What I’ve Been Reading Lately

 

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s talk about a few things I’ve read recently! I have to say….these 3 books couldn’t be any more different which pretty much sums up my reading life — very eclectic.

 

The Deal Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

About In A Sentence (ish): Hannah, a girl with a crush on a popular football player at her college, makes a deal with Garrett, a hockey player with a reputation, in which he’ll help her get Justin’s attention and she’ll help him pass his Ethics exam so he’ll be able to stay on the team.

Thoughts: I’m super picky about the New Adult romance books I read so I always go into them pretty nervous. This one was soooo addictive and I really enjoyed it! Totally hooked! I love the hate to love trope. It’s one of my faves of all time. Plus the fact it started with the kind of “deal” that it did? I LOVE THAT KIND OF STUFF. When people who don’t mean to fall for each other do…SWOON. I didn’t always love Garrett but his character grew on me and, while he’s not my type, I found their relationship to be something I was so invested in — especially how they grew into a friendship during their study sessions and then into something more. Some of those parts were my FAVE. I loved their banter and their chemistry! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series because I’m so curious about the other guys they feature. Overall, I can’t really explain why I enjoyed this one so much — it was super fun and sexy. It wasn’t anything new or original in terms of tropes or storylines and it was pretty predictable….but none of that mattered because something about the characters and their stories hooked me. So happy to be able to have another New Adult romance I will happily recommend because I only have a few in my arsenal that I truly loved.

 

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Book Talk: Boomerang by Noelle August

Book Talk: Boomerang by Noelle AugustBoomerang by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Published by William Morrow on July 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary New Adult, New Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
Amazon/Twitter
Goodreads

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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That awkward moment when you have a drunken hookup which makes you almost late for your first day at your new internship only to find out, when you get out of the cab you shared, that you are working at the same place — a hot new dating service called Boomerang that focuses on a more fun, fling type of relationship rather than trying to put a ring on it. Add in sexual tension, a strict “no dating co-workers” policy and a competition to get the ONE job being offered after internship completion. FUN RIGHT??
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a2*slow claps* And the award for Jamie’s favorite New Adult book goes to…..BOOMERANG.

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*THIS BOOK IS ONLY $2.99 FOR KINDLE AS I WRITE THIS. GO FORTH. SKIP THAT LATTE IF YOU HAVE TO*

I was really excited about Boomerang because half of the writing team that is Noelle August is Veronica Rossi — the author of one of my favorite series. I knew that if anyone could do the New Adult thang right it would be her. AND RIGHT SHE DID. Or WRITE SHE DID? Both I suppose.

1. This is the kind of New Adult romance that is for me: I want all sorts of genres but it’s simply lacking right now. And the stuff that is there is contemporary and romance….but it’s not for me mostly. I’ve tried but it’s too angsty and all has too many tropes that I don’t like at ALL. Boomerang was sooooo refreshing in that way. It was a contemporary romance set between twenty-somethings who are doing things that people entering adulthood do — getting internships/jobs, trying to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their life and looking for LOVE (or hooking up haha). There’s drama but not the kind that turned me off to New Adult books. SO BRAVO BOOMERANG. If more contemporary New Adult was like you, I’d be all over it!

2. Boomerang was so FUN: I just had so much fun while reading this book! The romance is fun — their banter is adorable and I loved how hard they tried to fight their attraction and be grownups at work (at a dating service!) about it when their company policy says they can’t be together. The competition between them to land the coveted job was so cute — they wanted to destroy each other to do what was best for them (getting the job) but they also wanted what they heart wanted. I also had fun with the hilarity of the dates they had to go on FOR Boomerang purposes — the dates themselves but also the jealousy it brought out in each of them.  Just all around Boomerang was a FUN romance to read and it makes a really great beach read!

3. MMKAY SEXYTIMES: I’m just saying there are sexytimes. That cover might  make it look all sweet and innocent but, while it IS sweet, prepare the fans because it sure got steamy sometimes.  It’s not the whole book but there are definitely some passionate sexytimes in this book. JUST SO YOU KNOW. I’m not going to lie I blushed a few times. Also, because they can’t be together because of work the sexual tension is intense! And knowing that Veronica Rossi was half of the sexytime writing duo makes me want her to give us some sort of sexytime UTNS spinoff!! AMIRITE?

 

a6RATING-reallyliked

factors+ how fun it was, the romance, easy to get into, perfect summer/beach kind of read, fresh plot,
nothing really

Re-readability: Probably not but that’s not an indication of how I enjoyed it! I can’t WAIT for the next book in the trilogy featuring 2 minor characters from Boomerang!

Would I buy a copy for my collection? I have one! The next home it’s going to is my sister who will LOVE THIS ONE. I know she will.

a5readers who have thus far not enjoyed what the majority of the New Adult scene has looked like, contemporary romance fans, readers who like sexytimes, readers who enjoy “forbidden” romances

a8Boomerang was that kind of fun, sexy book I needed this summer where I loved the characters a lot and the romantic tension made me fly through the pages. I’m going to blame the fact my temperature was rising on the summer weather here in Pennsylvania rather than the sexytimes and flirtatious banter…no seriously it was HAWT. Boomerang is a welcome addition to the New Adult scene that, on a personal level, hasn’t really impressed me yet. Cannot to learn more about Adam and Alison in the second book!!

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Boomerang by Noelle August

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this series feel like something you’d be into?
Did you have to fan yourself like I did???
Do you have any other New Adult recommendations based on the fact I really enjoyed this one??
*

 


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Book Talk: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Book Talk: All Lined Up by Cora CarmackAll Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary New Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
Amazon/Twitter
Goodreads

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 
A1Dallas’s whole life has revolved around football (which she hates) — she’s from Texas and her dad was always the head coach of whatever different school they moved too. She’s starting her first year at Rusk University, where her quarterback ex-boyfriend goes, and her dad has just become the new head coach there to fix their awful team. She meets Carson at a party on her first night there. Carson is a transfer student and is trying out for the team as backup quarterback — just hoping he’ll make the team so he can get a scholarship. When Dallas and Carson meet and have this instant attraction that is NOT what they expected for that night, they have NO idea who the other is and how they are connected to that football team.

a2I want to go re-watch Friday Night Lights! TEXAS FOREVER!

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a41. TEXAS FOREVER: Okay so I am not really a football fan but I tolerate it. Friday Night Lights made me get excited and understand what Texas football is all about. While it’s not as exciting to READ the football scenes as it his to watch the beautiful Tim Riggins running down the field, Cora Cormack really captured the spirit of the football community and what it means and I enjoyed being immersed in that. She really nailed everything I know about Texas football culture (at least what Friday Night Lights taught me haha).

2. Holy Hot Massage: Okay, so this was a pretty sexy romance and I don’t think I’ve ever had to fan myself whilst reading about a MASSAGE before. I loved the tension once they figure out that she’s the coach’s daughter and he’s on the team. Them trying to resist the attraction and be friends made the sexual tension practically become its own character in this story. Since I’m still a romance newb I still giggle at some of the romance-y terms during sexytimes but I found it to be…I don’t even know where I’m going with this? How do I talk about the sex in a romance novel without sounding like a perv? It was good? I liked it? Well done, characters! (I’ll have you know I’m laughing like a hyena right now and Will is saying that he’s pretty sure I should be embarrassed if I keep this bit in here).

3. He said/she said: It was a dual narrative and I really thought it worked well to see both Dallas & Carson’s perspectives — especially when they realize their connection to the coach. This was a romance so a lot of the focus WAS on their attraction and them overcoming their obstacles with the whole coach’s daughter/player on the team thing but I loved watching Dallas really start to take control of what she wanted and stop living in the shadow of her dad and football. I didn’t feel like I really FELT her passion for dance though that was a big part of her so that fell a little flat with me but I really loved the parental plot line. I will say that while there was some substance beyond the romance…I wished for a stronger connection personally to THEM. I liked them and I loved their romance but I never felt like I super KNEW them.

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LIKED
factors+ enjoyability & readability, loved the setting, romance I wanted to root for
just needed to feel more to get to a higher rating — nothing WRONG, just lacked that certain OOMPH.

Re-readability: No, I probably wouldn’t reread it.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I think if you are a fan of the author you’ll probably want to own this one. I already own this as I got it for review but if I had borrowed it I probably wouldn’t buy it just because I know I wouldn’t re-read it/it’s not a favorite. I WOULD totally buy this one for my sister who loves New Adult romance though! (I only add books to my collection I would re-read or that were favorites).

a5people who like sports in their books, Friday Night Lights fans, people wanting books set in college, people looking for a good New Adult romance!

a8All Lined Up was a fun and pretty sexy romance to read set in the heart of Texas! I loved the tension that came with her being the coach’s daughter and him being the backup quarterback! All together an enjoyable read that felt like Friday Night Lights went to college and I’ll be certainly reading more from this series and will be excited to get to know new characters! I’d also love to read her other books! Also, Carson is hot but he’s no Tim Riggins! SORRY!

review-on-post-itall Lined Up by Cora Cormack

 

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
* If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?
* What are some other books that will give me the Friday Night Lights FEELS?
* Also, because I was really awkward in my second point, HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU TALK ABOUT SEXYTIMES IN YOUR REVIEW?


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