21 August 2013

Title: This Love (University of Branton #1)
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publisher: A&A Literary, 346 Pages (June 25th, 2013)
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Synopsis: She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.

He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.

They didn't know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket--her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.

Atticus Grimes needs help--the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he's got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.

When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she's thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can't happen--he's a professor and she's a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

New Adult: Past Present and Future

So confession. It took me a while to hop on the New Adult bandwagon. I didn't get it and I didn't see it as necessary and I just wanted to be left alone in my happy YA world dammit.

But then, a friend recommended a book and I was bored so I read it. That was a little over a year ago and it's been all downhill since EASY.

That's NA's birth, you guys. People who don't really get it finally giving it a try because a small group refused to listen to everyone who said it wasn't a thing.

(Ironically, those same people are the ones who blazed the YA trail. But that's neither here nor there.)

There are some people who claim NA is just YA on smexy steroids. And yes, the sex is one of the differences. But here's the thing. YA is about finding out who you are within the safety net of family and friends and stability. NA? It strips away that safety net and throws a ton of responsibility and change at you and makes you stand on your own. It's relationships--real ones--and bills and getting drunk before a midterm. First jobs and car payments and being so broke its laughable and doing it all on your own because you are three thousand miles from home. It's bloody freaking terrifying and I LOVE exploring that. Right now, granted, most of that is being explored in a contemporary setting--usually on a college campus. But there are already people branching out into paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian and historical. And that makes me almost giddy with excitement.

The thing is, it's not set in stone. NA is growing. The first flux of contemporary romance (not unlike the paranormal that raged across YA) will slow and give way to other trends--mysteries, historical, scifi. Zombies. (Ok, that might be me projecting my own wishes). But for the naysayers who are saying it's a fad? That it'll fade away? I want to point at the YA market that is still holding strong.

NA is finding it's feet and I am so thrilled to be a part of this exciting genre. It, like just about all of the book industry, is constantly changing and it should be a lot of fun to see where the authors and readers take it next. :)

About the Author: 

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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