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It’s back to school here in the US and that means school related themes! Since I don’t have any kids to send to school, this doesn’t really affect me much other than an increase in traffic!
If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you probably have read a post about angsty romances similar to my own HEA. This time, I am sharing New Adult romances that remind me a lot of my college life, or something pretty close to it. So buckle up and let the angst begin!
Dating an Older Guy
There are a couple of books that I enjoyed reading featuring an older guy! Forever with You and Losing It remind me of that time I was dating an older guy, which turned out into an HEA for us.
It started as a hookup
One of my favorite tropes is the hookup trope! This one reminds me of said relationship that sorta started this way and then suddenly turned into more. The Hookup and The Deal remind me of those uncertain (and painful) times. ALL THE ANGST IN THE WORLD!
Another favorite romance trope (that I seriously lived through) is the opposites attract trope! This trope hits really close to home because Pierre and I are quite the opposite in more ways than one. Foreplay and Rule remind me of this time.
Let’s make music
Another book that reminds me of college is the music. I seriously cannot play an instrument or carry a single tune but I love listening to other people play. Naturally, we used to hang out at bars with live music. And also listen to classic rock and 90s alternative music. Jet reminds me of this time when I met him and I was all pop and he was all rock.
Shit just hit the fan
There were a bunch of things that made me realize that things were real and actually made our relationship stronger. While I won’t say much, Recovered and Be With Me resonated with me.
So, did you guys know that Pierre and I were neighbors? He lived a few houses up from me. We live on a hill and I live below the hill and he lived across a street, up the hill. Yes, we lived on the same street and we NEVER knew each other until a common friend introduced us. I guess it’s because of the age gap? The Me I Meant to Be reminds me of that.
Do you have books that remind you of when you were in high school or college?
Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic says
Wonderful list Ate Ezrah! I’ve only read Losing It and The Deal and I enjoyed both of them. The books that reminded me of college are Easy by Tammara Webber, Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard and Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. 🙂
Thanks, Bea! I’ll check out these books. I have heard of Jenny Han’s Burn for Burn trilogy 🙂
This is an awesome post, Zee. I loved these little bits of your real life and how you tied them in with books and what an awesome list of books. I adored Be with Me, The Hook-Up, The Deal and Losing It. <3
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Thanks, Rowena! My real life kinda felt like it was a romance novel 🙂
Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says
Love this post! Actually Violet in the Pucked series reminds me a lot of my college best friend.
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That’s awesome, Lisa!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says
I think I squealed at at least half of the ones you shared. LOL So many great picks! Losing was so good (Garrick… swoon!). The Hook Up and The Deal… both so good. And I totally need to continue both series. Rule and Jet… I have *so* much love for the Marked Men series. Be With Me… JLA is my favorite. And while Be With Me wasn’t my fave in the Wait For You series, I still loved it.
I need to check out Forever With You. It’s a new one to me and I love a good age deifference story!
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My fave is Wait for You! I love that book so much! But Be with Me was appropriate for this post 🙂
Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... says
Yes, there are several books that have taken me back in time to high school and college. I touched upon a few of these in my list. I love the way some books have the power to transport us back in time.
Wow! That’s crazy that you and Pierre were kind of in each other’s orbit with even knowing it. I am pretty much a “yes” to everything and every book on this list.
Yes! We found out a few years after were together that our grandmothers were close friends!
I haven’t read much NA ha ha but I love the idea of linking books with memories, especially college! Great idea! Live music was awesome in college (well it still is, but even more so in college) so anything relating to that would be fun. And opposites attract- fun trope. 🙂
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Yes, they are fun!
I’ll have to check these out! Thank you!
Also if you like NA set in college, I definitely recommend Summer Skin 🙂
Lover Of Romance says
oh you have some really good reads here!! And some of them remind me of college too. Especially J.Lynn’s books. Another series for me is the Forbidden Men by Linda Kage. I loved The Deal so MUCH!!! Elle Kennedy is a fabulous author.
YES!! Oh, I haven’t heard of Linda Kage, I’ll check it out!