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:
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.
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!
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.
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. 😱