Review: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane
Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: August 13, 2013
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn’t quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week’s pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.
Never stop running…
Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.
Another fantastic book by Shelly Crane! This book actually had a bit of mystery and quite a bit of suspense which was great. Clues were being revealed and I was constantly guessing to the very end. This was one of those books where you’re reading along and then BAM! something happens and you’re like “Oh, the plot thickens!” I think the most shocking was the info that is revealed about Marley. I really didn’t see it coming.
I loved Jude. Despite his past indiscretions, he had his reasons and he did the best he could. After he meets Marley, he realizes what he’s been missing and that maybe he doesn’t have to do it alone. I enjoyed watching him change for the better. Oh and he is hot so that always helps.
Marley is one strong chick. She’s dealt with abandonment and horrible foster homes her whole life and still manages to have a job, go to college, and work hard. She’s made sacrifices and is a fighter yet knows how to be good to people. I think that she grows as a character too but obviously in a different way than Jude. She’s used to no one looking out for her and she has to adjust to Jude being there.
“Biloxi” stumped me for most of the book. It was obvious he was bad but I couldn’t figure out what he wanted, why he was so driven. Of course you do find out but I kept trying to guess while I continued to read and I really enjoyed trying to solve the puzzle.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t to read all of Shelly Crane’s future books. Excellent work and I give a 5 out of 5!!
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