Showing posts with label YA Romance Must-Read. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YA Romance Must-Read. Show all posts

Fight or Flight by Janine Infante Bosco

October 10, 2020

Fight or Flight by Janine Infante Bosco
Take the detour and own it.
Fight or Flight by Janine Infante Bosco

Fight or Flight by Janine Infante Bosco


Standalone - Tempted Series Generation 2.0
Genre - YA Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3
Format/Source - eARC provided by the author

Once upon a time, my father's best friend gave up his life to save me and my mom.
That's a debt a man can never fully repay, but my father gave it his best shot.
When Joss and Brooklyn showed up at Big Nose Kate's, it was Bones they were hoping to find.
Instead, they got us and a death certificate.
Without Bones, I wouldn't be here today.
Without my dad, Brooklyn would have wound up alone.
And without Brooklyn....well, I would've given up.

I'm Eric Montgomery, and until Brooklyn Richardson came into my life, I believed sacrifice and integrity were a man's creed.
That becoming a soldier was my destiny.
Enlisting in the United States Army nearly broke me.
But it also taught me how to defend, honor and fight.
And loving Brooklyn gave me something to fight for.

First and Forever by Jay McLean

September 10, 2020

"We don't need labels, Connor. Friends or not, you're always going to be the boy who went out of his way to show me that magic is real and that it exists and..." She pauses a beat, her exhale warming my chest. "You'll always be irreplaceable to me."

Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean

August 31, 2020


Love is not a noun.
Love is something you do.
Something you prove.
Something you work hard to create.

Lucas by Jay McLean

June 21, 2020

"Love hard, love fierce, but love right. Be careful with your heart, guard it, and if you feel the need to be reckless, make sure you are the one making that choice."

-- Synopsis --

Lucas by Jay McLeanIn a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.


High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

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Somethin' About That Boy by Lani Lynn Vale

June 07, 2020

I wanted her to love me.
Even more, I was excited that she did.

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

January 05, 2019

The Elite by Kiera Cass
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

Release: April 23, 2013
Heroine POV - 1st person
Book 2 of The Selection series
Trope: dystopian
Format: paperback purchase

My review of book 1 - The Selection

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Review: Okay by Danielle Pearl

January 01, 2017

Okay by Danielle Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Something More #2
Release: February 24, 2015
Length: 308 pages

After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for her and Sam, love means letting go.

Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.

As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.

Goodreads | Amazon

Review: ReCAP by Danielle Pearl

ReCap by Danielle Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Something More #1.5
Release: December 13, 2014
Length: 143 pages

You already heard the story. The one of how Rory and I fell in love, supposedly, even if she couldn't handle it in the end. You know how it all went.

Or you think you do.

You only know her side. But I have my own point of view, and even Rory couldn't know my thoughts in those few months it took for her to go from being a stranger to my whole entire world.

Every moment is permanently ingrained in my memory. In my goddamned soul. From the moment I stumbled upon the girl panicking outside of calculus - the one with the tight little body, the angelic face, and the fierce attitude - to the night she abandoned me in Miami. It was the sum of those moments that changed me irrevocably.

Our story isn't over. I won't let it be. But this, this is what happened so far, the way I saw it.

I'm Cap. Or Sam, to Rory. And this is my story.

Goodreads | Amazon

Review: Normal by Danielle Pearl

Normal by Danielle Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Something More #1
Release: August 11, 2014
Length: 390 pages

It's the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That's what I'm counting on.

A year ago, Aurora "Rory" Pine was just a normal teenage girl - just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.

But this isn't a year ago.

Rory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that's easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There's a witness - and a gorgeous one at that.

Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn't ignore.

But Sam has issues too, and Rory's past won't just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they're lucky - love. This is not a flowery romance - not for the faint of heart.

Goodreads | Amazon

Review: Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy

Daring the Bad Boy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - Endless Summer
Release - August 22, 2016
Genre - YA Contemporary Romance
Length - 230 pages

Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on ├╝ber-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.