Having it all has never been so hard.
For eighteen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged life, and try not to mess up too much.
However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who turns his world inside out – Fletch discovers his perfect life isn’t so wonderful.
As family secrets begin tumbling out, what once seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right, and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.
CRUSHED is a New Adult book. It has profanity and sexual situations, and is intended for ages 16+.
I received a copy of Crushed through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Before coming across this book on Xpresso Book Tours, I had never heard of Dawn Rae Miller. Most YA novels I have read have been through a female protagonist POV, or a dual POV. So the fact that Crushed was completely written from the male protagonist’s POV was really interesting to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Miller created a really good group of characters, all with varying personalities that were believable and interesting. Ellie was such an adorable and genuine character, she seemed to have a really good head on her shoulders. I loved seeing the friendship between Ellie and Fletch build up and become something that I think helped Fletch grow up. Initially, I really liked Calista, but as the story went on and the truth came out I don’t know if I’ve ever despised a character more. That twist definitely surprised me! I have to say that besides Ellie and Fletch, my favourite character was Brady! He definitely brought in some comedic relief (loved his speech at graduation!).
Crushed was an entertaining and enjoyable read but I feel like for such an important character we didn’t learn much about Ellie. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development with regards to her. I really enjoyed Miller’s writing style and look forward to reading more of her work!
Life hasn’t been easy for twenty-three year old Ellie Jacobs since her boyfriend, Fletch, walked out of her life two years earlier. She’s stuck in a consulting job she hates, buried under crushing student loans, and still longing for Fletch despite her best efforts to leave the past behind.
Letting go is hard when everywhere she turns, there’s a reminder of Fletch – from his face on gossip magazines to everyone being obsessed with his company, GroundFloor.
So when Ellie finds herself at a mutual friend’s wedding with Fletch, she decides to grin and bear it for the sake of the bride and groom. But years of anger have piled up, and Ellie doesn’t know if she can last the weekend without going crazy or lashing out.
However, as the wedding weekend progresses, Ellie realizes anger can only take you so far, but love can take you farther.
I received a copy of Hitched through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I received Crushed and Hitched at the same time so immediately after finishing Crushed I dove right into Hitched! Unlike Crushed, Hitched was told from the female protagonist’s (Ellie) POV. One of my issues with Crushed was that we didn’t learn enough about Ellie and I felt that was rectified in Hitched.
I really liked that Paige played more of a prominent role in Hitched. Ellie lost herself after her break up with Fletch and I felt like her friendship with Paige (as well as reconnecting with Fletch) really helped her get back to the person she’s truly meant to be. I love that Ellie and Brady remained close and became even better friends then they were in high school. Brady is such an easy going character and I love that he is so caring towards his friends. There were some points throughout the book that I got a little fed up with Ellie. She went back and forth too much and it just got to the point where I started to lose interest. I just wasn’t as invested in Hitched as I was in Crushed.
Despite the fact that Hitched wasn’t as good as Crushed, in my opinion, I still don’t feel like this story is over! At the end of Hitched I had more questions than after Crushed. Does Fletch stay faithful to Ellie? Or is he truly like his father like both his mother and Calista believe? Do Paige and Reid finally make it work? Does Calista finally let Fletch go? So many loose ends! As much as Calista annoys me, I think it would be interesting to see a book from her perspective or maybe from Paige’s. There is definitely more to the story when it comes to these characters!