The New Adult Scene In Color - Romance In Color
Back To School 2013
Welcome to September's Love and Romance in Color. This month, we're going back to school and celebrating being young and carefree.
Most of us, 30-somethings-ish :) and older, can remember the good old days of college. They were studious and fun and carefree. And a tad reckless too, at least for me. :)
We can remember our first kiss, first sexual experience, first time we fell in love, first time we had our hearts broken. College was a rollercoaster of emotions as we discovered ourselves. For me, it was also the first time I drank alcohol and went partying in a night club.
What about you? Can you remember any of your 'firsts'? Did they happen in college, earlier or later? Share.
The New Adult genre is filled with coming of age stories with loads of firsts. Here are a few to keep you busy this month.
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Evie's childhood friend Jay has always had her back. But college complicates things as Jay starts dating Evie's roommate Cynthia. Now, Evie spends her nights trying to sleep while Jay and Cynthia go at it like rabbits a few feet away!
Evie hates feeling like a third wheel and hates wishing it was her in Jay's arms even more. It doesn't help that Jay won't let Evie date or even hook up without interfering and making sure everyone on campus knows that she's off limits.
Something has to give. Evie can't continue pining away for Jay, and Jay can't continue to act like he owns her when he won't so much as touch her. And worse of all, Evie can barely look Cynthia in the eye for fear she will know just how she feels about Jay.
Then one night shifts Evie, Jay and Cynthia into an web of love and deceit, tangling their hearts and forcing one of them to come to a compromise that will change all their lives.
How far should someone go for love?
Until it's no longer convenient, or until it's tearing apart their soul? Evie soon realizes that love isn't always easy and loving someone isn't as simple as it seems. Sometimes, it's COMPLICATED.
The Eskimos may have over a hundred words for snow, but that doesn’t even come close to how many words the English language has for “slut”—and Lindsey has been called them all. “Hussy” is Lindsey’s personal favorite, given to her by her own grandmother, who likes to pat her on the hand and whisper, “Don’t worry, dear—a hussy is just a woman with the morals of a man.”
But Lindsey’s not ashamed of her reputation. She knows she’s earned it—and she’s proud of it. After all, you only live once, right? In fact, she goes out of her way to make it known to every guy she comes in contact with, she’s available for the taking—the rougher, the better.
That is until Lindsey meets Lieutenant Zachary Davis, a man who refuses to treat her like the trash she believes she really is.
But can Lindsey change her impulsive ways and learn to value herself the way the Zach does?
The town of Major is nothing more than a major disappointment for Zoe Parker. She is living in a grey world after the death of her beloved Momma, and can’t seem to shake the growing depression that threatens to consume her. Things only get worse when she discovers her longtime boyfriend is banging every chick in town.
Her daddy is gone most nights, and all she can think about is the boy who really caught her eye in high school more than five years ago… The one with gorgeous dark skin and smoldering eyes… Too bad he was dating her best friend. Now she floats around, moving through the daily routine with small dreams about getting away from the small town, and finding a real man to claim her heart…
Staff Sergeant Calvin Hall of the US Army is finally putting his boots back on American soil for some R&R. It’s been five years since he joined the military, and he hasn’t looked back since. After dealing with his own troubling past, he wants to lay back and enjoy some time to put it all behind him. But fate has other plans for him… A beautiful woman snags his attention the first day in town and the pull between them is too strong to resist. The problem? She is his ex-girlfriend’s best friend, she is just as broken as he is, and he has a war he has to get back to in two weeks.
Who says a summer romance ever has to end? What if thousands of miles and a war separated you? Would you keep dancing? Or would it simply be… a September Tango?
Bright, charming and insanely beautiful, Samantha Persaud is in an enviable position. She is the first-born golden child of Kingston's most illustrious Economist, Andrew Persaud and his fashion designer wife, Janise, the granddaughter to magnates, Ravi and Sylvia Persaud. In her own organized, perfectionist manner, the twenty-one year old Sam is well on her way to achieving all the goals she had set for herself when she was just a little girl. And, as icing on the cake, she has the world's most perfect boyfriend -- kind, sweet, considerate Micah, who is hopelessly devoted to her.
But, one five-minute conversation all but ruins her perfect world. The well-ordered train of events that was her life has suddenly been derailed, and for the first time, the girl who had always been in total control of her destiny, realizes that she cannot even control her emotions. What is the perfect girl to do when she realizes that life is not "just perfect" after all?
Art major, Andie McDaniels was used to not being part of the "in" crowd. But now that she is a member of Theta Zeta Delta, the most sought after sorority on campus, she wants to try to fit in for once in her life.
Fitting in with the clique of Southern Belles isn't so easy though, especially when she falls hard for the socially unacceptable Javier, a gorgeous South American student from a Colombian drug cartel family.
Faced with snooty sorority sisters holding nightly meetings to vote her out, her fear for Javier's safety from a rival drug cartel, and her family's high expectations of her, Andie must make some hard choices...
Libby the Loser. That's what everyone used to call me behind my back. I wasn't popular, I wasn't strong, I wasn't brave.
All that changed after a chance encounter in a Canberra nightclub. Afterward, I began to dream; dream I was something else. A powerful creature of muscles and claws, something powerful and confident and everything I wasn't.
I dreamed I was in love with a man I'd barely met.
The dream world is a beautiful, wondrous place, but there's a shadow in my dreams. An eclipse, broken with a gunshot. Then I wake up.
Now my dreams are coming true. My body is changing for real. I'm shedding Libby the Loser like an old skin. I'm growing into something else.
But there are others. Others like me, and they don't get along. People are disappearing. People are dying.
The shadow is falling over the real world, too, and everything has changed.
Part I of the Rakshasa serial.
Columnist: Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure.
She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic.
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