Title: Anything But Minor
Author: Kate Stewart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 15
4.5 NO END CROWNS
This is the first Kate Stewart book that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. Anything but Minor is the perfect sweet, light romantic comedy with a side of hot in the bedroom. I just adore everything about this book and these characters, and I did not want the book to end. I found myself almost hoping for some kind of disaster would happen at the end, maybe a cliff-hanger, so I knew, without a doubt, that I would be seeing these people again. A woman can dream, right?
Let’s begin with how awesome these characters are. I love them! All of them! Now, I know that might not seem right, but, truly, there is no villain in this story. Issues and problems to overcome, yes. True antagonist, no. These people are a great group of friends who support each other unconditionally. Even when some difficult information is learned and passed around amongst the group, these people act like mature adults, which is completely refreshing. I also fell in love with this book because I fell in love with Alice and Rafe. Their relationship is what people should aspire to have in their lives, truly! It is passionate, loving, supportive, and accepting. Alice is quirky, and Kate Stewart gives her the perfect amount to make her charming. I want to be her best friend and google into the long hours of the night with her. I admire her inquisitive nature and her resolution to be completely free to live her life how she wants. Rafe is also a great hero. He is nothing like your traditional man-whore sports hero. There are some references to his promiscuous ways prior to meeting Alice, but the author does not use it as one of his main character traits, which, yet again, is refreshing. Rafe is also just an overall great guy, caring, loyal, supportive, and passionate. I fell in love with his character for the way he loves Alice throughout the entire book with his words and actions. This love is the kind of love people hope for in their lives, and the kind of love people should be able to experience.
Another reason to read this book is the plot is paced well. Kate Stewart allows the reader to fall in love with them because she allows us to see them fall. We get to see the initial meeting, the chase, the development of feelings, the words, the hot sex. We see it all, and it is all fabulous. The only issue that I can see people having with the book is there is a small conflict that the reader will see coming, but let me tell you why it didn’t bother me. I didn’t want her to hurt Alice and Rafe with some huge blow-up, and it would have hurt me to see one of these characters who I love fall apart because of a mistake or misspoken words. It would have altered my overall love of this book. So, while the conflict isn’t earthquake inducing upheaval, it is absolutely perfect for these characters and the plot created by the author.
There are few other attributes of the novel for which I have a deep appreciation. First, I love the openings of the chapters with the references to movies. All the allusions to the different films is amazing, and it adds a little pop-culture to the book while expertly developing Alice’s character. Second, the epilogue is…I have no words for what it is. It really was a great epilogue and everything these characters deserve. My heart truly felt happy and warm when I finished this book.
Kate Stewart hit it out of the park (yes, that is a play on words, and, no, I couldn’t help myself) with Anything but Minor. These people and the world she has created is certainly a book I would re-read and recommend to anyone. It is simply one of those books that you keep in reserve to bring you out of a book-funk or dreary mood. It will make you laugh, make you smile, and make you swoon! It is simply amazing!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“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.”
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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.