Friday, February 14, 2014

Ten Swoony Reads

I love a good swoon. (Just getting straight to the point here, haha). I have chosen some lesser known hidden gem type swoons. These are all YA books I have loved but maybe not talked much about on the blog? I often feel like I constantly rave about my absolute fave reads -- and I really want to make room for books I love that are often shafted in favour of my absolute favourite favourite books (This is not my top ten -- just ten really good, recommended reads).

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

I love this book so much -- and Sam is one swoony guy! He's gorgeous and genuine and has one of those heartbreaking home lives that just makes him all vulnerable. He is also an amazing big brother. And open and honest with his feelings for Ellie. So much swoon and heartache and hope -- definitely check this out if you haven't already (and if you like those vulnerable, sweet and gorgeous guys).

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

This book is gorgeous and quiet and compelling and I really recommend it. Also -- WILL. He's plays ice hockey, he's gorgeous. He's one of those silent types with unreadable looks and the chemistry just rides off him. This book feels real and genuine and the swoon pay-off is definitely rewarding :)

Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian 

This is a swoon for girls who like arty guys with tattoos, mischief and sex appeal. It's a forbidden kind of crush -- he's on staff and she's at a summer art school. Vivian's book Not That Kind of Girl also features oodles of swoon and making out (in haystacks and hidden secret places) -- just an FYI

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

The swoon in this is heartbreaking and romancey and gorgeous. Nico is a male lead that broke my heart just a little -- and made me grin a lot. This is one of my all time fave verse novels

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

The unresolved sexual tension in this book! Johnafter! This is fun and swoony and a definitely guilty pleasure. My fave Echols book :)

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

This romantic verse novel had me sighing and swooning and grinning the whole way through. It's cute and fun and also sexy and addictive. A rainy day feel good read that's high on swooooon factor <3

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us is so much what I love about YA. It's smiley and fun and funny and has this ridiculously swoony slow burn romance. Seriously. It also just felt unique. Like it was just marching along happily to it's own little beat.

The swoon and zingy-fun-antagonistic-cute chemistry between Caymen and Xander = addictive

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

This is a bad boy, antagonistic, slow burn swoon with a huge sexy pay-off. So much unresolved sexual tension -- so addictive. 

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Everything about Finny and Autumn is perfect and complicated and swoony and heartbreaking and just mesmerising. One of my most recent fave YA couples <3

Come See About Me by C K Kelly Martin (a New Adult read)

I'm just going to rip this section straight out of my review for your consideration:


My gosh.

You guys, it would be remiss of me to just get all SWOON and SEXY regarding Liam. Because he is so much more than that. I love all the shades of grey in his character and in his relationship with Leah. Liam is Irish and gorgeous and has some unique background/occupation not often seen in the YA scene making him completely intriguing. He is also complicated, messy, older. And Leah's relationship with him is complicated, messy and definitely older.

A word about the sex: It's sensual and steamy and completely hot. Without the bounds of being a YA book, Martin is able to explore more sexually, and the scenes are essential to the relationship and so gorgeously and evocatively done. The scenes weren't just some steamy filler, guys, they had depth and emotions and all kinds of excitement and confusion that comes with a sexual relationship in your early twenties. Caution: The sex scenes are not fade to black, and are for mature readers, not young teens (IMO).

Have you read any of these? What's the last book that had you swooning?

Also -- I think I'll have to do a follow up post of my actual absolute fave swoons. I feel like I have somehow cheated on my fave couples by not including them here!


  1. Loved Going Too Far, Love and Leftovers and Saving June! I haven't read the others but you made them sound so lovely and swoony, I'll be looking into them for sure!

    1. High five for loving the same three <3

      I think you'd like I'll Be There. it's seriously GOOOOOD

  2. I don't think I've read any of these but I definitely should, apparently! I'll try.

    1. Check out I'll Be There! The sequel comes out soon too (although I had always thought it was a stand alone!

      Also, I think you'd really like Going Too Far :)

  3. Oh my gosh. I only remember reading Going Too Far - and you brought back the feels. Must check out all the rest.

    Naiche @ The Book Girl Reads

    1. Haha, yeah, I got some of the feels back as well when I was browsing my bookshelf looking for what to highlight in this post :)

  4. I actually have five of the books you mentioned (I'll Be There, The Survival Kit, Chasing Brooklyn, The Distance Between Us and Come See About Me) in my tbr pile, so seeing you mention all the swoon that I have to look forward to makes me so happy. Also I love that you shared some under the radar books, these usually end up as my favourites!

  5. Been meaning to read Come See About Me for ages! And I've added Same Difference to the TBR pile. Thanks, Nomes!


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