Category Archives: New Adult

Review: Jock Row by Sara Ney

Jock Row
(Jock Hard #1)
by Sara Ney
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: May 3, 2018
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends — the university’s hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the university’s baseball team — and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

 

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Review: Jackal’s Wild by Abby Kaitz

Jackals Wild
by Abby Kaitz
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 25, 2022
Genre: M/M Romance
Rating:

A shy math geek. His roommate with an NSFW alter ego. College just got a lot more interesting.

Quiet, studious Adam Hatchard is ready to reinvent himself and be the leading man in his own life.

– Survive his first frat party? Check.
– Talk to the hot TA in math class? Halfway(ish) there.
– Coexist in peace with his Neanderthal roommate? Send help.

From day one, Carter Ellison has given Adam nothing but cocky smirks, secondhand embarrassment, and dirty underwear all over their room—the perfect storm for Most Annoying Roommate Ever.

His ridiculously toned body deserving to be the eighth wonder of the world is beside the point.

But Carter has a secret: an unconventional side hustle involving cameras and a distinct lack of clothing. When Adam stumbles upon Carter’s online alter ego, the last thing he expects to feel is…compassion.

And when Carter asks him to hold the camera? Adam discovers there’s more to his roommate than the irritating frat boy persona Carter puts on.

What begins as a way for both of them to earn extra cash develops into something more. Something involving longer-than-appropriate stares, stolen touches, midnight confessions—and the realization that Adam just may have found his own leading man

 

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Review: Shattered Princess by Amber Vant

Shattered Princess
(Hardin Hellhounds #1)
by Amber Vant
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication date: Feb. 2, 2022
Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance
Rating:

I may have lit the match the first time, but I wouldn’t be the one left burned this round. The elites run this town, but they aren’t ready for a girl like me.

Especially the boys who made it known from the beginning I wasn’t wanted here that one summer I stayed with my father. I hadn’t belonged—I knew that—but now I was coming back. Forced into the one place I despised after my addict mother unexpectedly dies. Only months before my eighteenth birthday.

The worst of them all is my half-brother’s best friend. The leader of the group. The oppressor, my enemy. Those hate-fueled cerulean eyes still haunt me in my dreams. He thinks he can break me, but what he doesn’t know is I’ve already been shattered.

I hope they’re ready because I wasn’t the obedient, delicate person they remembered. It’s my turn to watch them simmer. Welcome to the world of the hellhounds.

You’ll hate it here.

SHATTERED PRINCESS is a full-length new adult high school enemies-to-lovers novel. It is the first book in the Hardin Hellhounds Series and does end in a cliffhanger.

 

Rory has not lived a great life. Her father doesn’t care about her, and her mother blames her for the way her life is. So, needless to say, when Rory is sent to live with her father after her mother passes away, she is less than thrilled. Her step mother is a viper in disguise, her half brother goes out of his way to make her feel unwelcome, and his friends are just as worse. She only has a handful of months left before she turns 18 and can leave everything behind. She just has to tough it out until then.

This is most definitely a bully romance. You can’t even really call it enemies to lovers romance because Cole goes so far out of his way to hurt Rory. In all honesty, it never really makes sense as to why he behaves that way. And don’t even come at me with the whole, “He likes, her. That’s why he pulls on her piggy-tails” bull crap. There’s no excuse for some of his behavior. Other than the fact that his father is also a heartless jerk. So I suppose he learned it from dear old daddy.

While their relationship was hard to swallow at first, I did like it when the tides turned and they started to work on the same team. It also helped having parts of the book in Cole’s POV. So, it allowed you to soften towards him over time, and I do mean over time. I was not immediately a Cole fan. It took me a while to warm up to the idea that he was going to be the love interest due to his previous actions. However, in the end, I was kind of rooting for him because he was just as damaged as everyone else.

I don’t want to go into too much because there were some pretty big developments in this story that really builds the characters and thus their world. However, if you’re into bully style romances, this one will not disappoint. It has a strong and determined heroine who doesn’t back down from her bullies. Which was something that I appreciated in this story. I likes that Rory didn’t cower or let them think that they affected her. She just kept her head high and looked them dead in the eye every time. So, yeah. It was a pretty solid bully romance for anyone interested.

Review: My Summer in Seoul by Rachel Van Dyken

My Summer in Seoul
(My Summer In Seoul #1)
by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 14, 2021
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Intern with Korea’s number one record label? Yes, please.
Find out there’s a huge scandal I need to help “manage”… not so much.
Add in the fact that I don’t recognize the “superstars” of the label and think they’re interns…
And my dream job quickly becomes more of a nightmare.

But I’m in Seoul, the one place that is beginning to feel more and more like home…
Except it isn’t home, and the drama surrounding the biggest K-pop group in the world, SWT, is consuming my every moment.
Spoiler alert. They hate me.
Everything I do is wrong: wrong clothes, wrong honorifics, wrong manners.
Till the leader of SWT takes pity on me.
But pity is dangerous when it comes from someone as beautiful as him.

Every SWT member is gorgeous, perfect, and cultivated to be an idol… lethal to a girl’s heart.
And sanity.
But fame plus a perfect face and voice don’t equal an easy life. As their comeback nears, the stakes rise higher.
Suicide watch…
Angry fans…
Threats…

All I want to do is survive.
But the price for survival might mean losing my heart.
And like a character in a K-drama, I’m not sure if there will be an actual happily ever after…
Or simply a lesson learned.

 

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Review: Love Chaos Roommate up for Grabs by Ute Jackle

Love Chaos Roommate up for Grabs
by Ute Jackle
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication date: April 26, 2020
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Making a fool of myself in front of the hottest guy on campus? Check!
Then getting stuck as roommates with the same hottie? Check!
Being completely humiliated by him on the very first night? Also check!

When Luca gets kicked out by her cheating ex-boyfriend, she’s assigned to share a dorm suite with the biggest player on campus.

Ben Nowak isn’t just brazen, he is brazenly sexy. A jerk with an irresistible smile that gets him whatever he wants. Luca might find him charming if everything he said didn’t make her blood boil!

Surviving this semester means ignoring her new roomie, his stupid sexy smirk and his constant string of casual hook ups. It’s the perfect plan. Until one night a mix up lands Luca in Ben’s bedroom– and he sets her heart racing for completely different reasons…

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Love on the Line by Kirsten Fullmer (Giveaway)

Love on the Line
(Women at Work #1)
by Kirsten Fullmer
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: June 14, 2017
Genre: New Adult Romance

Romance on the job will ruin Andrea’s credibility and she knows it, so why can’t she ignore that cocky foreman the crew calls Rooster?

Andy may not have pipeline know-how, per se, but she’s got brains and a willingness to prove that she can do the job. Her estranged grandpa, Buck, believes she has what it takes to be his engineering assistant, and she’s not about to let him down.

Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women; he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl is too small and… feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.

Will Andy prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andy and Rooster derail their hard work?

 

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Review: After by Anna Todd

After
(After #1)
by Anna Todd
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: Oct. 21, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Stolen Princess by Nikki Jefford

Stolen Princess
(Royal Conquest Saga #1)
by Nikki Jefford
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Nov. 11, 2018
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Retelling

She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…

I finally regained my freedom, but it’s being threatened.

It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side.

I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. She thinks he’s a drag. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through.

My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all.

*Recommended reading after the prequel novella “Enemies and Lovers” in The Monster Ball Anthology. Part of a duology, but can be read as a standalone.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie

Taming Demons for Beginners
(The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
by Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy
Publication date: Sept. 13, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.

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Review: No Falling Allowed by Melissa West

No Falling Allowed
(No Kissing Allowed #2)
by Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: July 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

My life just went South…

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.

Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.

Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.

Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.

Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.

Southern.

Cocky.

Bartender.

Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.

Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…

 

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