Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to Books4Reviews.)
17-year-old Luce loves dancing, and wants to go to Julliard, even though her parents are now broke, and she’s had to switch schools.
When Luce meets Jude, it’s instant lust, but unfortunately his mouth lets him down, and Luce decides she better off without a bad-boy, ‘I don’t need a girlfriend’ type hanging around.
It seems that Luce has had an effect on Jude though, and maybe he could be a one-girl man after all.
Can Jude turn things around? Can he make a go of it with Luce? Or are they destined to crash and burn?
This was an okay contemporary romance, but I expected there to be more dancing.
Luce was an interesting character. She obviously invested a lot in her dancing, but we were told how much she loved dancing rather than really getting to experience it for ourselves. I liked how Luce stuck up for herself in front of Jude though, and I liked that she cared enough to rescue a dog that was about to be put down, even if he wasn’t the prettiest dog ever.
Jude really annoyed me at the beginning of this book. He wasn’t cheeky-charming, he was just rude and ignorant, and I couldn’t believe some of the things he said to Luce. He didn’t exactly endear himself to me by telling her he didn’t do girlfriends, relationships, or even regular calls, and being mean about her dog that she had rescued from death.
The storyline in this book was okay, but for the most part it was very predictable and didn’t exactly cover new ground. Some of the romantic scenes were fairly good, but we had the usual plotline of couple making it against the odds, one sees something and jumps to conclusions, and the relationship is over until said party realises they were wrong. There was a twist at the end that changed things, and I didn’t see it coming, although I think that was more that it came out of the blue rather than because I missed anything.
The ending was alright, and I was glad that there was a happy ending, even if I thought Luce’s dad’s reaction to a certain piece of news was either extremely enlightened or extremely unrealistic.
Overall; an alright YA contemporary romance.
6.75 out of 10.