New Adult

C
The Dare

Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite authors for new adult college sports romances and The Dare is part of her Briar U spinoff of her Off Campus series. While other stories in the series have been quite fun and entertaining, this one left me somewhat disappointed, reasons for which I'll outline below. ...

B-
Making Faces

I can’t recall why I picked up Making Faces, but I do remember it generating a fair amount of buzz about 5 or 6 years ago, so I suspect I downloaded it out of curiosity. I found Harmon’s book to be something of a mixed bag. As with many self-published books I’ve read, this one would have benef ...

B+
The Play

Fans of New Adult sporty romances set on college campuses likely have writers like Elle Kennedy on their auto-buy lists and I'm definitely one of them. With her current series, Briar U, she's been profiling some good guy hockey players, young men with an eye for the ladies as much as the game. Now i ...

B
Permanent Record

Mary H.K. Choi’s Permanent Record is a uniquely told, dazzling experience about sudden gifts of serendipity and happenstance as well as the workaday grinding world that surrounds us.  The beautiful character work and realistic portrait of New York enchant, but with a heroine who feels more like a ...

A
Motion

Motion is part one of Penny Reid’s new series Laws of Physics and it is classic Penny Reid - smart, funny, and romantic with a little bit of mystery thrown in. Mona Da Vinci is a nineteen-year-old physics genius enjoying her structured life - meditation, yoga, journaling, dental checkups -  all w ...

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Emergency Contact

College is a much better fit than high school for odd, self-contained Penny Lee, getting her away from her bland high school boyfriend and her teenybopper mom. While getting a fresh start at the University of Texas, she meets Sam Becker, who’s living above the coffee shop where he bakes and makes ...

B+
The Chase

Elle Kennedy returns to the new adult hockey romance world with The Chase, a spinoff from her Off-Campus series, that is set to launch at least two (please more) books into the much loved setting of Briar University. While there are returning characters and a few events referenced, as well as som ...

C
Beautiful Sacrifice

In my review of Beautiful Oblivion, I compared Jamie McGuire’s Maddox Brothers series to Twinkies® - they taste great but they’re really very bad for you. After reading book three, Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel (after all, there are always two Twinkies in a pack), my comparison proves spot on. T ...

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Beautiful Oblivion

Back in 2011, I was one of the many readers who had a love/hate relationship with Jamie McGuire’s runaway New Adult hit, Beautiful Disaster. I loved hero Travis’s intensity but hated his anger management issues, swooned over his devotion to heroine Abby but despised his obsessiveness, prayed the ...

A
A Higher Education

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I will read just about any Pride and Prejudice redux that comes my way. It is also a truth that very, very few of them are worth my time, so imagine my delight when A Higher Education resoundingly was. The small changes made to the original only served to ...