New Adult Corner: Top Picks for September!

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Ah September, can you feel the breeze, smell fall in the air? As a South Florida native, the only breeze I feel is that of a hurricane coming in and this month, New Adult definitely hits you with a hurricane of feelings. We have first loves, fun meet-cutes and a love that doesn’t come easy. Read below to find out more! 

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying? 

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

What I really loved about this rom com was the exploration of life goals. Life didn’t turn out how it was expected for both Emily and Simone, learning how to deal with tragedy and tumultuous changes is not easy. Emily and Simon go about handling these changes very differently and the essense of this book is how to figure this out together. While getting there, you’ll meet the most amazing characters. I frequent the local renaissance faire and it’s always a good time, DeLuca brings this faire to life with bright characters and a vitality that shines across the pages. Simon, our seemingly aloof hero, starts off as sort of a jackass but once you shed his layers, you push for Emily and Simon so hard! This is a very fun New Adult book and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for this author.

Jock Road by Sara Ney

EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL. 

Those are Jackson Jennings, Jr’s three mantras . His entire life, he’s been a trained athlete with only one end-game: the Pro’s. No girls. No parties. No alcohol. 

EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL. 

Repeat. 

Every Friday night, Triple J cruises the strip on campus, bored, lonely and conditioned not to party. But the night he meets Charlotte Edmonds on the side of the road, he wonders if his three mantras will ever be enough. 

BIG. DUMB. JOCK. 

Charlie has no time for Jackson’s antics. Not when he’s stealing her food or teases her to no end, making her tingle in all the right places. But if she’s ever going to have a boyfriend, she’d choose one who isn’t a Neanderthal. One with manners and actual time to spend with her. Not a hulking man-child who cruises the strip at night, in his Big. Dumb. Truck.

Every time I read a Sara Ney book I end up wanting SO MUCH MORE. Jock Road is the third standalone in the Jock Hard series and it brings her same witty candor while also delivering serious character development. A classic New Adult novel, it brings an amazing meet cute and a slow burn of a romance. If you’re looking for more laughs, check out her instagram. I crack up every time I’m swiping past. 

This is Love by Natasha Madison

Vivienne

Never fall in love.

That was my motto, and I was sticking to it.

Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again.

He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do.

One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. 

After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost myself in his arms.

When I wasn’t paying attention, my guard slipped.

Mark

They call me Private Mark for a reason—my whole life is a secret.

For two years, we danced around each other until I got her right where I wanted her … under me.

Now that I had her, I wasn’t letting her go. I thought we were on the same page.

I thought we were building something great.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

I had no idea that while I was falling in love, she was trying to convince herself we were temporary.

She thought I’d walk away.

She was wrong.

Now it’s time to convince her she wants us too and to show her that the crazy, wild thing we have … This Is Love.

Vivenne has been in the background of almost every hockey book Natasha has written as a supporting, outlandish character. The siren French lady has never met her match but has definitely reaped the benefits of a social life in New York. She is everything I love in a heroine, she is strong and self-assured. When she feels down or when she finally meets her match and doesn’t know what to do, she has a huge support system to bring her back up. This is truly Vivienne’s story and it is a magical, romantic story. You’ll discover that sometimes the way to someone’s heart is through a pet fish. 

 

Make sure to enjoy your reads this month with some pumpkin spice and anything that makes you feel nice! What are you diving into first?

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