Crush by Lacey Weatherford

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

Cami is a seventeen year old nerd by association. She's beautiful, intelligent and the new kid at school, Hunter, is flirting with her. She's heard about his womanising, party boy lifestyle, who's supposedly heavily into the local drug scene. Her best friend Clay is always handy to point out Hunter's reputation if need be.

It's love at first sight, the moment Hunter sees Cami on school grounds. Like a moth to a flame, he knows he needs to keep his distance. She isn't part of his plan. So when the two find themselves thrown together during classes, he is mesmerised by her. Cami knows Hunter is keeping secrets, but understands that he needs time. It doesn't help that Clay is determined to undermine their relationship, reminding her that Hunter is a user of both women and drugs.

Cami is scared that Hunter will share the fate of the last popular school jock. She'll never forget that fateful night, when he died at the dance of an overdose, being the sole person he staggered towards for help, before collapsing. That night still haunts her.

Something isn't right. Cami is oblivious, but Hunter knows more than he's letting on. He cant tell her... Yet, but when he finally does, will she ever trust him again?

I thought this was simply another contemporary teen romance, it wasn't until I reached halfway through that it became apparent that this story was anything but. It went from mediocre to intriguing and I simply had to finish it.

A shocking twist that you can sense, but you won't know what to expect. If only the plot picked up earlier than in the second half, it could have been drawn out more. Surprising and entertaining.

(Crush: Book One)
Written By Lacey Weatherford
Published 20 / 10 / 2012
332 Pages

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