Author: Elisa Dane
Total Number of Pages: 270
Start Date: May 8th, 2017
Finish Date: May 11th, 2017
High school senior, Claire Reilly’s world revolves around All-Star cheerleading. The Diamond Girls, are gearing up for a major competition, which, if they win will allow them to compete at Worlds for the first time. But the unimaginable happens, and both Claire and her team are rocked by a devastating loss. Determined to get to Worlds any way she can, Claire finds help from the last person she imagined would give it—up and coming UFC fighter and notorious bad boy, Ryker Vaughn.
Fouled out of the octagon by a dirty opponent and a vicious kick to the head, Ryker loses control when he learns he may never fight again. Angry over the loss of his mother, an unsupportive family, and the world in general, he gives up, gives in, and unleashes his rage—destroying part of his cousin’s cheer gym in the process. Things go from bad to worse when Ryker is given an ultimatum: help the Diamond Girls compete for a bid to Worlds, or go to jail.
Overwhelmed with anger, sadness, and grief, the unlikely pair learn that what you see is not always what you get, and that the most difficult losses sometimes open the door to a frightening, yet amazing new future.
Elisa Dane has done it again with the third and final book of the Crushed series. She has the characters in this story evolving a great amount and even the main character Claire develops the most since she is mentioned in all three books of the series. This series is a great read and it’s nice that each book is in the point of view of a different character. The characters have to go through so much in this story and find their way. They learned to deal with loss and how to move forward. Elisa writes so beautifully about life changing events that are hard to read or talk about. I give this book and five out of five.