Monday, April 13, 2015

{REVIEW} Crush by Lacey Weatherford

Title: Crush
Author: Lacey Weatherford
Series: Crush #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication: October 18th, 2012
Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.
I finished this book in one day. In one sitting. That's what I love about Sundays, you can just read all day if you're up for it! And well, this book? I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it but I totally did in the end. It's gripping in a way that makes you want to read and read and discover all the mystery in this book ... there are quite a lot of "secrets" and I kept guessing what it all meant.

It's my first book by Lacey Weatherford but she managed to draw me into the story with her characters, I think. I really enjoyed reading about Cami and - most importantly - Hunter! He just stole my heart with everything he did ... even though it's kind of stereotypical to all the other romances. "Bad guy" falls in love with the innocent girl and only wants her, so from now on he doesn't give a thing about partying and other girls anymore. I admit it, it's predictable in some ways and I even guessed where the story was going. The plot twist on the other hand caught me by surprise! I really didn't expect that but loved the idea!

"Is it possible to love someone who never really existed?"

So, Hunter Wilder, huh? He's a handsome guy but has a certain reputation even though he only recently moved to town. He's popular, likes to party and definitely knows how women react to him. And yet no one really knows him. I liked how Cami had this effect on him, how she made him happy and that we got to see this different side of him as well. I can easily say I understand why Cami fell in love with Hunter ... I mean, who wouldn't? He's a charmer and knows what to say to make you blush and feel important. All the sweet words, the nickname he used for Cami and the cute gestures were just an added plus. He's freaking amazing and I loved him!

I was kind of annoyed with Cami at first. Again it's a stereotypical thing - she's beautiful, the boys think she's really hot but she doesn't see it. She thinks she's nerdy and definitely not that pretty although it's completely obvious that it's actually the opposite. Well, that annoyed me but once she and Hunter got closer it changed a bit and then I didn't mind anymore. Cami is sweet, funny and sometimes sarcastic. I loved the banter between Hunter and her and had a constant grin on my face whenever they were together!

"There's just something about you that I like. I'm suffering from 'moth to flame syndrome", guess. Russ teases me about it. He calls you my eye candy."

The story was good and nicely thought-out but a bit predictable. Now, I don't really mind if I like the characters and all that but maybe that's how Lacey wanted it to be? Like I said, I was pretty surprised by the "plot twist" towards the ending but I could've thought of that, if I'm being honest. There were some hints here and there but I was so busy falling in love with Hunter and unraveling the truth of everything else that I didn't see it coming. Oh well.

Would I recommend this? Yes. If you're into cute romances with a little action and some great characters it's definitely something for you! Hunter is swoon-worthy and could easily be another one of your book-boyfriends with his gorgeous smile. *sigh*

★★★★☆ 

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