THE TYPE OF NA ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Oh man, I loved the crap out of this book. It was a sweet and sexy romance that I totally shipped likeTHE TYPE OF NA ROMANCE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. Oh man, I loved the crap out of this book. It was a sweet and sexy romance that I totally shipped like you have no idea but I also really loved how it explored how hard the college transition can be, family, grief & loss and having to grow up too soon. I have been pining for some books that aren’t just SET in college as a flimsy background setting for sexy times but the main character ACTUALLY is engaging with college life stuff and this book is 100% that. And well…the romance?
If you like forbidden romances (a student and TA) that don’t make you feel icky…I highly recommend. I loved the slow build of their relationship and the tension that just kept growing between them — especially since he was her TA so a romantic relationship between the two could really have repercussions.
I just could NOT put this one down — it’s compulsively readable and stood out for having a substantive college setting alongside the romance and for having a good guy love interest.
My only qualm came with the uber villainy of the antagonist…it just seemed a little overboard for me. I can see jeopardizing her love life because she’s mad but then some of the other stuff she was threatening was a little much.
You know I don’t read a ton of New Adult because most of it makes me all eye-rolly but I will heartily recommend this one!!...more
1.5 stars maybe? Okay enough that I kept reading it but I really kept feeling like I didn't dig this?
I'm very much a newb in the NA romance genre so1.5 stars maybe? Okay enough that I kept reading it but I really kept feeling like I didn't dig this?
I'm very much a newb in the NA romance genre so take my thoughts/rating with a grain of salt. I've found NA romances I dig but this one isn't one of them. It was a little too cheesy for me and mehh..just so much meh. I think just not my type. Wasn't into her writing either, little too dramatic for me too.
I was excited about the plot and what was promised that the two characters would be facing but I felt like a lot of it was underdeveloped besides Rhys's story. I didn't feel like Auden grew much or got much out of this trip besides what an actual orgasm was like. Which, important and yay for her, but I wanted to feel like I was on this journey with her but when I got to the end I never felt like I was there for all this stuff she says she learned and how she changed from this trip.
I will say...Lia Riley can sure write a hot broody Scottish guy. I enjoyed him very much and could just picture his sexy voice and self. But I honestly never felt the romance. It was insta-everything and I'm not even bothered totally by instalove but I need to FEEL that all consuming passion and I never did. I got the insta-lust but I just didn't buy the love that quick. I just didn't. I mean, I was glad Auden pointed out how unbelievable it was they fell that fast but it still didn't make me particularly invested in them.
Also lols for days for creative euphemisms and phrases in this book -- beef bayonet ("I would have gotten stabbed by his beef bayonet had his shorts been any smaller"), scro-tak (an attack to the scrotum) and Pound Town as in "Oh my god. That was an invitation to Pound Town." (that was my husbands fave one I told him)
I am very much in the minority here so if you are a NA romance lover you might like this one. But this picky NA romance lover did not like this one which is sad because it sounded so good and I was craving a romance and I just want to find more NA I like. I would have probably enjoyed a narrative that just described the amazing setting of this novel just as much if not more. ...more
Boomerang was that kind of fun, sexy book I needed this summer where I loved the characters a lot and From the "Final Thoughts" portion of my review:
Boomerang 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!!
Sex & Violence is a doozy of a novel — powerful, intense, a breath of fresh air and not a book thatFrom the "Final Thoughts" portion of my review:
Sex & Violence is a doozy of a novel — powerful, intense, a breath of fresh air and not a book that you can just read but are FORCED to engage with. I loved Evan’s POV — brutally honest, snarky & full of pain — and I really loved, as painful as it could be at times, watching his growth and arc in the novel. It tackles some tough things with an honest voice and offers up a lot for the reader to digest. On a reading experience level though, my enjoyment/connection to this novel kind of unraveled 3/4 way-ish through and I never regained the kind of level of FEELINGS I had in the first half. But I still think this novel is brilliant if that makes sense?