, she seems to have gotten it under control. Until she crosses paths with Johnny. She only sees him in a coffee shop, but s
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Monica
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Many people are going to dislike this book because of it's similarity to another (and sadly less racy) book. I predicted what was happening early on in the book but that didn't stop the enjoyment. I enjoyed every single page, every single second, and every single hot scene in this whole book. I loved it so much I immediately wanted to re-read it when I finished it. I know if you read the book that is similar (and there is a mention to this similar book in the book) you know which book everyone i ...more
Holly
There are some things that make no sense. Love is one of them. Falling in love is jumping face first into a vast-abyss, hoping the person you love will be there to catch you. Love is a connection.

This book was Freakin' Awesome!!

I think I am most excited about the fact that I loved this book because I didn't think I would, I thought the premise sounded kind of silly, but being a huge Megan Hart fan I requested it anyway and WOW! am I glad I did! I don't want to give any thing away, particularly s
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Jane Stewart
No character development. No relationship development. I did not enjoy this. I wanted it to be over.

STORY BRIEF:
When Emm was six she fell, hit her head, and was in a coma. After that, periodically she would go into an unconscious state, each one lasting a few minutes or longer. She called these “fugues.” She could not get a driver’s license until she had been fugue free for a year. This finally happened when she was 31. She then moved out of her parents’ home to a city. She sees Johnny for the f
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Laura
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scorching-hot
This book was provided to me via NetGalley
Stemming from a childhood accident on a playground, Emmaline experiences fugues where she completely blanks out from reality for moments, but really feeling much longer than that. For a while, Emm has learned how to manage her fugue’s, not experiencing them in over a year. She’s able to get her driver’s license, obtain a great job at a bank, and finally live independently from her parent’s. Everything is going great for Emm until she notices Johnny Della
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♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
COLLIDE - I don’t know how I am going to review this book without giving away too much! Megan Hart has twisted and weaved the elements of time in this new book – My opinions on time travel are hit and miss. If it’s done well, then it’s usually great, but if it’s done poorly then it’s a miss. This is most defiantly a hit.

I love the style of Harts writing. It’s so sensual; every little thing is made to be erotic even without it meaning to be. I love the subjects that she touches and the intimate d
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Alyssa
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Have you ever read a book where, when finished, you seriously couldn't decide if you liked it or not? While trying to make my decision (and I'm not sure that will ever happen), I'm having a big 'WTF' moment after reading this book. Let me just say that I LOVED the premise of this story. It was a fresh plot idea (at least for me) and I was excited to see where she would take it.

Emm is a 32 yr old woman who suffered from a traumatic brain injury while in elementary school. Since then she has suf
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Julie
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Collide was a book I wasn't sure about reading because it did have a sense of The Time Traveler's Wife about it in the description. But another reviewer said it was really good, so I gave it a go. I'm really glad that I did because this was a really engaging read.

Let me get the unpleasant part of the review over first, because really, it isn't a bad thing. Not for me at least. If you are one who does not want to read a book that has any resemblance to another book that has received a lot of atte
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Jacqueline J
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Adrienne
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
4 stars,a similar tone to switch, which is not the same as stranger, dirty or broken which are more emotional reads. Never the less i enjoyed this. I think though that if you've never read megan hart this is not the book to start with, please please start with stranger and work your way through th e books as published to get a better feel for her work....
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Nothing scarier than getting to the last third of Megan Hart's book, and reading that the main characters are just fine.

As I've already said a thousand times, I am a huge Megan Hart fan. For good reason. With her books, it's not a question whether or not I'll like the book, but how much I'll like it. Collide is one of those I really liked.

This is Emmaline's story. Emm is a new resident in Harrisburg, a familiar place in Hart's novels. A lot of her fictional characters live there and cross paths
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Cheri
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read by MH. I needed a HEA after some of my other reads.
Alisha
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of romances with more meat to the characters
Shelves: ac-g, favorites
Rating: 4.5
Quick Take: Absolutely loved this story; it has a speculative element to it but really focuses on the emotion of the characters. Aside from taking some exception to certain plot points, I feel that this book is a unique, touching, intense, and sexy contemporary romance.

Review:
I'll start with the punchline: this book is one awesome piece of romantic fiction. It is intensely sweet, but it somehow avoids being sacharine. It's so very sexy, yet it is not one random smex fest. It's got spe
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Laura
I almost didn't request this book from NetGalley, because the premise sounded so silly, and not at all like something I am into. But I did anyway, and I started reading it because I thought it would be something light and silly for me to read while I also read a book of short stories. A few hours later, I was so deeply involved that I wouldn't go to bed.

I knew Megan Hart was a pretty big name, and have had several of her books on my radar, but hadn't gotten around to reading them. I'm glad that
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Sarah
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance
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Darcy
I am really torn about rating this book. I found the first 100 or so pages to be weird, so weird in fact that I was contemplating quitting the book. What you as was weird, well it was Emm and her situation.

I really liked Emm from the start. She was fun and her friendship with Jen had me laughing. They had a great "girl" vibe going on, confiding in each other, meeting to chat, and having their own inside jokes. Them having a semi famous person in their midst was funny, especially when you realize
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Cocktails and Books
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I liked this one, but not as much as I've liked some of Megan Hart's other books (I think Deeper is still my favorite). Her books, although erotic, are always so much more than the sex.

Emm suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was small and now suffers from fugue (add definition here). Doctor's can't explain them. So for 30 years, she lived with her parents and tried to live as normal a life as possible. Finally, after fighting very hard for it, she's able to gain her independence and move
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Lola Sharp
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, netgalley
First, let me get this part out of the way:
I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley (thank you).

One thing I enjoy about Megan's books is that her characters are real and flawed. She manages to find unusual health issues or the damage from their pasts manifests in unusual ways, yet they still feel relatable.
Also, her writing is generally clean. (As a writer who does a lot of critiquing and editing, I often find myself pulled out of a story with the compulsion to mark up the book
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Soo
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Time Travel
Shelves: reviewed
Emm moved to a new city, made a best friend, began a life of her own, and fell into instant lust with her best friend's movie crush: Johnny Dellasandro. Since her freak accident as a child, Emm has odd blackouts that left her feeling off centered and ill. She thought the episodes were gone for good but they came back with a vengeance. Will she ever have a normal life? Is it just her imagination or did she really find true love?

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Heather
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This book took me awhile to think about before I reviewed. About what my expectations were for the book, and whether or not it was anything that I was expecting. And the answer was…this was nothing like I could have expected.

I thought the idea of two lives “colliding,” and the lasting effects and the types of decisions to be made very interesting. I also appreciated that I wasn’t always certain where she was going to take the story. I was just as confused sometimes as Emmaline was when she went
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Unapologetic_Bookaholic
This was different.

The characters were well developed but the fact that the main character suffered a mental illness (or whatever it was), was off putting. Emmaline was in her 30's before she finally moved out of her parents home due to the fact she fell and hit her head as a kid, and went into a coma. She never thought she would lead a normal life because of her fugues, but then she slowly got through them and got her license to drive. That bit of Independence gave her the motivation to get he
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Anino
Although this book wasn't absolutely spectacular, I did enjoy reading it.

What I really liked is that it had an interesting paranormal-tinged plot (Time Travel anyone?), seductive sex scenes that were well-played, and 2 very likeable characters. I especially loved the way that Ms.Hart developed the character of Johnny (who, btw, was seriously hawt...)

The only thing that I can complain about is that there was some considerable lag in the very beginning of the book, which inspired me to fast forwa
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Gina (bibliobuff)
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All these new erotica fans that have been spawned through "Fifty Shades of Grey" should learn what truly exceptional erotica is. And they need to start by reading Megan Hart. Any time I read her, I know I'm going to be in for an sensual emotional journey, and this time was no different. I know "Collide" got some bad reviews because of the plot turn revealed at the end, without a real explanation as to why. But for me, it was one of the most romantic things I've ever read.
C
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La historia es un sinsentido total. Además no sé hasta qué punto es legal porque el personaje Johnny Dallesandro está enteramente -muy enteramente- basado en Joe Dallesandro, un actor de pelis 'independientes' de los años 70. La autora lo describe exactamente igual a él, sin eludir ningún detalle. He alucinado en colores.
HJ
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
This is one of my favorite Megan Hart books, aside from her literary erotica (that's what I like to call them, anyway, lol).

Mohini Jugran
This is a story of two people. The girl who has some problems and the guy who is also carrying some baggage.
A childhood accident left Emmaline vulnerable to disturbing fugue states that last only minutes, but feel like an eternity. The blackouts are unsettling but manageable…until she meets Johnny Dellasandro.

The reclusive painter gained notoriety in the '70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films. His naked body has achieved cult status, especially in Emm's mind—she's obsessed with
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Jody
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Ever since falling off a jungle gym as a child, Emmaline has had bouts of disorientation, fugue states. Up until her recent introduction to 70's blue movie acting icon and artist Johnny Dellasandro, the episodes were very infrequent, but they suddenly take over her life and the line between dream and reality becomes blurred. As Emmaline continues to spend time with Johnny will she ever be able to live a real life with real emotions or will the dream become her reality in this intriguing story wi ...more
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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