10 New Adult Romance Books Like After

New Adult Romance

After by Anna Todd is a popular romance series that contains five books. It follows our main character, Tessa, a good girl. She comes from a single-home family, and she was going to college when we were first starting this book. She has a boyfriend who is a year younger. So college itself is scary for her because she has no one. She will know at this state university, and she’s very insecure about that factor.

Tessa finds that she is the complete opposite of her roommate and has friends opposite her. One of the roommate’s friends is Hardin, a typical bad boy. In this book, we have an element of self-journey in discovering who Tessa is and what she wants for herself, and she’s splitting away from a lot of what she was raised to be. Also, we are dealing with Hardin Scott’s past as these two characters come together.

Books like After showcase the emotional complexities of romantic relationships, making them compelling reads for those who enjoy emotional storytelling. Themes like coming-of-age, sexual awakening, and the challenges of young adulthood resonate with a broad audience, especially younger readers.

10 Books Like After (Adult Romance)

After is an overhype romance series book and the most-watched movie on Netflix. This romance does have some form of cheating involved in it. Here, you will find an enemy-to-lover, friend-to-lover, bully, angsty, campus romance, one-night stand, and many popular tropes. If you like these tropes, then you will love my lists. I will talk about 10 books similar to the After series for you.

If you’re a fan of dramatic twists, love triangles, and intense conflicts, these books deliver in spades. They are designed to be page-turners, with many cliffhangers and dramatic moments that keep you engaged from beginning to end. Let’s go!

NameKey FocusTropes
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireIntense, tumultuous college romance between good girl Abby and bad boy Travis.Enemies to lovers, bad boy redemption, love triangle, will they or won’t they, college setting, friends to lovers, alpha male, tortured hero, emotional baggage, dark pasts.
Breathe by Abbi GlinesA summer romance unfolds between a small-town girl working in a beach resort and a famous rock star.Rich boy/poor girl, celebrity falls for ordinary person, summer romance, coming of age, emotional baggage, friends to lovers, protective hero, family drama, hidden identity, workplace romance.
Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle MaskameA complicated romance blooms between stepsiblings Eden and Tyler as they grapple with family secrets and personal demons.Forbidden love, stepsibling romance, summer setting, bad boy with a soft side, family drama, hidden secrets, coming of age, emotional baggage, love-hate relationship, troubled past.
True by Erin McCarthyCollege student Rory falls for her savior, bad boy Tyler, as they navigate the complexities of their different worlds and personal struggles.Bad boy/good girl, opposites attract, college setting, protector hero, hidden vulnerabilities, friends to lovers, family drama, emotional baggage, socioeconomic differences, unlikely pair.
Lost & Found by Nicole WilliamsA passionate and emotional love story between a city girl named Rowen and a cowboy named Jesse, as they find love and healing on a Montana ranch.City girl/country boy, summer romance, troubled pasts, emotional healing, opposites attract, slow burn romance, dark secrets, family issues, bad boy with a heart of gold, personal growth.
The Deal by Elle KennedyCollege hockey star Garrett strikes a tutoring deal with music major Hannah, leading to unexpected love and personal growth.Fake relationship, college setting, sports romance, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, will they or won’t they, hidden trauma, unexpected alliances, sexual tension, banter-filled romance.
Wait for You by J. LynnCollege student Avery moves to escape her traumatic past but finds unexpected love with the enigmatic Cameron, uncovering both their hidden scars.Tortured hero and heroine, college setting, mysterious past, slow burn romance, will they or won’t they, friends to lovers, protective male lead, dark secrets, emotional baggage, mutual healing.
Bully by Penelope DouglasHigh school enemies Tate and Jared navigate a love-hate relationship steeped in pain, revenge, and unresolved tension before finding their way to each other.Enemies to lovers, high school setting, dark romance, love-hate relationship, childhood friends turned enemies, bully romance, redemption arc, hidden vulnerabilities, emotional baggage, second chances.
Paper Princess by Erin WattAfter Ella’s mother dies, she’s thrust into the luxurious world of the Royal family, navigating a web of intrigue, wealth, and complicated relationships, especially with one of the Royal brothers, Reed.Rags to riches, enemies to lovers, high school setting, rich family dynamics, love-hate relationship, brooding male lead, fish out of water, forbidden romance, family secrets, alpha male.
Stuck-Up Suit by Vi KeelandAfter Ella’s mother dies, she’s thrust into the luxurious world of the Royal family, navigating a web of intrigue, wealth, and complicated relationships, especially with one of the Royal brothers, Reed.Rags to riches, enemies to lovers, high school setting, rich family dynamics, love-hate relationship, brooding male lead, fish out of water, forbidden romance, family secrets, alpha male.
Books Like After List

1. Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster is insanely close to the After series. You’re going to be obsessed with it. The story is about a girl, Abby, who is in college. She has a best friend named America. America’s boyfriend is Travis Maddox. He and Abby don’t get along when they first meet, but somehow, they strike this bet with each other. If Travis loses, he has to stay abstinent for one month. But if Abby loses, then she has to live with Travis in his apartment for the same amount of time.

So, from there, we’ll see a little growth in the relationship. One of the main reasons this story reminds me of After is that Abby and Tessa’s characters are very similar, as are Travis and Hardin. So if you like the characters from After a lot, you will like Beautiful Disaster. It’s also a very similar circumstance and takes place in college.

Beautiful Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Contemporary Women Fiction, College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Audio CD

2. Breathe (Sea Breeze)

This is a new adult companion novel series, meaning each book follows a new set of characters, but all are related. There are nine books in all, so eight couples. This book series takes place in Alabama and follows many college students and their relationships. That is similar to After.

There are many characters in this series, but many are very similar to Tessa and Hardin and share different characteristics. The writing style and the general feel of the books are very reminiscent of After.


Author: Abbi Glines
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Emotions & Feelings Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

3. Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMILY)

This is a young adult series. All the book in the series carries a lot of similarities to After. The two main characters in the DIMILY series are Eden and Tyler. Tyler and Hardin are similar. They’re both bad boys, and they both have troubled family lives. Troubled pasts got into the wrong things at the wrong time.

Also, Eden and Tessa might share their desire to save people. The series is super drama-packed and intense, and many similar struggles go on between Hardin and Tessa. Eden and Tyler are slightly different because even in Tyler, step-siblings had never met before and met for the first time and ended up falling for each other.

It is unconventional and sounds super weird when you first hear about it. There are also a lot of similarities that go on in the series. So if you like the plot events that go on in After and like bad boy characters with a soft side, you will enjoy that series a lot.

Did I Mention I Love You

Author: Estelle Maskame
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

4. True (True Believers)

This book follows a girl named Rory who’s in college. She’s a nursing student, and when her roommates find out she’s never had sex before, they decide to make it their mission to help her lose her virginity. To do that, they get a guy named Tyler, who one of the roommates had hooked up within passing. Also, he is known for hooking up with girls around school and in their friend groups. They decide to hire him to help her lose her virginity, but they don’t tell her.

So Tyler is going after her, and she’s falling for him. Just from that synopsis, you might be able to find similarities to Hardin as well. Tyler has a similar troubled past type of deal that many of these male characters tend to have. He has a troubled family life. Moreover, he’s having trouble with school, like many different things that Hardin goes through.


Author: Erin McCarthy
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Sports Romance
Available: Paperback | Kindle

5. Lost & Found

This is a companion series, but three books about this initial couple and two books about a different couple. It’s a role reversal, but it still feels similar to After. The story follows a girl named Rowen, who gets sent to Montana for the summer because her mother is done dealing with her aunties.

Rowen wants to get into art school, and her mother is against it. So she sends her to Montana to her best friend’s farm, and she stays there for the summer to work for them. On this farm, she meets the people’s son, whose name is Jesse, who’s a sweetheart guy. He’s so perfect, and it follows the relationship. There are many similarities between the main girl, Rowen, and Hardin. Also, Tessa and Jesse have that much in common.

Lost & Found

Author: Nicole Williams
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

6. The Deal (Off-Campus)

There are four books, and they all take place at this college. Every single book follows a different couple in this one friend group who go to Briar University in Massachusetts. It’s a fake college, and it’s super fun and cute. You’ll love this series if you haven’t checked it out yet. Every person in the series has fallen in love with the four boys featured.

The Deal is about Hannah and Garrett. The main basis of the story is them in college living life. If you’re a fan of After, you’ll like it because it has that similar college vibe and great characters. Every single one of the boys will be your new book boyfriend. You’ll be like Hardin.

The Deal

Author: Elle Kennedy
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Sports Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

7. Wait for You

This is a new adult series, and it’s about a girl (Avery) and her experience as a freshman in college. She meets a boy (Cameron) on the first day of college. She runs into this guy in the hallway, and he’s super cute and good-looking. But Avery discovers he has a big reputation for being a player.

Cameron lives across the hall from her apartment, and they become friends. Many things happened in it that I was not expecting at all. It’s all different couples from the friend group aspect.

Wait for You

Author: J. Lynn
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Women’s Literary Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

8. Bully (The Fall Away Series)

This book follows two neighbors who grew up as best friends, but they suddenly become enemies for some reason. It’s a boy and a girl. Tate and Jared are their names. Also, they become mortal enemies. Jared is so mean to Tate. She goes away, and she comes back for her senior year, and she’s done putting up with him. Jared and Hardin (After) are mean and bad boys but have a good heart.

It does occur in high school, not college, but it’s still fun for their seniors. So it’s not too different in age, but I recommend this. It was super fast to read, and you will enjoy it.


Author: Penelope Douglas
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

9. Paper Princess (The Royals)

This book is about a girl named Ella, who has grown up with her mom. She’s never known about her father, and her mother passed away. She’s left to fend for herself. Ella is working at a strip club, and she’s in high school still. Then, suddenly, this guy shows up named Callum.

Callum claims to be her father’s best friend. Ella goes with this man and decides to stay because he forces her. His four sons are brutal, and they all hate her. Somehow, it turns into a romance, and a lot of crazy stuff happens at rich kid schools. Like the After series, there are many characters and plot similarities that you can relate to easily.

Paper Princess

Author: Erin Watt
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Contemporary Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

10. Stuck-Up Suit

This is a romance book about a girl, Soraya. One day, she’s on the train, going to work in New York City. There’s a guy (Graham) standing next to her. But Graham is on the phone, barking at somebody, being rude, and annoying. She’s disgusted by his behavior. He gets up to leave the train, and his phone falls. So she picks up his phone and has to find a way to return it to him, and their story doesn’t end there.

They all start with this simple plot that these two people meet somehow. But a whirlwind of events that has to happen is a huge plot twist. There are some similarities with the After series. Soraya reminds you sometimes, Tessa, because of the observation and attitude. She is independent and has a particular essence that Tessa doesn’t hold. They have a different type of independence. Graham could be compared to Hardin a little bit.

Stuck-Up Suit

Author: Vi Keeland
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Contemporary Women Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

Beyond romance and drama, these books tackle real-world issues like family dynamics, self-esteem, and the complexities of intimacy, adding another layer of relatability and depth. For readers who enjoy escaping into the ups and downs of a romantic relationship, they provide that escapism.

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