Caffeinated Top New Adult Reads for 2015

December 29th, 2015 Kimberly Feature 35 Comments

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Welcome to Caffeinated Top Ten New Adult Reads for 2015. Below is a list of standout New Adult books I read/listened to in 2015. Grab a caffeinated beverage and add these to your wish list.

In no particular order, my top ten new adult reads from 2015:

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Black Iris
by Leah Raeder
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Grace Grant
Length: 11 hours and 33 minutes
Genres: Dark Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for. If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate. She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own. But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help. Which was the plan all along.Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true. She's going to show them all.

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Dark and twisted this tale takes you on a spin with an unreliable narrator. Raeder delivered a unique tale that touched on many taboo subjects and weaved in jaw-dropping twists.  Read my thoughts on Black Iris

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Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next. Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...
Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

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I adored Maybe Someday with its romantic scenes and heart-tugging along with some hilarious moments. I totally recommend you grab the novella Maybe Not as well. Warren’s story is a must. Read my full review of Maybe Someday

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A Shattered Moment
by Tiffany King
Series: Fractured Lives #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

In the new series by Tiffany King, the USA Today bestselling author of the Woodfalls Girls novels, six friends—fresh from high school graduation—discover that the future can come at you from out of nowhere. This is Mackenzie’s story… Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college. When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be. A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…

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I picked this up for review by accident and it ended up blowing me away with its truffle induced feels, characters and beautiful story. Read about my dates with A Shattered Moment.

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Chasing River
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #3
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne Flame

Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.  Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also couldn't risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.
Maybe it's because he saved her life, or maybe it's because he's completely different from everything she's left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.  And River isn't the kind of guy she'd want to catch

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Tucker has found her niche. I have loved the entire Burying Water series and seriously struggled to pick a favorite. I chose Chasing River because I loved the Dublin setting. Now that the series is over I recommend that you grab them all. Tucker delivers all of the feels and wraps it in suspense. Read my review of Chasing River

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Once Kissed
by Cecy Robson
Series: O'Brien Family #1
Published by: Random House
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering. Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch. Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform. Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

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Once Kissed by Cecy Robson delivered charismatic characters, suspense, and sweet moments wrapped in heat. If you like books featuring loud loving families this is a series for you. Read my full review of Once Kissed

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Sinful
by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Undone #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

I’ve wanted my brother’s best friend, Leo Santoro, for too many years to count.
No matter what I do, he won’t confront the attraction that burns between us.
It’s time to put him behind me once and for all.
I have no choice but to call his bluff.
And then I will walk away.

The last woman I should want is my best friend’s baby sister, Jillian Banks.
No matter what I do, she won’t ignore the attraction that burns between us.
It’s time she learns the real me.
The only promise I can make is that her fantasies are no match for reality.
And then I’ll watch her walk away.

ADULTSONLY hot kinky ROMANCE SWOON

Jillian is the reason I set this story in the New Adult genre. Heated, sexy and finding yourself made this a winner for me. Read my full review: Sinful

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November 9
by Colleen Hoover
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne Flame

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse. Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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All the feels, and a sweet romance with bookish moments that made me smile. Read my full review of November 9

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Becoming Rain
by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.

I loved the entire Burying Water series but enjoyed both the romance and undercover suspense of Becoming Rain. Read my thoughts on Becoming Rain

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Maybe Not
by Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1.5
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not. When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change. Or maybe not. Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory. Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love? Maybe. Maybe not.

ROMANCE smartfunny SWOON Truffles

Maybe Not is a novella, but not to be missed. I loved the snarky banter and games between Bridget and Warren. Check out my review of Maybe Not

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Once Loved
by Cecy Robson
Series: Shattered Past #2
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

He’s the campus golden boy. She’s picking up the pieces of her broken past. But in Cecy Robson’s scorching novel of second chances—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—their differences only make their connection more explosive. Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar—some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid’s help. Brody is a lacrosse star, a 4.0 student—and as a freshman, he fell hard for the beautiful and spirited Lety. But their relationship crashed and burned because he couldn’t break through the walls she’s put up around her heart. With Lety hurting more than ever, Brody strives to win her back and make her believe in real love and true partnership. That will mean opening up secrets locked away in his own past—and trusting someone more than he’s ever dared. Lety knows how painful it can be to depend on the wrong man. She also knows how much Brody wants to do this the right way. But it takes more than sizzling desire to move on and build a future together.

ROMANCE SUSPENSE SWOON

My favorite of the Shattered Past series Once Loved shared the romance of Lety and Brody. I loved the added depth Robson brought to this tale. Read my thoughts on Once Loved

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35 Responses to “Caffeinated Top New Adult Reads for 2015”

  1. nicci

    I had added Black Iris to my to purchase/read list. Then I removed it after reading negative reviews. Reading your review, I’m putting it back on. I love dark fiction where the idea of “hope” is the carrot for a happy ending.

    BTW, thank you for being the source this year for a couple of book selections, (i.e. Hero by Samantha Young.) I’m finally reading outside m/m romances. 🙂

  2. kindlemom1

    I’m so proud that so many of Cecy’s books are on here, it is awesome!!
    Some of the Hoover books I still need to read!

  3. Cecy

    Kimberly, I am absolutely flailing to have made your list – – but to make it twice with Once Loved AND Once Kissed absolutely blows my mind! Thank you so much for this tremendous honor. I am speechless.