I am so thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Crash by Nicole Williams!
The tour is being hosted by the lovely Momo at Books Over Boys
Be sure to take a look at the schedule for the rest of the tour stops to read reviews, guest posts, interviews, excerpts and more!
OK, so first of all I have a little confession to make. According to my Kindle account I downloaded my copy of Crash on 20th July and marked it as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads the same day, but I actually only started reading it properly a couple of weeks ago and finished it within a day. I am sooo cross with myself that I have been missing out on an AMAZING BOOK in all of that time!
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.
Crash tells the story of Jude and Lucy, two people who have both had a lot of crap thrown their way in life, and their fight to try and make a relationship work despite sooo many obstacles in their way.
Jude has lived at the boys’ home since he was a kid. He’s quite the local bad boy, not known for his squeaky clean reputation or his chastity! Life has dealt him some shitty cards and he lives his life the only way he knows how; living on the wrong side of the law and seeking solace in women, lots of women. He’s never been in love, never even had a relationship. He doesn’t want one. There’s a first time for everything though…
Lucy is a dancer, a damn good one who has Juilliard in her sights. She’s about to start her senior year at a new school after a change in circumstances forced her parents to sell up their main home and move to their lake house. Lucy is also a good girl and doesn’t make a habit of falling for guys like Jude. There’s a first time for everything, though …
Lucy meets Jude at the beach. The attraction for them both is instant. Lucy doesn’t know anything about Jude or his life though and Jude’s not that keen to divulge any information. Jude makes it clear to Lucy that relationships are NOT his thing and if she can handle that they could have some fun, that’s not Lucy’s style though. As the story progresses we see Jude and Lucy falling in love despite reservations from both of them. Jude doesn’t feel worthy and Lucy can’t handle his lifestyle. There’s so much forcing them apart that making it work is sooo hard for them. Little did they know that there would a huge bombshell that had nothing on the problems they thought they had.
I absolutely loved Crash. I hadn’t read anything else by Nicole Williams before reading this so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing. As with all books written by new-to-me authors I hoped for the best and I definitely got that and more! Crash was an emotional rollercoaster that sped along the tracks and even flew right off them and crash landed in a heap. And I was as much of a wreck as the busted up rollercoaster carriage while reading this.
I loved both Jude and Lucy, but Jude more! He was such a messed up guy who had such a low opinion of himself, but such a decent guy too. It’s hard to think that you wouldn’t end up messed up like he was after the life he’d endured. Lucy was his saving grace to turn his life around, she made him want to do that for her.
Nicole Williams definitely knows how to write dramatic scenes. There were a good few times my heart leapt up in to my mouth and I had to read peeping through my fingers that were covering my eyes! Well, not really, but it felt like that! A scene early on in the book where Lucy has the ‘pleasure’ of meeting a group of Jude’s boys’ home ‘brothers’ had me on the edge of my seat with my heart beating sooo fast it was probably dangerous!
I will say that I didn’t like Jude and Lucy spending a lot of time apart mid-way through the story, that was due to Lucy jumping to a certain conclusion and Jude not correcting her because in his mind it helped him achieve something he was struggling to do. I just felt like they could’ve sorted the whole thing out quicker but then again Jude did have his own valid reasons for not setting Lucy straight so I could completely see why that needed to happen.
Reading this story made me laugh – Lucy had some great comebacks for Jude! It made me get anxious – the scene with Jude’s ‘brothers’ and another one later in the story: you’ll KNOW which one it is when you get there, don’t worry. It also made me cry – a scene about 3/4 of the way through between Lucy and Jude when they finally realise something MAJOR.
I’ve seen people mention that they would recommend Crash to anyone who liked Beautiful Disaster and I guess that that is something I’d agree with. Jude is very similar to Travis with the whole anger/possessiveness but just like Travis, Jude has his reasons too. Crash is definitely a book that I would pick up again, it even made me go download it’s follow up, Clash, right after finishing!
“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.” – Jude
“Rain. Jude. Me. Kissing. Stick a fork in me because I was done.” – Lucy
“I’ll be here, each day and every day on, as long as you want me to be.” – Jude
“If I ever mess up again… I want you to promise me you’ll leave… because god knows it can’t be me that walks away since I’m incapable of it.” – Jude
“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spend the rest of your life with.” – Jude
“Caring for someone is scary … Don’t let the fear of losing them keep you from loving them.” – Lucy’s dad
“He kissed me … so hard I couldn’t breathe, but if kissing like this required breathlessness I was giving up oxygen for good.” – Lucy
A definite 5/5!
I’d always loved a campfire. But a campfire at night, sharing a blanket with Jude squished up beside me, with a parent about to retreat to bed, went beyond love.
This was the campfire to top all campfires.
“Night, kids,” Dad said, stretching as he stood. Dinner had been a pleasant event, thanks to my mom staying locked in her office, giving someone a tongue thrashing through her cell. Dad, odd as he was, was pleasant to be around if you could get past the fact that reality escaped him. I’d managed to accept this as a fact of life, and Jude didn’t seem to have a problem with it either.
“Night, Dad.” My heart was already racing. I knew, once we were alone, something was going to happen. The tension had been that thick between us the past hour as expectant looks, hands playing finger hockey, legs brushing legs, and the unsaid words between us louder than had we spoken them ensued.
“Goodnight, Mr. Larson. Thanks again for dinner,” Jude called after my dad, his hand affixing above my knee.
“I like your dad,” he said as his thumb circled the inside of my leg.
It was impossible to offer any other response than a smile and a nod.
“The verdict’s still out on your mom,” he said, chuckling.
Another nod and smile.
“And I like you,” he said, his voice low. “In fact, I really like you.” Taking his hand from my leg, he lifted it to my face. And then the other. He held me so firmly I couldn’t look anywhere but at him, but gently enough that, had I tried, he would have released me.
“I like you, too.”
Cocking an eyebrow, he waited.
“I really like you,” I added, feeling so many damn sparks I could have ignited any moment.
Grinning, his thumb moved to my mouth. Brushing the line of my lower lip, he studied me like I was something he could possess.
I was all for woman empowerment and all that jazz, but standing in the heat of that touch, I wanted to be possessed in every way another person could possess you.
When I was sure more than a minute had gone by, but lost track of all time other than that, I opened my eyes. His were the lightest shade of gray I’d seen yet. “You can kiss me, Jude.”
I expected just about anything else than his forehead lining as his eyes darkened. “I know I can,” he said, his voice tight. “I’m just not sure if I should.”
The ache that originated at the very core of me began to spread. There was only one way to alleviate it. “You should kiss me, Jude.”
His eyes went another shade darker, but they never looked away from mine. “I shouldn’t,” he said, sliding a hand behind my neck, skimming a finger beneath the collar of my shirt. “But right now, I don’t give a damn.”
His words hadn’t settled on me before his lips did. They were as powerful as his hands, but as gentle at the same time. Parting his lips, his groan rumbled against my chest, and before I had time to process if I should or shouldn’t, I swung my leg over his lap because, beyond every rational reason, I couldn’t be close enough to him.
His tongue against mine, his chest pressed to mine, his hands holding me like they were as hungry as mine were, I wondered if this was one of those moments people looked back on in their darkest days and smiled on. I wouldn’t only be smiling, I’d be cartwheeling from this memory until the day I died.
I’m a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I’m still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here’s to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
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