One Night Stand: CLASH by Nicole Williams


CLASH by Nicole Williams
Mature YA / Contemporary
2012-09-01 (Nicole Williams)

Rating: B+
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Lucy Larson – Ballet Dancer, Julliard 
Hero: Jude Ryder – Football Player, Syracruse 
Setting: New York, USA



Jude and Lucy have graduated from high school and are now in college living five hours from each other. Lucy is attending Julliard to be a dancer. Jude is attending Syracuse and is the star QB for the football team. After the rollercoaster of drama these two went through in Crash, you would think things would have settled down between these two. Yeah, not so much. They both still have a lot of growing up to do to make this relationship work. Lucy has become insecure with her relationship with Jude, after a cheerleader named Adriana Vix has started to show Jude a lot of unwanted attention. She has made her intentions clear to Lucy that she will be with Jude and will do anything and everything to get him. And Lucy has decided she is not going to let this vindictive bitch take her man away from her. Let the cat fights begin.

Phew. Jealousy can be consuming when it raises its ugly head. Lucy is usually very level headed but has begun to doubt herself and her relationship. And in return, this causes her to act irrationally *coughcatfightcough* (best scene ever!) and question her relationship with Jude. After witnessing something that could tear her and Jude a part forever, Lucy decides she needs a break.

Jude is crazy in love with Lucy. She is all the family he has. He wants her forever and when Lucy decides she needs a break, it crushes him. But, he loves her enough to never give up on her.

“I’ll be here when you’re ready. No matter how long it takes. I’ll always be here, Luce. I’m yours,” he breathed, squeezing my hands, “forever.”

I absolutely adore Jude and Lucy. Their relationship is not easy. They both think with their emotions and their hearts which is why they tend to yell instead of talk things out. They are a hot mess but they love each other deeply and passionately. But can they survive each other? They fight, make-up, fight, make-up. With so many doubts swirling through Lucy's head, she's unable to process how to make it work with Jude. Sometimes a little bit of motherly TLC and advice is all you need to clear your head and see what truly matters.

“Love isn’t only love, sweetheart. It’s hard work, and trust, and tears, with even a few glimpses of devastation. But at the end of each day, if you can still look at the person at your side and can’t imagine anyone else you’d rather have there, the pain and heartache and the ups and downs of love are worth it.”

This is Jude and Lucy's story. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride that's full of laughter, happiness, love, sadness, fighting, and pain. This is the kind of love most little girls dream to have but it’s the kind of love that can hurt the most. But when you love someone so much that you can’t live without them, it’s worth fighting for.


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