[ #Review ] Crushing by @ElenaDillion

Hi guys!  Finally time for my review of Crushing by Elena Dillion!   I also went ahead and linked to the tour and added the giveaway again in case you missed it the first time around!  :)  Enjoy!  


By:  Elena Dillion 

Publication: May 2013
ISBN:  9780988635340

Length : 369 pages
Genre : YA , romantic suspense

Book Description: 

As a pampered and adored daughter of a wealthy Southern family Rory's life was seemingly perfect until her troubled childhood crush moves back in across the street forcing her to choose between him and the life that has been chosen for her. As if that isn't enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.

Buy it :  Paperback   or  Kindle

My Thoughts : 

Crushing was full of suspense, romance and teenage angst.   I loved it!  

Rory grew up in an overprotective household with not only great but overprotecting parents, but also older twin brothers who had their own ways of being overprotective.  She has a nice life, complete with a best friend (Dominic) who everyone would love to see her end up with - including Dom.  Until one day, her childhood crush moves back into town.  Her perfect life is turned upside down when she realizes that Gage (childhood crush) makes her tummy do dances like never before.

To top off this excitement,  a friend goes missing and in fear of a serial kidnapper from before being back, her parents put her on lockdown.  We get snippets of the captive girl and are constantly questioning everyone we see, trying to figure out who the kidnapper is.

I read it on a Kindle -which if you know anything about me, I am a paperback person- all the way, and I just don't pay attention to details on the kindle like in a normal book. Yes, I know there's that little bar at the bottom that tells you how far along you are but I don't  naturally look down.  So many times I was so absorbed in the book that I would suddenly panic that it might end soon (see I need print so I can feel how much is left.. lol) and have to check at what % I was.. lol.  Thankfully for me, it was a longer book which worked out perfectly! I felt that the author had plenty of time to work out the love triangle between Rory and Dom(current best friend)/Gage(old friend, moved away & now back) without feeling rushed.

In actuality, this could have been two completely separate books (YA- romance story & mystery/suspense) but  they were meshed together so well that it made it a great book full of twists and turns.   The author kept me guessing til the end on who the kidnapper was  as well as who I really wanted Rory to end up with.  I was so conflicted between Dominic and Gage, but I think it works out well in the end for everyone !  I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will turn into a series because there are so many other relationships I want to explore..  Jackson & Veronica would be my chosen next :)


  Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her two kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage. A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

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