I Started Reading NA Romance… (+ Mini Reviews)

Hi, friends! I’m writing up this blog post because it really hits my fancy. While I’m still devouring YA to no end (seriously, I am still waiting on Sorcery of Thorns as an audiobook from my library. Does this mean I should read my physical copy? LOL), I’ve dove into a fair amount of NA (New Adult) romance these past few weeks.

I turned 30 this year, and while I continually adore YA, my pull to NA lately made me wonder why. Not that I need to justify what I’m reading, but I think it comes down to me not finding these books when I was younger. I think back then I simply didn’t know where to look or how to go about looking (and hello, religion, for twisting my thoughts about certain things).

Anyway, I want to share the recent NA books I’ve been reading and supply some (very small) reviews for them.

The book that really kicked off the NA romance train for me was:

Red White and Royal BlueMy rating:
new four stars

Yep! I saw this book everywhere–my Twitter and bookstagram, even in some of the bookish FB groups I’m in.

I put it on hold at the library and had to wait weeks because there were so many other people ahead of me, waiting for this book. Once I did get it, I immediately started reading it and fell in love with it.

I’m an Anglophile, and the fact that we’re playing around with the stiff, upper-lip of British society is seriously the best. The pressure Henry felt as a prince and how he struggled to hide who he really was. I mean, how can I not love a good, internal struggle?

Alex is biracial (!!!) and his mother is the first female President of the U.S. I loved the family dynamics here, even has a child of the White House. There were times when Alex was a little over-the-top for me, but I would seriously recommend this book if you’re looking for something quick, witty, and really want the feels.

My rating:The Bride Test
new five stars

After reading The Kiss Quotient, I knew Helen Hoang would an author I would follow anywhere. Her follow-up, The Bride Test, is no less exceptional. I loved the immigrant story, the diverse characters, and the ~steamy~ scenes. I loved Khai and how he learned with and about Esme. I adored Esme because she is a strong and determined character.

This book also has one of the funniest scenes I’ve read since I can remember. (Can’t say what because it’s a spoiler, but if you miss Michael and Quan, you’ll love it!)

Hoang’s next book, The Heart Principle focuses on Khai’s older brother, Quan, and from what I learn about him in this book, it’ll be fun and interesting to see him in his own book!

Meet CuteMy rating:
new four and a half stars

I’m a bit of a sucker for good sibling relationships, and this one had it in the most adorable and frustrating way. The main character, Dax, is given sole guardianship of his thirteen-year-old sister, Emme. He meets Kailyn, the trust lawyer who worked with Dax’s parents on Emme’s trust fund. The fact that Dax and Kailyn have a past makes this book all the more savory.

The two really ended up depending on each other. I loved how confident Kailyn is in her job, and how she bonds with Emme. I became a little softie when we see how frustrated Dax is with Emme, trying to be both a dad and a big brother. This one is a bit slow going, but overall, it was a wonderful read.

And lastly…

My rating:The Unhoneymooners
new four stars

For my first Christina Lauren book this was really adorable. I had a general idea what to expect from a CL book, but this was just magical. I loved Olive, her fatness, her questioning her career, unsure of what she wants. I loved the banter she and Ethan had. The way they came together and realized their feelings for each other was wonderful. I was absolutely giddy when Ethan confessed his feelings for Olive and the fact that he had liked her ALL ALONG. UGH. SO CUTE. I loved that the story didn’t end right as they returned from Maui.

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to think of Ethan after the big admission and realization with his brother and Olive’s sister. I thought it was a real jerk move, but the truth is, Dane had all but Olive under his spell. Men like him are just trash!

The epilogue was such a good one. After reading it, I wish we had more from Ethan’s POV.

Overall a very enjoyable read!

I’ve got a few more NA romances lined up for the coming weeks. I’ll most likely do some more mini reviews like this, but keep an eye out for some actual, full-length reviews. 😱

While I’m not as active here on my blog, you can catch me on Twitter, Goodreads, and Instagram!

xo nicole signature

11 thoughts on “I Started Reading NA Romance… (+ Mini Reviews)

    • amyriadofbooks says:

      I’m really surprising myself these past few weeks by reading so many. I fly through them, so maybe that’s why I enjoy them. I already have TWICE IN A BLUE MOON on my TBR! It sounds really good! And I’ve heard great things about JOSH & HAZEL–maybe I’ll get that from the library soon.

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  1. Pen & Parchment says:

    I’ve recently (but slowly) started to get into NA romance too! I think they’re just easy, fun books to read that are often super relatable. I lalso oved The Unhoneymooners, I’m excited for CL’s upcoming release! And I hope to read RWRB and The Bride Test soon, I’ve heard sooo many good things about both of those books ❤

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  2. Molly's Book Nook says:

    I read NA and regular romance on and off outside of YA – but my love of YA still stands firm haha. I do want to read quite a few of these! Especially The Unhoneymooners and Red White and Royal Blue (that shiz be everywhere!).

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  3. Colleen's Conclusions says:

    I loved The Unhoneymooners and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to not dating. I recommend that one if you haven’t read it yet. I love YA too, but I feel more drawn to romance now finally at 32. Romance just isn’t about Twilight or Fifty Shades of Gray.

    I have read Meet Cute also!

    I have a few reviews on my blog and photos on instagram.

    Ohh, my FAVORITE romance so far this year is The Flatshare, but there’s been sooooooooooooo many good ones.

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