In the last few months I’ve read a bunch of new adult and adult romances that I never ended up reviewing. I thought it might be a good idea to do some short reviews for them because some of them I really liked, but sadly I know I’ll never get around to actually writing real reviews for them, I was going to do them all in one post, but after writing these reviews I thought this post was long enough so look for a few more in a week or two.
Title: Trade Me (Cyclone #1)
Author: Coutney Milan
Release Date: 1/19/15
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve enjoyed Courtney Milan’s historical romances, even when I haven’t loved the story I’ve thought they were smart and fun, so I figured if any adult romance author could cross over and write a respectable new adult novel she had a really good chance of not disappointing. And she didn’t! Not only was this a fun, smart, realistic new adult novel, it also gets major points for diversity. The main female character is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and the book taught me a ton about Falun Gong, something I had never heard of before, but was completely fascinated by.
The story is about Tina, a very poor, but smart, spunky (I kind of hate that word but it sums her up) college student. Tina has a class with Blake, the son of a Steve Jobs-like guy who, because of his father, has pretty much everything. After Tina uncharacteristically argues with Blake in class Blake is intrigued and, feeling kind of disillusioned with his own life, convinces Tina to switch lives (residences, cars, jobs) with him for a couple of months.
Yes, the premise is kind of wacky, but the story really worked. Tina’s personality made her one of my favorite new adult heroines and Blake, who could have been a whiney rich boy, was a down-to-earth and raw character. Making the sexy billionaire a college student on Tina’s level was a smart and welcome switch from so many other billionaire romances and there was sex in this story, but nothing like erotica. The story did get kind of wacky towards the end, but I would still highly recommend it and I can’t wait for the companion books.
I received an electronic review copy of Trade Me from the publisher via NetGalley (thank you!). All opinions are my own.
Title: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Release Date: 3/3/15
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
After being very pleasantly surprised by Burying Water I was both excited and nervous to read Becoming Rain. However, K.A. Tucker came through again and I once again loved her storytelling and characters. Luke was one of the secondary characters in Burying Water and after starting out as kind of a jerk he redeemed himself by the end of the story so I was excited to catch up with him.
The story starts out with Luke slowly being exposed to more and more of his uncle Rust’s car theft ring. Luke is the heir apparent and at first he’s lured in by the money, nice toys, and women, but as the story goes on he starts to wonder if people are actually getting hurt and not just losing their expensive cars. Clara is an FBI agent tasked with taking down Rust’s crime syndicate and to do so she goes undercover as Rain, a sexy socialite who is supposed to cozy up to Luke. At first Clara thinks Luke is a monster like his uncle and wants to take him down, but as the story goes on she sees a different side of him and ends up having real feelings for him.
There was something about Becoming Rain, that, despite being about a serious subject, seemed lighter than Burying Water. Maybe because no one was almost beaten to death and lost their memory? I absolutely loved Luke and Clara and the two of them together. There was some suspending of disbelief to picture an FBI agent seriously falling for a criminal, but Luke’s personality made it much easier to buy. My only criticisms would be that certain parts dragged (like with Rust’s business associates) and that the end was a little too convenient, but really I enjoyed this quite a bit and I would recommend it even if you haven’t read Burying Water.
I received an electronic review copy of Becoming Rain from the publisher via NetGalley (thank you!). All opinions are my own.
Title: Better When He’s Bold (Welcome to the Point #2)
Author: Jay Crownover
Release Date: 2/3/15
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I liked Better When He’s Bold better than the first book in this series, Better When He’s Bad, if only because Race, the male lead here, was just more of my type than Bax. Brysen, the female lead, was also an easier character for me to like and relate to than Dovey. Race is the criminal mastermind we met in Better When He’s Bad and now he’s running the Point along with Bax, but Race is the brains of the operation. Brysen is the nice girl from the suburbs who, after her terrible parents go broke, has to work in a diner in the Point (she’s friends with Dovey) and try to keep her younger sister out of trouble.
Race and Brysen have kind of known each other, but after Brysen starts to be threatened by an anonymous attacker Race steps in to protect her and their chemistry leads to more than just friendship. Like Better When He’s Bad this one had a level of drama that was a little much for me, but it was still a good read that I would suggest checking out if it interests you. The worst thing about the story was that it ended with a cliffhanger, something I totally didn’t expect, and I guess everything will work out in the third book in the series, Better When He’s Brave.
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