Friday, December 6, 2013

Review: Frigid by J. Lynn

Frigid by J. Lynn
Book One of the Frigid series
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author

***Warning: this book contains mature content, and is for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from 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.

What I Liked:

I read this book a long time ago, you all. Like, back in July. I schedule my reviews, so this one just kept getting pushed farther and farther back, because of all the eARCs and ARCs that I had to read to meet release dates. Or rather, read them before the release dates. So, um, oops?

I didn't love this book, unfortunately. I mean, I liked it. But I didn't love it. I suppose it was worth the read, but I probably won't read it again. I liked Kyler and Syd's story, but it felt very New-Adult-contemporary-romance-y, and you all know how I feel about those. I read Wait For You (but this author, J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout), back in February, and kind of hated it. Typical New Adult contemporary romance novel, in my opinion.

In terms of the romance and characters, this novel is a cliche New Adult contemporary romance novel. But the story is different, because it takes place in a freezing cold cabin, instead of a college or university or something like that. I liked the setting, because it definitely made the chemistry between these two characters sizzle.

One thing that JLA does really well is the chemistry. While I totally think the romance in this novel is cliche and repetitive, the chemistry is hot. JLA always has the pages sizzling, in all of her books. So, I liked the chemistry between the characters.

That's pretty much it.

What I Did Not Like:

Eh, I'm so sick of writing this review. New Adult contemporary romances kill me. I dislike the majority of the ones I read (although there are some exceptions!). I dislike the romance, because usually it's very insta-love-y and cliche. Syd and Kyler are kind of no different. They've been best friends for like, ever, and of course they're in love with each other, but neither of them want confront their feelings.

Blah blah blah.

I also dislike that the plot is very boring. It's all about the romance, and then the climax kind of just flies in your face. That's kind of the reason why the story is boring - it's all about a boring romance. Occasionally, JLA throws in a hot, chemistry-filled scene, but for the most part, the romance is boring. And the plot is boring. 

And the climax is stupid. And the part after the climax is stupid. Everyone feels sorry for themselves. Everyone is wallowing in self-pity. Boohoo for me, I broke Syd's heart. Boohoo for me, I love Kyler but he's a douche. BOOHOO FOR EVERYONE!

And of course, the ending is happy snappy. 

Would I Recommend It:

I mean, ALL the JLA fans will want to read this one, right? Or, they already have. So, while I personally wouldn't tell you to go running to buy this one, most fans of JLA probably would. I don't think this is one of her best novels. I'd recommend other books by her! Like, the Lux series. Or the Dark Elements series. Or any of her adult books. But her New Adult books? Meh.


3 stars. Meh. It was good, but not great. I *might* read the next novels in this series. Might.

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  1. I am a fan of the Lux series, but I haven't read any of JLA's Contemporary Romances, and not really planning to, either. One, like you, Con. Rom. is hard for me to read. Two, I read one swoon from this novel that sounded too much like a Daemon swoon I read before. Sorry, I love Daemon, but I would have preferred if his swoons stayed his own.

    But I'm glad you liked it, still! If you do continue to read the series, I can't wait to see what you think.

    1. Wow, interesting. I wouldn't necessarily say that contemporary romance isn't for me, but NEW ADULT contemporary romance definitely does not seem to be something for me.

      And I totally know what you mean. JLA's swoons are hot hot hot, but several of them keep sounding the same. Like, the starving for oxygen ones. It's the same over and over.

      I'll see about reading the other book(s). Thank you for commenting, Kelsey!

  2. I'm not a fan of contemporary stuff and NA seems too much romance for me, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one! Probably because it's the only New Adult book I've read so far? Is this a series, btw? I thought this was just a stand alone book.

    1. Hmm, well, you can't really say whether or not you like/dislike something when you've only experienced it once! I've read quite a few NA contemporary romance novels, and they're all the same, basically. That's a generalization though.

      It is a standalone, but apparently, there is another book in the works. A companion novel, I'm sure.

  3. Having read and loved her other contemporary work, I was surprised by how much Frigid did not impress me. Like you, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't like a holy smokes deal. Is there a sequel or follow up book in the works?

    1. Exactly! It was a blow to my heart haha. I believe there is a companion novel - Scorched - that follows this book, but features Tanner and Andrea.

    2. I think I'll have to wait that one out. If it gets good reviews I may read it. Who am I kidding? The one and only Jennifer Armentrout has written so I'll read it anyways. She did say it was perhaps the first book she'd written so perhaps she'll get a free pass. :p

    3. Ha! JLA for the win. I totally see where you're coming from :D


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