[Mature Content - 17+]
Crush (Crash #3)
by Nicole Williams
Football glory. A giant diamond. A wandering eye.
Jude and Lucy are happily engaged . . . but that doesn't mean life's a bed of roses.
Once again, Jude and Lucy are torn apart by football training and a summer job that creates new tensions. This time Jude's the one with trust issues. Will Lucy's life-changing news bring them back together or end their relationship for good? Can love triumph forever?
So Crush picks up about 3 years after the end of Clash. Jude is about to be drafter and Lucy is finishing her second last year of college.
I really enjoyed that this one was set a couple of years into the future. It made me happy to see that Jude and Lucy had managed to stick together no matter how much shit was thrown at them.
I loved Lucy even more in this book. She was feisty, determined and just down right amazing. She didn't want to live off of Jude's money, she wanted to continue her studies and earn her own money. This made me admire her character a hell of a lot more. She wants to do things for herself and not have everything handed to her on a silver platter. She's definitely on of my most favourite female characters ever now.
Jude pissed me off quite a bit in this book. He was being far too possessive (especially in the beach scene), he was being far too over-bearing and controlling and he became more alpha male in this one. Don't get me wrong, he's still a sweetheart and I still loved him, but he just has to tone down the anger quite a bit.
I was so happy that Holly became a bigger part of the storyline in this one. She's such an amazing character. She's so funny and nosey and I just loved having her and LJ around. They added so much more to the storyline. Plus, the Holly and Thomas storyline was pretty funny too.
There was a lot more sexual content in this one, even with Jude and Lucy being separated for long periods of time they still found ways to be intimate. There was one scene in particular that was incredibly hot, but also pretty funny - not because of what they were doing, but because of what happened after.
Jude and Lucy were tested again in this one. India's brother Anton had a major thing for Lucy and didn't seem to want to take no for an answer. He was always calling Jude controlling and unhealthy and although I kind of agreed with him, it made me angry when he pointed it out because he was trying to weasel his way between Lucy & Jude. I had my fingers crossed the whole time that Jude would throw a punch at Anton.
They also had to deal with the pictures being plastered everywhere. With Jude being one of the most famous football players ever now, he was constantly being followed by paparazzi and him and Lucy were being photographed all the time.
And then the biggest test for both of them came along. I had my fingers crossed the whole time, hoping that they would be able to make it work and be together. Even though it was kind of cheesy, I didn't care. I want these characters to be happy so bad that I just ignored the cheesiness of the situation.
By the end of the book, I was so proud of Lucy & Jude for everything they've overcome and accomplished in the past couple of years. They deserve everything they got.
Overall, I've absolutely loved this series. It's such a fantastic NA series. If you haven't started reading this series yet, I highly recommend reading it. It's definitely one I will be coming back to again and again.