New Adult

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Misfit

If you were a fan of the Gossip Girl television show, then I imagine Elle Kennedy’s Misfit might be a big hit for you. I was not a fan of Gossip Girl. I am not a fan of this book. Remington “RJ” Shaw is the quintessential too-cool-for-school loaner hacker dude. Life with a single mother alw ...

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Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble

Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble is the second book in Alexis Hall’s Winner Bakes All series, which pays homage to and pokes affectionate fun at The Great British Bake-Off as some of the contestants on its fictional counterpart, Bake Expectations, fall in love throughout the weeks of the co ...

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Bad Girl Reputation

Elle Kennedy is a prolific author with a wide variety of genres under her belt. I was an avid reader of her romantic suspenses from back in the day, hooked from the get-go with the Out of Uniform series about a group of sexy Navy SEALs. From there I moved on to another great batch of her romantic su ...

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Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology. Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

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Good Girl Complex

Good Girl Complex is a contemporary cross-class romance which is weighed down by its formula, and while the author gives an excellent view of her working-class hero, she doesn’t deliver on the heroine’s wealthy side of the class divide. Mackenzie - Mac - Cabot is just one of the many filthy-r ...

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One True Loves

One True Loves is sweet, honest and touching in its portrayal of that space between being a teenager and becoming an independent college student. The delightful Lenore Bennett is brilliant, talented and no romantic – though she wants to be in love, has tried to be in love, and has lost repeated ...

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Let's Talk About Love

One of my students recently asked me for some reading on asexuality - she’s thinking it’s a label she may want to own, and wanted to know if I could recommend some fiction books to help her understand it better. I couldn’t, so I headed to the direct messages of some friends and asked for their ...

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Check Please!

Have y’all ever read graphic novels? I didn’t for a really long time - I wasn’t sure where to start, I thought they were all comics, I had no idea what to do… It all felt overwhelming. I’m not a huge action fan so I didn’t want to read any that focused on that. However, over the past sev ...

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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. ...

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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 ...