Hi, everyone! Welcome to the 2nd NA Crush Tourney hosted here at NA Alley!

Be aware there maybe spoilers in some of the advocate posts that support the new adult heroes. We’ve allowed the advocates to use excepts from their assigned NA Crushes’ books as well as other teasers, so just be mindful of that when you read the posts.

Matches will run for 24 hours, 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday. Voting will only take place here on NA Alley, and the polls don’t allow multiple votes.

Please check out our “NA Crush Tourney” page for all up-to-date information regarding the Tourney, and last but not least, have fun!



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RIDGE
(Maybe Someday by Colleen Hover)


Howdy y'all!  Alana here from Dark Obsession Chronicles, A Diva a Day, GoodReads, and all-around book pimp.  Not only that, but I live in Austin, TX where my crush from the NA Crush Tourney 2014 -Ridge from  Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover - lives.  Seems fitting that Ridge lives in the live music capital of the world; I'm not just whistling Dixie about his swoon-worthiness, so let me show you why...


One Word: Guitar


Y'all know if a guy can play a guitar, his swoon factor always goes up.  It's a universal 'boy-truth'.  But pair that with the fact that just the sheer fact of Ridge to be able to do that?  *knees grow weak*  I would venture a guess that every modern women has had at least one 'musical' crush at some point.  It's practically encoded into our DNA to melt when a guy plays a guitar.  And boy, oh, boy - the way he plays it!
"I realize he's playing with both hands, one from underneath my head and one over me,  his head is against my chest, and I can heel his hair brush my neck.  He's pretty much sprawled across me in order to reach his guitar with both arms."


I wish I could make a video half has wonderful as this one, and instead of making a mediocre attempt, let's just see Ridge in action in this video created by MollieK featuring music from the book's soundtrack.




SONGWRITER
That brings me to hot fact #2, not only does Ridge play the guitar, but he writes his own music and lyrics (when not plagued by writer's block.)  OK, now picture, if you will Ridge writing these words, for you...


"But I must confess my interest
The way that you move when you’re in that dress
It’s making me feel like I want to be
The only man that you ever see "
-  I'm in Trouble
"I want to be your end
But you gotta let it begin


So won’t you
Won’t you let it begin
So won’t you
Won’t you just say when"
- Let It Begin


Writing lyrics is a very intimate thing...
"Oh, Lord. What is he about to do?  Put his hands on me?  Does he want to feel me sing this song?  Feeling requires touching, and touching required hands.  His hands.  Feeling me."
Now that you've got another peek at the oh-so-talented Ridge, let's catch another video of my favorite song written by Sydney and Ridge (during Maybe, Someday), performed by the actual writer Griffin Peterson.  This beautiful man is the voice behind the soundtrack, and I think he makes a great Ridge himself (with the obvious main difference).  This song, of all the music from Maybe, Someday, makes me think of Ridge and swoon.


“… holy crap.  He’s beautiful.”
I know, you're saying, "OK, we get it, but what does he look like?  Is he funny?"
He was hot enough to make Sydney gasp, full-on gasp, when she first saw him up close and personal.  
"I don't think I've ever seen eyes that can actually speak."  Unruly light brown hair, even the 'whore' thinks Ridge is "hot", his arms "look as if they were built for the sole purpose of carrying a guitar" and he looks "incredible" on stage.  *Sigh*  So, he's not an unattainably famous rock star, but rather a really hot boy-next-door with some serious talent.  He's considerate enough to let you lounge on the bed while he sits on the uncomfortable floor.  Funny?  Considering the long-standing prank war in the apartment, he is ready to create humor at a moment's notice.  Got an ex-boyfriend that needs punishing?  Ridge will show you the merits of duct tape and fish; just don't leave any Sharpie markers lying around in his arm's reach.
“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you."  Me too, Ridge, me too.



To quote Sydney, “Oh, my dear sweet baby Jesus in a wicker basket."


He is the total package here ladies!  Smart, dedicated, loyal, talented, funny, he's one fast texter, and he's a little bit evil.  The evil bit is one of my favorite parts.  There is simply not enough time and space to contain the enormous swoon of Ridge.  He even finally 'gets' us girls...
“I've done nothing for the past five years but try to be the hero who protects her. The problem? Heroines don't need protecting.”
See how great he is?  There is no doubt you can see!
Won't you say 'When' and Vote for Ridge?

Show your support on Twitter #SayWhenToRidge



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AMBROSE
(Making Faces by Amy Harmon)


Hi!! I’m Jaime from For the Love of Books by Jaime and I’m so excited to be the advocate for Ambrose Young from Making Faces by Amy Harmon!! This is my first time doing anything like this, but I’m super excited to work with the #TeamAmbrose Street Team to convince you all why Ambrose is the best BBF out there!!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Ambrose yet, let me tell you why he WILL be your NA Crush!!
First, you need to know his story…http://youtu.be/VkP_6G90he8
Thanks to We Art Books for use of this trailer

So what does Ambrose look like? 

In high school he was the epitome of physical beauty and athleticism. With long, dark hair full of waves, and a squared off jaw, at 6’3” and 215 lbs. of corded muscle, he was the guy that all of the girls wanted and that all of the guys wanted to be.

“Ambrose Young was absolutely beautiful, a Greek God among mortals, the stuff of fairy tales and movie screens.”

He’s still tall and muscular. Mottled pock-like scars pattern the right side of his face and neck. A long thick scar runs from the corner of his full lips to his almost non-existent hair. The long scar running vertically through his right eye brow and eye lid intersect with the other scar making it evident why his right eye is fixed and glassy. He may not look like your typical crush but he’s still beautiful none the less. Not to sound cliché but his beauty runs deep.

What kind of man is Ambrose Young?

To start he is honorable and courageous. He did what only 1% of the American population does, he signed up to serve his country during a time of war. He volunteered, he wasn't forced. And he survived and fought, even when he didn't want to.

“The lucky ones are the ones that don’t come back. You hear me?”

He’s loyal and steadfast, his friends and family mean the world to him and he will do anything to protect and honor them. 

He’s sensitive and smart. He quotes Hamlet and sings at the funeral of spiders. 

Did I mention that he sings?

“If dark chocolate could sing, it would sound like Ambrose.”

Oh yeah, and he’s sexy.

"Give me your mouth, Fern. Please. Make it all go away."

"I think about your long red hair and you sweet mouth, and the way you little body feels when it’s pressed up against me, and I just want to put my hands on you. Everywhere. And I forget that I am ugly and alone and confused as hell.” 

And has a way with words.

“I want your body. I want your mouth. I want your red hair in my hands. I want your laugh and your funny faces. I want your friendship and your inspirational thoughts. I want Shakespeare and Amber Rose novels and your memories of Bailey. And I want you to come with me when I go.”

Despite everything he’s been through, his heart is full of love and hope.

“I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you happy, and when you get tired of looking at me, I promise I’ll sing.” 

“The real thing, when done right, is always better
than a daydream.”

To Sum it up...

Ambrose Young is beautiful and strong, he's sensitive and caring, he loves with everything he has, he's a great singer and he would give his life to protect and defend this country. His heart is what makes him truly beautiful. He is the epitome of a selfless hero with a story like no other. He is a real life Hercules, a modern day super hero.
  Simply put, no other book boyfriend is more deserving of your vote. #TeamAmbrose all the way!!! 

Making Faces by Amy Harmon on Make A Gif
make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif
Want to join the #TeamAmbrose Street Team to help make sure Ambrose wins? Go HERE.

To show your support of Ambrose use the hashtags #TeamAmbrose & #NACrushTourney14 on Twitter & Facebook. Spread the word and get everyone you know to VOTE #TeamAmbrose. 



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