BIRTHDAY GIRL: Bathing Suits and Birthday Suits

Birthday Girl

BirthdayGirl-cd coverA contemporary sports romantic comedy
Book 3 in the Minnesota Ice series
Author Lily Kate
Narrated by Kasha Kensington, Iggy Toma
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jan 2, 2018
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Running time 9 hrs 21 min


I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot birthday suits.

Things like Cohen James.

Bad boy Cohen James has screwed up yet again. Star forward of Minnesota’s pro hockey team, Cohen’s made a name for himself—and not in a good way. So, at the insistence of his agent, he’s stuck volunteering at the local YMCA teaching introductory adult swim lessons for ten weeks. Ten weeks of torture.

What he doesn’t expect is her.

Annie Plymouth, star pupil.

Her ruffled green bathing suit might be the most ridiculous thing he’s ever seen, but after a few heated breaststroke lessons and some intense mouth to mouth, Cohen’s ready to get her out of the water and into her birthday suit . . . except she has a different game plan.

Is the pair destined to sink . . . or can they swim?

Contains mature themes.

My Take Oblong Shaped

Okay – this one didn’t really take.  In the first place, I found the plot contrived.  Why would a hockey guy be qualified to be a beginning swim instructor?  Also, I am sure thousands of people on cruises do not know how to swim, nor do I think knowing how would help you if you fell off one of those floating cities.

Then I was irritated because when they talk about her mother and her mom”s wedding being the reason she is at the swim class it seems ridiculous that she has to explain it again later. Also, when she learns about her friend’s divorce she is shaken even though it seems way too similar to her own parent’s story. We learn that experiences shape the way Annie feels.  Even though they are a stretch in the plot sense, Annie’s experiences give a reasonable rationale for her aquaphobia and her fear of relationships.

The dynamic between Annie and her grandmother seems the most likely in the story — other than the relationship between Annie’s new friend, Leigh and her son.  Any wacky grandmother is sure to merit comparison to Grandma Mazur in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.  Annie’s granmother has more interest in activities like swimming than Steph’s pistol-packing, wake-loving grandmother.   Even though Annie’s Gran pulls some crazy stunts she seems a little less crazy and a lot more grounded than the Evanovich version of a widowed grandmother living with her adult daughter.

I liked both narrators: Iggy gives just the right amount of macho bravado and Kasha gives the young and older women appropriate vocal representation.

This one really failed to do it for me. The male and female love interest, Cohen and Annie were interesting but I felt the plot was too contrived to make it work for me.


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