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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Pounding & Compulsive, 4 Dec 2012
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Following the bittersweet ending of Crash, we follow Lucy and Jude to college where they try to navigate the minefield that is their relationship as well as the pitfalls of a long distance relationship.

There is a `hold your breath' type of chemistry between Jude and Lucy that you can feel pouring from the pages right from the start. Both of them have been damaged by the same event that destroyed both of their families, at times it feels as if fate is playing a nasty trick on them. I did feel as if Jude was a bit blinkered regarding his fathers actions; he really needed to face reality and stop blaming Lucy's father for his own fathers actions.

While Jude proves time and time again his love for Lucy, she finds it difficult to let him in fully because of these past events and the trauma she has suffered. She is afraid of letting go completely, she is very pessimistic about their relationship (at times understandably so) however, this negativity puts additional strain on their relationship.

Both Lucy and Jude are passionate, impulsive people making any disagreement more volatile especially where jealousy is involved.

Throw in a conniving barbie bitch of a cheerleader , Adriana, into the mix and you have a volcano ready to erupt. This isn't the first book I've read that involves cheerleaders/spirit sisters that cater for `ALL' the players needs. I've got to be honest these bimbos give women a bad name and quite frankly make me a little sick. I cheered Lucy on when she took action against Adriana.

I loved Jude's friend, Holly, she is so open and fun, lightening the tension with her quips. Holly is able to make Lucy stand up for herself in a really imaginative way. Although conniving, it made me laugh just how well Lucy and Holly were able to predict and control the situation.

There is always an underlying feeling that devastation is just around the corner. Heart pounding compulsive page turning with intermittent sobbing and swooning ensued. Lucy's actions and reactions are realistic and believable. I felt protective of her even when she did idiotic things.

Above all else Lucy and Jude's relationship shows just how much hard work is required on both sides as well as trust. Relationships are a partnership that requires balance. Something Jude and Lucy learn and ultimately accept.

I loved the ending of this book so much the hope for the future and the compromises that Lucy and Jude made to get to this position made them stronger together.

The third book Crush is due out in April next year. I have to admit to being a little apprehensive; I have the feeling my heart is going to be put through the wringer yet again CANT WAIT
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