Thursday, 18 July 2013

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

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Author: J. Lynn / JLA
Series: Frigid
Pages: 240
Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

I am a huge J. Lynn / Jennifer L. Armentrout fan and I literally stopped everything I was doing to read Frigid when my pre-ordered copy appeared on my kindle.

I adore the friends to lovers’ trope and Kyler Quinn and Sydney Bell have been best of friends and inseparable since childhood. Sydney’s feelings though go beyond what they share but she knows that Kyler is a love-em and leave-em kind of guy so she has never acted on it to avoid ruining their friendship.

When they end up stranded on a ski resort because of a snow storm, it’s where their friendship is tested, emotions are high and they act on their feelings but not without misunderstandings, drama and a bit of mystery thrown in with someone trying to cause a bit of grief and destruction.

Sydney was a likeable and relatable heroine but how she put up with Kyler’s string of one night stands whilst being in love with him was beyond me. Kyler was possessive and protective towards Sydney which at times was a little cave man but I came to like him and his smexy cockiness as the book progressed, he just wasn’t one of my favourite JLA characters unfortunately.

The writing is wonderful and I really enjoyed the dual points of view and although the story is predictable it was entertaining and fun none-the-less. To me it definitely read more like an adult romance rather than new adult though.

Overall, Frigid was a quick and easy read filled with a lot of elements I tend to appreciate in a contemporary romance – mild drama, believable emotions, and smexy moments. It is a nice friend to lovers’ story which I enjoyed but wasn’t completely wowed by, I’m still excited to read the next book in the Frigid series.

 

About the author (from Goodreads): # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

18 comments:

  1. I just read Frigid and really enjoyed it. I'll read pretty much anything Jennifer Armentrout writes ;) I agree with you about the romance being more adult. Great review!
    -Montana @ The Book Belles

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    1. Thanks Montana, I adore JLA <3 her writing is always amazing.

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  2. This was my least favorite J.L.A book. I really wanted to like it, but the characters were so darn frustrating. I personally liked Wait for You better. Also, even the plot was so predictable, that there was nothing really holding my attention.
    I'm glad that you liked it despite a few issues. I also thought the book read more like adult than new adult because of the insane amount of sex in the book.
    Anyways, lovely review, Sharon!

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    1. Me too Nick! I much preferred Cam & Wait for You. This was definitely more like an adult book, very smexy!

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  3. I like friendship to love, but it sounds like the characters had some issues. Great review, I love author and will probably read one day..but no rush. Thanks Sharon this was a wonderful review!

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    1. Thanks Kimba! The friends to lovers trope is my favorite.

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  4. It's nice seeing a review of this book that isn't a million stars. And I think 80% of NA nowadays is Adult which is hurting the NA reputation I think. Just call it Adult, people read adult.
    Anyway, I've liked all her books but I'm just not really excited for this one. I think it's that cheesy cover...(why is he shirtless in the snow?)

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    1. I thought the same thing when I first saw the cover Nereyda!(although I do love that smexy chest ;)

      I've loved everything so far by JLA but this one didn't wow me unfortunately.

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  5. I want to read this book!
    Christine Cushing

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon Christine :-)

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  6. I'm glad you reviewed this one! The reviews have been so mixed, it seems like it's just a "meh" kind of book. :/ I don't like the Hs who do the constant ho'ing around while the heroine suffers in love with him plots, even in a friends-to-lovers story. At least I can cross this one off of my to-read soon list. Wonderful review as always, chica. :)

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    1. Thanks Barbara! I usually end up swooning or thinking for a while after reading a JLA book but not this one unfortunately, it was still enjoyable but too predictable.

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  7. SMEXY. YES. I preordered this one and I INTEND to get to it ASAP. I have to say, it sorta bums me out that it was just an "okay" read for you, Sharon - I think I've come to feel like JLA can almost do no wrong! But I really appreciate your honesty, and I am glad despite the bumps in the road, you still found some things to enjoy in Frigid.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Molli

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    1. This is my first less than 5* JLA read, it was good but not brilliant as her other books have been for me. I can't wait to see what you think Molli :-)

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  8. I'm currently making my way through this. I really hope I like it. Based on your review it seems ok but I'm really worried it's like WFY which I wasn't really pleased with :/

    I do love the sexual tension between Syd and Kyler though!

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    1. The sexual tension was great! I hope you enjoy this Jaz :)

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  9. I have been wanting to read this since my pre-ordered appeared to, but I just haven't had the time with review books. Great review. It does seem like so many of NA contemporaries are becoming predictable doesn't it. I have read so many lately, they seem to run together and I have to stop and think about who and what went with which book. Nevertheless, I do enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I feel the same Ellen, there are very few I actually remember.

      I hope you enjoy reading this one, I look forward to seeing what you think :)

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