Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Interview: Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson from The Crash Series by Nicole Williams

"Here we are, Kristie you have the folding chairs? Jennifer, pizza?" "Yes, Lisa." Both Kristie and Jen answer rolling their eyes. Lisa knocks on their door. Jude answers and welcomes us in. Lucy is right behind him. "Thank you both so much for inviting us into your home to do the interview. This is pretty awesome," Lisa states as we set the pizza on the table and start setting up the folding chairs. We comment when we see their portrait (slightly crooked) over their fire place and (*sighs from all*) Jennifer announces, "Congratulations on your engagement! We hope you two are hungry, we have some great pizza." "This is Kristie, Jennifer and I’m Lisa- together we are the Three Chicks and Their Books, are you ready to get started?" We all settle in our chairs with a piece of pizza.

Three Chicks:  Jude, after Lucy publicly confessed her love for you at your football game (which just melted our hearts by the way) what was going on with you that she was almost outside the stadium before you came out onto the field?

Jude:  I was standing outside of the locker room doors just listening. It was like a dream. The first part of her speech I was trying to figure out if it was real, the second part I just needed a few minutes to wrap my head around what was going on, but when I stopped hearing her voice, when there was nothing else but silence, that’s when I started running. I couldn’t let her walk away from me again. I was physically incapable of it.

Three Chicks:  Lucy, why did you leave Jude at the hospital, after all it was the first time you two had sex, the poor guy just woke up out of a coma, and you left while he was sleeping..who does that?

Lucy:  Well, I do, I guess. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s not something I’d do again, and it’s something I regret. I make mistakes, probably more than the average person, but I learn from the ones I make. Jude’s forgiven me and we’ve moved on.

Three Chicks:  Jude, how could you not know Adriana Vix was trouble; she was doing your laundry, touching you constantly and the body shots,,,how did the light bulb not go off in your head? And speaking of which..if Lucy hadn’t handed you her panties and played her little follow the thong game, would you have taken the shot off that boyfriend stealing tart’s breasts? (The Three Chicks all lean in closely to hear this answer)

Jude:  Yeah, I knew she liked me, I just didn’t know how much she liked me. I can’t control what girls or anyone for that matter are going to think about me, all I can control is myself when I’m around them. It was my bad underestimating her. Luce put Adriana in her place, though. *Jude shakes his fist and winks over at Lucy*

Three Chicks:  Besides each other, what can’t you live without in your lives?

Lucy: Dance!

Jude: Luce. I can live without anything else but her.

Lucy: Aww. *Drops a kiss on Jude’s cheek*  Is it to late for me to change my answer . . . ?

Three Chicks:  Jude, what was your first impression of Lucy, since you were a little cocky and she wasn't giving you the attention you were used to getting?

Jude:  Damn. I was smitten. She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and it drove me nuts when she kept that hard-to-get act up. She was the first girl that made me work for it. (Lucy lifts her eyebrows. Jude chuckles) She *still* makes me work for it.

Three Chicks:  What were you both thinking when you realized in what way your lives had really crashed and your families shared a terrible link?

Jude: At first, I wasn’t thinking, I was reacting. Only when I was exhausted from breaking shit, did I lay down and start thinking.

Lucy: I kept thinking that it couldn’t be. Jude’s dad couldn’t have been the one that killed John. It was . . .surreal.

Three Chicks:  Jude, why do you call Lucy, Luce?

Jude:  *Shrugs*  That’s her name. 

Lucy rolls her eyes but stays quiet

Three Chicks:  Lucy, do you think you have commitment issues-it seems that every time Jude made an effort for the two of you to work out your differences you backed off-when he tried to explain he hadn’t cheated and slept outside your dorm room for 3 days you drove him back to school but wanted to take a break, when you believed Sawyer’s lies about Holly’s baby, at the hospital you left him, and after you kicked some Adriana butt (the Three Chicks fist bump) you got up in the early morning and left him again..?

Lucy:  I *had* commitment issues. I got over them. When someone shows you the level of love and commitment Jude’s shown me, it’s hard not to get over those kinds of issues.  

Three Chicks:  Jude, do you still blame Lucy’s father for breaking up your family? 

Jude:  Nah, I don’t blame him. When you’re angry about something, you want to blame someone and for me, I put that blame on Mr. Larson for a while. I’m not going to lie, it’s still hard sometimes. But it’s getting easier.

Three Chicks:  Jude, do you ever see your father? Will he be paroled at some point and will you take Lucy, if she wants to, to see him?

Jude:  No, and hell no. Next question, please.

Three Chicks:  Lucy, do you ever, even for a moment find yourself resentful of Jude for his father’s actions?

Lucy:  At Jude? Never. At his dad? Every hour of every day.

Three Chicks:  Jude, what did you do for the summer after high school graduation when you dropped out of sight-what if Lucy hadn’t ended up going to Juilliard?

Jude:  I was trying to get my shit together. I took a long road trip, slept in the bed of my truck, and spent more time thinking that month than I’d spent thinking my whole life.  All I knew was that I couldn’t let Luce go. It was impossible to do.

Three Chicks:  Lucy, how did you tell your parents that you were engaged to Jude? Do they think you are both too young to settle down?

Lucy:  Carefully. *Jude and Lucy give each other a look before breaking into a laugh*   They were a little shocked at first, but they were smart enough to keep their opinions to themselves and show their support. When we told them we were planning on a long engagement, you could feel their collective sigh of relief.

Three Chicks:  Jude, why did you wear that grey beanie all the time and why did you stop wearing it? Have you ever told Lucy how you got all the burn scars on your body?

Jude:  My mom made the beanie for me. I needed it one day and one day I woke up, and I didn’t need it anymore. And no, I’ve never told her exactly but she knows enough to fill in the blanks.

Three Chicks:  How do you think you can make your relationship work when you are separated more times than you are together? 

Lucy:  *Jude and Lucy open their mouths to answer at the same time. Lucy pats Jude’s arm* I got this one, babe.   *Jude nods and grabs her hand*   When you find the person you’re meant to spend your life with, you don’t let anything come between you. Least of all something like location. Or future Vix-Bitches. 

*Jude tries to keep from laughing. He fails*

Three Chicks:  Jude, it’s no secret you aren’t exactly lacking in experience when it comes to females, why Lucy-why not someone a little less high maintenance (sorry Lucy)? 

Jude:  I like a challenge. *Jude dodges Lucy’s elbow jab*  But she challenges me, too. And let’s not forget about the chemistry because . . . damn, that’s reason enough for me to get down on one knee in front of thousands of people all over again.

Three Chicks:  We can’t see what the future holds, do either of you imagine there is anything that could break the two of you up?

Jude: I’m sure that many things could and will try to break us up. But nothing’s going to succeed.

Lucy: Ditto that.

"Jude and Lucy, again thank you. We had such a wonderful time tonight." Jennifer stands up and says "Lucy, I have to give you a high five for the Adriana ass-kicking- you go girl!" Lisa and Kristie laugh. Lisa looks over to Jude, then Lucy and says "We really hope to talk to you both again in the future." We shake hands good bye with chairs in tow and head out of their comfy and cute apartment. Kristie looks over to Lisa and Jen "They are cool, I can't wait to meet up with them again. I think it’s time to head home I call shotgun!". Lisa and Jen laugh, shaking their heads as we walk back to the car to head back to the hotel..

Our 5 star review of Crash

Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are complete polar opposites. Lucy is serious and knows what she wants in life. Jude has a history of run ins with the law and has major anger issues. Both are scarred from violence in their pasts. When their worlds collide, a series of events takes place and they develop feelings for each other. There are no safe places for these two-gossip surrounds them at school and their are issues, major issues in their home lives. Distrust undermines their relationship and allows others to widen the crack. Never does the reader stop believeing that these two can somehow defy the odds. Even at their lowest point, this book made me catch my breath, and ride along on this roller coaster with these two, always hoping against hope, that they just might make it. A definite read.

Our 5 star review of Clash

This follow up to Crash is even better than the first one. Jude is now firmly established at Syracuse as their star quarterback. Lucy is studying ballet at Juilliard. Having surmounted major obstacles in the first book, this modern day version of star crossed lovers must deal with distance, jealousy and trust issues. Lucy infuriated me in this one. Although it's natural to feel insecure, especially when every female in the state of New York seems to be throwing themselves at your boyfriend's feet, her reactions are over the top. Jude, who showed far more patience for her than most, does his best to convince her of his loyalty. Even in the midst of their fighting, these two are just so adorable. You can not help but hold your breath, and go where ever these two will take you. Both mature over the course of this story. This is a definite must read-can not wait to read the final installment, Crush!

Crush, which is the third installment in this series will be released on April 23rd.  
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