Title: Anything But Minor
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 15
“She’s a nerd.”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”
A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 9 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie.
Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published four novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar, The Fall, The Mind and The Heart.
Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with 'hard to get' happy endings because it's what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.
In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.
What was my favorite thing about this book? Alice.
This. Woman. She walked onstage, stole the spotlight, and got a standing ovation from me. Why did I love her? Let me count the ways.
She was intelligent. Not only was she extremely smart, but she was one of my favorite types of heroines: a nerd! She had a google addiction and liked to learn obscure facts on a daily basis. She loved old 80's movies and had a VHS collection of them that she watched an obsessed over. She was just a shade socially awkward and clumsy. Add up all of her quirks and she was one hot mess of fun.
She respected herself. This was one of those kickass heroines that regularly put the cocky man who was used to getting his way in his place. She wasn't stupid enough to fall into his bed just because he told her a few practiced lines and flattered her. I lost count of how many times I sat back in shock and started laughing at how perfectly she owned him like a boss. And all he could do was keep coming back for more.
She was a flight instructor! I love any book where the heroine works in a male dominated field, but I was especially loving the fact that she was a pilot.
Overall, she was just this fascinating mix of contradictions and unique qualities. She had a fresh innocence and honesty to her that was so appealing. She said what was on her mind and what she wanted with no artifice. She may have been inexperienced because of her strict upbringing, but she was shedding all of her inhibitions, embracing life, and finding joy in every day.
I'd been dying in a gray hell, longing for a taste of everything for as long as I could remember, and I would take a bite out of it all.
Rafe is a pitcher in the Minor leagues and known for seeing women as nothing more than a temporary good time. His focus has always been on his career, and he's never found anyone that's made him re-think his stance on casual sex. When Alice comes to town and has a couple of embarrassing mishaps with him, he's drawn to her sweetness and straightforwardness. But all the attraction in the world won't convince her to be just another one of his women. I loved the fact that Alice and Rafe started out as friends. It forced him to get to know her at a deeper level and it was hilarious to see him trying to hide his true feelings and keep cool in front of her.
The way their relationship naturally developed was highly entertaining, filled with sexy innuendo and naughty temptations. And to see them evolve into a deeper understanding of one another was a beautiful thing. She made him want to be the best version of himself that he could be to deserve her.
I'm hoping that there will eventually be a series so that these secondary characters can have their own stories told. The side story with Rafe's friends was well done, adding a hint of conflict and depth to the overall plot. I would love to see each of them get their HEA in the future! If this is an example of what Kate Stewart has to offer, than sign me up for every book she releases in the future. I was just that impressed and captivated with this! If you love sports romance, quirky heroines, and rom-coms that will keep you smirking and giddy from one minute to the next...read this book!
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