Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I honestly expect every book I read to be 5 stars, so I’m branching out on my own today and changing my topic to:

Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance

1. If you liked Second Chance Summer, try Left Drowning.


What they have in common: Big on emotions, dealing with grief, and great friendships.

2. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, try Bright Side.

What the have in common: Big on emotions, star-crossed lovers, great friendships, lots of great quotes, and tears.

3. If you liked Nowhere But Here, try Nine Minutes.

What they have in common: Motorcycle gangs, mysteries, and romance.

4. If you liked On Thin Ice, try The Deal.

What they have in common: Hockey players falling in love and great friendships.

5. If you liked Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda, try Him.

What they have in common: Sweet LBGTQ+ romances.

6. If you liked Catching Jordan, try Sacked.

What they have in common: Football players falling in love.

7. If you liked The Distance Between Us, try Jock Row.

What they have in common: Cute, feel good romances.

8. If you liked When It’s Real, try Maybe Someday.

What they have in common: Musicians.

9. If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, try Spanish Lessons.

What they have in common: Study abroad romances.

10. If you liked Cold Day in the Sun, try From Lukov with Love.

What they have in common: Strong female athletes who push the limits.

72 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Help You Transition From YA to NA Contemporary Romance”

  1. Loved this list! I need to check out some of these NA books, because I loved a lot of the YA ones you mentioned. I’m going to make Andy read Maybe Someday for his little review guest post thing I’m starting on my blog, because it’s my favorite CoHo book haha.

    1. Yay! I hope they work out for you! I can’t wait to hear what Andy has to say about Maybe Someday.

  2. I love this! And your recommendations!

    I have to be in the mood for YA and it seems NA lately, too. I think I binge-read so many NA books a few years ago that I got burnt out on them.

  3. Love your picks, Deanna, and the ones I’ve read seem so spot-on. Nowhere But Here to Nine Minutes. Yep, can totally see that. (I seriously loved the Thunder Road series.) Off the Ice to The Deal. Yes! Such a great jump there from YA to NA. And Simon Vs. to Him. You nailed it. (And both of those were 5 star reads for me which is super rare.) Great spin on the topic!

  4. I love your topic this week and some of your recommendations are on point. I forgot how brilliant a book Sacked was and it’s definitely a good one to follow Catching Jordan.

  5. I tend to read a lot of five-star books. Mostly because I know which books I tend to like!

    NA has such a bad reputation and it’s really a shame, because right now there’s a lot of Upper YA that could be classified as NA, but it gets shelved as YA (like Fangirl) or adult (like Ninth House) because publishers don’t like NA.

  6. What an interesting idea for a list! I have only heard of a few of these, but there are some that I think I’ll need to check out.

  7. Ooooh, I love this idea! But haha, this made me laugh, after you saying you like romance. xD Yes, I can see that. I like how you did this, though, and I really need to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapians Agenda still!

  8. Love this list! This is a really unique idea and I may have to steal it sometime. I always struggle to think of topics to do on Tuesdays if the theme doesn’t apply to me.

  9. What a great post! Gotta admit, I want to check out cold day in the sun cos I liked from lukov with love (which is kind of the wrong way round 😉 ) And also want to read left drowning, cos I liked second chance summer 🙂

  10. You make a very good point – I also expect (or at least hope) every book I read will be a 5-star.

    I love the topic you chose, instead. I read quite a bit of NA romance, as well as a fair amount of YA books so it’s nice to see the transition. And I’ve added a few more books to my ever-growing TBR because of your post 🙂 Thanks for sharing it and happy reading!

  11. Great list! I confess I’m not a big fan of NA romance because of those steamy scenes, but I did enjoy Maybe Someday… I hope to read Maybe Now some time soon. 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      Have you ever read Nine Minutes? I think you would probably like that one because it’s not a romance. It’s actually a psychological thriller. I also think Mariana Zapata might be okay for you because she is very slow burn and very few sex scenes. And Bright Side would most likely be okay, too.

  12. Love your take on this week’s prompt! I haven’t heard of many of these YA and NA titles but I am looking forward to trying From Lukhov with Love 😍 Zapata is amazing! Great list 🙂

  13. Really like this idea for a post. I think I’ve only read Anna and the French Kiss, so will have to check out the title you mentioned for if you liked that book 🙂

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