Ten Year Crush by Toshia Slade

Ten Year CrushSometimes a crush can break you.
When Gabby Murphy landed in her brother’s best friend’s lap her whole world shifted.
But after years of watching Cam go through women her heart can’t take anymore. Now in college, she’s finally ready to get on with her life. Her new boyfriend is the perfect man to squash her craving for Cam. But her boyfriend has an addiction, an obsession that Gabby soon finds out he can’t let go.
Some cravings last forever.
When Camron Taylor received a thump to the head, he couldn’t help but adore Gabby. When she grows from cute kid to desirable woman his imagination goes to places it shouldn’t. Afraid of ruining friendships he pushes her away. Until something seems off with her new boyfriend.
The past isn’t always left there.
Cam is the savior she’s always needed. Gabby is the woman he’s always coveted. When past mistakes come back with a vengeance will their love be strong enough to fight it? Or will the past keep them apart?

This book tells the story of Gabby Murphy and Cameron (Cam) Taylor. Cam is the best friend of Gabby’s brother, Josh. They first meet at Gabby’s 11th birthday party when Cam comes to spend the night with Josh and that is when Gabby’s crush first develops. Fast forward 10 years and it’s the day of Gabby’s 21st birthday and she is getting ready to celebrate with Cam, Josh, and Tiffany (Gabby’s BFF) and here is where the story begins.

This story is told from both Gabby and Cam’s POV’s. Even though Gabby has harbored a crush on Cam for 10 years, she has never expressed this to him (though he knows) and Cam has also realized he is feeling something for Gabby that is more than a friendship, but this is only something he has realized in the last couple of months. Cam may recognize he has more than platonic feelings towards Gabby, he is also not willing to risk the friendship he has with Gabby or Josh, so he feels that is is best that he ignores whatever feelings he has. While the four of them are out celebrating Gabby’s birthday, Cam gets extremely jealous when Gabby starts dancing with another male. Cam takes her from the club and in the middle of the parking lot an argument ensues. It is during this argument that Cam confesses his feeling to Gabby, but stabs the knife right through her heart when he tells her that he will not jeopardize his friendships and pursue a relationship with Gabby. Gabby is clearly heartbroken, but moves on by dating Brandon (the guy from the club).

I will say at this point, drama will fly in this book. It is a love story, so I don’t think that I am spoiling anything when I say that of course, Gabby and Cam wind up together in the end. It’s the process of getting there that comprises this book.

I really wanted to love this book. In fact, I think that the actual storyline is a very good one, it just wasn’t very well written (in my opinion) and here are my issues: The story is told from both POV’s, which I love. I enjoy being able to get into the mind of both the H and h. In the case of this book, I will say that the author did better telling the story from Cam’s POV (but only slightly). The inner dialogue of Gabby was very frustrating to read. So much of it was unnecessary, that it seemed that the author was just filling space. So because of this, I really wasn’t too fond of Gabby. Also, there are some issues with Gabby’s relationship with Brandon. Usually if the end result of a relationship is bad (in this case, very bad), there is at least some foreshadowing. Truth be told, Brandon was a pretty decent guy, until BAM, he wasn’t. Like, he went from good boyfriend to douche canoe very quickly. Nothing was amiss in their relationship until they go out one night and he begins to disappear a lot. Her inner dialogue questions this as being very strange behavior, but she never really digs in, she just accepts his answer of the “beer going straight through him”. This is also the same time that Cam kisses Gabby. I get there needs to be drama, I enjoy drama in a book. However, in this book, the drama seems to be compacted in areas. Everything seems to go straight to shit at the same time. Now, another issue is the relationship between Tiffany and Josh. I will say, the author did a very job with these characters. It is clearly obvious at the start of this book, that Josh and Tiffany have a “thing” for one another, and that theme runs throughout the majority of this book, to the point that you think they will be hooking up. But NOTHING comes from it. There is even a point where Gabby recognizes that something is not quite right with Tiffany and even expresses that she needs to spend some quality girl time with her. But it doesn’t develop, you never know what was wrong with Tiffany (and she was a character that I liked), it was almost like the author forgot to tie up those loose ends. Josh is very protective of Gabby (his only sibling) to the point of punching Cam a few time is defense of Gabby. And this happens, even though Josh knows Cam’s true feelings towards Gabby. Here’s where that protective older brother vibe didn’t click for me. A Halloween party is happening, and Brandon shows up (as Gabby’s date). Something goes down and Cam and Brandon get into an altercation. During this altercation, which is being witnessed by all, Brandon calls Gabby some very ugly names, but Josh does nothing. He doesn’t jump and get a few punches in, in fact, when Gabby slaps Brandon across the face (which was very well deserved) Josh pulls her off of him. Very strange. It didn’t vibe with the character traits that were already established.

As a side note, if the sex was written better, the book would be a little better. I didn’t think that they were hot at all. Maybe my mind is dirtier than most (although I don’t think so), but the scenes had potential, just came across as very amateur.

So, as you can see I do have many issues with this book. I really wanted to see where the relationship between Josh and Tiffany went, which even if there is a follow up to this book, I don’t think I will be able to read it. I did give the book 3 stars, because I think that the story is a great idea, it just wasn’t well executed. There is an epilogue and they do get their HEA, it’s just so frustrating when the book could have been so much better. So, really I don’t recommend. But if you chose to go down the road, know what you’re getting.

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