What's Hot in KU
Welcome to YA Books Central's "What's Hot in KU" post. This weekly event will highlight what's hot, new and exciting in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Library.
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Curl up with these contemporary romances this Valentine's Day weekend, available in the Kindle Unlimited library and for purchase on Amazon.com
That Summer by Jillian Dodd
That summer you realize your best friend has gotten really hot.
Devaney Diamond's summer break was shaping up to be the best one ever. Her longtime crush was finally interested in her, and by the time school rolled around in the fall, she knew he'd be her boyfriend.
Just when their relationship is getting started, she finds out that she's leaving on a three-week vacation to the Ozarks for some "good old-fashioned fun" with three generations of the Diamond and Mackenzie families. She's not thrilled about being gone for that long, but she is looking forward to spending time doing nothing but getting a killer tan, finally learning to slalom ski, and hanging out with her best friend.
She and Chase have always been close. He's cute and sweet. Smart and responsible. He's always there when she needs him. She loves him dearly, and if it wasn't for their age, things might be different between them.
But when Chase returns home from football camp with new muscles and a new attitude, she realizes something.
Chase Mackenzie has gotten hot.
And he doesn't look like her little brother's best friend anymore.
Will this be the summer that Devaney and Chase fall in love, or will it be the summer that everything falls apart?
Either way, it will be the summer that changes everything.
Set in a small Midwestern town, you'll fall in love with Mackenzie and Diamond families, feel their heartbreaks and happiness, and will be cheering for them like your favorite college football team.
Dare You to Catfish the Hockey Player by Lacy Andersen
A little dare never hurt anybody...
I’ve never been one of those girly girls. I prefer sneakers to heels and covering up my curls with a beanie hat. But there’s one thing I do own and it’s my gaming skills. In the history of Rock Valley High, no girl has ever won the online gaming tournament.
But I'm going to make history this year.
Only two guys stand in my way: the Corrigan brothers.
Gabriel Corrigan and his twin, Michael, aren’t just huge hockey stars. They’re gamers, too. If they had it their way, a girl like me would never touch a controller again.
But sometimes, a girl’s gotta game.
What they don’t know is that I’ve been fooling Gabriel with my fake online profile for months and now we’re partners for the tournament. He won’t know he’s been catfished until the final round – when it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.
But the more time I spend offline with Gabriel, the more I realize I might have been wrong.
The way he looks at me. The way he talks when his brother isn’t around. None of it makes sense, especially how being near him makes me feel all kinds of delicious things.
Now my heart is starting to wonder if the gaming tournament might not be the only prize worth winning...
It Was Always You by Judy Corry
What’s the first rule when pretending to date your brother’s best friend? Don’t let feelings get involved.
Sixteen-year-old Lexi Stevens has never been kissed—never even been asked on a date. So when she humiliates herself in front of her crush and her brother’s best friend offers to be her fake boyfriend for the week to make him jealous, she doesn’t know if it’s the stupidest idea ever, or a dream come true.
When Noah Taylor gets kicked out of his house by his abusive stepdad, the last thing he needs is for anyone at school to find out—not even his best friend. But when his new “girlfriend” discovers him sleeping in his car and offers to let him sleep in her closet, he starts to wonder if he’s found someone he can confide in after all.
Pretty soon Noah and Lexi are putting on a big show in front of the whole school while sneaking around behind her overprotective father’s back. It isn’t long before feelings develop and it becomes harder and harder to discern between what’s fake and what’s real.
Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
From Estelle Maskame, author of the sensational Wattpad books, comes the first installment in the addicting DIMILY series that follows three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak, and forbidden romance. This trilogy is perfect for readers of teen romance books!
Love is everything but expected.
Eden Munro came to California for a summer of sun, sand and celebrities – what better way to be a regular girl and forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn't seen in three years, a stepmonster and three stepbrothers.
Eden gets her own room in her dad's fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He's got angry green eyes and ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She's never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pull her into their world of rule-breaking, partying and pier-hanging.
And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't...
The Wrong Prom Date by Alexandra Moody
Can a fake relationship land her the prom date of her dreams?
Hayley Lawson has no chance of getting a date to prom. Thanks to a rumor gone wrong, the boys at school are all convinced she's only interested in dating college guys. She certainly isn't holding her breath waiting for someone to ask her to the big dance.
But, when her long-time crush returns to town, Hayley's hopes of landing her dream date suddenly reignite. Owen Beck is everything she's ever wanted in a guy, but after years of waiting, she can't rely on fate alone to bring them together. If she wants to go to prom with him, she's going to have to put her heart on the line and ask him herself. However, her promposal doesn't exactly go to plan, and when Owen's twin swoops in to 'save' her, she ends up in the arms of the wrong brother.
She might still have a chance with Owen though. Ethan knows his brother better than anyone, and he seems to think a bit of good old fashioned jealousy might just get Owen to ask Hayley to the prom himself.
A few weeks faking a relationship shouldn't be too hard. After all, Ethan is nothing compared to Owen. Right?
In Between by Jenny B. Jones
The laugh-out-loud, heart-tugging YA novel that started it all!
She wasn’t searching for a family. They weren’t looking for a daughter.
When the case worker drops Katie Parker off at her new foster parents’ home, Katie knows she’s not staying. In the time it takes to unpack her suitcase, she’s launched a full-scale mission to get sent back to the girls’ home. Live with a pastor and his wife? No, thank you. When phase two of the plan backfires and gets Katie in big trouble, her punishment lands her in a local production of Romeo and Juliet. What does she know about acting? But when she steps into the spotlight, Katie will find more than applause waiting for her on that old, weathered stage.
While Katie slowly adjusts to life with her foster parents, she’ll realize she’s not the only one with a troubled past. Her new family is hiding something, and Katie will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it. Even if that means hanging out with her insane foster grandma, Mad Maxine. If this old lady’s shenanigans don’t get them both thrown in jail, surely Katie will live to uncover the Scott family secrets.
As Katie navigates her new world, she’ll learn that heartbreak comes in all shapes and sizes and love is what makes a family—if she’ll let it. When it’s time to say goodbye, will Katie give it all up to return to her old ways? Or will she finally embrace a new-found faith and a new beginning …in this place called In Between?
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
From beloved Wattpad sensation Ali Novak, author of My Life with the Walter Boys, comes this swoon-worthy YA romcom about a teen who accidentally falls for the lead singer of a world-famous boy band, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Miranda Kenneally
When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry—lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?
First a hit on the online community Wattpad, Ali Novak's second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram
What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?
Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.
Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all.
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless fairytale classic Cinderella.
Heartbreak Cafe by A.R. Perry
Finish senior year by flying under the radar.
Maintain 4.0 GPA
Try not to kill boss
No boys. Period.
*Definitely don't fall for Braden DiMarco's charms... How hard can it be?
Stella Bellemore is about as interested in love as she is contracting the plague. She’s seen what can happen. At least once a week someone is getting dumped at the café she works at. And there might have been a not so little incident freshman year that almost destroyed her. That’s why she’s made a pact with herself to abstain from boys until she graduates college.
But the evil universe has other plans.
Her simple life of school, work, and her mother is about to be turned on its head when she’s forced into tutoring Braden DiMarco, resident serial dater and best friend to her ex-boyfriend AKA the devil himself.
Kissing the Debutant by Michelle MacQueen & Ann Maree Craven
Can a ballerina and an amateur put aside their differences for the sake of dance?
A ballerina only wants to dance…
Lillian Preston has always known who she is, a debutant. The daughter of a famed prima ballerina, she is destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. While attending the prestigious Defiance Academy, ballet is her life until a mishap with a choreographer leaves her without a routine weeks before a competition that could shape her future.
An amateur wants to prove his worth…
Jack Butler loves his family, but he also wants more. A chance to live his dreams. A chance to dance. As an employee at his cousin’s studio, he sees dancers come and go, but he’s never seen anything like Lillian Preston. She is everything he isn’t allowed to want, but the one thing he wants? To dance with her.
A Deal is made…
A school project forces Jack to share his passion for dance as he choregraphs steps for the entire class to see, but he needs a partner. There’s only one girl who can fill that role, one in desperate need of a choreographer. Lillian might hate him, but if she wants to win, she’ll need his help. She agrees to dance for his video, but as they work together, Jack realizes there is so much more to Lillian Preston than ballet. And he’s going to prove it to her.