Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary
Series: Crash (Book 2)
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback, 273 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062267159 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062267153 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard.
Especially when it comes to reigning in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn’t enough.
Quick & Dirty: A sweet contemporary book with lots of romance and drama.
Opening Sentence: You know how they say it’s always darkest before the dawn?
Lucy couldn’t be happier because she got into her number 1 choice for dance school and against all odds she is together with Jude. Jude is attending Syracuse University and is their star quarterback. They live about five hours apart, but they try to get together every weekend. Lucy and Jude are doing great but doubt and jealousy start to tear apart their relationship. A gorgeous cheerleader has her eye set on Jude and she will do anything to get him. Lucy is insecure and starts to doubt Jude and how he feels about her. Then she starts to doubt their whole relationship. She knows that she loves Jude, but is that enough. They have so many ups and downs and they fight all the time. Is there enough good to outweigh all the bad? Lucy really just doesn’t know, but if she doesn’t figure it out soon she could lose the only boy she will ever love.
Lucy was interesting in this book. I totally adored her in the first book and I fell in love with her spunk and attitude. I felt a little disconnected to Lucy at times in this book which made me sad. Lucy was very indecisive in this book, which I understand adds drama to the story, but I just thought it was a little overdone. I can understand that she needed space but she kept going back and forth and she put Jude through more pain than he deserved. I mean that poor boy has already been through a lot in his life and now the girl of his dreams keeps breaking his heart over and over again. That being said, by the end I felt that Lucy finally figured things out and I still did really love her as a character.
Jude Ryder is still the sexy bad boy that I fell in love with in book one. He is charming, beautiful, and has a mean temper. He grew so much through the series and I love seeing the man he has become. Yes, he is still an emotional basket case at times, but I felt that he was always trying to improve himself. He loves Lucy more than anything and he always puts her first. He respects Lucy which I really love about him. When she asks for space — he gives it, and he stays very constant with his feelings for her. I loved Jude and Lucy together they are so perfect for each other even though their relationship is not perfect.
This was a fast easy read for me. The flow was great and the writing was very well done. Yes, some of the things Lucy did annoyed me a times but overall the characters were great. I will have to admit that the plot was very predictable, but I still really enjoyed it. This book really hits on the point that Love isn’t always enough, and there are different levels of love. If you are willing to fight for a relationship you can work through pretty much anything, you just have to want it bad enough. The ending to this book was so sweet and I can’t wait for the final book to come out. I would highly recommend this series to any fans of YA/NA contemporary — it will not disappoint.
Another sound slid up his throat, this one so loud it caused his chest to vibrate against mine. “Hell with it,” he said no hesitation or uncertainty in his voice. It was as firm and resolute as his body thrumming beneath mine.
With one flick of his fingers, my bra snapped open, sliding down my arms until it landed on the floor beside Jude’s feet. His mouth covered mine again, hot and unyielding. I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t want to if it meant not being able to kiss Jude like he was kissing me right now. How he could make me feel his passion, his love, and his possession in one kiss was inexplicable. But he could. Jude’s body expressed his feelings better than his words did.
3. Crush (April 23, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Clash. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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