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?
I’ve been a huge fan of this series since stumbling upon Crash last year. Nicole Williams is not only a brilliant storyteller, but she created a group of characters that were impossible not to love. There was no shortage of drama, surprises, and passion, but through this entire series, I felt like I lived right alongside Jude and Lucy.
I was excited to learn that Nicole was writing this third book, however, I have to say that I was also slightly hesitant. When I read Clash in the fall, it was under the impression that it was the end of Jude and Lucy, and I thought their story wrapped up perfectly. So while I knew I would read Crush because I’ll read anything of Nicole’s, I was also apprehensive of where their story would go.
Well, it didn’t disappoint. There was still plenty of Jude and Lucy drama, and they were definitely dealing with some growing pains under the new lifestyles both were navigating, but through MOST all of it, they grew stronger. I was kinda sweatin’ it out, though, toward the end. Not gonna lie. Still loved Jude. So much. Lucy, she kinda drove me crazy again. I get that she didn’t want to sacrifice her dreams or lose herself, but sometimes, her inability to just voice that drove me bananas.
I liked getting more of Thomas and Holly and Little Jude in this book. Plus, we got to see some of India, and also her brother. I wanted to like him. Didn’t happen for me. I liked that he pushed Lucy to think about her relationship with Jude. But I didn’t like his douchey ways.
Overall, I thought this was a great conclusion to the series. I will miss me some Jude Ryder. He’s become a fave of mine, but I’m happy to see them get their happy ending. That’s right. There’s a happy ending. It’s not without plenty of issues, but it’s there. If you haven’t read this series, you should pick it up! It’s a great New Adult, but what I love the most is that the story evolves and grows and matures as the characters do. And Nicole’s writing will hook you in and keep you there until the very last page.