Updated: Jan 24
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Contempory
Book 1 of 2 Standalone Romances
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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Sweet
Continuing the Christmas Countdown, today I am reviewing Frigid by Jennifer L Armentrout. Frigid centers around two twenty-one year old childhood best friends, Sydney and Kyler. Both are in love with each other, but the other doesn't know it. Sydney keeps her feelings to herself, watching Kyler go home with a different girl every night. Kyler, believing Sydney never felt anything but friendship for him, tries to lose himself in one night stands to forget how he feels. But when a nor'easter snows the two of them in at his family cabin, will they finally admit to their feelings to one another.
Truth time: I didn't love Frigid. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I won't lie, I was surprised to find a book by Jennifer Armentrout that I didn't obsess over. I liked the characters. There were a lot of sweet moments, and a whole lotta steam, but it fell flat to me. It had every cliché that you could have in a friends to lovers romance, so it seemed cheesy. Putting that aside, I wasn't completely turned off from the story. I got teary eyed quite a few times in the last part of the book.
If you like friends to lovers story (and who doesn't, right?), lots of sex, and a happily ever after, with a touch of Christmas, you will enjoy Frigid ... but I doubt you will remember it.
I love how they met. He pushed her off the merry-go-round for trying to hold his hand when she had cooties, and the next day she held him down and forced him to eat a mudpie.
The memory of Kyler sneaking into her house when she was sick with mono
Kyler walking in on Sydney dressing
Providing first aid when their window was shot out
Kyler giving Sydney "everything"
Kyler dancing with Sydney before making love to her
Tanner telling Kyler to fix it.
Kyler climbing the tree to get to Sydney's childhood room
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Andrea: "You need to hurry your little ass up and come to the table. Kyler will run the girl off i you're over there, and then I don't have to worry about catching herpes."
Sydney: "Herpes isn't airborne."
Andrea: "Yeah, you say that now, but then it mixes with chlamydia and genital warts then you have a super-strain of herpes. You breathe it in, and then bam! You'll need antiviral therapy for life."
Missy: "You gonna play your guitar for me later?"
Kyler: "I played the guitar for you?"
Tanner choked on a laugh
The girl - and damn, I hoped her friend said her name real soon - frowned
Missy: "Yes! You played it with those awesome, talented fingers of yours, and then you played something else."
Tanner leaned back in his chair
Tanner: "Look a you and your awesome fingers."
Kyler: "My awesome, talented fingers."
Kyler: "Back to the serious nature of our conversation."
Sydney: "Which is: why are you playing Santa right now?"
Kyler: "Hmm, now that sounds interesting. Have you been naughty or nice this year, Syd?"
I opened my mouth, but nothing came out. My cheeks burned as his gaze turned knowing.
Kyler: "I know what you've been."
He kissed my forehead.
Kyler: "You've been nice."
He was wearing boxers - boxers with red Santa hats and multicolored presents on them. Now that was a Christmas package a lot of people wouldn't mind finding tucked under their Christmas tree.
A lot of people including me.
Kyler: "Whatcha reading?"
Sydney: "None of your business."
Kyler: "Nice title."
Sydney: "Nice boxer shorts. Did your mom get them for you?"
Kyler: No. Your mom did."
Sydney: "Hardy har har."
Andrea: "He stares at you every time we go out. And if you want to know how he stares at you, it's like he's pretty much fucking you with his eyes."
Sydney: "Oh. Wow. That's romantic."
Kyler's hand shot out and he snatched my projectile out of the air. His brows went up, and my stomach hit my toes. Something red and lacy and bulky hung from his fingertips.
Oh, sweet baby Jesus on a merry-go-round.
It was my bra - my Victoria's Secret push-up bra. The kind that had so much padding in the cups that it added five pounds once I put it on.
I clamped my mouth shut to stop the scream building up in my throat.
Kyler: "Do you wear this thing?"
Unable to answer, because I Was pretty sire my response would be all stabby-stabby, I said nothing.
Kyler: "No wonder your suitcase was so heavy."
Sydney: "Get out!"
Sydney: "You're beautiful."
Kyler reached up, brushing my hair from my face and rucking it back behind my ear.
Kyler: 'I think that's my line."
Sydney: "You think I'm beautiful."
Kyler: "I've always thought you were beautiful, Syd."
Sydney: "Sorry, but all I can think about are those people who were stranded in the snow and had to eat one another."
Kyler laughed deeply
Kyler: "Baby, that was like in the eighteen-hundreds or something. We'll be fine. I'll be right back."
Sydney: "You're not going to be saying that when I start chewing on your leg like a zombie."
Kyler: "Damn, that's a piece of glass."
Sydney: "Told you."
Kyler: "You can't leave it in your skin, Syd. It will get infected."
Sydney: "I wasn't suggesting that. I was just sort of hoping my skin would quickly and naturally reject it."
Kyler: "Do you get it now?"
I could barely breathe as my eyes fluttered open
Sydney: "Get what?"
He slanted his had, lining up our mouths once more.
Sydney: "This is what you deserve."
He pressed a kiss against my lower lip, and I knew at that point I must've cracked my head on something and was dreaming, because this couldn't be real.
Kyler: "And this."
he added, his hands drifting to my shoulders. He pulled me against him, until I was pressed so tightly I could feel every inch of him.
Kyler: "You don't deserve what you wanted in that sunroom, baby."
Sydney: "What else do I deserve?"
Kyler: "Everything, baby, you deserve everything."
As I shuddered in her, I finally got it. Hell. I got in that moment what had been so elusive to me this entire time. Sex mattered - oh, holy shit, it mattered - when it was with a person who meant something.
It mattered with Sydney.
Tanner: "Buddy, you need to tell me what happened between you two, because a week ago, Sydney probably would've been irked about that, but she wouldn't have cared that much. So stop with the bullshit and tell me what happened."
I arched a brow at him
Tanner: "Or I'll get the girl version from Andrea, in which you will come across as a giant ass."
Tanner: "So what are you going to do? Be a pussy or fix this?"
Kyler: "Excuse me? Dude, you're lucky I like you."
Kyler: "I won't blame you if you tell me to get the fuck out of this house, but just know, there are a lot of things I wish I could do over, but there is one thing I'll never regret. I will never regret being with you, Syd. Never. And I wish I could go back and relive those hours. I wish I could go back in time and instead of hooking up with some chick, I'd man up and tell you how I really felt for you, how I've always felt for you.
Sydney: "How you've always felt?"
Kyler: "I've loved you my entire life. And I would love you for the rest of my life if you'd let me, Syd."
Before I knew what she was doing, she cupped my cheeks with trembling hands.
Okay. This was good. This was heading somewhere I'd -
Sydney: "I want to strangle you."
All right, that wasn't good. Not at all.
Sydney: "You have no idea how badly I want to kick you right now."
And that was worse. This wasn't -
Sydney: "I love you. I've loved you since you pushed me down on the playground. I swear - I've loved you since then."
Kyler: "I ... what? What did you just say?"
Syd kissed me.
Sydney: "It's in the past. There's nothing we can do about that. And hey, I could've said something. Developed some lady balls."
Kyler: "Lady balls?"
Kyler: "I really don't want to think of you with balls, Syd."