Friday 15 July 2016

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart

Title: Anything But Minor
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 15

Add to your TBR:

Book Description:

“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.”

Buy Links:

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I may have just peed a little.”

Kate Stewart has given me the impossible task of trying to convey in words just how perfect this book is. This is BY FAR my favourite book of 2016 by a country mile. Everything about this book was romantic comedy at its best, hilarious, romantic, swoony, sexy, fun, flirty and just so darn perfect. I had tears of laughter and I mean streams of tears, belly laughs and a stitch many, many times. The heroine is to die for, my favourite heroine EVER. I want to be Alice, I loved her that much. But, Anything but Minor can also tick the boxes for those looking for a sports romance too, our hero in this book is a baseball player.

Alice has left her controlling mother behind, finally. This book starts with Alice leaving her hometown and embarking on a whole new adventure on her own in Charleston. Never having been out from under her mother’s apron strings Alice makes the most of her new life and wants to see new things and try new things mostly with catastrophic, hilarious results. Our Alice though is a nerd, she has beauty and brains and is a trained pilot and a Kelly McGillis Top Gun type flight instructor for Boeing, but the poor girl is a klutz. Alice though is totally endearing, there is nothing not to love about her. She has an hilarious addiction to Google, 80’s movies, useless trivia and when nervous may pee herself.  But I loved her with a passion, her personality was truly infectious. Alice made this book for me and as I said above, best heroine EVER!

“I’ve been in the air, gentlemen, and often. If you want to compare swords with me, simply open up your packet and take a look at my flight log. I don’t need your respect but I do need your attention.”

It is while embarking on something new that Alice finds herself at a baseball game and starts chatting to the lady sitting next to her called Dutch. Dutch is an old lady and is well versed in all things baseball and she takes Alice under her wing. It is here that Alice first catches a glimpse of Rafe Hembrey and she is immediately captivated.

Rafe “Bullet” Hembrey is the star pitcher and is on the cusp of making it to the big leagues. His team know the call up is going to come anytime as he pitches perfect game after perfect game. Rafe has lived and breathed baseball since he was three years old, it is his love and passion and the only thing he has ever wanted. Rafe nearly got that chance a couple of years ago but it was cruelly taken away from him, but this is his year and in all fairness probably not the best time to embark on a new relationship, or should I say his first relationship. But just as Alice is captivated by Rafe, Rafe is just as enamoured with her…could this be the start of something beautiful?

“You aren’t ready for the real.”

Rafe’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him so he has his work cut out to prove his sincerity towards Alice, but it is this slow build, their friendship first and foremost and that eventual move to more that really captures the essence of this book. Rafe works his socks off to capture Alice’s affections giving us some truly magical, memorable moments. I totally adored this couple, I was championing them along from the start.

“You gave me my movie moment…stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.”

Kate Stewart has truly shown her sense of humour with Anything but Minor and I am totally blown away by her talent, is there nothing that this woman cannot write? I adore Kate Stewart’s emotional, angsty books, I can always rely on her to make me cry a river, but for her first attempt at romantic comedy…she nailed it and made me cry a river for a totally different reason. I cannot remember ever having laughed so hard over a book, my kids thought I was crazy as did the people in the supermarket and on the school run, dinner may have been late so I could finish but at the end of the day, I couldn’t put it down. It was that addictive, captivating and all-consuming.

“Don’t you dare pee on my floor!”

I loved the side characters, they all had their parts to play and their little side stories were just as captivating. I highlighted a tonne, not just one liners, but total scenes that all shone for either their comedic genius or their emotional pull on every heart string. I found myself swooning one minute and then crying with laughter the next, such was the brilliance of Kate Stewart and her fantastic play in flip flopping emotions and lightening a scene when you least expected it.

“Minutes later, a text from him came over. It was a picture of a praying mantis with no head. The tagline read “Was it good for you?”

There was nothing I didn’t like about this book, it is easily one of my favourite Kate Stewart books and is definitely my favourite RomCom and has zoomed straight to the top of my favourite reads of 2016 and…one of my favourite books…EVER. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This will be one book I will be re-reading and re-reading, whenever I feel low, or unhappy I am sure Alice will become my staple go to, to make it “the best day of my life.” Kate Stewart, you are a genius.


About the Author:

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.

No comments:

Post a Comment