[Mature Content - 17+]
Clash (Crash #2)
by Nicole Williams
Their Romeo-and-Juliet-level passion is the only thing Jude and Lucy agree on. That, and fighting all the time . . .
Also not helping? Lucy's raging jealousy of the cheerleader who's wormed her way into Jude's life.
While trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy and also training to be the top ballet dancer in her class, Lucy knows something's going to give . . . soon.
How can she live without the boy she loves? How can she live with herself if she gives up on her dreams? If Lucy doesn't make the right choice, she could lose everything.
I ended up buying this one the day after I finished reading Crash. I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to these characters.
After that massive bombshell that was dropped in the first book, I was glad to see that Jude and Lucy were back on track. I just couldn't stand the thought of them not being together so I was extremely happy that they were back together.
Lucy is still one of my most favourite female characters ever. She's ballsy, she doesn't take shit from anyone and she's just such a fantastic character. I loved her even more in this one.
Jude grated on my nerves a couple of times in this one, but overall, I still loved him. His anger and his possessiveness kind of pissed me off. Lucy can't do anything without him flying off the rails and trying to beat someone up (or threatening to). Sure there were times when he was protecting Lucy, but most of the time he was just acting like a jealous ass with a trust problem. He could still be a real sweetheart when he wanted to though.
This one was a lot steamier than Crash. There were some extremely hot make out sessions (like that one in the car...) and I was really enjoying the progress that their relationship was making. Jude was so desperate for everything to be perfect that no matter how much he wanted to just throw Lucy up against a wall, he didn't because he wanted it to be special. Lucy and Jude have such amazing chemistry that I really enjoyed reading these scenes.
There was a lot going on in this book again, which I really enjoyed. Lucy and Jude are both a college now and they live 5 hours apart, so they only get to see each other at the weekends. And Adriana Vix decides she'll take advantage of this. She's constantly following Jude about, trying to get him to sleep with her. I could understand why Lucy was so jealous because she wasn't with Jude all the time anymore, but I was a bit disappointed in her lack of trust in Jude. After everything they'd been through, I'd expected a lot more from her.
I was really happy for Jude in this one too. After everything he'd been through, he was finally able to do something with his life that he enjoyed and get a career. I felt really proud of him for everything he'd accomplished.
Jude and Lucy had some major ups and downs in this book, but these characters are just so right for each other that they always find their way back to each other - and they always will.
The ending had me squealing in delight. Sure it was kind of cheesy, but I love these characters so much that I just want the best for them and for them to be so happy together that I just loved the ending.
I ended up starting Crush - the last book in the series - the next morning because I'm just so invested in these characters that I just couldn't wait to see what life was going to throw at them next.
Overall, I really loved this book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, but I still really loved it. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it. It's such a fantastic NA series.