Published on September 17th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.
Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well.
Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES
I was once a big fan of Addison Moore, author of the Celestra series for young adults. But after nine books in that same series which could have wrapped up in three or four, I found it hard to enjoy the series once book nine rolled around. Since then I’ve tried to read a few of her other titles, Ethereal Knights and also Evanescent, her second young adult series. Twelve books I’ve invested in… So why did I do this to myself again?
I’m a glutton for punishment.
3:AM Kisses is a new adult novel that follows the story of Baya and Bryson. Don’t they already sound lovely as a couple? Baya is a naive virgin who is a freshman at the same university as her brother, who incidentally is also Bryson’s roommate. He’s the campus whore. Both young men mark notches into their door frames of how many female conquests they’ve bedded. Ooh, quite the catch hey ladies. So when the lovely little Baya walks in, of course Bryson wants her. She’s the token virgin who is about to change his life. Now I know what you’re thinking… Beautiful Disaster. It’s all the same old new adult. It’s the one character with a secret that stops the relationship progressing. It’s the needy virgin that is ready to jump on the first warm body thinly veiled as a love interest. Why? Whhhhy do I do this to myself. I know I’m not going to enjoy it, it’s not sexy or worth of swoon status and I’m not one who enjoys writing negative reviews either.
But yet again, I’ve been sucked in by a book that promises sexy… And delivers flannelette pyjamas and an evening of knitting.
Let’s talk about what new adult books are known for. Sex. Some authors take the slow approach and develop a healthy relationship between characters which progresses naturally. Others have virgins being slammed against walls like rag dolls. So how do we avoid the latter? When it comes to new adult, I’ve officially read my last book in the genre. That’s it for me.
3:AM Kisses is actually more annoying than most, where it felt like even collage aged young adults are declaring their love after only what felt like days. Bryce’s dialogue sounded like sonnets blooming in a field of roses when he spoke of his love for Baya. Say what? It doesn’t matter how bad he wants in those pants ladies, no man is declaring flowery passages of love, especially when he’s a newly reformed man whore. Every chapter ends in the same fashion, he wants her or she wants him and adding that they’ll find a way to make it work, will make her mine, will make him mine and the likes. Every. Single. Chapter. What is the deal with that?
Now this is where you come in.
I’ve completely lost faith in new adult. I’m sick of over stylised sex. really Bryce, she tastes like sugar? I need storyline without one partner being broken. I don’t want porn, I want romance. I want to swoon. So hit me up with new adult recommendations that are worthy of giving the genre another try. But no Travis Maddox or tools like him please. I don’t have the stomach for that.