The weird magic of New Adult.


God, your late teens/early twenties. How weird were those years? The weirdest, right? You’re trying to figure it out. Who you are, what you’re doing, where you’re going. There’s new expectations placed on you, new responsibilities, and you’re balancing all that with work and/or school, and your social and love lives.

But, at the same time, you’re free. Probably freer than you’ve ever been up until that point. Maybe freer than you’ll ever be again. You don’t have your parents down the hall, and you’re largely in charge of yourself, your future, who you are and who you’ll be. And you can buy a drink legally, which was probably my favorite thing back then. Might still be my favorite thing, come to think of it.

There’s a certain magic in those wild, hazy, sometimes overwhelming years and I love that we have a shelf now full of books dedicated to it. I love that I get to add to that shelf, and my Lane gets to become a place there you can go to buy a drink from a scrappy, pretty waitress who may or may not get into a brawl before the night is over. And maybe on your way out of the bar, you’ll be approached by a shady looking guy who mumbles an invite to an underground fight later. Just be careful if you accept. Accidents have been known to happen down dark alleys. Bring a friend. Preferably someone who’s not afraid to walk the line of legal.


Image and video hosting by TinyPicBri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.

Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue.

Before Bri knows it, she’s caught in the midst of a rivalry between her boyfriend and her boss, both of whom are not content to settle their scores inside the ring. She swore she’d never live this life, so like the one she once ran from. But only by confronting her past can she decide where her future lies…and whether Luke can be a part of it.


You can find Wild Ones over this way.

Giveaway: I’ve got a $15 gift card to the retailer of your choice for a random commenter. Tell me your favorite drink. Your favorite memory from your own wild years. Or just say hey. That works too.

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Kristine Wyllys is a hopeless romantic with crazy hair, big lips, and bigger sunglasses. She lives in a town too tiny to be called one where she plays pretend and dances around a dusty kitchen with a baby on each hip. You can find her everywhere on the web, because she’s a shameless social media junkie.

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26 thoughts on “The weird magic of New Adult.”

  1. Cathy Jarvis Morris says:

    Showing my support for a good friend! I loved the book you are an amazing woman, mom and author.

  2. Catherine says:

    my favorite memory is getting punched in the ear during a metal show. my ear rang for months, but there was this overwhelming freedom to saying “yeah, that’s right. i was out at a metal show at 4am, and i have the bruises to prove it. how you like me now, mom?”

    i am a bit more tame these days, but i still look back on my foolish bravado with fondness.

  3. Alissa says:

    Hey pretty lady <3 your book ;) lol
    Do non alcoholic drinks count? Because this girls loves some fresh brewed un sweetened tea.. and I don't drink a lot :(

  4. Micah says:

    Favorite drink? Well, when I was in that beautiful time of life you just described it was AMFs & vodka. I didn’t like to waste time. Now that I boring? Wine. And beer. Because I’m a grown up.

  5. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Hey-oh! Thank you, Cathy!! <3

  6. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Catherine – that is probably one of the most awesome stories I have ever heard. I do not blame you in the least for looking back on it with fondness. I wasn’t even there and I’m looking at it with fondness and awe.

  7. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Definitely counts, Alissa. Plus vodka goes well with anything should you ever find yourself in the mood. ;)

    High-five for team grownup, Micah! I’m beer and wine these days too but back in the day I was a Jack on the rocks type of girl. Or Jack and chased with grape soda. We called it candy shots.
    …It did not taste like candy.

  8. Justine says:

    Favorite college drink? Ramen broth. As in the flavored water that results from making instant ramen. I didn’t know any better back then to eat cheap but nutritious food like beans. Then my favorite drink could’ve been bean broth.

  9. Kristine Wyllys says:

    I thought I was the only one who drank ramen broth, Justine! High-five, girlfriend. I was never able to get down with beans, no matter how cheap and nutritious they were. We did a lot of beans growing up. I couldn’t touch them once I had a choice – haha!

  10. Cathy Jarvis Morris says:

    Anytime love, favorite drink for me right now is Diet Dr. Pepper… favorite adult drink will always be a White Russian even though Vodka and I have had some issues in the past.

  11. Kyle Creely says:

    I’m the guy that tends to stick towards sport related books. But as soon as I heard Kristine Wyllys was coming out with a book I knew I had to make sure I got a copy for myself. I told the wife I didn’t care if I had to go all the way to Pigfarts to get myself a copy I just knew I had to get one! Great job Kristy, I’m really looking forward to the next book.

  12. Kyle Creely says:

    My favorite drink is the Jäger shot.

  13. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Oh, God, Cathy. Vodka and I have had issues in the past as well. So so good and so so cruel.

    KYLE. Do you think they have a Home Depot on Pigfarts? Haha. Love you!

  14. Brenda Broome says:

    I love your book, you are famous to me without it. And you know I like gummie bears LOL.

  15. Kyle Creely says:

    They have Home Depot everywhere. I will see you there

  16. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Vodka gummies! Y’all, I probably should not admit that I am so uncool that my Nana took pity on me and commented, but I feel like everyone should know that my Nana introduced me to Vodka gummy bears. ;)

  17. Nina says:

    My drink of choice is clearance wine. If I have some extra pocket change I upgrade to the Barefoot. As far as stories go, I once drank wine on a bus.

    I’m pretty serious about the wine.

  18. Cathy Jarvis Morris says:

    There is no shame in your Nana showing support, and I personally think it is awesome that she showed you the world of alcohol laced candy! Sounds like my kinda Nana!

  19. Josh Walker says:

    Your book was absolutely amazing I loved every second of it even if it was a different genre than i am used to. Favorite drink is definitely Jose Cuervo Tequilaaaaaaa!!! My favorite memory is of a time right after my high school graduation when my class visited the beach. I had 9 shots of Cuervo, 3 beers, and a cup of whiskey. Needless to say, I woke up at 5 in the morning blacked out on the beach and the only thing I remember was going to my friends house and two girls wanting me to go into a bedroom. BUT wait there’s more, then I was walking back to my house and got a ride from the cop working there and still somehow didn’t get busted.

  20. Bonnie Husted says:

    Probably My Favorite Memory Of My Wild Years Is My Senior Prom. I Was In England, Totally Legal To Drink. My Friends And I Got Drunk, Ditched Prom And Went To The Base Club, Where We Continued To Drink Until The Sun Came Up. We Haphazardly Made Our Way Back To Our Hotel Room Singing “The Taste Of Ink” By The Used At The Top Of Our Lungs. My Favorite Drink Then Was A Dead Man Walking. These Days A Vanilla Vodka And Coke. Mmm.

    Oh And Heyyyy.

  21. Steph says:

    I cannot wait for the next book!!! He’ll I can’t wait for the next hundred that you’ll write. The will be hundreds right?!?

    Hmm favorite drink, some fun concoction they have at TGIFridays that they pour some kind of liquor over cotton candy. No clue what it’s called.
    And heaven couldn’t count the amount of crazy that occurred in my teens. And who knows the statue of limitations on some. ;)

  22. Steph says:

    I love when auto-correct makes me look stupid.

  23. Kristine Wyllys says:

    You guys are my absolute favorites in all in time and space.

  24. Leslie says:

    Heyyyy gorgeous!!!! So…alcohol…yeah….give me rum, yo. Rum and coke make this girl happy.

    Ohh, and hayyyyyyy :-D

  25. Paula Stubbe says:

    Congrats Girl proud of you

  26. Kristine Wyllys says:

    Hey-ohhhh! Thank you, Leslie & Paula! In fact, thank y’all so much! <3

    & according to random picker, Cathy, you win the bribe… er…I mean GIVEAWAY. Email me ( to name your retailer! :D

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