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Title: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane
Genre: NA, Contemporary
Details: Released August 13th 2013
Source: Author

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Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.

Well, that was quite a surprise of a read! Going into Smash Into You, I was expecting it to be very similar to other New Adult contemporary novels. While it did have similarities with other NA novels, such as two broken people coming together, and a guy that never settles down finding a girl he falls in love with, that is where the similarities end. Smash Into You was a great contemporary romance, with suspense, action, and thrill, it had me completely on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, and if our characters were going to make it to the end of the story alive.

I like to end on good notes, so lets go ahead and get what I didn't like out of the way. Something that bothered me while reading Smash Into You that was mentioned semi often was how girls 'used' Jude.  I found this annoying, mainly because Jude was using those girls too, he said himself that all the girls he was with were a way to escape. So when he would basically complain about girls using him, it frustrated me. Another thing that bothered me was this-

"Marley," I leaned my forehead to hers,"you belong to me. Remember?" "Yes, I do," she countered

Now this didn't bother me too much because I know Shelly meant it in the way as to say "your mine/my girl" kinda way, it wasn't meant to objectify Marley at all. But the wording was still all wrong and really rubbed me the wrong way. 

Those are seriously my only 2 complaints for Smash Into You, the rest of the story was pretty epic. Like I said before going into this I really expected it to be like the other New Adult novels out there, which isn't a bad thing, I love my NA genre.What I didn't expect was for there to be so much action and suspense! Jude and Marley are on the run from people that want them dead/captured through out almost the whole novel, this was the cherry on top of the sundae! The romance was great, the characters were strong, the suspense and action being thrown in was what made me really love this book.

While I did love the action, suspense, and the romance. I think my favorite part of Smash Into You was not only them together, but Jude and Marley as individual characters. I loved both of them! They were both broken, but when they came together they became whole and 'fixed' one another. Jude was on the outside, a player, and trouble. But inside he was just a guy trying to survive and wanting a way out of his life, out of the partying and the running away. Marley was broken on the inside, but showed a strong face. They were both amazing characters, and while I did love seeing from Jude's POV it would have been awesome to have gotten some of the story from Marley's POV. 

Overall I think this was a great NA release. Shelly was able to weave a story of loss, love, action, suspense, and mystery all into one awesome story. I recommend this to anyone looking for a NA contemporary novel that has a little something extra.

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bookittyblog said...

I just bought this one. I love Shelly and her writing style! I'm very excited to start reading Smash Into You. Great Review!

Tyler H. Jolley said...

Great review, I agree, there are a lot of great books in this new, NA genre. I think Jennifer Armentrout has done an awesome job of creating this genre so books like Smash into You don't get grouped in the YA genre.

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