Genre: New Adult
Book Review

By Wingèd Chair by Kendra Merritt

By Wingéd Chair

By Wingèd Chair is a young adult coming-of-age fantasy romance novel which plays with the Robin Hood story and takes it in some interesting new directions. Set in a fantasy world that has both medieval European and Victorian steampunk elements, the backdrop to the story is the unjust rule of Duke John, who has somehow disposed of his elder brother and now rules the country with the aid of the Sheriff and his Peacekeepers, who … Continue reading By Wingèd Chair by Kendra Merritt

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

Reading Red, White & Royal Blue is an excellent reminder about why a couple’s chemistry isn’t the only thing that matters in a romance. This book has received positive buzz, and for good reason: the enemies-to-lovers romance is swoonworthy, the banter is witty and laugh-out-loud funny, and the epistolary aspect is a delightful surprise. Despite how much I enjoyed the relationship between Alex (the son of the American president) and Henry (a British prince), there … Continue reading Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love is a romance novel with an asexual heroine (specifically, a bi-romantic asexual heroine). Alice, the heroine, is a university student whose parents want her to become a lawyer, a career in which she has no interest. She has two best friends, Feenie and Ryan, who are engaged to each other, and she struggles with feeling like the third wheel. She also struggles with romantic relationships because she doesn’t want to come … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Wanderlust by Roni Loren

Wanderlust

I was pretty excited to start reading Wanderlust. Roni Loren is an author I’ve been wanting to check out for a while–I know she has another series about sex therapists that sounds super interesting, and by all accounts H-O-T. I am also a sucker for a rock star book of any kind. Write about a hot guy who expresses his feelings through music, and I am probably going to be here for it. So when … Continue reading Wanderlust by Roni Loren

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O

Tell Me How This Ends

I think everybody who reads romance has one or twelve tropes that are not their cup of tea. For some it could be the unrequited love plot or the friends to lovers one. I only have two: spies and love triangles. Guess what? No James Bonds in this book. So, I was quite determined to start reading it. For me, love triangles have only two outcomes: a polyamory situation or some character gets hurt. The former is … Continue reading Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O

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Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Burn

Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire is an angsty New Adult romance that takes some of the tropes prevalent in  the subgenre and flips them upside-down. Generally speaking, I’m still iffy on New Adult: to me it often feels artificially dark, with characters (generally the hero) who seem “broken” for no good reason. Beautiful Burn has that darkness, but provides a satisfying context for it. It also deals with substance abuse in a serious and thoughtful way. It’s a … Continue reading Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire

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Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

Seven Nights to Surrender

Oh how I enjoyed Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey. It’s a lovely travel romance with incredibly hot, empowering sex scenes. It plays on some of the New Adult tropes I typically hate–Hero With Tragic Past Who Cannot Love, for example–but it does them well. I was so prepared to give this book an A complete with confetti cannon… and then…and then…. CLIFFHANGER. I mean, I’m trying to be fair here. I even consulted … Continue reading Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

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Fighting to be Free by Kirsty Moseley

Fighting to Be Free

Fighting to be Free by Kirsty Moseley is an over-the-top, angsty, dark New Adult novel. I know that all appeals to a lot of readers, but it didn’t work for me. It also features a seventeen-year-old heroine and an eighteen-year-old hero, but it is NOT YA. I repeat, NOT YA. It’s basically a “boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets poor little rich girl” with humping and sadness. The humping is explicit and … Continue reading Fighting to be Free by Kirsty Moseley

RITA Reader Challenge Review

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

The Strongest Steel

At its core, this book deals with serious issues: the aftermath of domestic violence, the terror that stalking can create, and the challenges a woman has in reclaiming her body after abuse. If you find any of these triggering, this is not the series for you, as recovery from domestic violence is a thread that weaves throughout the novels. Scarlett Cole works very hard to treat these issues with the intensity and seriousness they deserve. … Continue reading The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

Once Kissed

I jumped at this book with grabby hands because of this sentence in the summary: Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! I mean, male bondage! Argyle socks! It’s an irresistibly charming and random combination. How could this not be fun? Unfortunately, what I got was a cliché-laden good girl-bad boy romance that is drowning in sexism. (As well as several other – isms, but let’s … Continue reading Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Once Pure by Cecy Robson

Once Pure

T/W: past rape/sexual assault; slut-shaming The experience of reading this book was like dating a really hot guy. In the beginning all I saw was the potential. And the sex? Yes, please! I overlooked his flaws and knew it likely wouldn’t be long-term, but who cared because I was up late at night with his scorching hot kisses and nothing else mattered. A+! Some time went by – I had to sleep at some point … Continue reading Once Pure by Cecy Robson

RITA Reader Challenge Review

Altered by Marnee Blake

Altered

I didn’t receive a 2016 RITA® Reader Challenge review for this book, so I’m compiling quotes from reviews online and using the grade average from Goodreads as a substitute. This book has a 3.78 average, which I’m interpreting as a B+. And here are the review quotes, linked to the original sources: Sybil aka Lala wrote: …I loved the way the book was written. From the start you’re thrown right into all the confusion and you’re … Continue reading Altered by Marnee Blake

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