Top Ten Romance Reads

Romance reads are a huge love of mine. There is nothing better than a good romance book or even movie for that matter. I am probably in the 0.2% here but I have to have a little bit of romance in my fantasy and dystopian books as well otherwise I really struggle to get into them. That is something that not everybody loves and everybody has their own feelings about them, to me it just adds that little something more to the story.

I am always being asked by my friends to recommend a good romance to them so I decided it is about time I do a My Top Ten Romance Reads post for those wanting to find there next good love story!

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Recent YA Book Cover Makeovers

Hey Guys!

Today I am coming to you with a post on YA books which have recently had a cover change.  The famous saying is penned ‘out with the old and in with the new’ and this month it definitely feels like the YA book universe is living up to the saying.

If you didn’t know recently Author Sabaa Tahir of ‘An Ember in the Ashes’  released that her well-loved book series would be getting a cover makeover. A decision met with very mixed responses, some hated the idea of their being a cover change mid way through the series whilst others applauded it.

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Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Genre: New Adult Romance

Synopsis

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

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Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

be-with-meTitle: Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: New Adult Romance

Synopsis

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

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New Adult Romance – Reviews.

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Today’s post is going to be a little different, I decided to group together 3 books which I have recently read and pool them together to make a short review post about each of them. The books I have read are 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore, Before Hadley by J.Nathan and Tempting The Best Man by J.Lynn.

Each of these books have mixed reviews, but I find that’s always the case with New Adult Romance books. At the end of the day you’re either going to love it or hate it and whilst some people find some aspects of the dialogue too cringey I find them great. I managed to get through each of these books within a night or an afternoon therefore they were perfect light hearted easy –breezy reads, books which didn’t require too many emotions but I would feel great having picked it up. There’s nothing like finishing a day off with a light romance novel after spending hours working on numerous essays and reading books on hard subject matters such as sexual abuse and murder.

A common criticism for new adult romance novels is that they don’t follow an actual storyline, its just focused on the sexual element of it but each of these books actually have a purpose in their stories. There is tension between the two protagonists and a problem to be solved in order for there to be a happily ever after (if there is one).

Each of these books are similar in the sense that they alternate between the male and female characters point of view, therefore allowing for a well-balanced story as we can experience the thoughts and emotions of each side of the blossoming relationship. We can see the tension developing further on either end and we can also see a reasoning behind an action.

3:AM Kisses – Addison Moore

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3:AM Kisses is my first experience with Addison Moore and similarly to my experience reading J.Nathan’s Before Hadley. I had no trouble slipping into the setting of the book and Addison’s writing style itself is perfectly descriptive to set the scene without becoming overboard on mundane description. My only real issue with my reading of 3:AM Kisses is that I wish it had been longer.

One thing which I really enjoyed about 3:AM kisses as well as its story content/theme of the brothers best friend falling for his friends little sister was the twist ending. WOW, boy did that hit me out of nowhere, I loved this element to the story as it was really unpredictable however this is also one thing which I didn’t really like about the book. The Twist ending features a character who just pops up every now and again throughout the book, she isn’t really that prominent and with the ending being wholly focused on her I think it would have been really interesting if the book delved into this character a little more by having her partake in a few more ‘stalkerish’ activities, things that would of elicited a sense of fear, mystery and further tension to the book.

In terms of characters, I really liked Bryson and Baya. Although I can understand some people may dislike Bryson’s character as he keeps a tally chart of how many women he has slept with as sort of a competition with Baya’s brother. Whilst this may make some readers hate Bryson, Addison Moore incorporates why Bryson has acted like this into the novel. She explains his past and history which have resulted in him acting like a man whore which was a great addition to the book.

 

3 stars

Tempting The Best Man – J. Lynn

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J. Lynn is the pseudonym of Jennifer. L. Armentrout, author of the amazing Young Adult Book series LUX. I am familiar with her work and have read a number of her New Adult Romance books in the past such as Frigid. I find her writing style to be really easy to get into and she has the ability to keep me hooked throughout whilst transporting me to which ever world she has created whether it be one of a fantasy nature for her LUX series or a setting focused on reality for her romance novels.

Unlike her other romance books such as Frigid, I didn’t enjoy Tempting the Best Man as much as I thought I would. I liked it but I didn’t love it. Hence the 3 star rating… this is because everything moved a little too fast for me, the moments which Chase and Madison were sprung together such as getting lock in the wine cellar moved really fast and in turn the sexual relationship was introduced to the novel really quickly. I would of liked for the book to be of a slower pace, allowing for more moments to build between Madison and Chase. Ultimately creating tension between the two whilst simultaneously creating a will they – wont they dynamic to the book.

Whilst the fast pace was slightly off for me, one aspect which I really enjoyed was the theme of the book.The theme of the brothers best friend and friends little sister as this automatically creates feelings of tension as you wonder if the brother will be accepting or not. It was evident throughout what the feelings were of Chase and Madison and the book follows their journey to finally act upon their feelings, the consequences revolving their actions and the moments in which they are too proud to admit their true feelings.

3 stars

Before Hadley – J. Nathan

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Before Hadley was my first experience with J.Nathan as an author and I had no trouble getting into the setting in which he has created. In-fact the high school environment is easy to relate to as it features the standard social clique groups, although I have to say I did find the book to be somewhat predictable.

Before Hadley applies a different outlook into the standard romance genre through it’s incorporation of the criminal aspect. Caynan is a thief, but this is what his father has molded him into, therefore the story offers more than just the romantic journey which Hadley and Caynan embark on. It also offers Caynan’s own journey to get off the path he has been set, whether that path lands him in jail or takes him to college.

One aspect I really enjoyed about Before Hadley was being able to see the difference in the family structure of the two protagonists, Hadley’s parents are very much present and have her best interests at heart whereas Caynan’s father creates him to be a criminal. This was really interesting to see the direct contrasts in the characters backgrounds.

One aspect of this book which I didn’t enjoy was the ending where we experience a 3 year time shift, I found this to be rather abrupt. Now I realise this may be more realistic in terms of the law but I felt like this shift meant we missed out on something, an interaction perhaps between Caynan and Hadley. It would of been nice to experience some of their lives directly after what happened that night (I’m not going to be a spoiler sue and ruin a big reveal), whereas the event happened then suddenly 3 years had passed and ultimately the characters whole lives had changed.

 

3 stars

 

Well that’s it folks!

Let me know in the comments What your favourite New Adult Romance book is, I appreciate any recommendations you may have as i’m always looking for a new book to check out!