Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: Crash by Danica Avet

Title: Crash
Author: Danica Avet
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: Band Nerd Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisHey y'all, I'm Jolene Pickering, and music is my life and salvation. I came to Sauvage State to escape my past, and everything was perfect ’til Levi "Crash" Cracchiolo, all tattoos and sexy smirk, stormed into my life. He's everything I don't need, yet I'm torn between wanting him and needing to not want him. 

The Crash Cracchiolo doctrine reads: ‘The best things in life are music and sex, but never shall the twain meet.’ My vow to avoid band chicks was unshakable until she walked on to my field. Jolene. Beautiful, talented, and completely off-limits. Then I heard her play. Now all I want is to make her believe in herself the way I do, and prove this band nerd's heart only beats for her.

I feel as lost as last year’s Easter egg, because good things don't happen to girls like me. But God willing and the creek don't rise, Crash'll only ever see the person I want to be, not who others say I am.

The Romance Review

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

The good girl tames the wild boy and he helps to heal her broken soul.

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Jolene thought she left her difficult life behind when she came to college. This is a new place with people who don't know about her reputation or her family. She can start fresh and be the kind of girl she's always hoped to be. But it doesn't take long for her past to catch up to her and threaten everything that she's working hard to accomplish.

Crash doesn't date band chicks. He's learned from experience never to mix the two passions he has in his life: his music and women. And everything has worked perfectly this way. Until he spots a girl who makes him consider rethinking his vow. There's just one problem, though. Jolene's taken. But not by a guy who deserves her and Crash can't stand to watch his woman being torn down.

But even if Jolene did ditch the loser and by chance decided to give Crash a shot, there are other problems they'll have to face: a jealous ex, bullying classmates, and reputations that are hard to live down. If Crash can convince Jolene to see herself the way he sees her, there is nothing that can come between them and their happy ending.

I loved this. I knew I'd like it since I've read the other two books in this series and I've grown to adore this group of characters. But I once I picked this book up, I didn't want to put it down. I put off working in order to finish this book. I don't feel any shame for it, either!

Crash was a character with a lot of raw personality. He's made a impression on me in both of the previous installments and I knew what sort of person he was when I started this book. He's a player, but he's honest about it. Jolene is a girl with scars of the deepest kind. She needs a firm but gentle hand to help her patch up her confidence. She's the sweet to Crash's spice. Perfect combination.

The romance in this story is hot but it doesn't start until much further into the book than I had expected. It gave our couple time to build trust and let Crash work to show Jolene that he was worthy of her. Yes, Crash does see other women in the book before he starts to date Jolene. But in the first half of the story, Jolene has a boyfriend, too. I don't have a problem with this because it's realistic. Just because you desire someone doesn't mean you stay abstinent for months on end while waiting for a shot with them. One that may never come.

As for the plot, this had a dash of mystery and suspense, as well, just like all of the books in this series. I like that it doesn't overpower the romance. It's just an obstacle that the couple have to overcome instead of the entire focus of the story. I'm still intrigued by the mysterious Ivan and curious as to when his story will be explored, too.

In closing...
I can't wait to see who is next to find their match in this series. I just hope the wait isn't too long! Five suns!

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