Oct 30 2014 5:15pm

New Adult Roundup for October 2014: A Fighting Chance

Becoming Calder by Mia SheridanThis month’s round up features characters facing some tough times and upheaval. When all is said and done, they’ll go down swinging for what they want.

Becoming Calder/Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan is set in a world where modern luxuries are a thing of the past; this is a crazy ride with eye-opening scenes. Calder and Eden find themselves battling religious proclivities that were drummed into them from birth. With new thoughts and ideas forming in their minds, can they fight against fate and destiny? Eden and Calder must battle against the community they’ve been raised in to find their happiness.

The story has surprising twists—I found myself having a lot of WOW moments and can't even begin to describe the feels this book invoked. These two books were released simultaneously and Becoming Calder must be read first.

Alex by Sawyer Bennett tells the story of a bitter hockey player who meets his match in Sutton Price, an addiction counselor. Sutton helps peel back the cynical layers to reveal the gentle man underneath. Alex has always lived his life under abuse and anger; will Sutton help him turn over a new leaf? This is a character-driven story with great detail. Sutton and Alex each have an angst-filled journey with many surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next installment, as Garret, his teammate, was one of my favorites of the story.

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope WardStepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward is a taboo story—it's a quick read with strong characters. Upon meeting her stepbrother for the first time, Greta feels a magnetic pull to Elec. Fighting their feelings gives us a plot with a lot of ups and downs — and hurt abound. Many years down the road, they're faced with each other and their connection is still as blatant as the first day they met. Are Greta and Elec ever going to be together or will circumstances still keep them apart? Elec is a filthy, mouthwatering enigma and I need more from their story!

Once Perfect by Cecy Robson depicts two people from completely different worlds who are brought together. Angst and turmoil arise, it seems nothing may be working for them, but rather always against them. When everything seems to be going wrong, they find the inner strength to finally trust each other. An underground fighter and a princess who’s lost everything fight for their right to love. An endearing read, Cecy Robson’s foray into the contemporary genre, leaves me eagerly anticipating book two for more glimpses into Evelyn and Mateo’s life.

Risk by Cora Brent is a gritty continuation of the Gentry triplets story. Risk is Creed's story, the triplet with the fighting death sentence. Creed meets Truly and it's like nothing he's ever experienced before. Right on the heels of their relationship is the burgeoning task of being a new underground fighter. In a no holds barred setting, Creed may be risking it all. Cora makes no excuses and isn't afraid to take a chance. Creed and Cora honest and tough and their relationship will be tested beyond their limits.

Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin is the story of two individuals who prove looks can be deceiving. Savannah is homeless and trying to find work; after being rejected by job after job, she stumbles upon a boxing gym where Declan, the owner and best fighter, take pity and gives her employment. Attraction flares between the two and avoidance is futile. Will Savannah finally be able to trust in another and reveal all her secrets? Declan proves his rough appearance hides a very gentle soul and goes beyond what is expected to help Savannah.

Down and Out by Kelley R. MartinBeat by Amity Cross is the story of a family. Ren has just lost her mother and her dying wish was for Ren to find her elusive father. She finds him, but it isn’t an easy or joyous reunion. Old hate and bitterness mar their relationship and he must work very hard to gain back his daughter. Ren begins the long journey to happiness and finds she has caught the eye of the prized fighter, Ash, at her father’s gym. Their chemistry is hard hitting —SPOILER— and a cliffhanger will leave us hankering for more.

One to Love by Tia Louise, a standalone novel filled with redemption and forgiveness, tells the tale of Kenny and Slayde, an ex-boxer. Slayde finds a new startat the gym where Kenny works as a personal trainer. Falling in love with Kenny was never in Slayde's plans but now that he has, will he be able to finally leave his old life behind? He thought his fighting days were done, but with new beginnings comes revelations and Slayde will learn that the fighting has only just begun.

Rowdy by Jay Crownover continues the series of the Marked Men with Rowdy and Salem Cruz. Once childhood friends, they have been brought back together through unfortunate circumstances. Will they be able to look past old hurts and forge a new relationship?

These stories were filled with the perfect formula for me: angst, determination and a lot of hot chemistry. What works for you?

To learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan  
Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan  
Alex by Sawyer Bennett  
Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward  
Once Perfect by Cecy Robson  
Risk by Cora Brent  
Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin  
Beat by Amity Cross  
One to Love by Tia Louise  
Rowdy by Jay Crownover  


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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I LOVE Jay Crownover so I'll definitely be reading Rowdy ASAP. And Stepbrother Dearest and Down and Out have been staring at me on my Recommended thread so I'll be checking out at least one of those...
2. wsl0612
@JenniferProffitt - I just finished Rowdy yesterday and it was great! :-) I love how she keeps us updated with all the interesting things happening with the group of friends and family too.
Jessica Moro
3. JessicaMoro
Down and Out was pretty funny and a good story! @jenniferproffitt Stepbrother dearest was probably my second favorite from thie list. Becoming Calder/Finding Eden being the first.
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