Posts tagged New Adult
Like the sport of snowboarding itself on which this story is centered, Secrets from the Edge is a thrill ride of highs and lows, triumphs and simmering tension. Fraught with conflict and the ever-present threat of discovery, it held me spellbound from the opening line and ended long before I was ready for it to be over. Prior to reading this novel, I knew little about snowboarding, but the author’s descriptions both of the mechanics and the emotions involved are so vivid that I had no trouble experiencing everything along with the protagonist.
Keith Williams is twenty-two and struggling to feel normal again. Once a rising super star in the competitive world of snowboarding, he’s only now healing from a horrible crash that almost wrecked his body and ripped his confidence from him.
“Everyone settle down!” Mr. Robinette said. “Here’s the syllabus and tentative practice schedule through winter break.”
Clashing personalities, sexual tension, heated exchanges…the pages of this debut novel by Zane Riley are crammed to bursting with them. Love/hate romances are always fun to read, as are opposites attract stories, and when the heroes hail from such vastly different backgrounds as Will and Lennox, it only adds to the entertainment value. Toss into the mix all the usual elements of high-school life, not to mention some steamy makeout sessions in the music room, and it’s little wonder this book sparked my interest.
Will Osborne couldn’t wait to put the roller coaster ride of his public education behind him. Having suffered bullying and harassment since grade school, he planned a senior year that would be simple and quiet before going away to college and starting fresh. But when a reform school transfer student struts into his first class, Will realizes that the thrill ride has only just begun.
“You wanna?” Mac asked, his voice a little rough already.
“I guess.” The rasp in Jez’s voice gave him away in his attempt at sounding casual.
Perhaps because I’m British myself, whenever I read a male/male romance written by a British author and set in the UK, it feels a little like coming home. I also have a real weakness for a good friends-to-lovers story, and this novella by Jay Northcote is a prime example. Short and red-hot, it follows two young men as they explore their physical attraction to one another, while struggling to come to terms with their changing relationship and what it means for their future.
Jez Fielding and James Mackenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.