By Natasha Sinel
I’m a fool for a good love story. Any kind—friendship to love, hate to love, love at first sight, star-crossed love, even unrequited—all of them. The kind that makes my heart soar and sink throughout. And of course, I particularly love the love stories in young adult fiction—emotions are so big and raw and real.
But sometimes I want a bit more than YA can give. I want some of that consummation on the page, if you know what I mean (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). My tastes these days lean toward the college love stories (new adult).
So, if you’re a fool for novels with love and on-the-page sex between well-developed characters, here are some of my favorites:
Sarina Bowen, The Ivy Years (5 book series but each is a standalone)
I also love the Sarina Bowen/Elle Kennedy collaborations--HIM and US (male/male)
Dahlia Adler, Radleigh University series (LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT is just so, so, so good)
Mercy Brown, LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU (I can't wait for the next book in the Hub City Romance Series)
Robin York, DEEPER and the sequel HARDER (I think the titles of these books are unfortunate because these are really solid books with great characters, and an amazing feminist message. I wish there were more of these.)
I'm looking forward to reading more from these authors and getting recommendations for others. Because I'm a fool for these love stories.
Natasha Sinel writes YA fiction from her home on a dirt road in Northern Westchester, NY. She drives her kids around all afternoon, but in her head, she's still in high school, and hopes that no one near her can read minds. Her first novel THE FIX (Sky Pony Press) won the 2016 IPPY Award Gold Medal for YA fiction, and was a finalist for YA fiction in the USA Best Book Awards.