Crash- Nicole Williams
Release Date: July 19th 2012
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of. For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.
I absolutely devoured this book. Read it in a day. It’s a quick read but so captivating. Williams is sure a fan of the angst babies. Lucy Larson is such a great leading lady. Her dedication to her dance translates into her budding relationship with the troubled Jude Ryder. And Jude was the quintessential bad boy love interest with a temper that was quick to light.
The steamy romance that escalates and then drops and then escalates and then drops in the book had me sitting on the edge of my seat and staying up until 2 am to find out how these two finally work it out. Williams ended the book in such a way that the characters get their Happily Ever After and a stand alone book would have been enough. But lucky for all of us fans, there are 2 more books! Williams has totally captivated me in this series with her quick wit writing and her ability to have the reader second guessing themselves at every turn of the book, thinking they know what will happen.
Despite the fact that the book was only 215 pages, it wasn’t as rushed as I expected it to be. The pacing worked for the long timeline of the book and things progressed fairly naturally.
This book is perfect for any mature Young Adult contemporary romance lover with a soft spot for a bad boy and a great love story.
My rating for Crash is 4/5 Stars￼￼￼￼￼ Enjoy!