11 New Adult Novels That Will Make Your Heart Race
As a relatively young genre, new adult fiction is still sometimes considered more of a marketing ploy than anything. In practice, though, it's a response to market realities. By focusing on characters and readers who are of college age and slightly older, it manages to serve people who rarely see themselves represented in literature in a way that feels genuine. Adding love stories to that representation helps individuals who are finding their way in life to get hooked, and hopefully develop a better understanding of themselves and the world.
11 Exciting New Adult Fiction Novels With Romance
- Lucas by Jay McLean
- Blue Love by MJ Fields
- Hate to Love You by Tijan
- Emphatic by Kaylee Ryan
- The Interview by Alice Ward
- Making You Mine by Elizabeth Reyes
- Secrets Kept by Allie Everhart
- Between the Tides by Elizabeth Lee
- Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott
- The True Story of Atticus and Hazel by Fisher Amelie
- Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
A Conversation About New Adult Romance
New adult fiction is a genre which revolves around protagonists who are 18 to 30 years of age. This kind of literature tackles issues regarding independence, burgeoning relationships, and making important choices. If you are eager to know more about literary works of this type, you can check out these 11 books that will make your heart race. Please note that this list is in no particular order.
Starting off at #1 is "Lucas - A Preston Brothers Novel." It is a spin-off from the "More Than" series and was penned by Melbourne-based writer Jay McLean. It talks about a man named Lucas, a popular high school senior and track athlete. His life is filled with complications, having 6 siblings and dozens of girlfriends. When all of these exhaust him, he turns to his best friend Laney. As the story unfolds, they realize that their liking for each other is growing deeper. Eventually, the young man confesses his adoration to her.
At #2 is a book called "Blue Love." Written by M.J. Fields, this is the initial installment of her anthology "The Love Series." It tells the story of Tessa Ross, an innocent-looking girl who becomes attracted to a quarterback named Lucas Links. However, the two meet under conflicting circumstances. He has a reputation, while she belongs to a religious group. Other people are also meddling between them. Despite of all these issues, they do their best to work things out.
#3 is entitled "Hate to Love You" by Tijan. It centers on college freshman Kennedy Clarke. She is a smart lady with a feisty attitude. Kenz makes a set of rules, and she must follow them in order to succeed in university life. On the first day of political science class, she meets an overly confident heartthrob named Shay Coleman, and instantly dislikes him due to his cocky nature. Even so, this young woman will soon break her plans, as she slowly falls for the one she hates most.
At #4 is "Emphatic," the "Soul Serenade" primer penned by Kaylee Ryan. It talks about Logan, a fresh graduate who goes on vacation to Hawaii a week before starting her career. She decides to have fun and let loose. There, she encounters Kacen, an enigmatic man with tattoos. They spend time together, and eventually, they lose their hearts to one another. After their one-night stand, Logan thinks that it will be her last meeting with him. But to her surprise, it turns out that this guy is going to be her new boss.
At #5 is a work of fiction called "The Interview." It was written by Alice Ward and published in 2018. It tells the story of Sadie Danes, a critic who is eager to interview Broadway star Tate McGrath. She was starstruck at first, but was able to overpower her shyness in front of her long-time crush. Sparks fly between them, except that one thing is suspect about the theater actor. He has a dark secret which he cannot reveal to anyone, not even to Sadie.
At #6 is Elizabeth Reyes' "Making You Mine." It is the 5th part of "The Moreno Brothers" collection. It centers on Graciela Zendejas, a young culinary student who tries her luck by applying as a cook at a famous Mexican restaurant. She gets hired by Salvador Moreno, the eldest among the siblings who own the popular chain of bistros in town. Initially, they do not get along well. But after their personalities clash, the two disregard their first impressions. Soon, they find themselves attached to one another.
At #7 is "Secrets Kept" by Allie Everhart. It is the initial installment of the "Moorhurst College Duet." This piece of fiction revolves around Kate, who decides that she has had it with men after being cheated on by her recent ex. Enter Gavin, a student from Moorhurst who asks her out for a date. She thinks he is different from the guys she has been involved with before, and is starting to believe that she has finally found the one.
At #8 is a novella entitled "Between the Tides." It is the prequel to Elizabeth Lee's book "Below the Surface." It chronicles the life of Daniella Alvarez, an orphan whose only link to her family is the mysterious sunken ship called "The Starry Night." One day, she lands a job at the McKendries' as a diver, which will allow her to probe deeper into her past. The owner's son, Dylan, is immediately smitten by Dani's beauty. As they go on underwater missions, they discover both treasures of the water and of the heart.
At #9 is Ginger Scott's "Hold My Breath." It talks about Maddy Woodsen, a swimmer who trains with the Hollister Brothers. The younger of the two becomes her boyfriend. But unknown to them, the older sibling has been secretly infatuated with her. In an unfortunate turn of events, Evan is killed in a plane crash together with their parents, which leaves Maddy devastated. Years later, survivor Will Hollister comes back to join the Olympic swim team. Woodsen is unpleasantly surprised, as he reminds her of the pain she went through after the tragedy.
At #10 is "The True Story of Atticus and Hazel." It narrates the tale of a female painter and a male musician. The two have a one-night stand. As soon as she realizes what happened, she is horrified and immediately runs away. The guy starts looking for her everywhere. When they finally meet again, something unexpected is revealed, and this sparks a series of ups and downs in their relationship.
And finally, at #11 is "Addicted to You." It is the first book of the "Addicted" anthology by sisters Krista and Becca Ritchie. It is a story about Lily Calloway, a sex addict who is in college. Her male best friend Loren Hale, on the other hand, is dependent on alcohol. They pretend to be dating so their wealthy families will not suspect their individual obsessions. Eventually, their simulated affair turns slowly into reality, as they try to fix one another.