Review: Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology

Posted March 21, 2014 in Review / 2 Comments

Fifty first timesFifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology
By Julie Cross (Editor)
Published February 25th, 2014
Avon Impulse
350 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Avon Impulse (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)




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About the book:

You always remember your first time…


Whether it’s the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level–or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.


Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters’ lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.


So, you’re not sure you like the new adult genre.  You’re not sure it’s for you.  It’s too contemporary, too real, too angsty, too… whatever!  My suggestion?  Try an anthology.  Try THIS anthology.  It’s only $1.99 on Kindle and Nook.

The authors are what drew me into this anthology.  There are some “reliable” new adult authors in this anthology.  There are also some authors that I had no idea were writing new adult.  It’s a very eclectic list! 

And these stories aren’t all about that famous “first time”.  It’s about all sorts of different firsts.  It was kind of fun to figure out what the “first” was in each story! 


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Here are my short reviews on each of the stories:

The Corner of First and Second by Gennifer Albin – This one was over waaaaaay too soon, just like your first time 😉   Kind of made it perfect, though.  I loved it!

Daylight by Julie Cross – I cried my eyeballs out in the library breakroom and freaked out more than one co-worker in the process; not at all what I expected!!

A Little Too Scarred by Lisa Desrochers – Thank you, Lisa, for writing crappy Rick’s story!  This is where he shows he grew up and became a better person 🙂


Already this book is soooo worth the $1.99.  That’s a large fry at McDonalds and so much healthier!

Once Bitten by Cole Gibsen – I like the writing.

Crash by Sophie Jordan – Hunter’s story!!!  I must have more!!!

Under the Seryn Moon by Melissa Landers – PERFECT sci-fi short romance story.  On Goodreads Melissa actually explains more about what the story is about in the reviewers section 🙂

How to be a Heartbreaker by Lauren Layne – Not what I thought it would be but so rewarding!

Two in the Morning by Roni Loren – At first I was nervous because it was M/M but it was done SO well – loved it!!!

Believe in Me by J. Lynn – Ollie and Brit’s story!!  Seriously, it’s their story!!!   For some reason I have written the words “rattled” and ” ‘she’ shook me”

Sharing Firsts by Molly McAdams – Perfect title!  It’s their first fight; they’ve been together forever.

Strike Out by Myra McEntire – I enjoyed this one because it’s set around baseball and with it being spring training right now…

This is My Sign by Hannah Moskowitz – This is the story I liked the least and it’s only because I’m not a fan of this type of writing.

Going for Broke by Lyla Payne – The whole point of this story was to say to not settle.

For the Sake of Science by Mark Perini – I wasn’t a fan of this one either.  It just kept screaming to me, “written by a guy”.

Love in an Elevator by Carrie Ryan – A lot accomplished in a short!!  Carrie Ryan surprised me 🙂

Bunga Bunga by Andrew Shaffer – I had a total Pulp Fiction moment reading this…

With the Lights On by Alessandra Thomas – Not one of the strongest stories but it was good.

Field Emotions by Melissa West – A fun, quirky one – it totally made me smile when I finished!

Grind by Tracy Wolff – Awwww, what an ending… I love the writing and this writer! Dual POV, too!









About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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