Some loves can't be...Crushed
Have you ever done something stupid? Like get drunk and hookup with a guy because your heart was broken by someone else? Like his best friend. And then done something really dumb, like fall in love with your hookup? Hookups aren't stick-around guys. I'm hoping Dakota will be different. But hoping has gotten me in trouble before.
The absolute last girl I want to see in my court-ordered alcohol and drug information school, the girl who landed me here in the first place, walks in. After we hooked up, I thought I'd gotten Morgan out of my system. So why is my pulse racing? I can't afford to screw up right now. I know I should avoid her. Morgan has a way of messing up my life. But she's the only one who understands.
*** Standalone novel. No cliffhanger. ***
This is a contemporary romance with mature themes, language, and situations. Readers should be over 17!
Interview with the Author
Q – What makes Crushed special?
A - I loved college and set out to create a series of new adult contemporary romances that have all the things that make college life, well, college life. Some people describe my books as "real life" new adult romance because the college setting is almost a character. You feel the test pressure, the crunch of fall leaves beneath your feet as you walk up Greek Row, and the roar of a college football game. But you also feel the passion of falling in love and the exhilaration of coming of age and coming into your own as an adult.
I had so much fun writing Morgan and Dakota's love story and adding dimension to their alpha personalities. In Rushed, I portray Morgan as a villainess. In Crushed, I rounded out her character, gave her backstory, and her motivations. I hope the readers grow to love her as much as I did. She's a complex person, but aren't we all? In real life, people aren't always black and white. I don't think fictional characters should be, either. Exploring her depth of character made her a blast to write. She really is the perfect match for Dakota.
Q – The Rushed Series of New Adult Romance is an interconnected series with your Reckless Series, what does that mean?
A –The Reckless Series is a trilogy that follows the same couple, Ellie and Logan, throughout. The Rushed Series books are standalone romances showcasing a different couple each book, with the featured couple from previous books continuing as minor characters in future books. The romances take place on the same university campus during the same school year as the Reckless Series. Many of the favorite Reckless Series characters make cameo appearances. What's even more fun is that the Rushed Series contemporary romances contain scenes that weren't shown in the Reckless books. They're told from the perspective of the Rushed Series characters so you get an outside view of the Reckless faves.
Q - What order should I read the books in?
A – You can read either series first. The Reckless books should be read in order. The Rushed books can be read in any order. If you do want to read the books in the series in order, I'd suggest the following sequence:
For the Rushed Series:
- Hushed, Jan. 28, 2015
For the Reckless Series:
- Reckless Longing
- Reckless Secrets
- Reckless Together
Hope you enjoy them all. And thanks for reading!
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About the Author
As a voracious reader herself and fan of all types of romantic stories, she writes romance and women's fiction across a wide variety of subgenres—new adult, contemporary, historical, and romantic suspense. Her love stories are infused with a happy blend of romance, adventure, a bit of mystery, and humor. Readers are drawn to the light touch she gives even serious topics and the fast, fun, easy-to-read pace of her books. From college campus to Seattle to Las Vegas to England, her settings become almost characters of their own, driving the story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Crushed is the second volume in the Rushed series by Gina Robinson. It’s the second book I’ve read by her. I liked the first instalment a lot, and I must say that I loved the second one. I was more than surprised when I realized who the heroes were in this novel. In fact, when Gina Robinson asked me if I wanted to read this book, I focused only on the plot, which I loved. So when I saw the name of Morgan, I thought to myself: “No!” I didn’t like this character at all, in the first volume. First challenge for the author: make me love the heroine. She did it within a few pages only! We learn about Morgan in Crushed: she’s proud, she refuses to show her weaknesses and is very determined when she wants something. She also has a vulnerable side, and that’s why the reader loves her quickly in her story. Moreover, she really grows during the whole novel. From an unpleasant girl, and without any fundamental change in her personality, she becomes a magnificent heroine whom we love. Considering that, how can we hold a grudge against her for what she did in Rushed? Then I realized the hero was Dakota. I was blown away. I even believed I had missed a second character named Dakota in the first volume. LOL But no, he was the same one who faked a relationship with Alexis, the heroine in Rushed, for some reasons I won’t tell here. I prefer to avoid spoilers, for those who haven’t read it yet. In any case, I would never have thought that Morgan would be his heroine. And again, within a few pages the reader understands why she is the one. Even if Dakota’s behaviour annoyed me sometimes, I couldn’t blame him because he had good reasons for his reactions. The story takes place a few weeks after the events at the end of Rushed. The book can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading the first instalment before. At the end of it, Dakota and Morgan were involved in a car accident, because they were drunk. Consequently, by a court decision, they must complete an Alcohol and Drug Information School. They meet again there. Morgan and Dakota have known each other since their freshman year, and they share a certain past they must overstep before being able to move forward. I won’t say more about it in my review, because it would reveal part of the story. Anyway, I loved the evolution of the relationship between Morgan and Dakota. I loved the evolution of the relationship between Morgan and Alexis. I loved to see the couple, Alexis and Zach, again. I loved the support shared by the girls from Delta Delta psi, Morgan’s sorority house. The book contains emotion and humour. The style is flowing, dynamic and once I started reading, I couldn’t wait to know how the author was going to make our heroes overcome the obstacles. There aren’t a lot of hot scenes as in the first volume, because Gina Robinson focuses a lot on the evolution of the feelings between Morgan and Dakota. So Crushed surprised me, but I loved it. Well done Gina Robinson, for your work on the main characters. I prefer not to make any guesses about the next heroes, I think I would be wrong. LOL I recommend the book and I advise you to read Rushed if you haven’t done it yet.