Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart

January 18, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★

Anything But Minor by Kate Stewartthree-stars
Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart
Series: Balls in Play #1
Published by Self-published on July 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 272
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“She’s a nerd.”“Heyyyy!”“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”“Better.”“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.”

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Anything But Minor was recommended to alleviate the weight of having read a few heavy books in a row. The opening chapters had me cracking up as I recounted the lead up to Alice’s first date with Rafe to my hubby. It entertained us both as I explained what happened in between uncontrollable fits of laughter.

The beginning of the story had me hooked, two likeable characters with interesting careers. Alice and Rafe enjoy life to the fullest but in different ways. Alice needs to research everything, googling the situation fully before she dives in. If she doesn’t, her nerves result in a dilemma no one wants to experience in public! After a while though, that kind of wore thin and I was wondering why she didn’t take heed of the many products that are out there to manage her problem.

Alice is the newcomer in town. Escaping a suffocating life under the eagle eye of her mother, she approaches each day with the affirmation it will be a good day. Rafe is all about being selected for the Majors and the well loved local guy. Much to his dismay, he quickly becomes Alice’s new friend after she friendzones him.

Their friends to lovers status comes to fruition around the half-way mark and for me the story could have ended here. My interest in the story began to quickly wane and I became easily distracted. It wasn’t long before I was checking emails which led me to Pinterest. Dangerous on a good day I know! This consequently took me to a list of what to read if you enjoyed Outlander. Yes, I was lost in a list of possible future reads with one right in front of me beckoning my return. I thought it would be fun to share my distractions:

The last scene I had read in the story had led Alice to the dance floor. So in an attempt to draw myself back to reading, my mind wandered off to music and naturally I thought of Living Next Door to Alice by Smokie.

While the vibe matched the story I was now reading, the lyrics didn’t. My eyes glanced to the sidebar and I saw their song Carol. Swap Alice for Carol and I was getting closer to the story.

Of course, this then led to me wanting to find a clip that illustrated what I was now longing for in the story which turned out to be the Tango scene from A Scent of a Woman.

I was spiraling down the tube of no return when I came across another clip with a much raunchier tribute to the tango. At this point, I am seriously considering Tango classes.

You would think I should have called it a day when I took my research a step higher and watched a 14 minute documentary on the history of the Tango in Argentina. It was time to return to reading and my resolve was rewarded when I found the pace of the story had picked up again. It was if the author had sensed my absence and added a bit of drama for my benefit!

The secondary characters’ stories have only scraped the surface and I am curious to want to know more about Andy and hopefully Dutch, whose cameos in this story were priceless. If you’re after something light and amusing to read, Anything Minor is a fun book to consider. While it is far from my usual choice of genre, I had fun reading it and if Contemporary Romance with a twist of humour is your preference, you’re in for a sweet treat with this book. At the time I read this book it was available via Kindle Unlimited.

3 Major Fun Stars

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