Posts tagged New Adult
By the Rules, the third book in the Evergreen Grove series, is this author’s first full-length foray into the male/male genre, but I sincerely hope it won’t be her last. There’s something so compelling about opposites attract romances, and the heroes in this story are as different as two people can be, at least on the surface. In addition to featuring vibrant characters and snappy dialogue, this novel explores the folly of making assumptions, and the importance of taking the time to get to know someone inside as well as out.
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
Author Name: Annabeth Albert
Book Name: Love Me Tenor
This book can be read as a standalone
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other…
Warren had no idea what to expect, but he walked in. The first thing he saw was a poster-sized photo of a younger Victor, in a red long-sleeved shirt and black ski pants, with a bright blue helmet. He was sitting on a black sled in a tunnel of ice, with his feet stretched ahead of him.
The realization that you’re simply not good enough to succeed in your chosen field, whether this involves reaching the top of the best-seller list or scoring goals for your country, must be one of the harshest lessons to learn. Yet, as the hero of Love on the Pitch discovers, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, even though it might feel like it at the time. If this story has taught me anything, it’s that often we have to be knocked down before we can pick ourselves up again and uncover the talents we never knew we had.
Warren Updegrove’s best “friend with benefits” is Thom Lodge, a geeky grad student who tutored him in math when he was a struggling undergrad on the football team. After playing in the NFL for a year, Warren is released from the team and returns to South Florida, where he drinks too much and loses his pro conditioning. When he meets former Olympian Victor Ragazzo and joins Victor’s gay rugby team, he falls hard.
Author Name: Mia Kerick
Book Name: The Art of Hero Worship
Release Date: February 14, 2016
Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.
As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.
Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.
The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.
“What about the neighborhood?” I asked quietly.
“Yeah well, I guess it’s not all that safe and there is a street gang in the neighborhood, but they don’t bother me.” He paused and continued with a satisfied smile. “In fact, you might say they kind of watch out for me.”
As a visually impaired person myself, I have always been aware that there are a distinct lack of blind characters in fiction, unless it’s the wise old grandmother or the psychic whose inner eye compensates for their sight loss. Fewer still are portrayed as being in any way sexy or desirable. You can imagine how thrilled I was, therefore, when I discovered Huston Piner had created a blind character in his latest story, and even more so that this character was the hero’s love interest.