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on 4 June 2013
This book picks up slightly after where Crash left off, with Lucy and Jude both at the colleges of their choice which are a few hours apart. Their relationship is far from perfect due to revelations revealed in Crash but they are working on things and trying to get to be in a happy and loving place. That doesn't last very long though and quickly Lucy and Jude are at each other's throats again for one reason or another.

What I loved about this book is that is shows the importance of the work that needs to be put in to a relationship. Lucy and Jude have a hell of a lot of problems between them and while this does get in the way of their happiness throughout the book, it also teaches them that relationships are far from easy. There are some great lessons to be learned from some of the other characters in the book who teach both characters what it means to be in love and the sacrifices that must sometimes be made in order to have a happy relationship.

Although Jude is still the bad boy I had grown to love in Crash, he has come on a hell of a long way since then. Yes, he still has a terrible temper and will kick someone's ass just for looking at Lucy but he has also become calmer and more mature in so many ways. He's trying to change his life after Lucy helped him believe in himself. He's trying to be a better person and to realise that the past doesn't define who he is in the present. Jude is by no means perfect but that is still what I love about him. He realises when he is wrong, he knows he has flaws but he is trying to work through those things to be a happier and better person.

Unfortunately, Lucy's character development was pretty weak in this instalment. In comparison to the first book, where she didn't trust Jude at all or believe anything he told her, she hasn't come very far at all. Considering all of the mayhem caused by her lack of trust, I would have thought that now she would be able to listen to Jude and believe what he told her, instead of jumping to conclusions again - which is exactly what she did again in Clash. It seemed as though Lucy blamed Jude for an awful lot when it really wasn't his fault. I wish that Lucy could have grown and learned from the mistakes make previously but she didn't really.

I was a little disappointed with the plot in Clash as it just seemed to go over a lot of old ground. While the moral lesson of working hard to make a relationship work was great, I felt that there were just too many arguments and characters running away when things got rough... which was often. I would have loved for there to have been one bigger problem maybe rather than so many small ones. Even so, with the ending of this book, it makes me want to read the third book which is out in July so luckily not too long to wait.

Although a good book, it wasn't quite as good as the first.
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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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on 16 December 2013
In Short
- Clash follows on perfectly from Crash.
- I love that Nicole tested Jude and Lucy's relationship in Clash and didn't give them an 'easy ride'
- Both Jude and Lucy's characters continued to grow and develop in Clash.
- It's an emotional and raw read that is near impossible to put down!

In Long
I finished Crash, the first book in the series, feeling quite satisfied and was unsure whether to read Clash. I think I was a bit nervous I would feel let down by it after loving Crash so much and not knowing if Nicole could write another book on them which I would love as much as I did as Crash. I am pleased to say that Clash most definitely was not disappointing and I loved spending more time with Jude and Lucy.

I loved that Nicole tested Jude and Lucy's relationship in Clash by putting them in quite a testing living situation. Lucy and Jude are living 5 hours away from each other as Lucy is at dance school. I was really intrigued to see how their relationship would cope with this big challenge as well as the other challenges they faced.

Clash is quite an emotional and raw read. I really loved that Nicole went deeper into both the characters lives and I felt like I got to know them even more than I did in Crash. Their characters have definitely made both Crash and Clash amazing reads, even more so because both characters have likable personalities. The pace of the storyline changes throughout the book but there wasn't any point I got bored and I struggled to put the book down each time I had to!
Final Thoughts
I am so glad that I chose to read Clash straight after Crash, I loved getting to see where Jude and Lucy's relationship went next and to see them face their next challenges together.
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on 4 June 2015
Sequel in this genre are, 99.9% of the time...pants. And unfortunately Clash ran true to form. Whereas you might have stomached Lucy through Crash, in this second book you really just wanted her to fall on her face during one of her ballet recital and never get up again; not 'dead' per se but maybe?....In a suspended state of consciousness? Where she lived happily on an alternate plain, but we never had to 'hear' her? Yeah, that. Back and forth this silly bint of a girl went. 'I love him and I want to be with him' 'I love him but we are better apart.' Back and forth, back and forth all the while leading our hapless hero Jude behind her by the nose. She termed their 'Romeo-and-Juliet-level passion'(I kinda gagged when I read that in the blurb, I should have known to stay well away. I mean, really? No.) as a roller-coaster ride, well if I'd have been Jude I'd have regurgitated my stomach all over her hair...

In fact the best thing about these two books is all The Beatles song references, and I'm not even that big a fan of The Beatles!

NB Oh Lord I just realised there's a 3rd book.....It's at times like this that I wish I wasn't so anal about finishing what I start...
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 14 September 2012
I was really pleased to see that this follow-up to CRASH, was available. I loved the first book. But this one not so much. There was so much conflict in this story, it was an emotional rollercoaster. Jude and Lucy's jealousy of each other became a little tiresome. Jude would go off if another guy even looked at Lucy. But he wasn't so adept at understanding when Lucy got jealous of the cheerleader who had set her sights on Jude. I'll admit Lucy at times was annoying, but there were times she was justified. This was quite a short read compared to the first book. So it felt a little rushed to me.

To sum up the H/h constant bickering and arguing was a bit OTT, I was begining to feel that they did not have a future together. But having said that, for fans it is essential reading.
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on 9 November 2012
The boy can do no wrong. You must read book one, Crash, before reading this one. Jude Ryder and Lucy are now in the state of New York trying to survive being in different colleges, five hours apart, whilst learning to love and trust. Half the time I wanted to slap Lucy around the face and tell her to get a grip and see Jude for the sappy sod he really was. But she is young, naive and needs to grow the hell up, fast before she loses the man who makes her whole.

The book is flawed and isn't perfect, but you'll be reading book 2 because you love Jude Ryder, that's what I keep telling myself.

It's another easy page turner with some witty writing, I think that's what made the reading most enjoyable.
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on 5 May 2013
CLASH #2.....
This is the 2nd book of Jude and Lucy's love affair.
Its literally a rollercoaster ride for them and us!
They are on then off then on again then off again.
WORK IT OUT ALREADY(we all know how much you love each other)

Once again It's filled with angst and heartbreak...
And alot of jealousy...
But is a beautiful love story
I loved it!!
4 and half stars!
Would recommend!
I'm going to read the final instalment.....CRUSH (hope there is a happy ending)
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on 11 February 2013
Could not stop reading! This story pulls you in and makes you live it right up to the end! A must read...
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on 10 February 2013
My only frustration with this book is that it took Lucy so long to realise how perfect Jude is for her! She annoyed me a few times for continuously walking away from the person that was so utterly perfect for her! I love Nicolas writing and will definitely be buying the next book! S
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on 21 September 2012
What a beautiful story - how could you not fall in love with Jude - I enjoyed Crash and found Clash even better so was not disappointed one bit.... Nicole Williams writes some fabulous books if you havnt read her books you def should ....CLASH (Crash)
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