Aug 28 2015 10:00am

No Judgment: New Adult Romance Best Bets for August 2015

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

The New Adult August favorites that burned up my kindle were fast-paced reads that gave me a lot to think about. These heroes and heroines are much more than what they appear to be. From opposites, to hiding behind stereotypes, they prove the age-old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole is the story of Maddie and Flame. I’ve been waiting for this book and it was so worth the wait! Flame is part of the “psycho-trio” and he’s extremely twisted. Maddie is part of the original Cursed ones from her cult and has been slow to integrate into the outside world. Maddie and Flame need and help each other in forming better relationships with others and themselves. Their story is beautiful, poignant but extremely dark. Flame might seem like a twisted individual on the outside but he hides many mysteries that Maddie can only bring to light.

Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover is the story of good (and hot) cop Titus matched with Reeve, a girl who has lived on the wild side. Titus has always thought the world was black and white but Reeve destroys this manner of thinking. On the surface, Reeve is a criminal —she’s made these bad choices to avenge her sister. When Titus needs help bringing down the newest threat to the Point, Reeve is the last person he wants to depend on. However, Reeve is the key to stopping the threat and close quarters might prove there’s more than a spark there.

Bounce by Noelle August

Bounce by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) is the final book in the Boomerang series. Grey, our hero, is more than just the tattooed musician stereotype. He’s a guy just trying to find his way and that trip crosses his path with Skyler. Skyler and Greg both share family issues and a friendship is struck while on set of a movie. Along with strong female friendships, this book has vivid characters and witty dialogue.

Abbi Glines's Until Friday Night is a tearjerker! Reminiscent of her Vincent Boys series, it’s set in a small town high school. Newcomer Maggie has been silent ever since her mother was brutally taken from her. West hides behind his bad boy, football star personality to mask the pain he’s going through. When they meet, it’s the catalyst to major changes in their lives. Will they be able to survive the changes or will their attraction burn too hot?

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino is unique tale that’s started by a Craigslist “missed connection” post. Matt and Grace met on their first day of senior year at college. They were inseparable but, their relationship ended as quickly as it started. Fifteen years later they glimpse each other again, and it leads to the famous post. They find their connection still runs deep but mistrust may ruin it all. Flipping between timelines, it tells the tale of second chances and new beginnings.

Hidden in the Stars: HITS by Sadie Grubor

Hidden in the Stars: HITS by Sadie Grubor has been long awaited by fans. The second standalone in her Falling Stars novel follows Jackson Show, guitarist of The Forgotten. He’s a burned rock star that’s been using women and earning his player reputation. After he was burned so badly he didn’t want anything to do with love but, sometimes what you don’t want is exactly what you need. In drops Eliza Campbell, single mom, burlesque singer, hits him with a dose of reality.

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A Redmerski pits opposites Luke and Sienna. Luke on the surface, seems like a typical surfer but he hides a side to himself that he’s not sure Sienna can handle. Straight-laced Sienna was headed to Oahu on a regular work trip, however it ends on a journey of self-discovery that could change it all.

Nothing is ever as it seems, as these characters prove. What New Adult reads did you read this month? Which story has interested you the most? Let me know in the comments! 


Learn more about the books mentioned in the post: 

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole  
Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover  
Bounce by Noelle August  
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines  
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino  
Hidden in the Stars: HITS by Sadie Grubor  
The Moment of Letting Go by J.A Redmerski  









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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1. Kareni
I enjoyed one of Renee Carlino's previous books. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.
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