So this is pretty much a reading challenge created on a whim when I learned that last year’s New Adult Challenge hosted by The Girl Who Read Too Much was no longer running this year! I tried looking for other NA reading challenges, but they’re kinda *ehrrmm* really challenging! Haha!
I kinda wanted something low-key, something that will push me enough to read, but won’t be too demanding a reading challenge. Thus, the birth of Smutty Reads 2019 Reading Challenge! Continue reading “SMUTTY READS 2019 READING CHALLENGE”
It’s Tuesday and a Top
Ten Five list is at hand! I will not be following the prompt designated by JANA of That Artsy Reader Girl for this week because I haven’t really given much thought about the libraries and bookstores I want to go to. (The prompt this week is: Top Ten Bookstores and Libraries I’d Love To Visit. You should do it!)
What I have, however, is a top five list of Romance/New Adult authors I have been hearing so many good things about, but I haven’t read from! Typical, classic Kat, not reading what’s supposed to be read! 😉 Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Romance/NA Authors I haven’t read from!”
So, in the month of August, I’ve read one book and three individual issues of Saga. If it’s not too obvious yet – my friend, indeed I am in a slump. But what do you do when you’re afflicted with this slump flu like mine? You don’t just sit around and wait for it to go away. You drag your ass off and make a list of the books you’re going to conquer because your slump ain’t gonna cure itself.
Anyway, enough of the dramatic intro. I actually just wanna make a list of the New Adult titles I wanna read in the month of September because 1.) I’m a self-confessed new adult/romance lover; 2.) reading new adult is such a breeze for me, so if I wanna catch up with my reading goal this year, I need me lots of NAs!; and 3.) I’ve been missing a lot of old and new releases in this genre and I need to be updated stat!
The Off-Campus series is composed of four books – The Deal, The Mistake, The Score, and the yet unpublished The Goal. It revolves around the lives of hockey player-friends Garrett, Logan, Dean, and Tucker.
P.S. Never (ever!) judge books by their covers! Ha ha!
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
…and it’s going to be oh so good
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
Let me start off by saying that The Deal sealed it all for me! After finishing this first installment, I knew I need to get into the rest of the series and I knew that whatever Elle Kennedy is publishing, I would get and read it. Hannah and Garrett’s story is probably the one closest to my heart. Hannah is perfect, very likeable and very smart. She’s a no-non sense person, practical, down to earth, I could go on and on saying all these positive things about her. Oh and she’s also very smart! I feel like I totally related to her because of how she’s willing to go great lengths for her crush (not Garrett, but some football guy!). Me loves my crushes too! Ha ha! Anyway, I just liked how likeable Hannah is, because with the boom of New Adult it now kinda rare to find a female lead who isn’t annoying and totally relatable.
Now Garrett. What can I say about this personification of perfection? At the beginning of the story, Garrett is almost flunking one of his subjects and he’s trapped in this dilemma. No, he’s not your typical I-don’t-study-beacuse-I-am-a-hockey-varsity kinda guy. In fact, he is acing all his subjects except for one (Philosophy! Which is totally acceptable, right?!) So he seeks the help of Hannah (because she’s acing it!) and the rest is history. 🙂 What I like most about Garrett is his sense of responsibility. He’s the captain of the team and he’ll do anything – anything! – for them. I think Garrett is the most mature out of all the guys in series and I just love how he’s got that balance of being the cool and hot guy while being the studious and responsible team captain. Again, my words escape me, but please know that The Deal is probably one of the best New Adult romances out there!
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
The Mistake is Logan’s story – one of Garrett’s best friends. Honestly, this one is probably my least favorite in the series. It started with Logan thinking that he has feelings for Hannah (yeap, Garrett’s girlfriend!) and I was feeling so off about it since then. It was probably only after the first quarter of the book that Logan stopped thinking about her and diverted his attention to Grace. Don’t get me wrong, Logan is not a villain and he’s certainly not a bad person! Logan is very very charming himself. He’s got lots of family issues and responsibilities and the way he deals with them would just make you wanna fall for him.
Grace, on the other hand though, is probably the least likeable female character in the series. I wasn’t able to connect much with her because I thought she was too plain and doesn’t have a voice of her own. Plain is cool, don’t get me wrong, I am a plain Jane myself – but Grace was easily forgettable 😦 I also found her kind of annoying and entitled? I dunno man, some of you might find her charming and innocent and it would be cool and perfect. Guess she just didn’t work out for me.
He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.
Oh boy, where do I even begin with this one? Dean Heyward-Di Laurentis. Just with his name, I was already sold. ie, hotel owners, business moguls from Manhattan!) and he’s pretty much had and a problem free and perfect life since forever. Relationships are a no-no for him because of all the drama they entail – until he meets Allie.
Allie Hayes just broke up with her long time boyfriend. She’s the kind of girl who’s into long term relationships, romantic what-nots, and a believer of true and forever-lasting love. She’s a relationship kind of person and so hooking up with Dean Di Laurentis – the god of one night stands – is the last thing in her mind. I totally totally love Allie. She’s a girl who knows what she wants and does it! She’s so independent yet so vulnerable and I just totally related to her. Allie is super comparable with Hannah in the first book, if not better! I also love how this book showed how family oriented she is and how she’d do everything for her dad.
Oh and can I just say that every scene where Dean teaches public school kids hockey is just plain adorable and heart warming! I swooned every single time!
She’s good at achieving her goals…
College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.
But the game just got a whole lot more complicated
Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist
The Goal is Tucker’s story and is to be released on September 26th 2016! Can’t wait to read and review it because of how The Score ended! It was such a good good cliff hanger!
So that’s it, guys! I hope you liked my mini review of each book in the series 🙂 The Off-Campus series is definitely one of the best New Adult series out there! 🙂 Totally recommend it!
Before I begin this review, I would already warn you right off the bat that I wouldn’t be able to give justice to the beauty of this book. My words wouldn’t be enough and I don’t think I’d be able to fully grasp in here how life-shattering and life-changing this book is. No, I am not exaggerating. I swear to heavens I am not.
He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.
We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.
We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.
He ran away.
I tried to move on.
Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.
Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.
And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.
Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.
For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.
One Day Soon is one of our books of the month over at #NALitLoversPH, a fairly new group of book bloggers from the Philippines. We are composed of Pearl, Bea, Jam, Claire, Rechellyn, Allie, and yours truly. We are all kinda into new adult romance and we plan on reading at least a couple of books a month. Needless to say, everybody was just super excited to jumpstart this monthly read-alongs and so we all decided to pick One Day Soon by A.Meredith Walters as our first kill. The irony? It was the one that killed us. It wasn’t what we expected at all.
One Day Soon shattered me.
It was a tale of love, loss, pain, and sacrifice. Imogen Conner and Yoss Frazier have been so much in love in their younger years. They were inseparable, and it seemed that not even the universe could take them away from each other. They loved, and they loved so hard. But apparently fate has different plans and life decided to interfere and take its own course. Fifteen years later, however, Imogen and Yoss met again.
This is probably the heaviest book I’ve read in the past couple of years, emotionally speaking. Lately, I have been veering away from overly emotional stories because I can’t afford to be emotionally unstable while reviewing for the bar 🙂 But I guess reading this one is sorta really meant to happen. One Day Soon does not only talk about young love and finding it again after how many years in the future. It is not your usual New Adult book, and I’m not even sure if it should be classified under that genre.
It touches on so many social issues that are so real and so raw that you could actually feel Imi and Yoss like they’re just there, real and breathing. I know I don’t make any sense because I haven’t really discussed what happened and what real-and-raw stuff I’m talking about, it’s just I’m afraid I’m going to have to spoil you guys if I talk about all those things.
Reading One Day Soon made me realize that I could lose everything in a snap of a finger. It also made me realize that love isn’t at all happy – it is painful, it is difficult, it is so consuming to the point of destruction. But we want it, anyway. We need it.
I have so many things to say about One Day Soon, I swear. In fact, I am writing this review 24 hours after I closed the last page just to give myself some sort of composure to talk about it properly, but I guess I need so much more than a day to recover.
Guys, I totally totally recommend this one. You are not gonna believe everything that’s happened and how it all turned out in the end. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. Sooo soo beautiful. Definitely giving it 5 stars!
So I have been in a real good New Adult streak the past couple of weeks and what can I say? I. am. having. a. BLAST! I have been discovering a lot of old and new NA authors and despite the tropes and the same as usual plot twists that’s happening to everybody and their mother, I am surprisingly having a really good time reading them! And with the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if I’d have the time to review them individually so I decided to just do some sort of a quick author review, if that makes sense?
I have read two of Penelope Ward’s books in probably under 4 days (I am a slow reader, I know!) and the reviews couldn’t be any more different!
Date Published: February 12th 2016
My book format: Kindle e-book
Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn’t come alone.
I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more
I am giving RoomHate 3.5 stars ‘coz I really kinda liked it! I mean, I’ve seen better ones, but this one is unique and sweet and sexy in its own way!
I admit it kinda started a little off for me (If you’re reading this right now and are feeling the same thing at the beginning, read on and get through the first quarter of the book! I promise it would get so much better!) Things began kinda slow and Amelia was just being apologetic for every single thing she does and I kinda hated it, honestly. On the other hand, Justin Banks, the hottie that he is, was just being plain DB at the beginning. So yeah. It wasn’t a good start at all and I was ready to DNF at 10%.
But then I kinda persevered some more and surprisingly things got really better. And I mean, really better! ❤ The thing I liked most with RoomHate is the character development of both Amelia and Justin. I love it when the characters would (a little not-so spoiler here!) grow apart for a period of time (like for a year or two) and then they’d see each other again and…you know the drill here, guys. So yeah, I liked the more mature Amelia and Justin in the second half of the story and things just got really good from then on. 🙂
I’d recommend this if you’re someone who likes childhood-friends-turned-lovers kind of stories, or if you’re into angsty characters because believe me, the angst in this book was way taller than Michael Jordan. Wait, where did that MJ comparison came from?
Anyway, it was a very pleasant surprise that I kinda liked how things turned out in this! Again, it started a little off but things kinda got okaaaay and soooo gooood! And Justine Banks was such a darling!
Title: Jake Undone
Date Published: October 1st 2013
My book format: Kindle e-book
Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.
Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.
Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process.
What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?
Told in two parts from both Nina and Jake’s points of view, Jake Undone is a standalone story and a companion to the novel, Gemini.
2.5 stars for this one! As much as I would like to love it, there are just some parts that I was really confused about. I mean, it wasn’t bad, it’s just very…forgettable. 😦
It was something in between “I liked it” and “It was ok.” I’ve been really thinking about my rating for this one because there are things I really liked about it but there are also things that are kinda meh for me.
It started out with Nina being afraid of a lot of things – like riding trains, taking the elevator, all those kinda stuff – and Jake, her new roommate, made it a point to help her get over each of her fears and falling for her in the process. It was a roommates turned lovers kind of story, you see. The premise was cute and it wasn’t shallow at all. Both Nina and Jake have pasts you wouldn’t expect them to have, especially Jake.
However, I just found things to be all over the place and I thought there were just too many things happening at the same time? I dunno. I think I might be the odd one out here because everybody in Goodreads is loving it and even giving it 10 out 5! Man, I wish I loved it more. I tried, I swear.
P.S. The ending with Ivy, though, (you have to read it to know who Ivy is! Spoiler if I say who she is!) still doesn’t sit well for me. I still feel a little off about it so I guess it’s a huge factor why I didn’t like the book over all. Then again it was just me. If the rest of Goodreads loved Jake, Undone, you should prolly still check it out and see for yourself! 🙂
Anyway, that’s it guys! 2 of Penelope Ward’s books that I’ve read during the past week! I am looking forward to discover more new and old NA writers because they are a breeze to read, and just aren’t complicated at all! Ha! Perfect during study breaks! 🙂
I’ll see you next post, and as always – happy reading!
Oh Smut! This book reminds me so much of the Tangled series by Emma Chase. And if you’re an avid NA reader like myself, you’d know that anything comparable to Tangled is close to perfection. And this one, definitely, is close to perfection.
Author: Karina Halle
Date Published: May 16th 2016
Date Read: June 19th to 24th 2016
My book format: Kindle edition
What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?
All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.
What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.
When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.
But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?
I was in dire need for a quick and happy read when I decided to pick and read Smut. I initially saw Pearl‘s review of this a couple of weeks ago and I was instantly hooked just with the blurb so I decided to give it ago 🙂 I knew beforehand that it was something I would love, the sucker for NA that I am. And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I loved every bit of it!
Smut is about two university students – Amanda and Blake – finishing both their degrees and taking up this particular writing class as a requirement. Blake and Amanda are a hundred percent opposites – Blake is your typical univ jock while Amanda is the oh-so-perfect straight A student. No common ground at all, except that they are both aspiring authors and both are apparently into geeky and nerdy stuff. They then get partnered up in final writing project and that’s where the real action begins.
Although the title suggests that it’s totally going to be a smutty read, it was way more than that! It isn’t just your typical smut novel without a plot. Both Blake and Amanda has their own story to tell, plus author Karina Halle delved into what really goes in the minds of erotica authors and how they do it! It’s just that we have a twist here and that’s for you to find out if you haven’t read this!
Amanda is such an endearing character! I was able to relate to her in so many ways. She is very determined to finish her studies, she wants to be an author and she’s working so hard for it. She’s an overachiever – and she won’t allow anything to come between her plans of graduating from univ and becoming a sci-fi published author.Definitely a no-non sense kinda girl. I feel like we can be best friends! 🙂 But despite how she appears to be all firm and stiff, I like how she was able to show her other side – her smutty side, ha! – whenever she’s around Blake. Their contrast in personality definitely added to the chemistry between the two, and everything just goes flaming hot whenever they are together.
Man, this guy is hot. And a bookstore owner! Ha! That alone won me over and that alone made me swoon over Blake! Well. It’s technically his Dad who owns Crawford Books but he’s inheriting it so yeah, he’s a bookstore owner! 🙂
Blake is anything but sweet. He’s funny, he’s sexy. He’s raw. So raw. Like everything he says makes you wanna swoon over and surrender every inch of you to this guy! Yes, that hot! He’s practically slept with every woman in school and women seemed nothing to him. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t do serious. Well, until he meets Amanda, that is. Again, what else can I say, this guy is perfect.
That’s a 4.5! 🙂 4.5 smutty stars for this one! Overall, I loved loved loved it! It was definitely what I needed during the time that I was all so stressed about school and I just needed something to pick me up, and pick me up it did! It’s definitely what an NA novel should be! 🙂
Highly recommended, guys!