Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mini Review: Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Frigid (Frigid, #1)Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Steph's Rating: 5 stars
Dani's Rating: 3 stars
Overall Rating: 4 stars

*This is a NEW ADULT novel, not Young Adult.*

Format: ebook
Publication Date: July 15th, 2013 (ebook release date)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pages: 240

Goodreads Synopsis:

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Steph's Mini Review:

I loved Frigid so ridiculously much. I can't find words to describe how much I loved this! This is my favorite New Adult book Jen has written so far besides Wait For You, and that is a glowing accolade since I thought things wouldn't be able match Wait For You like, ever (that also 5 stars from me). She beats my expectations every time, and I never get sick of it. This is a short and easy read, and I finished it in one sitting. The plot is startlingly simple, but this book was paced perfectly and written so well that it still gave a sense of completeness.

Sydney has been in love with her best friend Kyler for as long as she can remember since high school, but you know what they say about the "best-friends-turned-lovers" relationship. She's scared that she'll ruin their lifetime friendship by confessing her feelings. It also doesn't help that Kyler's a man-slut and basically knocks up any girl who throws themselves at him. She feels outed, since she's the only one Kyler never seems to want to lay a hand on. Kyler also has been secretly in love with Sydney, but thinks she's way to good for all of his whore-like habits. He takes out his feelings for Syd on other girls, obviously creating a bigger confusion between the two. She's the only one he won't "soil", since she's the only one who's stuck around with him the whole time. When the two get stranded in the midst of a blizzard at a ski lodge, they have to deal with their emotions--and the mistakes Kyler made in the past that have come back to haunt him.

I guess what I really like about this book is that the reader didn't have to wait around for secrets to be revealed. The book is told in both Sydney/Kyler POV so we know how each character is feeling at all times. These best friends definitely are in love with each other and were a match made in heaven, but deep misunderstandings stand between them that only the reader knows at any given time. It's kind of flipped: instead of the reader scratching their head's thinking, it's the characters. As usual, Jen delivers more fantabulous characters I love. Despite their problems, I fell in love with Sydney and Kyler right away. Sometimes in romance novels, characters come across as either shallow or whiny. That's not the case in Frigid, and you'll be sure to be impressed with the character development. And of course, it's always a nice feeling when you know something that even the characters within the book don't ;).

If you like romance, Frigid definitely will not disappoint. This book is mega-watt HOT HOT HOT despite it's snowy setting. Ladies, be prepared to swoon over Kyler Quinn and that 8-pack he carries around.  It's awkward as hell to read sometimes, and we're only dealing with that secondhand. Jen is such a master at creating tension between her characters, and I enjoyed every second of it! Frigid is definitely another JLA (J. Lynn) absolutely-must-read!

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