Challenge Wrap Up #1: 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge

As the year ends, it’s time to wrap up the reading challenges I participated. The first one is 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Catia from The Girl Who Read Too Much. Let’s begin with Reading Bingo. I’m glad to say I’ve completed it and each book will be linked on my Goodreads review. na-bingo

Book set in college

A Reread

Book about friendship

Book with only male POV

Books based on its cover

New to you author

Diverse novel

  • Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Indian – American protagonist)

Book you can finish in one day

Hyped book

Book set in Summer

Book that makes you laugh

2017 Release

Freebie

Book with music or art

Book about roadtrip

Book out of your comfort zone

Book you knew nothing about

New Adult Bestseller

Start a new series

Debut novel

One word title

Book about sports

LGBTQ novel

  • N/A

Book recommendation

Bottom of your TBR

 

Here are the books I’ve read:

  1. Commander in Chief – Katy Evans
  2. Bound by Honor – Cora Reilly
  3. Bound by Duty – Cora Reilly
  4. Bound by Hatred – Cora Reilly
  5. Stripped Bare – Heidi McLaughlin
  6. Next to Never – Penelope Douglas
  7. Adrenaline – Penelope Douglas
  8. Love, Hate and Other Lies – Deirdre Riordan Hall
  9. Menace – J.M. Darhower
  10. Grievous – J.M. Darhower
  11. Bound by Temptation – Cora Reilly
  12. Finding It – Cora Carmack
  13. Overruled – Emma Chase
  14. Sustained – Emma Chase
  15. Appealed – Emma Chase
  16. Sidebarred – Emma Chase
  17. Royally Matched – Emma Chase
  18. A Love of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
  19. Made – J.M. Darhower
  20. The Salvation of Vengeance – Nancy Haviland
  21. Five Days Until You – Monica Murphy
  22. Egomaniac – Vi Keeland
  23. Mister Romance – Leisa Rayven
  24. Stuck-Up Suit – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
  25. Dark Wild Night – Christina Lauren
  26. Stepbrother Dearest – Penelope Ward
  27. Rogue – Katy Evans
  28. Playboy Pilot – Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
  29. Lessons in Losing It – Jessica Peterson
  30. Once She Dreamed pt. 1 – Abbi Glines
  31. Once She Dreamed pt. 2 – Abbi Glines
  32. Breaking Him – R.K. Lilley
  33. The Air He Breathes – Brittainy C. Cherry
  34. The Fire Between High & Lo – Brittainy C. Cherry
  35. The Silent Waters – Brittainy C. Cherry
  36. Breaking Her – R.K. Lilley
  37. The Gravity of Us – Brittainy C. Cherry
  38. Because of Lila – Abbi Glines
  39. Beautiful Mistake – Vi Keeland
  40. One Tiny Lie – K.A. Tucker
  41. Addicted After All – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  42. Thrive – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  43. Enrage – Rachel Van Dyken
  44. Fuel the Fire – Krista & Becca Ritchie
  45. Fallen Heir – Erin Watt
  46. Four Seconds to Lose – K.A. Tucker
  47. Corrupt – Penelope Douglas
  48. Five Ways to Fall – K.A. Tucker
  49. Ripped – Katy Evans
  50. Legend – Katy Evans
  51. Searching for Someday – Jennifer Probst
  52. Drunk Dial – Penelope Ward
  53. Bound by Vengeance – Cora Reilly
  54. A Very Mafia Christmas (Novella) – Rachel Van Dyken
  55. Play On – Samantha Young
  56. To Love Jason Thorn – Ella Maise
  57. Hideaway – Penelope Douglas
  58. Killing Sarai – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
  59. Reviving Izabel – J.A. Redmerski (Reread)
  60. Trusting Tanner – Lexi Lawton
  61. Chasing Xander – Lexi Lawton
  62. Wicked Sexy Liar – Christina Lauren
  63. The Mighty Storm – Samantha Towle
  64. Wethering the Storm – Samantha Towle
  65. Taming the Storm – Samantha Towle
  66. Sweet Little Thing – Abbi Glines
  67. Sweet Little Lies – Abbi Glines
  68. Missing From Me – Jayne Frost
  69. Racer – Katy Evans
  70. Crow – A. Zavarelli
  71. Reaper – A. Zavarelli
  72. Royally Endowed – Emma Chase
  73. Behind the Bars – Brittainy C. Cherry
  74. Ghost – A. Zavarelli
  75. Saint – A. Zavarelli

Overall thoughts:

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  • Counting the New Adult novels I’ve read this year, I’ve read 75 books and surpassed my goal of 36 books. I achieved the New Adult Expert from New Adult Advanced <3. Unfortunately, I missed one category in the New Adult bingo. On the bright side, this is the challenge I enjoyed the most and it’s a great finish for me.  I’m looking forward for the 2018 NA Reading Challenge!

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Saint by A. Zavarelli

SaintPages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: December 15th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

 

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When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1. Know thy enemy
2. Be prepared to sacrifice.
3. Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.

Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.

Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.

Rory-

I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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Ghost by A. Zavarelli

GhostPages: 288

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: August 25th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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Reaper by A. Zavarelli

ReaperPages: 260

Goodreads Rating: 4. 33 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: May 19th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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Sasha.

He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.

Ronan.
I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

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Blog Tour: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars 4.37.31 PMPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.60 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 7th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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Crow by A. Zavarelli

CrowPages: 314

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 8th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan.

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

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Missing from Me by Jayne Frost

MFMPages: 405

Goodreads Rating: 4.55 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: November 8th 2017

Publisher: Sixth Street Press

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One mistake. Four years of regret.  A second chance worth fighting for.

When I traded one dream for another, she was the price. My Anna. But I never forgot her. Never let go. And no amount of drumming could drown out my love for her. Her music is my head.

Still…Always

And when I see her again, it’s so clear. Anna is mine. She’ll always be mine. I just have to convince her.

Missing From Me is an epic story about second chances, redemption, undying love, and music. Because every great romance deserves a soundtrack.

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Taming the Storm by Samantha Towle

TTSPages: 335

Goodreads Rating: 4.33 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: July 1st 2014

Publisher: Self published

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Lyla Summers hates men. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word … Lyla intensely dislikes men.

Her father has let her down her whole life. Her brother betrayed her in the worst way possible. And her past relationship experiences with men have been less than great.
Lyla is focussing all her energy into her band, Vintage, so when they receive an offer to sign with TMS Records, it seems that things are finally turning around for her. The last thing she wants is a man getting in the way.

Tom Carter loves women. Okay, love might be pushing it … Tom enjoys screwing lots of women.

When tragedy befalls his best friend, Tom finds himself making a promise to the big man upstairs – he’ll change his ways, if he saves the woman his best friend loves.
Tom’s prayer is answered. Now he has to change. Which means no sleeping around.

After Vintage’s manager breaks her leg skiing, Tom steps in as tour manager, and Lyla finds herself on tour with the man whore of rock.

Put one perpetually horny Tom and one sex resistant Lyla together, equals a recipe for disaster. Or so you’d think…

But an unexpected friendship is formed. A closeness neither of them expected. Putting one chastity belt and one lamp that is in desperate need of rubbing, to the test.

Will the sex storm that is Tom Carter, finally find himself tamed by the rock chick with a hardened heart, or will he go back to his womanizing ways…?

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Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle

WTSPages: 401

Goodreads Rating: 4.32 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: August 20th 2013

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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Music journalist Tru Bennett has done the impossible: capture the heart of rock-star bad boy Jake Wethers. Now they’re busy planning a wedding and navigating their new life together in the US. Of course Tru misses London and her best friend, Simone, but living happily ever after with Jake in LA is going to be great…right?

Wrong. Even the bright California sun can’t whitewash the dark side of celebrity coupledom. Greedy music execs, merciless paparazzi, and Jake’s wild past are lurking around every corner. Making matters worse, Jake announces he doesn’t want kids, which just may be a deal breaker.

Tru loves Jake more than anything. But when a devastating crisis threatens to destroy everything they’ve fought for, the couple must face the hard truth: What if, this time, love is not enough?

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The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

TMSPages: 442

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: August 24th 2012

Publisher: Self published

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It’s been twelve years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved.

Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of the biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both fourteen.

Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect. Only, there’s a complication to their instant feelings for one another—Will, Tru’s boyfriend of two years.

Then Jake makes Tru a job offer she can’t refuse—travelling the world with him and his band. But taking the job means leaving Will behind, and being on the road with the band means spending an inordinate amount of time with Jake.

Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the world’s most notorious womanizer?

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