So far, I have a perfect streak with my venture into this wonderfully amazing genre. (Granted, I've only read 3 books but still...) I've found all the characters to be relatable and lovable and the stories were moving, heart-breaking, and beautiful. Two of the books I read are part of a series and both have sequels coming out in the next month or two. Let me just say that I have never obsessively waited for a sequel as I do with these two books. Never. Especially not for contemporary novels. Seriously, after finishing these two books I so badly wanted to know what happens next. For one of them, it was because of a crazy cliff-hanger and the other because I wasn't ready to let go and move on from the story of the two main characters. Enough of being vague, I'll tell you which books I'm talking about and go into my thoughts about them as well.
My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron
I thought that this would be a somewhat cheesy and predictable romance novel. Girl and boy meet. They hate each other but really they are crazy attracted to each other and eventually they admit they're in love and happily ever after. It did follow that pattern, somewhat, but the predictable moments weren't any less exciting. I could totally see the attraction between the two and I loved their stories. They both had traumatic pasts that made them the way they are and while reading about it I felt for each of them. Hunter is now one of my favorite book-boyfriends. I loved his cockiness. :P
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden - Jessica Sorensen
This books takes this idea of the popular guy falling for the weird, quiet girl but brings it to a whole new level. Callie and Kayden have both suffered through a lot. They both have issues and they never really knew how to deal with those issues and how go about fixing them until they meet each other. In a way they both end up saving each other's lives and teach each other how to move on and what being happy and safe and loved means. I liked that their relationship didn't happen all at once. I liked that it took time to get from one step to another and that sometimes they even ended up moving backwards. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden was a beautiful read with a jaw-dropping ending. The cliff-hanger is one of the best/worst (depending on how you look at it) that I've read.
Fallen Too Far - Abbi Glines
I loved Blaire. She's the kind of girl who tries to put up a tough front and tries to convince herself that she's strong and she handle the judgment and denial but in reality she can't. All those things effect her and hurt her but she tries to not let them. I found that characteristic to be very relatable, especially as a girl. Rush was confusing and mysterious at first and only got better as the story went on. I loved them together but I sympathized with Blaire the whole way through. The ending, when the big secret, is finally revealed, I felt so horrible for Blaire. I felt her pain and I understood everything she did. The ending was absolutely heart-breaking. This big secret which seems to only be a secret for Blaire and common knowledge for everyone else had a bit of a build up to it and I found myself trying to figure out what it could possibly be but I would have never come up with what the secret actually was. I can't stop thinking about that ending and about Blaire and what's going to happen now. Ugh, I need the sequel so bad.
Ok, I know they all look like sappy romance novel but they're not. They're beautiful stories about beautiful, real characters that are going to stick with time after. I would recommend all three books. Seriously, go read it right now. I finished each in just one day cause I could not put it down.