New Adult Corner: Top Picks for April

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It’s April and while many of us have been hunkered down exploring what our homes have to offer, as luck would have it April has showered us with new books. This month was a return to some classic heroes and also humor to get us through our days. Here’s to hoping for health and safety for all!

Batter of Wits by Karla Sorenson

Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?

That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.

When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense

It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.

The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.

Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.

Available on kindle unlimited. 

One, I loved the title of this book and two, I can’t resist a bakery novel. I’m not sure what it is but I love anything set in a bakery. I’ve been dying for more Buchanan’s since the first novel and I really hope we get to see more. This is an enemies to lovers rom-com with that Green Valley charm.

Southern Comfort by Natasha Madison

Buried secrets never stay hidden in the South.

Olivia

When you find out that your fiancé is arrested for swindling over ten million dollars from his clients, you do what any sane woman would do. You escape reality and go undercover, trading in your city-girl Louboutins for country-pumpkin cowboy boots.

It wasn’t a forever change—it was temporary. I only had to stay here until things back home got straightened out, or so I thought.

Casey

I was riding horses before I was walking, or at least that was what they told me. I always knew I would take over the family farm. It’s in my blood.

Country boy at heart, the minute I saw her dragging her luggage up the gravel driveway I knew she was out of my league.

I shouldn’t have started anything with her, because I knew she was just passing through.

I couldn’t stop it, I fell in love with her. Even though I knew, in the end, she would leave me.

This has one of my favorite heroes, who can turn down reading three alpha heroes rolled into one, cowboy, computer genius and billionaire, and he does it all so well. There’s also a mystery interlaced in the story. Olivia came onto the farm to escape her ex-fiance’s cronies. But, they’ve found her. Olivia has no idea why they’re even looking for her and least of all why they want her dead. Casey and Olivia navigate these new waters in style and take us on a fun, wild ride. 

Final Serenade by N.N. Britt 

Music journalist Cassy Evans believes her career is made when she snags an exclusive interview with rock singer Frankie Blade.

Once a superstar of the generation, Frankie has been a recluse since a freak motorcycle incident sent his career into a tailspin seven years ago. Now that he’s returned to claim back his crown, Cassy hopes to kill two birds with one stone—secure her magazine a top spot in the rankings and meet with the man of her adolescent dreams.

A dinner invitation isn’t what she expects to get out of this interview, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

With paparazzi watching Frankie’s every move as the two jump into a stormy relationship, Cassy risks her career and her privacy—and possibly her heart—to be with the biggest rockstar on the planet. But is Frankie worth it? Is he the humble man she thinks he is or is he just that good at hiding his demons?

Final Serenade is the first installment in “The Encore” series. Cassy and Frankie’s story concludes in One Last Verse.

Available on kindle unlimited. 

I’ve discovered in quarantine, that sometimes you just need to go back to what you know and I know the rockstar hero is always a good go-to read. In Final Serenade, we explore a classic hero, the rock star. 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle 

When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves—and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

It’s a lovers to enemies to lovers kind of story and the premise is hilarious. I know plenty of people who have lost their nonrefundable deposit for their wedding due to being in quarantine, this takes a twist on that. Obviously, there’s no quranatine here, but these two mc’s realize they’re not happy in their relationship but don’t want to lose their deposit. With lol moments, it both examines the concept that weddings are eclipsing marriages and that communication is essential to any relationship. 

What are you reading this month?

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