Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Trailer Reveal + Review: Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer Armentrout)

Frigid by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout) - 5 of 5 stars

Release Date: July 15, 2013 (Digital)
Genre: New Adult, Romance

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.


Swoon. If there's one thing that will pull me in, it's a friends-to-lovers story. And this is by far one of the best I've ever read. The feelings and romance are believable, the characters lovable (if not always likable - but more on that below), and there's a really solid progression to the inevitable (because this is NA and they have to have at least one major falling out) that's not out-of-the-blue, as a lot of these types of stories fall victim to. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a great, fun, heartfelt romance read. I've followed teasers and posts related to the book, so I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the trailer reveal! :]

At the start of the story, we're introduced to Sydney, who's plagued by romantic feelings for her best friend Kyler, who's got... quite the history, to put it nicely. It's clear from the beginning how much they care for each other, which is exactly the kind of build up I love. Syd wears her heart on her sleeve from the first of her narrations. Kyler, on the other hand, is masking his feelings macho bravado and essentially keeping all males he deems 'unworthy' (including himself) away from her, all while making his way through what Syd sees as every breathing female in the vicinity.

Every winter break, Syd, Kyler, and their friends spend a few days at Kyler's mom's ski lodge before heading home. This year, the plans change when Kyler and Sydney are stranded alone at the lodge by a blizzard. And suddenly feelings start to come to the surface. But someone's out there, and they seem to mean the duo harm.

I related to Sydney from the get-go, but that's just me. She's got self-image baggage from her last (and only real) relationship, and she's very natural. As a character, I really liked her; she's awkward and aware of it and lovably unsure of things. Kyler on the other hand, wasn't as easy to like from the start. His actions and manic over-protectiveness aren't very endearing, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that Syd brings out the best in him, and you can't help but love him when they're together. And they're adorable when they're together.

And then there's the less adorable times when they're together. Holy mother of god, can this lady write a love scene. The kind that make you scooch down in your seat when you're in public because you wish you weren't, but it's certainly not uncomfortable enough to make you stop reading. No personal experience here, of course. Never.

Finally, the dual narratives were great. Each character had a distinct voice that matched very well with the personalities created for them. This is one of JLA's major strong points - she always does a fantastic job of creating distinct narratives, whether it's within a single novel or across the entirety of her work. It makes all her stories a really joy to read.

In summary: GO. READ IT. READ IT NOW. I kept syncing my Kindle until it finally downloaded at 12:30 AM and stopped reading only for sleep and doing the bar minimum of work that needed doing. And it was still done before I left work. JUST GO.

Frigid Trailer

Also, JLA is running a contest on her blog! Go here to enter to win!

Grand Prize:
$100 giftcard to Amazon or B&N

2nd Place:
Signed Copy of Frigid
Snowflake Necklace

3rd Place:
Snowflake Necklace

About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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