This year is opening up with so many amazing new adult romance releases! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!
This is Forever by Natasha Madison
Becoming a teen mom at sixteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn’t change my past because that boy is my world.
Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I’d do anything to make sure he doesn’t suffer because of the bad decisions his father made.
When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time.
What I wasn’t prepared for was meeting his new summer coach.
He was magnetic, powerful, and a player—in all forms of the word.
If my life had taught me anything up to this point, it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision.
I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be.
Growing up as the son of a hockey God is one thing. Growing up as the brother of a second hockey God is another. I had big skates to fill, so it was a good thing I loved every second of it.
Summer was my off time, my time to let loose, but when they ask me to coach a hockey camp for underprivileged kids, I couldn’t say no.
But when she walked in holding a little boy’s hand, my heart stopped beating. Or maybe it started for the first time.
They were a package deal, and I knew this—wanted it more than I’ve ever wanted anything. It didn’t take long to realize that no matter what happened,
I would do anything to protect them.
She is the only one I want to be with.
When push comes to shove, I have to prove to everyone that this is my choice, and This is Forever.
It’s always sad to see a series end but this series was one of the funniest I’ve ever read. Each of these characters are zany, hilarious and filled with swoony heroes. Single parent romances are one of my favorite troupes and this book is my literary catnip. It had all the right pieces to make it my favorite of the series.
Release by Aly Martinez
Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.
At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.
By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.
Love never fails, right?
But for Ramsey, it did.
Love failed him.
I failed him.
The entire world failed him.
At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.
Move on, he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.
Start a new life, he urged.
I don’t love you anymore, he lied.
There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.
So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don’t even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.
This is the amount of soul sucking, angst that Aly is known for and that I haven’t felt in a long time. It’s a story that dives into the past and present while delivering characters that are three dimensional in pain. The way the story unfolds is unexpected, Release is a book that holds on and will not release you.
Heartland by Sarina Bowen
Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that I’ve joined him at college, I’m seeing a new side of him. This Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the moment I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
One crazy night sets our friendship on fire. But now my heart lies in ashes, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Heartland is a standalone college romance set in the True North world. Expect: a young, broody farmer, a giant crush, tasty caramels, cute goats and late night confessions.
There’s a reason why Sarina Bowen has become one of my favorite authors. Her books always feel fresh even when we return to old characters and a setting that is familiar. In Heartland, Chastity is finally exploring her new world. After running away from a cult, she’s had limited experiences with the” outside world” and college is definitely a challenge. Dylan Shipley is her best friend and who she relies on to guide her in all of her confusion. The only issue is her ever growing crush on him. I like that Sarina doesn’t shy away from having Chastity explore her sexuality. She was a sheltered girl who really wanted to find out who she was without the guilt the cult bestowed on her due to her sex. Dylan didn’t start off great, Sarina doesn’t shy away from Dylan exploring his sexuality too. But a key element in this book is the character development and Dylan shows it in in spades. It’s an interesting friends-to-lovers read with plenty of humor, heart, and romance.
Power Play by Toni Aleo
Posey Adler is coming home. After a devastating journey for what she mistakenly thought was true love, she is saying to hell with men and love forever. As the Nashville Assassins’s new assistant coach for special teams, Posey is ready to focus on her job and have the attention on her for a change. She’s been haunted by her place in her sister’s shadow, but this is her chance to shine and force her family to take notice. But in order to make a name for herself, she’s going to have to go toe-to-toe with her team’s leading power play scorer.
Boon Hoenes lives for special teams. The power play is his favorite thing about the game. He loves having that advantage over his opponent. And most of the time, it’s his quick thinking that sends the puck to the back of the goal when he’s on the ice. Off the ice, however, no amount of quick thinking prepared his heart for being dumped by his college sweetheart. Boon has sworn off women, but when Posey Adler comes onto his ice—and kicks him off his beloved power play—he decides she’s one woman he doesn’t want to swear off.
They’ve both been hurt, but instead of going in for the penalty kill, Boon is ready to convince Posey their hearts are the secret to how they’ll win.
How they’ll score the ultimate goal.
A forever kind of love.
This is the second book in the series but it can definitely be read as a standalone. This hockey spinoff is the next generation of the Nashville Assassins and it’s just as packed with family and romance. In this book, Posey meets her unexpected match. She’s just had her heartbroken and her self-esteem is on the floor. This book covers body issues and confronts how hard it is to remain confident when you’re trapped in a sea of perfection. Posey is a heroine that thinks outside the box and has leaped into a “man’s world”. Her match, Boon, knows she needs someone to meet her head on and he does! From dances in random places, to discovering her favorite drinks, he is every inch a romance hero.
Riven Knight by Devney Perry
Genevieve Daylee didn’t expect to be standing in front of a judge on her twenty-seventh birthday. But ever since her life became entangled with a former motorcycle gang, she’s learned not to expect anything but trouble.
Her mother, a woman she once admired and adored, is gone, leaving behind a trail of secrets and lies. She’s living in a tiny apartment above a garage owned by her brother, a man who loathes her very existence. And the father she met beside her mother’s grave is as much of a stranger as Isaiah Reynolds, the broken man with soulless eyes standing beside her in front of the judge.
Isaiah is her protector from the murderer at large in Clifton Forge. Though he’s more like a riven knight in dented armor than a prince on a white stallion. She knows next to nothing about him, other than he works as a mechanic. As of tonight, he’ll be sharing her bathroom.
And, according to the judge, Isaiah is now her husband.
This book is ANGSTY and has so much heartache! Devney Perry has a way of reaching in and pulling out every single one of your emotions. Genevieve is still reeling from her mother’s death in book 1. There’s a lot of plot points that are established in book 1 and I highly recommend you read it in order. Trying to make her surprise marriage work with Isaiah is the premise for most of the book but there’s also a murder to solve and wow, I did not see it coming. I’ve been waiting for Isaiah’s story since he was mentioned in Tragic (Lark Cove Series). He seriously needed an HEA. This is a dark book, in order for secrets to remain secrets, sacrifices must be made. Who makes the ultimate sacrifice is the question. But no worries, this is very much a romance and while the road to HEA is hard-fought, the end makes up for it.
January is definitely an angsty month and with all this cold weather what book will you be warming up with?