Review: Crush (#3, Crash) by Nicole Williams

Explosive, romantic, passionate and captivating! Lucy and Jude do not disappoint! Their emotionally-charged and fiery relationship keeps us glued to each page, not wanting this exciting series to end! But when it does, the ending is perfect!
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  • Stars: 5 red-hot stars!
  • Main Characters: Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mature Young Adult
  • What I ♥ The Most: The relationship between Jude and Lucy is one of my all-time faves! Why? Because I love the way they love each other … passionately, completely and without abandon. They can’t stay away from each other despite all the challenges they continuously face. Love like that is always worth fighting for! 
  • If You Like This Try: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – both books feature sexy bad boys and have relationships brimming with angst and passion and love.

Immediately once upon starting the book, it hit me just how much I had missed Jude and Lucy! I absolutely love their fire, their combativeness, their fight for each other. This is the final installment in the Crash series and book 3 was just as intense as the two books before it.

“With a guy like Jude Ryder at my side, the lows in life were lower and the highs were higher. That was our reality, our story … our love story. We fought; we made up. We messed up; we apologized. We lived; we learned. Jude and I had made a lot of mistakes in the history of our relationship, but one thing we always seemed to get right? Our all-consuming love for each other.”

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Last we saw Lucy and Jude, Jude proposed on the 50-yard line. Three years later, they are still engaged and in love, with no wedding date in sight. Jude has become a big football star and is getting ready to be drafted into the Pros. In the meanwhile, Lucy seems lost … trying to pave her own way. When Jude becomes an instant millionaire after being the #1 draft pick and then moves to San Diego to play with the Chargers, Lucy feels conflicted. She’s happy for Jude and all that he’s accomplished, sad for herself and her lack of direction and empty as the lack of Jude’s physical presence weighs heavily on her heart.

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She’s afraid that money and fame will change Jude and everything she loves about him.

“Money changes people, Jude.”
“The only thing that could change me is you, Luce… No matter what happens tomorrow or how many millions they throw at me, I’m the same guy I am right now.”

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Jude is frustrated because Lucy refuses to set a date for their wedding and he is desperate to make it official. All Lucy can say is “soon.” Things continue to spiral downwards when Jude splurges with expensive gestures to show Luce how much he loves her. Tensions continue to mount and we find ourselves in the classic Lucy and Jude showdowns that make our pulse race and our heart ache.

“I can’t leave you like this… I’ve walked away from you too many times when I shouldn’t have. When you needed me. I won’t do it again.”

Ugh. This quote totally takes me back to book 2, Clash, when it was almost unbearable to read when they were apart. And in this book again, my heart hurts for Jude because he tries SO HARD to make Luce happy. He loves her so deeply and she is everything to him. I will say that Crush is a lot steamier than the other two books and I loved that! They’re older, they’re more in love and their desire has only grown over the years.

Things get worse before they get better of course and they find themselves at a crossroads. I don’t want to spoil it for you guys, but know that these two are meant to be together and this book ends PERFECTLY! Ultimately, this book is about fighting for true love and being brave enough to take the next step. Jude and Lucy have grown up in the pages of these three books and what happens in this last story forces them to make a decision on whether to go all in or not.

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One final note … I found myself really nostalgic … thinking back to the day Jude and Lucy met on the beach and how far they’ve come. I love these books whole-heartedly and I hope you love them as much as I have! Go read them!

“The name’s Jude Ryder, since I know you’re all but salivating like a rabid dog to know, and I don’t do girlfriends, relationships, flowers or regular phone calls. If that works for you, I think we could work out something special.”

Buy Crash (#1) for Kindle / Nook / Add to Goodreads
Buy Clash (#2) for Kindle / Nook / Add to Goodreads
Buy Crush (#3) for Kindle / Nook / Add to Goodreads

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