Again, I try to read very different authors and stories; as despite being a new adult / contemporary fan - I feel like there is just SO much variety in this genre. So I hope you enjoy my Recent Reads segment this month!
WAITING ON THE SIDELINES by Ginger Scott
This novel came up on a bloggers feed I follow, and despite it sounding a little familiar for this genre - something about it appealed to me and I just had to read it. On the surface this story is about the usual high profile school jock and the tomboy outsider. But what appealed to me was that this story started in highschool and saw their journey end in college. This meant the span of their friendship/relationship journey was set over a couple of years.
For those who know me, know I need a hook to get completely captured by a story and despite the drama of ups and downs that I usually love in these friends to lovers stories - it just didnt happen for me. I did enjoy it, and loved seeing Reed's evolution; however too many of the 'miscommunications' between these two meant it fell a little flat for me.
UNTIL NOVEMBER by Aurora Rose Reynolds
This novel has been on my TBR list FOR-EV-ER! Finally, my over analytical self was in the mood it seems to read this and I am so glad I was because I really, really enjoyed this.
This story had a little bit of everything for me. It had the broken girl who was trying to start her new life in a new town, the alpha Asher who persisted relentlessly to have her and the added drama of something dark coming from November's past. What I really enjoyed between these two though, was their believable banter and chemistry. I almost found myself grinning from ear to ear just reading the back and forth between these two. There was also just enough drama and intrigue without it being too much.
But finally, can we please just talk about Asher?!? Actually, I really don't need to say anything more. Just one word is enough. Asher. ;)
NOVEMBER 9 by Colleen Hoover
Okay, so one of my favourite reads ever has to be Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I have to admit when I became introduced to this genre early last year, I had literally smashed through several Colleen Hoover books and I did enjoy them a lot.
First, Ill get the obvious out of the way. Her writing, storytelling, and characters - always fantastic. I even found the entire idea of this story really interesting, which is why I was also salivating to read it. But for some reason, it fell a little flat for me.. (yes I am starting to see I use that line WAY too much!)
Now read the reviews. The MANY reviews. It is probably just me. But I just couldn't get my head around the fact that the main characters just insisted to not contact one another each year. In a world that is so dominated by so easily keeping in touch with people - as each year passes and they spent such little time together - the more I lost interest and lost their connection.
Now PLEASE don't send me hate mail! I love, love her stories and since I am completely alone on my thoughts on this novel, I will more than likely read it again. ;)
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