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Oct 12, 2012

Crash Blog Tour: Jude POV Guest Post #2

Well, hellllllurh there! Welcome back to my second stop on the #NeedMoreJudeDude blog tour hosted by yours, truly! During my first stop, I shared with you part one of Jude's POV of chapter ten from Clash. Today, I'm here to share part dos with you! It picks up right where part one left off so if you've been waiting to see what happened after, well then scroll down and don't miss part two!

Today also marks the last day of the blog tour. Insert sad yet very happy face here. Sad because the tour's over but very super duper happy because now a whole bunch of people cannot wait to meet Jude Ryder; goal accomplished!

For more awesomeness that was shared throughout this tour, check out all the stops here. Don't forget to enter the blog tour giveaway; it ends in exactly one week so get your entries in if you haven't already!

Now, for a little side-note that I should totally bring to your attention just so that when it is announced, you won't miss it. About two weeks ago, Nicole mentioned that she had some HUGE-NORMOUS NEWS coming our way. If you check out her post, she states that it's "for real, one hundred and twenty percent BIG NEWS." I can't help but think that it has something to do with Jude and Lucy (and if it's not...well, I'd still be over-the-moon happy for Nicole) so I absolutely cannot wait to hear what it is! Keep an eye out on Nicole's social links (found below) so you don't miss it when the news goes live!

And last but of course, not least, thank you so much to everyone for following the tour and being interested in Jude and Lucy's crazy roller coaster ride of a story! Also, a humongous thank you to all the bloggers who helped out in making this blog tour possible; I cannot say thanks enough! This blog tour was my very first so thank you for putting up with my all-over-the-place...craziness! Additionally, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to the fabulous and wonderful, Nicole Williams for everything! With just one story, I have become a fan for life!

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About the Book:

CrashTitle: Crash
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 20th, 2012

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 knows she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find, 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.
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My Review:

Crash takes you through the rollercoaster ride of insanity! Good insanity, of course. Crash takes you through the ups and downs that every relationship experiences, except times all that stuff by ten, the twists and turns that life always finds a way at throwing at you, the loops and drops that have you questioning if God could really be that cruel—yeah, one rollercoaster ride you won’t be able to resist! Crash was addicting and it had a little bit of everything that will bring forth all your emotions, one at a time. And with one novel, Nicole Williams instantly became a Favorites Shelf author! If you’re looking for a novel with sadness, pain, inspiration and hope, please, please, please pick up Crash because this novel will be unforgettable!

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Nicole Williams's Favorite Quotes from Clash:

1. “Love isn’t only love, sweetheart. It’s hard work, and trust, and tears, with even a few glimpses of devastation. But at the end of each day, if you can still look at the person at your side and can’t imagine anyone else you’d rather have there, the pain and heartache and the ups and downs of love are worth it.”

2. “I love you, Jude.” … “And that makes me the luckiest bastard in the world.”

3. “If you say you’re going to trust your man, then trust your man. Don’t revoke that privilege when he needs it most.”

4. “Love isn’t easy. Especially the really good kind. It’s difficult, and you’ll want to rip your hair out just as many days as you’ll feel the wind at your back. But it’s worth it. It’s worth fighting for. Don’t let what isn’t real blind you from what is. Life isn’t perfect, we sure as shit aren’t perfect, so why should we expect love to be?”

5. “I’ll always be here, Luce. I’m yours,” he breathed, squeezing my hands, “forever.”

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Momo's Favorite Quotes from Clash:

1. "Love is just as much suffering as it is sweetness. If it was perfect, that's what they'd call it. They wouldn't call it bittersweet."

2. "Jude was a roller coaster — I was a roller coaster. Together we created that super-duper-looper thing. It was scary, standing on the ground and looking up at it, but if that's the ride I had to take to be with Jude, I'd be first in line."

3. "He was crouching in the middle of the road, his breath steaming up the night air, and his head hung like he was both praying and accepting his punishment."

4. "Letting out the breath he'd been holding captive, he folded me into his arms and Jude Ryder hugged me. He hugged me like I was everything he wanted and everything he could never have. He hugged me without the expectation of one embrace leading to something else.

It was the most intimate moment we'd shared. Fully clothed, vertically aligned, mouths separated, and I was drowning in intimacy."

5. "I can forgive a man's past faults, his present shortcomings, and his future failures if every minute of every day he loves me like it's his religion."

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And finally, I present to you, part two of Jude Ryder's point of view of chapter ten from Clash.
Note: There aren't any spoilers in either of these posts (POV #1) but if you're a stickler about even just the tiniest things, I suggest not reading either one--just to be safe.

Sinking her teeth into her lip, she shook her head, never once looking over at me. Punching the accelerator lower, the car crept away from me. I couldn’t keep up, although I tried. The ice beneath my feet, the icy air creeping into my lungs, the ice crystallizing through my heart, I ignored them all and focused on sprinting as fast as I could. 
            By the end of the block, the Mazda had a good half-block lead and was only gaining speed. She was gone. I’d done the exact thing I always knew I would. 
            I screwed up. I hurt her. I ruined the one good thing worth wanting in my life. 
            I wanted to drop my head back and curse at the sky until it swallowed me, but instead I fell to my knees. The ice consumed me, creeping its way up my spine until my head was so heavy, it hung. 
            I don’t know how long I crouched there, straddling the icy road, but I was numb from the knees down when the first car skidded down the street, blaring its horn at me. I didn’t move. One part of me wanted the SUV to hit me head-on and put me out of the misery that crippled me. Another part of me wanted to live because, until the day Luce walked down an aisle towards another man, I would not give up hope for the two of us. 
            The car swerved at the last moment, making the decision for me. 
            Life it was. 
            Ignoring the continued blare of the horn, only to be interrupted by a man sticking his head out of the window and hollering at me, I shoved off the ground and came to a stand. After giving the driver, who’d rolled to a stop, one look, his window whooshed up and the SUV lurched down the road. 
            Something about a two hundred pound, naked man with murder written on every line of his face had a way of sending people in the opposite direction. 
            I’d dropped the boxers somewhere along my sprinting-after-Luce way, and the warning I should cover myself as I jogged back down the road towards my house didn’t occur to me. Modesty was the last thing on my mind when Luce had at least a ten minute head start on me—not that modesty had ever been my thing anyway. 
            Thundering up the steps and through the front door, every head turned in my direction. 
            “Ryder,” Tony said, standing up from the couch, dropping his game controller. “You all right, man?”
            “Shit, no,” I replied, lunging for the stairs, feeling the needles of warmth creep back into my body. 
             “You need to talk?” he called after me, sounding as uncomfortable with the idea as I would have been. 
            “Not in a talking mood,” I said, already lunging down the hall. “And that fake-tit slut better not be in my bedroom when I get there!” I yelled, hoping Adriana heard me. The details of the last twelve hours were sketchy, I knew that, but I knew with absolute certainty I never would have crawled into bed with Adriana.
            “What, no snuggling?” a mostly dressed Adriana said, emerging from my room. She stopped, her eyebrows peaking as she watched me jog down the remainder of the hall. 
            “Get the hell out of my sight,” I said, feeling sick just looking at her. 
            “Aww,” she said, clucking her tongue. “Girl troubles?” I heard the smile of satisfaction in her voice. 
            “Damn it!” I paused outside the door, glowering at Adriana. 
             One corner of her mouth peaked higher. She was enjoying this. Drama was this girl’s game and she played it well. Luce had been right about Adriana all along. She was walking trouble with tits. 
            Before I knew I was about to do it, my fist went through the wall. A plume of dust erupted into the air as I felt my cuts from earlier reopen. I’d beaten the shit out of a lot of things today. 
            “So help me God, I don’t want to put my hands on you, but you keep running your mouth, I’m going to be tempted to throw you out the front door on your ass.” I closed my eyes, concentrating on breathing. 
            Sliding by me, Adriana ran her hands along me. “Same time next week?”
            I bit my tongue and mentally counted to ten. Where I was able to muster that level of self-control, I don’t know, but it felt like an equal blessing and a curse. 
            Once I heard her footsteps prancing down the stairs, I opened my eyes and dodged into my room. I needed clothes, shoes, and keys. That was it. 
            Well, and I needed Luce. 
            Grabbing the jeans I’d worn earlier from the floor, I slid into them, instantly shoving my Cons back on. I grabbed the shirt hanging over the chair before retrieving my keys from the nightstand. 
            Rushing back down the hall, I threw the shirt on and flew down the stairs. 
            I didn’t pause when a few of the guys called after me; I didn’t even slow. I just flew out of the door and ran towards my truck, praying for the first time in my life, asking everything and anything of a divine nature that would listen to a royal screw-up like myself that when this night was said and done, Lucy Larson still loved me.

Oh Jude--such a tortured and misunderstood guy! Chapter ten and eleven from Clash have got to be two of the most emotional and heartbreaking chapters throughout the entire novel, I think. *sigh* I love Jude.

Anyway, let me know what you thought of the rest of that scene in the comments below! I would love to hear what's going through your head, lol! Also, what do you think of the quotes from above? If you've read Crash and/or Clash, what are some of your favorite comments?! Let me know, let me know, let me know!

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Crash Blog Tour Giveaway:

-ONE entry per household.
- Must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
- Open to ALL.
- Giveaway ends Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 12:01am EST.
- Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Note: If the winner is from the United States, they could choose from a paperback or e-book set of Crash and Clash. If the winner is international, they will receive an e-book set of Crash and Clash.

More About the Author:

I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?

Find Nicole Williams Online: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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  1. I'm going to say, although I don't really like Jude all that much (I know, don't hate me!) I don't think that he really slept with Adriana. She is obviously the type to set him up just to make Lucy leave. At least from the snippets I have gotten she seems like that type of girl. I still think Jude is probably half at fault for being around her in the first place though. And if he was drunk enough to pass out and get set up by her, then he is stupid too. I guess I will have to read Clash to find out what is really going on. Lol!! Damn me and my speculations!

  2. Oh, I so enjoyed that!!! I really like reading from Jude's POV. Definitely makes me understand him more, and like him more!!
    Anyways, I loved that!! *aqueals* :D

  3. i wish i could read the entire series from jude's point of view!


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