2 Adult Fiction Books I’ve Read Recently

Before I started this blog in 2010 I used to primarily read adult fiction (pop on over here if you are interested in my reading history). I clearly went full force into YA but I still do read adult fiction here and there (some I loved recently: here, here, here, and here). I’m definitely craving adult fiction even more these days (I’d love some recs in the comments) so here’s two I’ve read lately.

 

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Amazon // Goodreads
Published: 2007
Big thanks to Racquel for recommending and gifting me this book!

What It Is About In A Few Sentences: 14 year old Liberty moves to a trailer park in Welcome, Texas with her single mother where she meets her first love and the guy who is always in the back of her mind as she grows up. Liberty comes of age in that trailer park and is faced with some things that make her grow up faster than her peers. Soon she finds herself in Houston, as a twenty-something, struggling to make the life she wants happen and she meets a older, powerful man named Churchill who changes everything for her — even her understanding of things that happened in the past.

When I first added this to my TBR I thought it was a straight up romance novel (which remember! I like now!). When I let Racquel know I was starting to read this one she mentioned that it’s part romance, part women’s fiction. After reading it I can say it’s a totally apt description. I REALLY liked this one and could not put it down! We meet Liberty as a teenager and the book spans to her early twenties (good one for YA lovers wanting to try out some adult). I LOVED LIBERTY. She is one tough chick and I loved watching her coming of age story. Life has definitely NOT been easy for her (grows up poor, tragedies, etc.) and she grows up way too soon because of some THINGS. My heart just broke for her but I also felt super proud of her for how she handled it. Her story made me super emotional for MANY reasons — everything she endures, how her past finds her years later, the things she learns, etc. OKAY and let’s talk about the romance? (SIDENOTE: Southern men are so swoony).  HARDY CATES. Her first love. Their romantic tension was INTENSE and I felt the heartbreak she feels when he leaves (somehow I missed that part in the summary). Kleypas writes their relationship so well. SWOON. But the romance with another character later on? SWOON AGAIN. I loved how Liberty has to reconcile this first love that she doesn’t want to let go with the prospective of new love. AND THE ENDING. PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT. This book was heartwarming even though it made me cry a couple times. And the characters? Lisa Kleypas creates the most wonderful main and secondary characters. I JUST WANT TO HUG THEM ALL.

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Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

Amazon// Goodreads
Published: March 2014
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. This is no way influenced the opinions shared.

What It Is About In A Few Sentences: It follows the friendship and lives of a group of guys from a small town through flashbacks and in the now as they are in their 30’s and life has taken them in very different directions as they’ve all made a life for themselves. They are reunited for a wedding and have to face the ways they have changed AND their friendships have changed  despite their attempts to hold on to what they had. Secrets, betrayals, struggles and the passing of time that has changed them all put a strain on what they had.

I liked this one but not as much as I’d hoped! It also may have been that it took me forever to read it because it was on my kindle and my kindle died and I kept forgetting to charge it. The main thing for me that I LOVED about this one is how it explored male friendships. I loved the friendship of these guys from this small town even despite how the dynamics shift through the years as they grow older and their lives get even more complicated. It’s really rare for me to read a book that gives me these tender male relationships and I really grew to love Hank, Ronny, Kip and Leland and their bond even when things get complicated amongst them. I loved learning about their early friendship contrasted with the men they have all become as two have left and two have stayed. Marriages, tragedy, betrayals, financial troubles, shenanigans…they endured it all. It’s definitely a quieter book and I really liked the character development and the prose. Every character captured my heart some way or another as they were all so complex. It was interesting how we see what  success and happiness is challenged in these very different men. They all seem to think they want what another has or might pity another but they learn the grass ISN’T always greener and things aren’t always as they seem (YEP CLICHES FOR THE WIN HERE). Also, such a great book that reminds you GET to pick who your family is and what HOME really means to a person. Plus, the setting and feel of small town life? SPOT ON. It reminded me so much of where I used to live. It’s funny because I KNOW groups of guys from that small town I used to live in that remind me SO much of these guys. My problem? As distinct as the characters were through the eyes of the others, sometimes I struggled with the actual voices of who was narrating and would get confused with the multi-narration and the shift to the past/present.

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Have you read either of these? I’d love to know what YOU thought!! If you haven’t read them, do you think they are something you are interested in?

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. Great share! As for me, probably not top picks…but suggestion wise for your next reads: A MEMORY OF VIOLETS by Hazel Gaynor…or SUMMER IN EUROPE by Marilyn Brant. Whatever you choose, happy reading!

  2. Oooh I have so many recommendations! Definitely Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, The Glittering World by Robert Levy, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I think you’d probably enjoy Silver Sparrow the best out of these, but the other two are amazing as well!

    • Ooh thanks for the recs, Bridget!! I haven’t heard of 2 of them but have heard TONS about The Girl on the Train!

      • Yeah, The Girl on the Train is getting a huge amount of press and it totally deserves it! Silver Sparrow is great too, though, as is The Glittering World. The former is straight-up gritty realism and the latter is a dark contemporary fairytale-ish story. (Not a retelling, though.) Hope you like them if you do decide to pick them up!

  3. I recently read A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Messiner for our book club and it was SO GOOD. Historical, unexpected, smart characters.. I really enjoyed.

  4. I recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I loved it!

  5. I read mostly YA but always want to start reading adult fictions. Your review of Sugar Daddy makes me interested. I’ll go find a copy. Thank you for sharing this!

    Love, Dara

    • It’s such a good one for mostly YA readers…nice dip in the pool of adult! I hope you’ll let me know what you think! 🙂

  6. Talk about diverse reading!! I loved both of those books, and for pretty much the same reasons as you. Living in a small town now, I could totally relate to the characters in Shotgun Lovesongs, and I loved how authentic the male viewpoints were in the story. People change over time, and thing that you thought didn’t bother you when you were younger sometimes have time to grow and evolve into bigger problems.
    Lisa K is a total auto-buy for me 🙂

    • YES. It’s funny how what going away from the small town can reveal to you as well. Like, when I first moved away I was all GOOD RIDDANCE. Small towns are awful. But then as an adult when I visit my dad who still lives there, I can see the beauty in small towns. Sure, there are drawbacks, but it’s funny how differently you see the town once you’ve left it. I loved how all the guys portrayed that!

  7. Lisa Kleypas is one of my go to authors for when I’m feeling like a lighter read that I know I’ll love. I’ll definitely have to check that one out soon. Shotgun Lovesongs has been on my list for awhile since it’s slightly different than what I normally read, but I saw it at a bookstore and fell a little bit in love with the cover. It definitely sounds intriguing.

    • Yes, I’m definitely saving the next book in the series when I need something like that! Do you like her contemporary or historical better? And YES the cover of Shotgun Lovesongs is so appealing!

      • I think I’ve read more of her contemporary; I really liked Friday Harbour series, especially Rainshadow Road. I should read more of her historical fiction though since I love the genre in general!

  8. I am so happy that you’ve read Sugar Daddy! Isn’t it such a great book? Now I’m just going to join Racquel in watching you until you read Blue-Eyed Devil (which is a book we both love, love, love). (And also, I now want to reread Sugar Daddy, so there’s that…)

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