New Adult Corner: February Finds

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It’s the month of romance! I’m not big on Valentine’s Day but I am all about celebrating romance. The amount of romance articles I’ve seen on books and tv and pop culture make my heart go pitter patter. With this amazing celebration of romance, this month brings out some of the best new adult romance I’ve read this year so far! 

The Risk by Elle Kennedy 

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take

I would be remiss in not including this book because it is everything that makes New Adult so good. College drama, ANGST, alpha heroes, and an amazing heroine! Brenna is a heroine that holds no punches, she’s strong and she’s hilarious. The banter in this book is top-notch with Jake and Brenna making you go back and forth like a tennis match. Brenna is the daughter of the hockey team’s coach and Jake is the star player of the rival team. I love that regardless of their Romeo and Juliet type romance, they are able to grow a relationship with respect and love. However, with that said I had no idea how they were going to make it work and I was waiting for that perfect ending! 

Motion by Penny Reid 

Forced to lie to protect her sister . . .
From the New York Times Bestselling Author, Penny Reid

One week.
Home alone.
Girl genius.
Unrepentant slacker.
Big lie.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona is a smart girl and figured everything out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at fifteen, finish college at eighteen, and start your PhD program at nineteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled. Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.

Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.

I love Penny Reid’s STEM heroines. This is the first part of a series and a novella so beware! Penny combines two opposites, mistaken identity and so much suspense! I couldn’t stop reading and I definitely need the next in the series. It’s adorkable and so sweet. It hits all the right spots that I’ll forgive the cliffhanger.

Hold On by Samantha Young 

Autumn O’Dea has always tried to see the best in people while her big brother, Killian, has always tried to protect her from the worst. While their lonely upbringing made Killian a cynic, it isn’t in Autumn’s nature to be anything but warm and open. However, after a series of relationship disasters and the unsettling realization that she’s drifting aimlessly through life, Autumn wonders if she’s left herself too vulnerable to the world. Deciding some distance from the security blanket of her brother and an unmotivated life in Glasgow is exactly what she needs to find herself, Autumn takes up her friend’s offer to stay at a ski resort in the snowy hills of Montana. Some guy-free alone time on Whitetail Mountain sounds just the thing to get to know herself better.

However, she wasn’t counting on colliding into sexy Grayson King on the slopes. Autumn has never met anyone like Gray. Confident, smart, with a wicked sense of humor, he makes the men she dated seem like boys. Her attraction to him immediately puts her on the defense because being open-hearted in the past has only gotten it broken. Yet it becomes increasingly difficult to resist a man who is not only determined to seduce her, but adamant about helping her find her purpose in life and embrace the person she is. Autumn knows she shouldn’t fall for Gray. It can only end badly. After all their lives are divided by an ocean and their inevitable separation is just another heart break away…

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Autumn is trying to discover who she is by taking a vacation away from Scotland and lands straight into trouble. This packs an alpha punch. It’s short but a complete lovely story. The setting, a beautiful ski resort, is painted in a way that you can feel the breeze of the wind as you’re skiing on the mountain and the smell of the fire as you’re lounging in the bar. It’s a slam at first sight love story that reminds me of my painful attempts at skiing.  

With February drawing to a close, what are you wrapping up this romance month with, hopefully a spicy winter read! Be sure to leave any suggestions!

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