11 Provocative New Adult Romances That Explore Mature Themes

When you're in your late teens and early twenties, life is full of exciting new experiences, including the highs and lows of being in love as an adult. The eleven romance novels listed here explore the complicated issues of new adult relationships, from having trouble communicating to reconciling deep personal differences. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

New Adult Romance: Our 11 Picks

Title Author
1. The Fragile Line Alicia Kobishop
2. For the Love of Ash Taylor Lavati
3. Forever and Almost Always Amanda Bennett
4. Saving Toby Suzanne McKenna Link
5. Fortune Tia Giacalone
6. Everything Between Us Mila Ferrera
7. Secrets H.M. Ward
8. Force of Gravity Kelly Stevenson
9. The Only Exception Magan Vernon
10. Finding My Way Megan Keith
11. Duly Noted H.M. Shander

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8 Great Romantic Movies

If you enjoy reading about love, you probably have a good time watching it on the big screen as well. Check out these eight romantic movies (if you haven't already):

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. Love Actually (2003)
  3. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  4. The Notebook (2004)
  5. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  6. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  7. Amélie (2001)
  8. Ghost (1990)

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In Depth

Readers who love books that are full of excitement and steamy relationships featuring characters in their late teens and early twenties will certainly enjoy the works listed here. From an eighteen-year-old realizing she's falling for her sexy math teacher, to a young woman choosing between a hot man and her family, these novels deal with lust, passion, and forbidden love. Presented in no particular order, here are eleven spicy romances in the new adult genre.

Kicking off the list at #1 is "The Fragile Line" by Alicia Kobishop. Chloe is in a tremendous friends-with-benefits relationship, but it all comes crashing down when the man she's involved with leaves her for another woman. She quickly rebounds with a sexy mechanic, and they develop fast feelings. Things get complicated when he's offered a dream job in a different city, and he has to choose between Chloe and his career.

At #2 is "For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati. After spending her high school years partying hard, Maggie Larken is forced to take on a maternal role for her little brother when their parents die. On the other side of things, teacher Luke Wilson has always been well-behaved, and done exactly what his mom and dad wanted. When they meet, each is searching for a direction in their life, and neither is looking for a relationship. Yet they can't help developing feelings for one another.

When they meet, each is searching for a direction in their life, and neither is looking for a relationship.

Coming in at #3 is "Forever and Almost Always" by Amanda Bennett. Charlee's life changes drastically when Dax moves in next door. Head over heels in love, there's almost nothing Charlee wants more than him. But when forced to choose between the man of her dreams and her family, she ends up picking the latter, though she comes to regret her decision. Ten years later, she gets a second chance. Somehow, there are even more obstacles to overcome this time.

At #4 is "Saving Toby" by Suzanne McKenna Link. Toby Faye suffered through two fatal family tragedies as a child. Now as a rugged and handsome adult, he still holds onto his hurt. Claudia, an old classmate, can't keep away, and promises to help Toby and his widow mother. But a crime pinned on him pits the attractive young man against Claudia's father, and forces her to take sides. In order to love him, she'll have to deal with some pain.

#5 on the list is "Fortune" by Tia Giacalone. Tommy Fortune enjoys his rockstar life in the band High Road Divide. But while on tour, he meets Cassandra Ryan, an artist and fan, and the two quickly fall for each other. The traveling life of a popular band isn't easy on relationships, and both people have to face difficult truths and unexpected challenges if they hope to find happiness together.

But while on tour, he meets Cassandra Ryan, an artist and fan, and the two quickly fall for each other.

Coming in at #6 is "Everything Between Us" by Mila Ferrera, a pen name of Sarah Fine. A talented artist, Daniel makes a comfortable living by offering private sexual shows and services to wealthy locals. He's good at not getting attached, but that changes when one of his clients asks if he'd be willing to teach art to her daughter. Stella may be brash and rude, but she sees Daniel for who he really is. Though they're both determined to deny it, the two have a strong connection.

#7 on the list is "Secrets" by H.M. Ward. From germaphobes to men lacking in talent, Anna can't seem to find a fun and exciting partner for sex. That all changes when she starts working for Cole, a cocky billionaire who happens to be twice her age. She tries to stay away from him, but as she gets to know her boss better, she realizes his deep emotional wounds. It becomes evident that the only thing stronger than the red flags is her extreme desire for him.

At #8 is "Force of Gravity" by Kelly Stevenson. Everything is going well for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy, who has tremendous friends, a supportive family, a super hot boyfriend, and an exciting future. But she's introduced to some new feelings when a handsome math teacher enters her life. His presence suddenly makes everything else seem unexciting, and as she fights her raging attraction, she starts to lose her other relationships.

His presence suddenly makes everything else seem unexciting, and as she fights her raging attraction, she starts to lose her other relationships.

#9 on the list is "The Only Exception" by Magan Vernon. Monica Remy is a strong nineteen-year-old, who transferred to Central College to get a fresh start. There she has the misfortune of meeting Trey Chapman, the cocky and conservative son of a governor. Monica loathes him, and when they're forced to work on a class project together, their mutual disdain only grows stronger. Eventually her past forces them both to think twice about their values, and expand their views to include each other.

At #10 is "Finding My Way" by Megan Keith. Dealing with a breakup hasn't been easy for Emma. When she realizes that her ex-boyfriend has moved on with his life, the twenty-three-year-old decides it's time for her to do the same. As soon as she does that, it becomes apparent that she has plenty of exciting suitors. Between the hot men seeking her attention and a new career opportunity, she quickly finds a way to control her future for the best.

Concluding the list at #11 is "Duly Noted" by H.M. Shander. For two years, Aurora has needed generous amounts of Xanax and Percocet to help her deal with PTSD from a car crash. She's convinced that she doesn't need the help of anyone else, until she meets Nate. He's sexy, shy, and completely enamored with her dry wit. He's secretly passionate about cars, and tries to help Aurora overcome her crippling fear. At first it drives them apart, but in the end, their love finds a way.