Book Review: Frigid by J Lynn


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 and Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

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.

I was really looking forward to this one – J Lynn’s Wait For You set my New Adult romance expectations pretty darn high, so I pre-ordered this.  Frigid met some of my expectations but not all of them.

Okay, so this was quite a hot read – Kyler did not disappoint – but while I liked the dual P.O.V. and found myself flipping through the pages quickly – hooked by both the romance and the thriller elements of this read – the story line did not feel as original as ‘Wait For You’.

In fact some aspects of this book seemed to have been ‘borrowed’ directly from previously successful NA romances:  Supposedly Kyler’s never done it missionary style but the reason for this isn’t substantial enough to feel real;  and part of the way through the book he admits to Syd that before they got together “that’s all I was really about, was screwing, you know?”  Attractive Kyler, really attractive.

I would have liked to have heard more about their friendship before the romance, maybe in flashbacks, but otherwise this was a fairly solid read.  Some of the secondary characters could have been more fully developed, although this might have slowed the pace of the novel slightly.

My Rating: ☼☼☼

26 thoughts on “Book Review: Frigid by J Lynn

  1. The synopsis sounds intruiging, but the book sounds a bit meh. I don’t know if I’ll read this…

    Great review! (I also love the juxtaposition of your ‘sun’ rating woth the frigid cover :p)

  2. Frigid definitely wasn’t as good as Wait for You. I was like you. I read Wait for You and then I was like OMG..I need everything this chic has ever written. It was easier to skim the last half of this one. I def liked the beginning more than the ending.

  3. I have this book on pre-order for the same reasons as you. I have read a few reviews now regarding this book and they all pretty much are saying the same! It’s a shame really when Jennifer L Armentrout is such a great author and you know she could definitely do better. I review I read recently stated, they think Jennifer has put too much on her plate by writing and releasing too many books in one year and it’s showing through her writing, maybe that reviewer is right with this book? Great review by the way! Xx

    • It’s definitely possible that she might not have had the time to do the amount of redrafting and rereading that she wanted – there were also a few errors in the text that I would have expected to have disappeared before the book was released… So yes, very possible, which is sad. Quality over quantity is my hope for JA’s work going forwards.

  4. I feel really bad about not reading a single JLA book, there’s so much hype! I def. would like more of a build up in romances so maybe I won’t start with this one by her.

    Lovely review, Annie! <33

    • Maybe I was a bit harsh on Kyler, he is really protective of Syd which is cute and he did have his ‘super hot’ moments. But Cam was much more my style! 🙂 I can’t wait for his version of Wait For You to be published!

  5. I’ve never read anything by Jennifer before, so I don’t really know what to expect, or what to think of her new books, hah. But I know LOADS of people who loved them! I’m sorry that FRIGID didn’t wow you as much as you would’ve liked, but I’m glad that it was still a fairly decent read for you. To be honest, though, this doesn’t really pull me in because it kind of has the same-old plot, with just different characters. Childhood friends, girl falls in love, guy is a playboy, they can stuck somewhere — not the most original, you know?

    this was quite a hot read – Kyler did not disappoint” — I have to admit that I’m kind of intrigued with Kyler, because I just can’t say no to hot guys in books. I mean, if I can’t have a boyfriend in real life yet, what’s stopping me from having a fictional one, right? 😉 The borrowed ideas part does not sound cool, though. And LOL. I guess even hot guys have their awkward moments.

    I would have liked to have heard more about their friendship before the romance” — One of the biggest problems ever, in romance-centered novels. The author tends to get too caught up in the present romance than in the formation of it, which makes the romance feel flimsy and shallow. Eh.

    Overall, I don’t think I’ll be giving this book a go. I really do want to check out some of Jennifer’s books in the future though, so maybe I’ll stick with her YA series and see what I think about those. Great review, Annie. 🙂

    • Despite all the hype surrounding it I actually was not a huge fan of the first book in her alien YA series either, but her NA debut Wait For You blew me away – so don’t skip that one whatever you do! 🙂
      RE Shallow romances, I think you hit the nail on the head there! What’s sexy about best friends falling in love is their history, the build up, not the bedroom scenes, lol.
      Have a great weekend honey, thanks for hopping by.

  6. HHHMMMMMM. I have had problems with this author before borrowing ideas directly off other authors, like her Half Blood series and VA, and the Obsidian series with Twilight. Therefore, she’s on my do not read list because when I read Obsidian, the entire storyline and even some scenes felt like it was so ripped off I just felt uncomfortable with it. Thanks for mentioning that in your review, guess I won’t pick this one up after all!

    • I definitely saw lots of links between Half Blood and VA which is why I dropped that one like a hot potato – Richelle Mead did it better. I found Wait For You really original though, definitely worth a try! 🙂

  7. That’s a shame it wasn’t that good, but the positive thing that I have found is that the previous book is worth reading 😉
    PS: I like the cover, but I feel like the boy is going to catch a cold!! hehe

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