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Thu
Jan 19 2017 3:00pm

Romances That Began as Texting Relationships—You’ve Got Text!

Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

New adult is one of my favorite genres and one of the reasons for that is because that it’s constantly evolving and growing. It can give you twisted stories to just some feel-good plots. A new trend that has emerged, that I’ve noticed, involves how the main characters meet. With the way technology shapes our day to day, it’s no wonder it involves text! I’ve noticed more and more books are challenging how they meet and this latest is mystery texting. What do I mean by that, read below.

In J. Daniels' Four Letter Word, (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) a wrong number completely changes the life of our heroine, Sydney. When she calls the wrong person, because of one wrong number, it starts a relationship that develops through text. That’s right, they don’t meet and have no visuals of the other until they’ve already solidified an emotional bond.

“Wild girl. Eaten any innocent men alive today yet?”

“It’s a little early. I usually wait until after dinner to randomly dial up men and cuss them out. Again, I’m so sorry. I feel awful saying that stuff to you.”

“Don’t need to apologize. That was the most interesting conversation I’ve ever had.“

“Really?”

“Straight up. How did the intended guy take it? You make him cry?”

“I never called him.”

“I’m Sydney, by the way. Hi”

            “Hey.”

“Hey…you. No name? That’s not really fair. What am I supposed to program you in my phone as? Dildo sucker? Don’t lie… you’ve considered it. ;)”

[Text me maybe?]

Fri
Dec 30 2016 10:00am

Sleigh All Day: New Adult Best Bets for December 2016

December is here and onward to 2017! End the year right with some drama, angst and witty banter! New Adult ends it on a high note, keep reading to find out more!

Becoming a Legend by Sarah Robinson

Becoming a Legend by Sarah Robinson is the third standalone in the series. Kane is focused on his goal of being the best mixed martial arts fighter— that is until feisty Nora. Beneath the claws she wields when he’s around, she’s actually very nice. She’s trying to finish her degree but personal circumstances are trying to stop her from achieving her goal. Kane and Nora’s relationship is the catalyst she needs to move on from what’s been holding her back. But, will her history only serve to bring Kane down? The Kavanagh’s are back in this passionate tale about new beginnings.

Max by Sawyer Bennett is a feel-good romance perfect for the holidays. Max is by far the most romantic of the hockey BF’s in the Cold Fury series. He seriously pulls out the big guns to woo new mom, Julianne. After her sister passes away, she readily adopted her three small children and doesn’t have time to date. Max shows her that with the right partner no obstacles can stand in your way.

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Fri
Dec 16 2016 9:30am

First Look: Maya Rodale’s Lady Claire is All That (December 27, 2016)

Lady Claire is All That by Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale
Lady Claire is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #3)
Avon / December 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Maya Rodale writes fun historical romance and this is no exception. I adore this series, Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, because of the blend of pop culture and historical romance. Who knew that was even a possibility?! Apparently Rodale knew, and this series keeps getting better and better. Lady Claire is All That gives a hint of the story in the title, it’s based on one of my favorite movies, She’s All That.

There are obviously big differences between this book and the movie, our heroine isn’t a budding artist a la Rachel Leigh Cook but, is actually a mathematician. Lady Claire struggles with the ton’s obvious disdain towards women who display their intelligence. She wishes she could meet with the brilliant mathematicians of the time but also wants to make sure her family isn’t disgraced. The Cavendishes have been the favorite topic of the gossip mags and she doesn’t exactly want to add to it. As the oldest, she wants to make sure that her family is always happy and she shoulders this responsibility, even if it’s at a cost of her own. Claire is hilarious and witty despite the circumstances and tries to deal with it as best she can. She does this by making up claims that her dance card is filled and has conversations that may not always work out the way she plans. However, her awkward interactions manage to catch the eye of Lord Fox.

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Tue
Nov 29 2016 5:30pm

Delicious Encounters: November 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets

November is here (and gone)! It’s almost the end of the year and as we start winding down, these reads become more personal and more seductive. The holiday season is upon us and that means lots of new books to read and hopefully, time! This month features hilarious heroines with unlikely heroes that are no match for their wit and have unique encounters. From paranormal to rock stars, to Scotland and Hawaii, this month will leave you wanting more!

Hell and Back by Natasha Madison is an emotional roller coaster. Bella is running from her personal hell and lands back at the house where she last knew safety. This time she’s not alone. Lilah is all Bella has left and she’ll stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means distancing herself from the handsome neighbor next door. Bella’s not ready to trust again however, Jackson slowly chips away at her resolve. She’s stared into the eyes of a monster, will she be able to let the past go and live free? Jackson will protect Lilah and Bella with everything he has, then he realizes what they’ve brought to his door. Gut-wrenching and suspenseful, this story will keep you in its clutches from beginning to end.  

[Our adrenaline is pumping already...]

Thu
Nov 24 2016 10:00am

First Look: Alison Bliss’s Size Matters (November 29, 2016)

Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss
Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1)
Forever / November 29, 2016 / $5.99 print, $3.99 digital

The start of a new series by Alison Bliss, Size Matters continues her tradition of hilarious rom-coms. Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters. Size Matters pulls at your heartstrings and your belly will be hurting from the amount of laughs you’ll have while reading.

Leah owns a bakery and comes from a family that means well except that her mother is extremely pushy, often. She may not be at the perfect weight but she’s kind and witty and beautiful. Leah, like many of us, does not consider herself to be any of those things and is her toughest critic. This story was about an unlikely romance between Leah and Sam that ends up in a fake engagement but, it’s also a love story between Leah and herself.

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Thu
Nov 17 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Armentrout Writing as J. Lynn’s Fire in You (November 28, 2016)

Fire in You by J. Lynn

J. Lynn
Fire in You (Wait for You #6)
Jennifer L. Armentrout / November 28, 2016 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Fire in You is the sixth book in the Wait for You series. This series is New Adult at its best, J. Lynn perfectly demonstrates the spirit of the genre. These are characters going through experiences that mold them into better people. All of her characters are relatable in that they have real issues and there’s real changes within them. The drama, angst and love is palpable and you’ll have no choice but to experience the ultimate feels. Fire in You is no exception.

It reads as the final book in the series but, of course I’m always hoping for more. Fire in You is both a friends-to-lovers story and a hate-to-love which means prepare for the angst! Illustrating the story of Brock and Jillian, it’s also a feel- good second chance tale. Basically you’re covered in every romance angle. The story isn’t bogged down by these categories though, it perfectly captures young love that matures and blossoms into a partnership.

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Wed
Nov 2 2016 2:00pm

Get Lost in the Vineyard in Brynne Asher’s Vines

Vines by Brynne Asher

“Never wanted something so much. Can’t stay away from you, can’t even get you out of my head. I’ve never had a shot at anything good, let alone someone like you.”

Brynne Asher’s first in a new series, Vines, is set in Virginia on a VINEYARD! I love wine and our heroine has just recently acquired the means to always be stocked and loaded for girl’s nights OR in her case...poker nights! Addi, a.k.a. Addison, is new to the area, but, thankfully, her vineyard also comes equipped with eccentric staff and neighbors. She’s finally settling into the area when her world is changed by a wandering cow. Yes, HER wandering cow, I wasn’t kidding when I said there was some eccentric staff on board. Harry has found/made a hole in her fence and wandered on to the neighbor’s yard and that’s when Addi gets her first glimpse at Crew Vega.  

Crew Vega. He’s an alpha male living right next door to Addi who has been trying to keep to himself. But, once he catches a glimpse of Addi and they have their first “argument” he’s not able to shut himself back in. Drawn into her, he’s able to open up and experience things he never thought would happen for him. Like the love of a good woman.

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Sat
Oct 29 2016 10:00am

October 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: Things That Hump Go Bump in the Night

Honor by Jay Crownover

October is the month when the temps start cooling (for some people) but the romance gets hotter. There’s more suspenseful but romantic readings and even some stories that go hump bump in the night. This month gives us a good blend, in New Adult, of these kind of reads. From villains finding their match to thrilling reads that include characters getting their ultimate revenge even to the paranormal with some Dragon Riders that are sure to steal your heart. Check out this month’s best bets in New Adult.

Honor by Jay Crownover is gripping and raises my stress levels. Nassir has been in the background of all the other books in the series (each can be read as a standalone) and he’s finally getting his story with Key. Filled with tension, there’s a raw energy between the characters that electrifies the story. True to each of their spirits, this book has darker themes but, Jay makes you believe that even a villain deserves to have his other half.

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt is the conclusion to this deliciously suspenseful series and it doesn’t hold back. With drama, great emotions and even higher stakes Ella and the Royals must find the answers they seek, before it’s too late. One of my favorite reads of the month, I can’t wait for more from this author duo.

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Fri
Oct 21 2016 8:30am

Pilots Rock the Cockpit in Romance

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

In Romancelandia, popular tropes and hero/heroines types can be ever-changing. I think the romance genre has the special ability to be anything you absolutely want (case in point the raging popularity of dino-erotica) and trends will ebb and flow. We currently seem to be in a period of nostalgia, I mean 98 degrees just went on tour, Backstreet Boys just announced another, so we’re all looking back, and popular authors are coming back with new series. Romance has also been connecting to its roots and what better alpha male to bring back all those loving feelings than a pilot.

Pilots rule the sky and their cockpit with finesse and skill. As heralded by Fifty Shades of Grey, not every pilot does this full time. Christian Grey was a frequent flyer that also dominated the sky. Pilots can come in all shapes and sizes, they could be billionaires as well as even royalty. In this recent release, Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, Nicholas, flies whenever he can. He loves the rush and on one fantastic date, he shows our heroine, Olivia why.

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Wed
Oct 12 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Emma Chase’s Royally Screwed (October 18, 2016)

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Emma Chase
Royally Screwed (Royally Series #1)
EverAfter / October 18, 2016 / $16.99 print, $4.99 digital

“Infamy is temporary, celebrity is fleeting, but royalty… royalty is forever.”

Emma Chase has a new series based on royal characters and I am all over it! Royally Screwed tells the story of Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco—yes quite a mouthful. Royally Screwed has the trademark wit that Chase always brings and marks her as one of my favorite authors. We even see some cameos from characters in previous stories—brief but always welcome! Told in dual POV, this swoony prince keeps you on your toes as he goes head to head with tradition in the name of love.

In the fictional land of Wessco, the Royal family is a very active member of their government. With the death of this parents, Nicholas, the older of the royal brothers, has been groomed by his grandmother to take over the throne. This includes the duty of marrying well. Eek. Duty takes Nicholas to New York to find Henry and avoid “marriage watch” but what he actually finds is a funny, quirky waitress that makes him rethink everything.

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Thu
Sep 29 2016 10:00am

New Adult Romance Best Best for September 2016— All This Drama Brings Twists to the Yard

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

This month brings on twists and turns in complex stories that are leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat. The adrenaline is pumping and the characters pull no punches. From all over the world, these stories will keep you guessing!

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole brings the mysterious Reid and Lia together. I’ve devoured the Second Circle Tattoo series and was so excited to see Reid get a story. He was mentioned in the first book but each can be read as a standalone. Lia and Reid meet on the side of the road, he helps her just like her very own white knight. They have an instant connection and choose to explore it in scintillating ways. But, they don’t know how deep their connection goes and when Reid’s past and future collide it may destroy everything.

Skeletons of Us by Anne Malcom is the second book of the Unquiet Mind series. The first book should be read as it continues from where it ends. This is a thrill ride into the dark side of fame. Lexie never thought she would see Killian again, in fact, she took great pains to make sure of it. But, circumstances have changed now that she’s a famous rock star and some people won’t take no for answer. Now, that her life has been threatened, Killian will move mountains to make sure she’s safe. But, Lexie might be the biggest hurdle he’ll have to face.

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Sun
Aug 28 2016 10:00am

New Adult Romance Best Bets for August 2016—Give In to Temptation!

Veiled by Karina Halle

August brings a round of temptation that is too hard to resist. Our heroines and heroes find that love doesn’t come at an easy price, they might have to lose it all in order to gain what they want. From smart witty stories to dark adventures that threaten your sensibilities, get ready for a wild ride with these reads!

Veiled by Karina Halle is a paranormal spin off of her Experiment in Terror series. You don’t have to read Eit for Veiled but, it’s so good! Ada finds herself embroiled in an adventure she never saw coming. One that is filled with terror, suspense and forbidden love. Creepy goodness and full of Halle’s customary wit, Veiled is an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is a story best read with no details before diving in. A story that delivers a punch so good, it will reverberate throughout your mind and its message can’t be missed. It’s an inspiring look into the intricacies of relationships and how easily they can shape us.

[More recs ahead!]

Sun
Jul 31 2016 10:00am

New Adult Best Bets for July 2016—Throwback to the Good Times

Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore

This month seems to be filled with nostalgia. From PokemonGo to the My2k tour with 98 degrees—comebacks are in! I’ve had so many memories brought back. It seems to be the case for these NA reads as well. Second chances abound here and these heroes have learned from their mistakes.

Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore makes me want to eat all the cake! Avery, a pastry chef, needs help finding a place to live. Rafe offers his carriage house and an instant attraction is born. However, their attraction can lead to nowhere as Rafe has more baggage than me after a signing. There’s a lot of suspense and mystery and it’ll be up to Avery to peel back the layers.

Hitched (Volume 1 and 2) by Kendall Ryan is a romantic comedy that brings on the heat! An NYC playboy has ninety days to win over a woman he’s always desired in order to save his father’s company and like the start of any epic romance, she hates him. Not only do they have to get Hitched but he must also produce a heir. The third installment will be available in August!

[More recommendations ahead!]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 8:30am

June 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: When the Tough Get Going, These Girls Get Dirty

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

This month brings New Adult titles that illustrate strength in tough situations. These heroines face these situations head on and when they find a partner that can help lift them up, nothing will stop them.

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston is the last in the Worth the Fight series. Ending the series is Travis “Cowboy” with unlikely heroine, Penny. Penny is a single mom on the run from her past. She carries many secrets and at times the burden is too much to bear. Travis is more than strong enough to support her but, Penny is hesitant to dive into a relationship. This isn’t insta-love and as they grow, so does their trust. Each has baggage and they find that together, the load is more than easy to carry. Cameo’s from all the other characters round out the series.

Interference by Sophia Henry is a standalone novel also featuring a young, single mom and a new-to-town cop. At their first meeting, Linden lets Jason have it as he benched her little brother. Thus setting the start of a romance that challenges but also brings a sweetness to Linden’s life that she desperately needed. Linden is everyone’s protector, especially her young son but, Jason is making it his job to look out for her.

[Strong ladies ahead...]

Wed
Jun 1 2016 2:00pm

Make ’em Laugh: Penny Reid’s Grin and Beard It is Rom-Com Gold

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

Penny Reid is an automatic 1-click buy for me and it started because of this series, The Winston Brothers. Grin and Beard It is the second in the series and can be read as a standalone. However, once you’ve met any of the Winston Brothers, you’ll find that their unfair amount of charm and charisma will have you wanting more. Using her trademark smart romance and unconventional style, Reid weaves a tale of forgiveness, second chances and redemption while still making you laugh out loud.

Sienna Diaz is called to Green Valley, Tennessee to film her new movie. An A-list actress, she’s used to charm and handsome men but doesn’t expect to find it in this small town. When she finds herself constantly getting lost on the mountain, Jethro always seems to be there at the right place and the right time to lend a hand thus rescue this leading lady. The more time they spend together, the harder Sienna finds it is to forget about him. She’s met the crème of the crop in her line of work but not even she is immune to the Winston charm.

“He is a gentleman. He sounds very complex. He has layers, like an onion. “

“Exactly. He lives his life simply, but he’s not simple.”

[Nothing simple here...]

Thu
May 26 2016 12:15pm

First Look: Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Torment (May 31, 2016)

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12)
Harlequin / May 31, 2016 / $22.99 print, $11.99

 

 “You don’t consider yourself human? So what are you, the boogeyman?”

“Yes.”

-Katarina to Baden

The Lords of the Underworld return! This is one of my favorite paranormal romance series and I can’t get enough. I thought at one point the series was going to end and I seriously didn’t know what I was going to do with myself (it’s a fear I have with other series as well that I try not to think about). This is the 12th book in the series and Gena Showalter has kicked it up a notch! Baden and Katarina, our MCs, are reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast and have you cheering for their happy ever after.

[All good things...]

Mon
May 23 2016 2:00pm

May 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets—May These Heroes Seduce You

For the One by Brenna Aubrey

This month there’s new kind of heroes that will have you wanting to wrap around their maypole. From classic nerds, to smart lawyers, to medieval role-playing knights?! You’re sure to find some new twists on a classic swoonworthy hero.

For The One by Brenna Aubrey has a unique storyline that had me cheering for the underdog. Wil was previously introduced in the series but his book can be read as a standalone. William, our hero, is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and while this impacts his interactions with other people, Jenna our heroine, isn’t deterred by this. She has her own battles as she was a refugee in this country and is still dealing with the aftershocks of living in a war-torn country. Jenna has always viewed Wil as a friend, a hot one but, still a friend. Until, he rides in and defends her honor. There’s some role playing here, as both Jenna and William are involved in the Barony of Anaya, a medieval modern society. Take your chance on this refreshing, heart-pounding romance that challenges these two characters and delivers an epic of tale of growth and love.

Caged by Karina Espinosa is the second in the Mackenzie Grey series and must be read in order. It picks up right where Shift ends and takes you on a high octane ride trying to navigate the world of alpha male werewolves as an alpha female wolf. Politics and personal issues won’t bring Mackenzie down and she’ll stop at nothing to make it all right.

[We approve of this plan...]

Wed
May 18 2016 9:05am

What Is the Difference Between New Adult and Women’s Fiction?

What is in a name? Sometimes very little and sometimes a lot. Books are labeled or classified for marketing reasons and of course for our convenience.  However, the demarcation between one genre and another is very fluid. Sometimes there is very little observable difference between the classifications. The line between Romance and women’s fiction is one of the more clearly defined—with romance having a central love story with a happily-ever-after, and women's fiction more about life issues that the heroine is dealing with –no happy ending guaranteed.  Though even those lines can be blurred as Jane Kriel aptly illustrates in her blog Happily Never After, and the Changing Nature of the Romance Novel. But what about the difference between Women's Fiction and New Adult?

Many would say that the lines between these two genres are as clearly defined —one heroine is coming of age and exploring her sexuality, and the other is dealing with life issues—usually starting over or trying to heal her fragmented life after a traumatic event. But are these true differences? Both Women’s Fiction and New Adult seem to explore the same type of relationships – love, friendship, and family. In addition are the conflicts unique or are they variations of person vs. self and sometimes person vs. society, or person vs. nature.

For clarification, we turned to people in the know. Each month Heroes and Heartbreakers presents New Adult Roundup by Jessica Moro and Women’s Fiction Best Bets by Scarlettleigh and who better to talk about the commonalities and the difference between these two genres

[No better place!]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 8:30am

New Adult April Showers bring GIRL POWER: New Adult Best Bets for April 2016

Dirty by Kylie Scott

I was originally going to title this post April Showers brings Bad Boys in Towels. Which I thought was so clever! But, after reading Rhyll Biest post’s on Romance without Slut-Shaming and watching Taylor Swift throw shade at the tabloids that talked about her dating life, I got to thinking about girl power. It really does come in all shapes and sizes and these April NA books really showcase that. Sometimes the plan you had in life doesn’t go your way and you find yourself in a stranger’s bathtub, owning that and THEN finding a new you is girl power, just ask Lydia in Kylie’s Scott’s Dirty. Maybe life has handed you some major lemons and you and make your own lemonade, that’s girl power, just turn to Ella in Paper Princess. Looking your old tormentor in the eye, forgiving them and moving on is girl power, Letty illustrated that in Never Sweeter. There are plenty of examples here this month of what makes each of these unique characters so powerful.

Dirty by Kylie Scott is the start of a new series, Highly-anticipated, it takes place in Coeur d’Alene where another favorite series of mine takes place there and here’s to hoping there’s crossover characters! Lydia’s thought she had a fairy tale romance complete with a wedding but that quickly crashed and burned. Vaughn didn’t think he would find a runaway bride in his childhood bathtub when he returned to figure out his next step. Never the less, a friendship with lots of sexual tension is formed. A great start to a new series, it’s filled with Scott’s trademark humor and sass, I can’t wait for the rest of the series to unfold with these quirky characters.

[And next up in this new adult cocktail ...]

Mon
Apr 4 2016 8:30am

First Look: Erin Watt’s Paper Princess (April 4, 2016)

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Erin Watt
Paper Princess (The Royals #1)
EverAfter Platinum / April 4, 2016 / $14.99 print

“These Royals will ruin you.”

“Maybe I want to be ruined,” I say lightly.

Two of my favorite authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) joined forces to bring us Erin Watt , The Royals series. I knew next to nothing about this and pretty much just went in blind. I was hoping that my success with reading their other NA books and really loving them would make this a good choice. AND IT WAS! I love this first book in the series and I really can’t wait for more.

Ella Harper is a survivor. She’s seventeen and on her own after the death of her mother. What really stood out to me about Elle was her ability to remain optimistic. With her life experiences and her current situation, I expected a very jaded girl with a huge chip on her shoulder. What I got was a sarcastic, funny, smart, pretty positive adulteen. She’s seen and lived through more things than an adult but, still retains that innocent, sometimes naïve, quality of a teen. After all these awful hands she’s been dealt, she gets a surprise when her legal guardian shows up, Callum Royal. This sets off a chain of events that will forever change her life and we’re all along for this crazy ride.

[Ready for the royals ...]