June 19, 2013

Frigid - J. Lynn

Frigid - J. Lynn
Frigid by J. Lynn
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Source/Format: BEA 2013 || ARC
[I received this book from the publisher. This in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review.]

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. 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. (from Goodreads)

Frigid is a story where you know what to expect from the start - a romance (!) between two best friends(!). It's true that there's nothing very new about this. But this novel had me grinning like an idiot, sighing with frustration and getting flustered with all the hot and heavy action. While it isn't an earth-shattering read, it was diverting and fun and just the thing for a Saturday afternoon.

There's something compelling about two people who know each other so intimately realizing that they want more than just friendship from each other. It's a tried and tested trope, and one that's a particular favorite. It's really no surprise that I adored witnessing Sydney and Kyler's friendship and their progression to something a little bit more. There's a sweetness, a tenderness, a hesitance when it came to taking their relationship to the next level, which made me both go "Awww" and want to yell at them to "HURRY THE F**K UP!" Of course, I totally cracked a smile when silly, awkward things would happen and grunted in annoyance when things didn't happen. And I totally blushed and grinned like an idiot when sweet, naughty things took place!

My only reservation lies in the random side story about someone stalking them, as mentioned in the summary. It felt too random, and the actions were incredibly dangerous over something that seemed a bit too petty. (Then again, who am I to judge?) It certain created opportunities for Kyler and Sydney to get closer, which was nice. But I'm still skeptical as to the real purpose it served in this story.

I've never read a novel by Armentrout before, but Frigid was a pleasant surprise. It was fun, quick and easy, which was perfect for when I need a break from my hard-hitting fantasy and dystopian reads. Even though it read a little like fan fiction, I still found it a pleasant enough ride - filled with enough sexy times and swoons and insanely attractive people to make it worth my while.

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  1. Ooh! This one sounds really good! Like perfect for a summer afternoon when all you want is a good romance! And I definitely LOVE when two friends fall in love. Great review! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

  2. LOL This sounds like my kinda book! You initially had me at "grinning like an idiot".... but you really drove it home with "getting flustered with all the hot and heavy action". YOU CRACK ME UP! Adding this one to my list---- maybe a good Kindle buy???

  3. I looooove JLA's romances so much and I can't WAIT to read this one. So glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. Romance between friends are def not new but they still remains some of my fav romantic stories so I'll keep my eye on this one. Plus it's JLA and I know how well she creates chemistry between a couple. The stalking this is odd if it feels out of place but at least it doesn't ruin the whole book. Fab review, doll!

  5. I absolutely ADORE JLA. You must try her Lux or Covenant series! And I really cannot wait for Frigid, been looking forward to it forever! Also, the best friends romance trope is one that I love. =)

  6. This is one of the first reviews I've seen for this book and I'm glad it is positive. I've dabbled in Armentrout's paranormal stuff, so I'm curious how she does contemporary.

    Also, I think this book could start like a new thing...winter time romances instead of summer romances ?

  7. I'm so happy you're no longer a JLA virgin lol. She truly is my fave author! I still need to read this, sigh. So glad you enjoyed this. Great review!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to read this book! I was able to read the first three chapters online, and now nothing else sounds good. I hope it releases a little early. I'm glad for the most part that you enjoyed it.

  9. I've only read Armentrout's "J. Lynn" books but they are usually fun reads that I really enjoy. I can't wait to read this one after your review!

  10. I absolutely loved Wait for You by J.Lynn and definitely want to read more by her. I'll be adding this to my list :-)

  11. I like the cover for Frigid and this one looks pretty sizzling and also I love the whole friends into lovers trope too!


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