What's Hot in KU
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Cozy up with these new contemporary romances, available in the Kindle Unlimited library and for purchase on Amazon.com
It Was Still Asher by Emily Lowry
Ask your ex-boyfriend nicely, and he’ll help you chase your dreams. He might even convince you he deserves a second chance…
Kenzie Lee always has a plan. She has no time for boys, her only goal is a scholarship to Stanford. Her dream’s almost within her grasp, but there’s a problem – she has to complete an ambitious project for her application, and she can’t do it alone.
Asher Santos is Beachbreak’s notorious bad boy. He’s also Kenzie’s ex. After mysteriously disappearing last summer, Asher is back in town and on a mission: get his grades up, and go back to Beachbreak High for senior year.
Kenzie has no intention of forgiving the boy who broke her heart when he left without saying goodbye. Until Asher proposes a business agreement. He’ll help with her project, if she helps him improve his grades.
They’ll be coworkers. Nothing more.
But as these exes spend time together again, Kenzie wonders – if Asher is really a ghost from her past, how come she can no longer see her future without him?
It Was Still Asher is the fourth and final book in the Beachbreak High YA sweet romance series. If you like adorable dates, laugh-out-loud moments, and all of the feels, you’ll love Emily Lowry’s sweet romances.
The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
My Twin Sister's Ex by Cindy Ray Hale
Onstage with my twin sister’s ex.
What happens when the kissing scene turns real?
I’ve dreamed of going to theater school for as long as I can remember. When my drama teacher announces a drama competition at our high school, I know it’s the perfect opportunity for me to beef up my college applications. An award like that could help me get into my dream school.
The last thing I was expecting was to get assigned a kissing scene with Bennett. Not only does he think drama is a joke, he used to date my identical twin sister, Jackilyn. Now my only choice is to convince Bennett to actually memorize his lines. I just wasn’t expecting to feel this strongly about him.
I thought drama would be easy to pass. Who knew the teacher would be so tough? If I can’t get my grade up, I won’t be able to graduate. When I get paired with Jessilyn for the drama competition, the first thing I want to do is back out. How am I supposed to perform a kissing scene with my ex girlfriend’s insanely jealous twin?
It was one thing to date Jackilyn. She was one of the mean girls, a total rebel. But Jessilyn is a good girl. I can’t let myself fall for her. She deserves better than a bad boy like me. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. But I’m not sure I can stay away from her, and if I want to graduate, I need a good grade in drama. I’m not so sure I’ll make it out of this with my heart intact.
The Sweet Mountain High series is written by a collaboration of best-selling authors and each book is filled with sweet romance, witty banter, and relatable characters that will feel like your best friends after chapter one!
Face to Face by Penelope Freed
Hannah’s about to get everything she’s ever wanted… but one wrong move could send it all crashing down.
This is going to be the best summer vacation ever. Hannah can’t decide which is more exciting—the prospect of six weeks of pure ballet with Lisa by her side, or spending that time with her new boyfriend. But it turns out the wider ballet world isn’t the same as her small-town studio. Mean girls, jealousy, and an injury she’d like to keep under wraps haunt what should be bliss. Can Hannah keep it together long enough to see her dreams come true?
She may be the baby of the family, but Katy Quinn is ready to step out of the shadows cast by her big brothers and talented best friends. With Hannah and Lisa gone for the summer, JJ starts hanging around more and more, but Katy can’t tell who’s friend JJ wants to be—hers or her brother’s. Will the new girl’s friendship turn out to be something more? And when Katy discovers something she loves just as much as ballet, will her friendships with Hannah and Lisa survive?
Penelope Freed’s Face to Face is the third book in a contemporary YA romance series featuring an LGBTQ+ arc that will have you cheering and a cliffhanger that will make you cry. If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy first kiss, girls being badass, and some literal Black Swan moments then don’t wait. Leap into the world of On Pointe today!
Life as We Know It by Sarah Bates
The last thing Chloe Courtland expected when her parents got divorced was to find herself suddenly thrust into a completely different life…
From the majestic mountains and lakes of her home state of Minnesota to the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys, Chloe goes from being an only child who spends most of her time alone to suddenly finding herself in the center of a large, loud, outgoing, and deeply loyal family, with friends that welcome her into their group as if she’d always been one of them.
And then there’s Hayden, the handsome boy with a past he’d rather forget, and a smile that sends Chloe’s heart racing from the first moment she sees him.
As Chloe figures out how to navigate her way through her new life she soon learns that sometimes life doesn’t always go the way you plan, but that’s okay, because sometimes the last place you thought you’d end up turns out to be the exact place you were meant to be all along.
Trail Crossings by Chrissy Q. Martin
Lucy refuses to bike. Aidan vows to not give up on her. Will she choose the right trail to find healing?
Dealing with survivor’s guilt, Lucy has let her life fall to pieces. Until a crash, she was at the top of the youth mountain biking scene. When Lucy’s best friend, Ava, dies because of the crash, Lucy withdraws from everything in her life. Eight months later, during the summer before her senior year, Lucy is a dark shadow of her former self. Now Lucy’s parents are forcing her to do things and Aidan, her training partner and Ava’s twin brother, reveals his true feelings for Lucy.
Burdened by fear and guilt, Lucy struggles to put together the missing pieces of her former life. Scared to bike and afraid to admit her real feelings, Lucy sabotages Aidan’s attempts to get close to her. Turning to running and a new friend, Lucy discovers she has the choice in which trail to take. Reconnecting with her former friends, Lucy finds the missing piece in her life and decides to bike after Aidan. But Aidan is carrying a guilt as deep as Lucy’s, and when Aidan crashes, Lucy is faced with the same nightmare she thought she outran.
TRAIL CROSSINGS is a story of overcoming guilt, rediscovering yourself, and finding love, all with a side of sports.
Little Games of Love by Gabriela Paz
An unexpected letter can change everything...
Eva Coleman hasn’t always had it easy, but she never stops trying to feel love. With her father walking out on her when she was young and her high school boyfriend breaking her heart years later, Eva spirals into one doomed love experiment after the other.
When Eva meets a charming older Italian guy, Leo, he makes her heart skip a beat, but the timing isn’t right. She thinks starting a romance when she’s about to head off to college will be far too complicated.
While away at school, Eva hopes to forget her pain and find a new path, but instead, she bounces from one regret to the next. Just when things look like they might take a turn for the better, an unexpected letter falls in her lap and her world comes crashing down—leading her to make the biggest mistake yet.
Now, Eva’s questioning everything she believed about herself and her life.Will Eva let this shattering news and her dark past destroy her chance at happiness? Or will she move past it and finally allow herself to find true love?
Sheltering Hope by Belle Barlow
Abigail had sworn she’d never fall in love again. With an ex who’d done his best to grind her into dust, and a budding career in Roller Derby, she told herself she was too busy for anything so benign as dating. But then a tall, handsome man walks into her shelter and suddenly her anti-dating stance doesn’t seem so easy to follow.
Elliot had spent twenty years closing himself off from everyone he possible could, except for his dog Sammi. But loss is a part of loving, and when his beloved companion passes, he finds himself in an animal shelter talking to one of the most magnetic women he’s ever met.
Two broken, hurt people on a precipice with love on the other side. And they will be the ones to decide if they’re able to cross that divide, or if they truly are meant to walk away.