Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**
Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.
Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?
I stayed perched on the dresser, afraid to move. Not sure what to do or say. I sat there waiting for him to remember I was in the room. His shoulders set in a flex, he banged his fist on the door.
“Hey.” He turned to face me. “Come here.”
“I’m sorry,” Troy whispered in my ear as he buried his face in my hair. “You were right.”
“It doesn’t matter; I know you would never risk what we have for that.” I exhaled, and he held me tighter.
“Redheaded skank?” He leaned back to look at me; a smile crept up the corners of his mouth.
“You should have let me kick her ass.”
“I would have, but”—he grabbed both my hands in his—”I was afraid you would hurt these beautiful hands and then you wouldn’t be able to play. She’s not worth it.”
He kissed one hand and then the other.
The adrenaline from the near fight coursed through me, and I got chills when Troy touched me. My skin was super-sensitive to his touch. My whole body reacted to his kisses.
I grabbed him behind the neck and pulled his face down to kiss his lips. Troy’s tongue touched mine, and I moaned. The sound came from deep inside me. Troy smiled as he kissed me deeper.
His hands massaged my thighs, and I wrap my legs around his waist. I moved my hands to his shoulders and trailed my fingers down his arms and his sides until I reached the bottom of his shirt. I stopped for a second to look into his eyes. I lifted his shirt over his head.
Troy without his shirt took my breath away every time. I had run my hands up and down his cut abs before, but this time, the heat emitting from the tips of my fingers as they touched his body felt amazing. I had a superhero touch.
I explored his stomach with my fingertips, etching the lines in my brain. Troy, with his hands on my thighs, traced a trail from my knees to my butt and didn’t stop there. He moved his hands up my torso, pushing my shirt up along with it. He stopped and stared in my eyes. I removed my hands for a second and pulled my shirt up the rest of the way. I couldn’t wait to get my hands back on his chest and my lips on his neck.
Troy’s hands stopped moving. I removed my lips from the valley on his neck I had grown fond of.
“Just wanted to make sure you were still with me,” he said while moving his hands back down to my thighs. I guess he saw what he needed to see. My nerve endings worked overtime. My body wanted Troy, and without a doubt, my mind wanted him too.
“Nowhere else I’d rather be.” I stretched up to kiss him as I ran my fingers along his side. He shivered at my touch as I pulled him closer. I didn’t remember having this type of effect on a man before. Not from a simple kiss, and not from my touch.
At this point, everything was different.
Reading Another New Life made me realize that New Adult Romance may not be really for me. There’s about a couple of books in this genre that got me totally hooked but most of the time I realized that my mind can’t hold on to believing that a Happily ever after is possible at this age of characters. I mean, I know you start falling in love in this age. It’s where we learn our first heartbreak, where we made our first major decision in life, but experience have thought me that love at this age rarely get to that happily ever after part. Plus nineteen (and younger) and amazing sex would probably never come to terms in my mind forever. But then, I don’t really want to judge a book because of cultural differences and my own opinion on matters like this. So in order to remove biases and judge this book as it is, I decided to not think that I’m reading about kids who just started to see life to what it really is.
If I don’t take into consideration that the characters in this story are only eighteen and nineteen, I’d say that Sydney Aaliyah Michelle had come up with a good plot writing this story. The personalities of the characters was carefully thought of and the way she arrived at the conflict and resolving that conflict was carefully woven. It’s also nice to know that this book is not only about romance, but also about family and friendship. Stories that dwells with something like family and friendship is always a plus for me.
Among all of the characters, I love Darcy the most event if the way she dealt with relationship and men (which really are just boys) tends to make her sound like a slut, I like the kind of friend she can be for Miranda. Plus, she always bring that humor to the story that make her shine and the book easier to get attach to.
Miranda and her musical ability was awe inspiring. I like how braved she was in dealing with her life even if the way she did it was wrong. Although the way she stand up from there was more admirable. Miranda and Troy together tends to be a little mushy at times but they can also be totally romantic. I like how they support each other’s dreams and how they get each other’s back when things get rough. The part where the conflict arises was heart breaking yet it was where you see the beauty of friendship that Darcy and Ryan offered.
It could have gone better if the author let a couple of pages with a few years after to give a window what Troy and Miranda are after the storm and maybe have a clearer understanding if whether they have fixed their bridge to their families specially Troy and her mom.
Aside from that awkward (at least for me) part of imagining two adolescent or at least two young adult who just got off adolescent stage having sex, I’d say that the story was good and I enjoyed it from the start till the end.
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.