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Best of 2013 – New Adult

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I’m counting down some of my favorite book categories of 2013, and today’s category is New Adult! My New Adult reading slowed down this year. There were some disappointments that made me a little pickier with my choices. But, there also were some books that impressed me and gave me hope for the future of NA. I did not have any trouble coming up with a top ten, and I’m hopeful that 2014 will be even better, as NA evolves.

My favorite New Adult books (in random order) are:

1. Unteachable by Leah Raeder – Believe the hype on this one, guys! This is a student-teacher forbidden romance story that will keep you up unteachablelate reading.

2. One & Only by Viv Daniels – College romance from one of the pioneers of New Adult! One & Only features a realistic college setting and swoon-worthy romance. 

3. Sweet by Erin McCarthy – I’m liking the True Believers series more and more, and as I said in my review of Sweet, “Riley and Jessica defy stereotypes and their romance sizzles.”

stir me up4. Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins – This one is borderline YA/NA and is about the romance between an aspiring chef and the wounded ex-Marine who comes to live with her family. Sweet and spicy!

5. Finding It by Cora Carmack – Carmack’s writing is raw, witty and mature, and her Losing It series takes a leap in Finding It, about two damaged people that find each other.

6. All of You by Christina Lee – This book is unconventional for NA and features a girl who just wants casual relationships and a guy who wants something real.

7. Rush Me by Allison Parr – An opposites attract sports romance featuring a football player and a girl who works in publishing.

8. Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross – This sweet sports/grief/romance book is about a gymnast who falls for her coach’s son.Lick

9. Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage - An unlikely pairing (college girl and gigolo) that is surprisingly root-worthy!

10. Lick by Kylie Scott – A girl wakes up in Vegas married to a rock star- sounds cliché but Scott’s writing makes this one addictive romance.

Those are my New Adult favorites – what are yours?

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Posted on December 28, 2013, in New Adult, Romance, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I still haven’t tried NA but I want to so I’m making note of your list. I don’t even own one of these books.

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  2. I’m kind of in love with Penelope Douglas’s Bully and the companion novel Until You. And by kind of in love I mean super in love.

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  3. So many good sounding books, I need to seek out. Like all of them but the Losing It series. I did become pickier as the year grew on myself.

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  4. The cover of Lick alone makes me want to read it! guys with tattoo’s are a total turn on for me!

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  5. I was excited when I saw this post because I’ve had some great experiences with NA and some terrible experiences. I was a big fan of Stir Me Up, Finding It, Rush Me, and Letters to Nowhere this year, too. I’ll have to check out some of your other picks. When they’re well done I love NA, but I feel like so often I get burned by cheesiness!

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  6. I wish I read more New Adult! Maybe this will be the year I do:) Lick has a funny title but the cover makes me want to read it.

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  7. Ooo, thanks for this list, Lucy! Both Kate and I did a little nod to NA as well, and a lot of the books you loved are on our faves as well, and I am busily adding the others. Here’s hoping for more great NA in 2014.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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