Book Review: Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart

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BOOK REVIEW

Title: Anything But Minor
Author: Kate Stewart @authorkstewart
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Sports
Length: 272 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

“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.”

Ivy's review

“All women deserve one movie moment in their life. I truly believe that.”

Sigh. A truer line was never written in my estimation. It’s part of why I love romance  in all its forms. I’d seen alot of love for this book throughout my social media, and now, I get it. Ms. Stewart has created a imperfectly lovely book that reads like alot of the great rom coms of the 80s. It’s got the romance and humor, with alot more sex than most mainstream flicks. Basically, everything that I adore.

The Good

 

-The sitch: Now this movie wasn’t made in the 80s, but who the hell cares, it’s relevant to this discussion.

Alice, my spirit twin, lives by this motto. She wants that movie moment and she’s going to wait for it. She grew up with an overprotective, overly religious mom and decided to spread her wings by moving to Charleston, SC on her own. She’s a pilot and instructor (hello Kelly McGillis/Top Gun comparisons) and she’s determined to live like every day is the best day of her life. While exploring her new home, she decides to go to a minor league ball game and sees this hot as hell pitcher, Rafe Hembrey. Now, it’s attraction at first sight but romance, well, that takes its sweet, sexy time unfolding and I loved every minute of it.  There’s bumps along the way, but the characters are well drawn and fun to get to know.

-80s references galore: It’s not set during the 80s but the heroine, Alice, is a lover of all the classic 80s movies I grew up with. When you can work so many classics into your romance, you’ve got a friend in me (ok, so not Toy Story, but the quote works for this review). Steel Magnolias, The Outsiders, 80s god of all things teen, John Hughes. Basically, a cornucopia of romantic-y goodness. It was lovely.

-Funny banter: While there’s some truly snort-laugh out loud moments (the scene where Alice is especially nervous and some mild scatological humor happens made me cackle like a loon) it’s the banter between Rafe and Alice that I really enjoyed. The right balance is struck between dialogue and inner ruminations and while It seems that more and more authors are weaving texts into their characters’ quirky banter, here it works well.

-A romantic hero in Rafe: Rafe’s immediate attraction to Alice was sweet, but it’s the work he puts into wooing her that got to me. This doesn’t make him perfect, and that’s the best part. He’s possessive, cocky, sometimes a bit hard-headed, but that love shines through and you never doubt his feelings for her.

-Kindle Unlimited. If you have KU, borrow it. I liked it so much I bought it.

-Now it’s not perfect: It’s told in dual first person POV, and I do think the story could have used a bit more focus during the switches between Rafe to Alice’s POV, especially in the beginning. Once that started to flow a bit more naturally, the narrative really takes off. Now, there are small secondary plot points that aren’t really developed well, then wrapped up quickly and their professional lives feel, much like alot romantic comedy movies, mostly for show.

However the positives far outshine the negatives. I rate based on quality of the writing, re-readability (is that a word? Meh, I don’t care) and my sheer enjoyment of the tale, so I have to give this all the love. It lifted me out of my book funk in the best way.

The Bottom Line

I loved it and I can see myself reading it again. It’s not perfect, but the Firsts (first meet, first kiss and first love scene) are handled so well and I enjoyed the romance so much, that I could overlook its flaws. I’d definitely recommend it for 80s buffs and those who just love good romance in their love stories.

– Ivy

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