Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation's Romeo and Juliet: Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic.
A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.
He's got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a name that's been sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls.
Jude's a cancer, the kind of guy who's fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy—and he tells her so.
But as rumors run rampant and reputations are destroyed, Lucy's not listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? This racy romance is hot, hot, hot!
Paperback, 365 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by HarperCollins
Current GoodReads Rating: 4.04 Stars
The entire story seemed to happen in the last few chapters!
It started off in a very stereotypical fashion as a high school girl that just moved to town lays out in her bikini in her last week of summer break before her senior year and spots a hot guy playing football on the beach. She tries to get his attention and finally on her last effort to catch his eyes, she has him falling over her to catch the ball. It was a disappointing cliche of a beginning that I felt I had read before and knew every last detail of what was to happen during the rest of the book.
The story held some aspects that held it apart from others. First, in these high school good girl falls for bad boy they usually don't reach all the way to having the boy end up in jail on multiple different occasions. The bad boy usually might get detention or suspended, but this minor was a repeat felon that was left in a boys home by this murderous father. He was the extreme case of a bad boy.
The two main characters had a great chemistry but the background character left you wanting more. They were detailed enough to make you wonder then you were left confused that it felt they were left out in the abyss and each needed further explanations. I needed to know how her dad got away with being a lifeless zombie for so long going through the motions of living for five years and how her mother put up with it. I needed to get updates of the group in the beginning that tried to set fire to a dog. They were given a pivotal role in the beginning and then just swept under the rug. I wanted even the main character to open up more about his past as he mentioned characters. I wanted more depth into his mother leaving and how he was initiated and burned coming into the boys home.
I was so overwhelmed with how quickly the last few chapters threw things at the reader that I was upset that there was not more depth into the confessions. The graduation scene in my opinion could have been cut out. That spot definitely should have been used for better things and it just threw a wrench in the story that confused me even more. I also badly wanted an epilogue or a better ending, but noticed her next book still followed the same two main characters so at least I know I might find a better path towards a happy ending in her next novel.