Nov 30 2014 11:00am

Masters of Deflection: New Adult Roundup for November 2014

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenThe novels in November’s New Adult Roundup amp up the humor as well as the angst. Humor can be the best way to deflect sadness away from awful situations. These characters use this age-old deflection maneuver to perfection. But, deflection of any kind can only work for so long, as the characters below prove.

Using their popular snark and dirty-talking alpha heroes, duo Christina Lauren deliver another hit with Dirty Rowdy Thing. Harlow and Finn are complete opposites, but like magnets, aren’t able to resist the pull. They quickly realize what they thought was some ex-spouse-quick-loving, has tied them to each other in ways they never imagined. The one-liners kept me laughing while still delivering an engrossing story.

Belle Aurora gives us the highly anticipated book in her Friend-Zoned series, Sugar Rush. Max, a single dad, and Helena, a recent college grad, are two charismatic characters. Helena is hilarious and keeps us on our toes with her antics and personality. A fun-loving friendship blooms between the two that quickly escalates to more. A light-hearted read, Max and Helena have a fun, boisterous journey.

The Duet by R.S Grey is a fun ride. Brooklyn, American’s favorite pop star, is forced into a duet with the brooding rocker, Jason Monroe. Brooklyn has a unique brand of humor and lights up any room. When she meets Jason, her complete opposite, she’s unable to charm her way into his good graces. What occurs is uproarious attempts by Brooklyn to finagle her way into Jason’s world.

Wild by Sophie JordanIn the final novel of The Ivy Chronicles, Wild, Sophie Jordan ends with the hottest of the trilogy. Logan, Reece’s brother, and Georgia, the uptight roommate, have enough sexual tension to burn a forest down. Georgia is not one to lose control and  is always looking for approval. Now that life isn’t panning out the way she planned, she’s trying to throw caution to the wind. Logan, who’s hotter than hot, is the deciding factor behind this new mantra. But, when you play with fire you’re going to get burned, Georgia slowly begins to find, and Logan might just prove that the bad boy can soothe the burn.

Make Mine a Ranger is the fourth book in Kate Aster’s Special Ops series. Bess is a young, single mom and Tyler has been her friend for four long years. Circumstances bring Tyler to Annapolis for a year, living in close quarters to Bess Bess has never thought she was good enough for a romantic relationship, and uses her daughter to hide her fear of dating. Tyler has always seen Bess as a sister but he starts noticing how amazing Bess is that his feelings for her are anything but sisterly. Will Bess be able to let her insecurities go and finally go after Tyler?

Caged in Winter by Brighton WalshCaged in Winter by Brighton Walsh features Winter who, as her name implies, is a cold, lonely person. She grew up in foster care, and learned, through life experiences, only to rely on herself; that is, until Cade barges into her life. Cade seems too good to be true, Winter must find the strength from within, to finally trust another. Cade proves time and time again, he’s the man to support her.

Elias by Sabrina Paige starts off with a bang (pun intended). After finding her fiancé committing the ultimate jerk move with her sister, River, a Hollywood actress, sets off and leaves it all behind. After a chance encounter with Elias, a decorated war veteran, these two start a red-hot fling. What began as a rebound and a chance to forget about life’s problems gets too real,and  hasty decisions are made. Elias and River have a strong connection in this quick, small town read. The series will continue with the rest of the Saint Brothers.

When We Met is an anthology with four NA groundbreaking authors, it features complete stories about four girls living in an off campus house. While gaining new independence, they manage to find themselves in some sticky situations. Told in dual POV, this anthology has hot guys, smart heroines and quick, feel-good stories.

All Broke Down by Cora CarmackAll Broke Down by Cora Carmack gives us the story of an activist, Dylan, and a football bad-boy Silas. They concoct a plan that is beneficial to both: Dylan desires to let go of the restrictions her parents have placed on her and Silas needs to get back in the good graces of the team. This easy plan backfires on Silas when he begins to realize Dylan is more than just the uptight coed he originally stereotyped her as. Dylan catches the #silasvirus and realizes Silas might just be best person for her.

The final Gentry triplet finally gets his HEA in Cora Brent's Game. Stephanie, a former bookie, has been avoiding Chase. Chase Gentry is a fun-loving, rowdy man-whore, who meets his match in Stephanie. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Chase tries to uses his charismatic ways to fight Stephanie’s reluctance. They both discover they need each other and when the going gets tough, Chase proves he is the man Stephanie needs him to be (Don’t fret, this series will continue with the very elusive cousin, Declan Gentry).

All the Glory by Elle Casey is a story ripped straight from the headlines. The town’s leading football star is found standing over the dead body of his coach. What ensues is pandemonium—Jason isn’t saying what happened, and his world is turned upside down. He finds an unlikely ally in the girl next door, Katy. Her stubborn, commanding personality helps Jason through this awful time. But will it be enough to exonerate him from this heinous crime? Equal parts funny and gloomy, Casey has written a unique NA novel.

After the Rain by Renee CarlinoAfter the Rain by Renee Carlino is about second chances. Nate and Ava are two people who have been dealt a rough hand. Ava has lived with grief for five years and Nate might be on the cusp of losing the career he’s worked so hard for. When Nate retreats from LA to his uncle’s ranch, he meets Ava. Both are still learning how to navigate relationships, but will they be able to shove aside their fears to embrace new beginnings? This is a heart-wrenching read and I loved every gut twisting moment of it.

In Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley, Emma is a lap dancer who has been ostracized by her strict, religious parents. When her brother moves in with her, she desperately needs to make ends meet and ends up at a strip club. Carson, an up-and-coming pro motorbike racer, meets Emma and has an instant chemistry. Years down the line, Emma hides a big secret. Fighting against her better judgment, her insecurities get the best of her and no matter which way she spins it, she may have lost the love of her life. An entertaining story, these two kept me enthralled from start to finish.

A lot of variety this month, I was glad to see the angst was mixed in with a lot of humor. Which New Adult books are you reading this month?

To find out more about each book mentioned:

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren


Sugar Rush by Belle Aurora


The Duet by R.S Grey


Wild  by Sophie Jordan 


Make Mine a Ranger by Kate Aster


Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh


Elias by Sabrina Page


When We Met anthology


All Broke Down by Cora Carmack


Game by Cora Brent


All the Glory by Elle Casey


After the Rain by Renee Carlino


Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley























Jessica spends her time daydreaming about a life within the pages of her favorite books, hoping to meet her own alpha male in an amazing meet cute. Living in Miami, she breaks the stereotype of the tanned appearance; being the palest amongst her friends takes a lot of work and it's all owed to the aforementioned books. She works all day but dreams of the day she can get paid to devour romance books all day and night. An avid reader since she could sound out words, you can find her reviewing at where she lets her reading freak flag fly!

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Manda Collins
1. mandacollins
After getting hooked on Christina Lauren (and I totally agree that Dirty Rowdy Thing is by turns sweet, funny and smoking hot) I then glommed the first three books in Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series. But now I'm at a loss for what to read next. I'm just not familiar enough with the style and heat levels of various New Adult authors to know who writes what kind of stories--sexy, funny preferred. But this list helps. I'd welcome some suggestions. Am going to check out some of these first though.
Jessica Moro
2. JessicaMoro
You've stumbled upon two of my favorite NA authors! I love those stories, This is a great list to start off with there's also monthly lists you can look through on the site similar to this. They're tagged at the bottom. Happy Reading!
Manda Collins
3. mandacollins
Thanks, Jessica! I'll keep an eye out for the monthly lists and recs. I usually lurk because I'm supposed to be writing, but I figured the need for more books is an emergency;)
Peach Pie
4. Peach Pie
Why oh why do most New Adult novels seem to be cut from the same exact cloth: angst-ridden, tormented heroes and/or heroines, dull "seen this before" conversations, and contrived plots. And can I say-enough with the football players! THERE ARE OTHER SPORTS AND HOBBIES OUT THERE. I have yet to find a single keeper novel within this sub-genre, and there is so much potential.

From a reader tired of all the same NA round ups
5. Kareni
I read and enjoyed Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh a few days ago. Thanks for some new titles.
6. AubreyGross
Manda, if you liked Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series, some other series/authors to try:

J. Lynn's "With Me" series
Cora Carmack's "Losing It" series
Colleen Hoover's stuff is pretty good, but not necessarily as hot as some of the other stuff
Jay Crownover's "Marked Men" series
Jessica Moro
7. JessicaMoro
@Peach Pie New Adult is really angsty but that's also because it's typically first time relationships and really young characters. But, if you want to try something not so angsty there's a lot on this list that are actually hilarious. I would try The Duet, it's about two singers which is different from football. As to football, I've seen a lot of different sport and hobbies just this month they weren't that prevalent. I would also look into Toni Aleo's new adult hockey series, those are great! @aubreygross I love J. Lynn's with me series!
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
You hit on a lot of my favorites this month--Wild might be one of my faves from that series and I LOVE Christina Lauren! As always, you've added a million more books to my list! Great post!
Manda Collins
9. mandacollins
Thanks for the suggestions @AubreyGross, I'll check them out!
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