Happily Ever After Book Nerd Recommendation
New Heights by Quinn Anderson
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
James Thompson plans everything and always arrives early, Mika Bailey just goes with the flow and gets there when he can. James hates confrontation to the point of getting walked all over, Mika uses sarcasm to keep people from getting too close. James has never had a hookup, Mika has never had a long term relationship. When these two get stranded in an airport together sparks start to fly to the surprise of both of them. But then things start to get personal and they both wonder, can this last once they return home?
I absolutely adored New Heights! It was funny, sweet, and sexy at the same time. The setting of being stranded in an airport due to a delayed flight was great because there’s nothing people hate more than being stuck at the airport with nothing to do, nowhere to sit, and nowhere to charge your phone. It was also a great combination of the airport savvy Mika who travels all the time and the newbie James who doesn’t travel very much. As far as an opposites attract story goes these two were definitely very different but at their core they were both looking for the same thing and they both knew they had some rough edges that needed to be smoothed out if they wanted to be happier.
“I may not have liked you when we first met, but I haven’t stopped thinking about you since then.”
It’s true what they say that sometimes it’s easier to tell a stranger things you’ve never told anyone else or even admitted to yourself and the story plays on that as James and Mika finally come to a truce and begin to talk. It was these types of scenes that really had me believing the chemistry and the quickly developing feelings for these characters even though they spend less than a day together. This story was just so endearing and it had me smiling the whole time I was reading it.
Both characters together were wonderful and they really did bring out the best in each other in ways that prior relationships did not. But I also loved James and Mika individually as characters and found myself relating in different ways to each of them. I very easily connected with James’s is super organized personality and his anxiety about being late to things so he ends up showing up really early. I also love how nice James was, even when he’s angry at Mika he still gives him the benefit of the doubt and doesn’t judge him too harshly. James is just a genuinely nice person that you can’t help but like. Mika is a bit more standoffish mostly because he’s used sarcasm his whole life to keep people at a distance and he goes by the mentality that it’s better for him to push people away before they can do the same to him. But even with all of that he’s not a bad guy and we can see that through little instances like when he buys James’s meal for him. Micah’s shell might be a little hard to crack but the reader can clearly see that he doesn’t want to be so defensive, he’s just not sure how to do it and he hasn’t found someone that’s willing to be patient while he works on it.
I enjoyed every part of this book and quickly devoured it, only stopping because worked forced me to; otherwise I would have just kept reading! Great pacing and smooth writing lend to a great story that feels much longer than it’s actual page count. With truly likable characters and a fun romance, I will definitely be reading more books by Quinn Anderson.
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
5 out of 5 stars
After attending a friend’s wedding in New York, James Thompson is eager to go home, even though no one will be waiting for him at the gate. He has no expectations for his trip back to Charleston other than long lines, security, and bad airplane food. But when an annoying—albeit hot—stranger cuts him in line, James is determined not to be a pushover for once.
For Mika “It’s Mee-kuh, not Micah” Bailey, today’s just another day of boring work travel. That is, until his flight gets delayed, and some irritating (but handsome) guy keeps hogging all the good power outlets. Which means war. In the middle of an airport. In New York. What could go wrong?
Eventually, they declare a truce, and as they get to know each other, their attraction overwhelms them both. Terrified of what he’s feeling, Mika suggests a no-strings hookup, but serial-monogamist James wants more. If they don’t fight for what’s right in front of them, their romance might be canceled before it ever takes off.
Published by Riptide Publishing on March 12, 2018