Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: NA Contemporary
Series: Frigid (Book 1)
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN-10: 1939392756 (Spencer Hill Press)
ISBN-13: 978-1939392756 (Spencer Hill Press)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Sexy, steamy new adult contemporary that is impossible to put down. With a surprisingly sweet romance and a creepy twist in the story, I would recommend this to any new adult fans.
Opening Sentence: I was in love with my best friend.
Sydney is in love with her best friend, and has been for a really long time now. She and Kyler have been best friends ever since she made him eat mud pie in elementary school. Sydney doesn’t want to hurt her friendship with Kyler, so she has never confessed her feelings. Also, it doesn’t help that he is a total player. He doesn’t do relationships, just hookups with pretty much everyone but her. She hasn’t been in a relationship since her last boyfriend totally screwed her over, but if she is ever going to get over Kyler she might need to move on with someone else. It is now winter break before their last semester of college together, and it’s time for their annual ski trip. Sydney has always loved this trip, but this year is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Kyler has always been overprotective of Sydney, she is just so small and needs to be taken care of. To him she is perfect and he will never be good enough to deserve her. He has cared deeply for her for a long time, but she has never felt the same. So Kyler being a guy; has drowned his feelings by hooking up with girls and having tons of meaningless sex. When the two get stranded together at his family’s cabin, their hidden desires start to surface. With their friendship on the line and a creepy stalker giving them a hard time; Sydney and Kyler are in for the ride of their life.
This was told in a dual point of view, which I always really enjoy. Sydney is a witty, cute girl that was really easy to like. She has tons of insecurities, but she puts on a good front and tries not to show her weaknesses. She’s not much of a partier, she would prefer to curl up with a good book instead of going out and getting drunk with her friends. She did have some flaws like over analyzing everything and she was totally oblivious when it came to Kyler. But her faults made her more human and it added great drama to the book. I really liked Sydney and related to her easily.
Kyler is totally hot, but surprising really sweet. Yes, he sleeps around like crazy, but he is always very respectful. He is very confident until it comes to Sydney. She is the one girl he can never have and the only one he has ever really wanted. He is very protective of her and would do anything to keep her from getting hurt. Kyler isn’t perfect, but he was easy to fall for. I loved being in Kyler’s head, he is such a guy and it was nice to have the contrast between the two characters.
Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I even ended up re-reading it a second time this week because I enjoyed it that much. It is sexy, steamy, suspenseful, funny, heartbreaking, and just overall a really great read. I have said this before, but man does Jennifer Armentrout know how to write some hot sex scenes. But the romance is surprisingly very sweet and well developed. The plot was pretty predictable, but it honestly didn’t matter. I love Jennifer’s writing. It is always very engaging and I always find myself caught up in her stories. She is an amazing author and I will read anything she publishes. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys new adult contemporary, it will not disappoint.
I don’t know how I fell asleep with the object of my lust sleeping beside me, but I must’ve, because I could tell hours had passed before the roaring wind woke me. I started to sit up, but I couldn’t move. When what held me down sunk in, my eyes flew open and the air rushed out of my lungs.
Kyler’s arm was curled around my waist, but more than that, his entire body was snug against mine. Every deep, steady breath he took moved through me. His warm breath danced along the back of my neck, sending shivers down my spine. There was no way I could sleep next to him when he was spooning me— really spooning me this time. I doubted even a nun could have that kind of willpower. I wiggled away, getting a couple of inches between us, before the arm around my waist clamped down.
I held my breath.
Kyler dragged me to him, fitting my back to his front and— holy snow bunnies— he was aroused. I could feel him through our pajamas, long and thick, pressing against my rear.
My body immediately responded, going from sleepy to well, hello there in a matter of seconds. Didn’t matter that I told my body not to, or that I really had no idea what to do with all of that. Warmth flooded my veins and an ache hit my core nonetheless.
This was nothing like the sleepovers we’d had as kids.
He murmured something and managed to move closer, his chin finding its way to the sensitive area between my neck and shoulder. Shivers raced across my skin. I think I might have stopped breathing. The arm around my waist shifted, and his hand slid down my lower stomach. The movement had bunched up my shirt, exposing a decent bit of skin. Heart pounding against my ribs, I bit down on my lip until I tasted blood.
FTC Advisory: Spencer Hill Contemporary provided me with a copy of Frigid. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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