Author: Nicole Williams
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 18
Sexual Situations etc.
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Okay, it’s official I want to murder a fictional character for being a whiny, hard-headed, inconsiderate girl who ignores the goodness in front of her face because she’s boo-hoo, scared! On that note, I want to find Jude Ryder and make him mine (don’t tell my husband… he would have me committed for writing lustfully about a make-believe person).
I really, really liked this book, not more than the first but so much more than the second; however almost completely because of Jude. Luce or Lucy or as I like to refer to her – Moron, was in full form in this one, so if you didn’t like her character before get ready because this one is riddled with her poor decision-making.
[note color=”#eae9e7″]SYNOPSIS: Football glory. A giant diamond. A wandering eye.
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?[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: If you haven’t read the first installment, I would recommend it and because there is a second in the installment, pick up Clash too. But do it before you read this one because you might get lost or not really understand the crazy manic relationship between Jude and Lucy.
I will start with what I loved. Jude. He is alpha in that way that gets all those hormonal mommy porn fanatics firing up their battery operated lady devices, but instead of being a dominant monkey who whips and chains the love of his life to some torture contraption, he isn’t afraid to love and adore his girl. He is perfectly, obsessively, over the moon in love with Luce and it is both charming and refreshing to read. It was also nice to see him gain some success since his character started this series completely broken and destitute. I loved the final conflict and how it played out. It wasn’t over the top crazy and I felt it was organic to their relationship. If these two people actually existed (god help us) they would’ve probably reacted to things the way they did… good or bad.
What I hated? Lucy, Luce or Moron. Oh and the fact that this author uses the word “Anyways”. No matter how many people use the word it still won’t become an actual part of the English language. Even if publishers allow it to slip into dialogue. It’s completely unacceptable and a great way to reduce the intelligence of your readership. Now, why did I hate Lucy? Simple, she consistently makes outrageously narrow-minded and ignorant decisions and it is really hard to live inside the head of an irrational fool. Her choices were maddening and I hate, hate, H.A.T.E.D the fact that she was being sexually harassed by her boss, recognizes that his actions are wholly unacceptable yet continues to work for him. But what made me blowing steam was that the author never once mentioned that his actions were completely deplorable and ILLEGAL! Look, authors don’t technically have any responsibility to their readers, but they should recognize a great opportunity to discuss problems even if it is through some minimal actions, just so someone who is reading it and also experiencing these encounters understands that, unlike the idiot protagonist, they don’t have to put up with it.
Okay, beyond that I did love that this book brought us into the bedroom, but kept it classy and I loved how the dynamic true love between Jude and Luce, rarely faltered. I also found the NFL elements fascinating and I think the budding romance between Holly and Thomas was cute enough to become a spinoff.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you started the series, you should definitely finish it and if you haven’t, start at the beginning and see if it is something you want to invest in. Then, by all means, take the plunge.
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