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Anything but Minor (Balls in Play #1) by Kate Stewart

Anything but Minor Book Cover Anything but Minor
Balls in Play #1
Kate Stewart
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
July 15, 2016

“She’s a nerd.”
“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.”

ARIANNA’s Review


If you haven’t read anything by this author, ‘Anything but Minor’ is the perfect book to start with. Kate’s Stewart’s storytelling really appeals to me, so when I heard her new book is not only an entertaining as hell read, but also a fantastic rom com, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I love romantic comedies and Kate Steward delivered a perfect one – funny and steamy with two endearing characters and delightful dialogue and banter.

“This woman was insane, but the kind of insane you gravitated toward. There was nothing generic about her. She didn’t hold back on anything, not her wrath, her opinion, or her compliments, which she gave freely.”

Alice left Ohio and has moved to Charleston, South Carolina in search of a new life full of adventure. Growing up with a strict mother who kept her sheltered from all the great things, Alice is really looking forward to be free and live her own life. Wanting to try something new, Alice finds herself at a local baseball game for the local minor league team. There she meets Rafe, who seems to be attracted with Alice as much as she is with him.

Rafe ‘Bullet’ Hembery is the local star pitcher. Years ago he had the chance to be in the major league team, but something happened and he missed the chance. This year, seems to be the lucky year for Rafe, the year when his biggest dream will come true. His fans know and he knows it as well, so he only has to stay focused. But is hard to stay focused when you’re around Alice. Rafe wants Alice is his bed and he makes it clear from the beginning, but Alice is not that type of girl who sleeps around. If at the beginning, Alice believes Rafe is an irresponsible womanizer, as she gets to know him better she realizes that there is more to Rafe than he lets on. Rafe knows now it’s not the perfect time for a relationship, but as he gets to know Alice better he finds out Alice is special, that she is funny, sweet and smart and perfect for him in every way.


This was such a great read! It made me smile, laugh and swoon from the beginning until the end. What made this book enjoyable to me was the way the humor and steam were perfectly blend. I love this author’s sense of humor and strong relatable heroines as much as I love her swoon-worthy heroes. I loved Alice and Rafe individually and I loved them together. Alice was a fantastic heroine. She was smart, nerdy, quirky and really adorable and I honestly had a blast being in her head. I loved her personality, her cool job as a flight instructor, how courageous she was to move away and live her life on her own, the fact that she loved old 80’s movies and last, but not least her addiction to Google. I enjoyed how loud and opinionated she was at times and I absolutely loved how she lived her life – to the fullest. I have to say I appreciated the fact that she wasn’t naïve or immature in any way, even if she was in some way innocent. She could have easily been, but fortunately for me she wasn’t portrayed in such a way.

“I’m happy. For the first time in a long time, I’m happy. You showed me what it looks like and then you became a reason.”

Rafe was a great hero as well and I have to say I really liked the fact that he wasn’t portrayed as an asshole. He was sweet, friendly, thoughtful, considerate and overall I really liked him, but I wouldn’t have minded his character to be a little more developed.

Alice and Rafe’s relationship development was fantastically done and it was without a doubt my favorite aspect of this story. Their relationship progressed naturally and I had such a great time being in their heads as they became more than friends. It was wonderful to witness the transition from friends to lovers between them. I loved the witty, entertaining dialogue between them, the sexual innuendos that made me grin so many times and all the sweet and sexy moments between them as the story unfolded. Trust me when I say it was very easy for me to fall in love with both of these characters.

I mentioned above how steamy this story was…and yeah, it really was. The sexual encounters between Alice and Rafe were well written and so very sexy, maybe because the chemistry between them was palpable and so well done from the beginning. The cast of supporting characters were engaging, fantastically written as well and I’m so looking forward to read their own stories in the near future.

All in all, ‘Anything but Minor’ was a wonderful romantic comedy. If you love quirky heroines, sweet and sexy heroes and delightful dialogue then you don’t want to miss this one!


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