Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.
Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.
O. M. Actual G! I have to say I would never have expected that twist and I’d have never expected it to work either. But it sooooo did!
Before I get to Jude and get all unnecessary over the hot bad boy… Lucy was a brilliant character! She wasn’t an innocent, naive virgin. But she wasn’t a ball busting maneater. She was an ordinary, sassy, teenage girl and I loved her attitude. I loved the first scene, on the beach, drooling over the hot guy playing football, trying to attract his attention. Lucy and Jude’s first conversation was brilliant and really set the mood for the book.
“Lord help me, I was going to become a nun if my male radar didn’t realign towards guys that were not walking penises.”
Okay, so back to the most important bit… the hottie. The bad boy. The hero. Ahh, love love love Jude! He’s so broken that your heart bleeds for him. He is everything you absolutely shouldn’t love, but everything you just can’t help but want more of! He’s protective, overbearing, misunderstood but his love for Lucy turns his crime ridden, tortured world on it’s head.
“Luce,” Jude said, stopping me, “I get what a piece of shit I am, and it’s not awful or unfair or incorrect for people to call me out on what I am. But I’d like to think a person can change, and I swear to you I’m going to try to leave me piece of shitedness behind.”
I do wish that there had been a better description of the characters. I had to use a lot of improvisation when it came to imagining Lucy and Jude and I like to be able to picture my characters quickly when I’m falling love with them.
And on to the ending *sigh*. The most adorable speech that will turn your insides to goo!
“How does a guy like you promise someone forever at eighteen?”
“Easy,” he said, pressing a soft kiss into the corner of my mouth. “He finds a girl like you.”
It’s most definitely YA, although there is a tonne of sexual tension, so I had to keep this in mind and appreciate that when some of the darker issues weren’t delved into and when the sex scenes were reined in. But with that in mind, the writing was superb and I gobbled the book up in less than a day. (I do love weekend reading time!)
So, I’m going to end there and get a wiggle on, because I have CRUSH waiting for me!
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