Like its little sibling Young Adult, New Adult enjoys a diverse readership. It really doesn't matter if you don't fit into the 18-25 age group. Fans of contemporary romance, in particular, will find much to love in New Adult. So if you're feeling curious, go for it! Here are some author suggestions to get you started.
Jay Crownover's Marked Men series follows a group of friends in Denver, Colorado. Among them are a tattoo artist, a metal singer, a soldier, and plenty of other bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold types. The series starts with Rule and continues with Jet and Rome. Crownover's new series is called Welcome to the Point and begins with Better When He's Bad. It follows ex-con Shane Baxter as he leaves prison, looks for answers, and falls for a much-too-innocent girl named Dovie. If you're into star-crossed, mismatched lovers battling personal demons and hashing out their differences--or if you like guys with tattoos and piercings--then these are the books for you.
Carmack's Goodreads biography describes her as "a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters"--in other words, quintessential New Adult. Her series starts with Losing It. The protagonist, Bliss, is tired of being the only virgin in her group of friends, and decides to take care of the situation with a no-strings-attached one-night-stand. But Bliss freaks out and leaves the stranger lying there in her own bed--only to discover, about 8 hours later, that he's her new theater professor. If you like watching characters get into and out of cringe-inducingly awkward situations, this is the book for you! The series continues with Faking It and Finding It. (There are also related novellas, so if you really get into this series, there's plenty to explore.)
Colleen Hoover is one of the most popular New Adult authors, so if you're wanting to explore what it's all about, she's a logical choice. In Hopeless, Sky begins her senior year at a public high school after being home-schooled for her entire life. If that's not enough change already, her world gets far more complicated when she meets Dean Holder, who instantly mesmerizes her and brings back buried memories from her past. This one is full of twists and secrets, so if you like high drama, check it out. Fans can continue the reading experience with Losing Hope, which is told from Dean's perspective. Hoover's other books include Slammed, set in the slam poetry scene, and Maybe Someday, in which an aspiring musician must deal with betrayal at the hands of her boyfriend and her best friend.
If you want a big series to get involved in, Abbi Glines might be your author. Her Rosemary Beach series actually combines three miniseries, so if you start and like it, you're guaranteed to have plenty more reading material lined up for you. The whole thing starts with Fallen Too Far, in which nineteen-year-old Blair trades in Alabama farm life for the Florida coast, where she will be living with her father, his new wife, and her sexy new stepbrother. (And if you need a handy list of all the books in order, Fantastic Fiction is your friend.)
Kiera and Denny have been a happy couple for two years, with no intention of changing that. After high school they move to the city together; Kiera will be in college, and Denny will be starting at his dream job. But when an unexpected circumstance drives them apart, Kiera's loneliness drives her to seek friendship with Kellan, a local musician. Can you say love triangle? Find out what happens in Thoughtless. The series continues with Effortless and Reckless.
In Ten Tiny Breaths, orphan Kacey flees a dysfunctional home with her younger sister Livie, determined to bury the past and to protect Livie whatever the cost. Their journey takes them from Grand Rapids to Miami, where a distressingly attractive neighbor catches Kacey's attention and complicates her already less-than-perfect life. The series continues in One Tiny Lie, Four Seconds to Lose, and Five Ways to Fall.
Tammara's first novel in the Contours of the Heart series is Easy, and it presents a situation that is anything but. The couple at the center of the story meet when Lucas saves Jacqueline from being assaulted, which is hardly a light-hearted "meet cute." When Jacqueline's attacker refuses to leave her alone, Lucas continues to protect her. But of course, this is a New Adult novel, so there are plenty of complications and secrets to keep things interesting. Who can Jacqueline trust? Find out in Easy. The story continues in Breakable.