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Anything but Minor

(Balls in Play #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,518 ratings  ·  1,033 reviews
*Alternative cover edition of B01IE4I7VM*

“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 to
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Kate Stewart
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Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beta-read
5 stars!!!


Anything but Minor is one of those books that has it all. It’s laugh out loud funny, sweet, swoony and steamy. Nothing is better than finishing a book and thinking ‘I loved everything about this,’ and that’s exactly what I thought after I finished this book. AbM is a sports romance, a romantic comedy, and it has one of my favorite tropes- where the ‘nerdy’ girl gets the cool guy.

Alice has left Ohio for a new adventure in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. She is a pilot/flight ins
4.5 Stars!!


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 i
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****5++++++++++RAFE HEMBRY IS ALL MINE STARS*****
{Beta Read}

It was selfish of me to ask her to take me the way I was, with only the time I could give, but I wanted her in a way I could never explain, or try to. She had so much strength, so much ability. She was so fiercely independent at times I couldn't believe she could need anyone at all. But she trusted me, she looked out for me and when we were together I could feel her need for me. She was everything I'd ever wanted and never thought I wo
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is a type of story that is certainly enjoyable to read but not very memorable. In fact, if I'm being honest, in a couple months time the only thing that I'll probably remember from this book will be the heroine who pisses herself when she gets nervous. The heroine here is entertaining and unique, that's for sure.

➦There is some fun banter and a couple of hot scenes... BUT WAIT! There's a big conflict here! How on earth can you be with someone who is about to be drafted into a major basebal
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katerina by: Clara
Katerina's Heart vs Katerina's Brain, Episode 2

Narrator: Brain and Heart engaged in a vivid argument regarding Anything but Minor's rating.

Heart: 4 stars and I won't negotiate it!
Brain: You can't be serious!! The heinous cover is reason enough to subtract at least one star! How did you even convince me to read this book?

Brain: ...
Heart: Fine, I thought it would be unfair to not give it a shot just because of the naked dude on the cover! We were told it would be a funny, cute and sexy s
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5+ 'No end' Stars!
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This is my first book by Kate Stewart, can you believe it? I saw a while ago many of my friends/bloggers raving about Anything but Minor. Many of them gave this novel high ratings and let me tell you, now I understand why. I ADORED every single word of this!

Anything but Minor is the first installment of Kate's Balls in Play series and it tells the story of Rafe 'Bullet' Hembrey (the hot and funny minor league baseball player that is now at his best to take a step further in h
Pearl Angeli
4 "No End" Stars!

Many people will not read this book because of the cover lol. But I'm telling you guys, this book is so worth it! I enjoyed Anything but Minor and not just because it's a pretty guilty-pleasure book, but because it's just one of those stories that have the ability to steal my heart away.

The story was told from each of the main characters' POV, pilot instructor Alice Boyd and Swampgator baseball pitcher Rafe Hembrey. Alice left her hometown and went to Charleston to "stay away" f

Title: Anything But Minor
Series: Balls in Play #1
Author: Kate Stewart
Release date: July 15, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

I'm not gonna lie, this smokin' cover had a big part in convincing me to read this book. And don't even pretend that you didn't do a double take when you saw it. *cheesy grin* This is my first read by Kate Stewart believe it or not. I've been telling myself to check her work out for a while now, so when I saw this sports romance announced I jumped o
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!!!

I always know one thing going into a Kate Stewart book: she's gonna leave me with a big old smile on my face.

"I'm not sure what you want me to think of you, Rafe."
"I'm pretty sure I just want you to think of me, Alice."

Anything But Minor is about a woman named Alice who has left Ohio to live in Charleston and has a new career as a flight instructor. Having been sheltered by her mother her entire life, Charleston is Alice's chance to live free and discover new things. On a whim,
Stacey is Sassy

Do you trust me?

Well…do you trust me? I’m sure you’re all saying…sure Sassy, in a very superficial (here she goes again with her dribble about who knows what) way. Do you think we hear “Do you trust me?” – or- “Don’t you trust me?” too much? Are we handing over our trust without thought? Do we know a pilot before we board a plane and whether that man or woman deserves our trust? Or the driver in the car behind who may or may not have had enough sleep? I think we’ve stopped trusting in some respe
Eve (Between The Bookends)
3.5 Stars...

Anything But Minor is Kate Stewart's latest offering. After reading and enjoying Loving The White Liar (We even get a brief cameo of the couple of that book in this one) I knew that I had to add this book to my neverending "TO-READ" list...

"The woman had managed to piss me off twice since I met her and had made a fool of me. Oh yes, there would be fucking"


Alice left Ohio and her mother's overbearing attitude to strike out on an adventure and finally be the Alice she was meant t
Dee Montoya
*****5+++~Be Mine Stars

(ARC kindly provided by author <3)

Laugh out loud and utterly fantastic. Anything But Minor was everything I've been craving and much more. Kate Stewart has proven once again that not only is she a talented author but that she's also damn funny too!!

This book delivered nothing but a good time! A total home run of a book!!!!

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Alice left her hometown behind and has moved to Charleston, South Carolina in search of a new life full of adventure. She grew up with a mother who

RATING: 5+ “No end” Hearts!! :D <3


Anything But Minor is an easy, enjoyable read, giving us two equally quirky protagonists who bring a number of laugh out loud moments with their banter and a romance that combines the best of sweet and sexy as it transitions from friendship to intimacy.

“You could really fuck me up, Rafe.”
He only hesitated a second before he promised me, “I’ve got you.”
“I’ve got you, too.”

Alice makes us fall in love with her the moment she steps on page, a scene-stealer
S.M. West
5 “We were never meant to be friends.” STARS

This book is a Grand Slam! Bases fully loaded, batter up knocks it out of the park, home run!! **Crowd Goes Wild**!!!! Kate Stewart is a fav-author, a go-to, and when I heard she was writing a Sports Romance/RomCom, I could not wait!! Boy, did she deliver!!

This was nostalgic, reliving my youth, as I’m a huge John Hughes fan. Kate dedicates this book to him [and Patty – yay!]. I grew up on his teen movies. The film references alone make this a hit, b
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a super sweet, funny, and sexy read. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Initially, I had thought this was a erotic short story just by looking at the cover. It's a hot picture, but not normally what we see on a contemporary full length romance. I know, I know -- I am a judgy person ;). This doesn't get all that deep, but it served its purpose in making me happy while reading it. I'd definitely recommend for in-between some heavier reads!

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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I enjoyed this story and especially the characters!Anything But Minor has everything I needed a perfect dynamic between the characters,a fantastic romance and an original story!Love the writing and I'm glad that I found another new author to me!!!


"I'm not sure what you want me to think of you, Rafe."
"I'm pretty sure I just want you to think of me,Alice."

Rafe and Alice are an amazing combination!Their chemistry is off the charts and the development grows slowly,which make me love them
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
5 "I Have A Feeling You Are Worth Knowing" STARS!
(ARC provided by author)

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Alice Boyd is a beautiful woman from Dayton, Ohio who has always been obsessed with flying & becoming a pilot. She just took a job as a flight instructor for the new Boeing plant in Charleston, SC & will head up their flight simulation program. She is super excited to move to a new city & experience new things. While out one evening, Alice decides to attend a baseball game for Charleston's home team the Swampg

"I think you’re incredible, Rafe Hembrey."

Sweet story. Lovely characters. Simple but enjoyable!

The book started off pretty well and I was hooked instantly. But around 40% of it, I felt like there still wasn’t much going on here. The story moved quite slowly, plus I didn't enjoy Alice's character as much as I did in the first few chapters. She got on my nerves most of the time. For me, embarrassing herself over and over again wasn't funny, not cute, and no, not sexy at all.

I have to admit, at f
Peek At My Book Review
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2016
Rating: 5 'HILARIOUS AND CUTE' Stars


Anything but Minor was just the book I needed. This book guarantees a good time, hilarious scene and a freaking cute couple. This is seriously one of the best books I have read this year and without a doubt, it’s slipping into my top 10 reads of 2016.


Alice is a flight instructor and moves to Charleston and meets the baseball player, Rafe. The meetings and banters of these two will keep you entertained. I love to see them fall in love – sweetest couple of the y
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

The title of the book is very apropos, not only for Rafe's baseball career but for the relationship between Rafe and Alice.

Alice has grown up extremely sheltered and now it's her time to fly...literally. She's a pilot and new flight instructor for Boeing in South Carolina. All by herself in a new city, she will try anything and everything and that includes going to her first baseball game.

That's where she sees Rafe for the first time and later "meets" him by spitting out her beer and pean
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was such a funny and light read full of romance and hotness, exactly what I needed to get over CoHo’s latest book that wrecked me so much !

The story :
We’re following Alice, 24, who’s moving to Charleston to start her new job as a flight instructor and get away from her overbearing and strict mother. There, she finally takes control of her life and decides to roam the city on her own, and that’s how she ends up at a local baseball game where she
Kim Bailey
It's Live ->
I Loved it !!!! ❤❤❤

Kate Stewart has wowed me once again.
In the past Kate has made me swoon, made me think, and made me cry (DAMN you woman!!!) With this book, she has officially made me laugh until it hurts. (Thankfully there was no peeing involved - at least not on my end of things)

This book is a little crazy, a lot sweet and packed with so much understated (and some over-the-top) emotion ... this is so much more than your run-of-the-mill sports themed Rom
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Let me begin by saying I love Kate Stewart’s books, just as much as I love Angelica Chase’s books. As you probably know, these two authors are one in the same. I read Angelica first and let me tell you, those books are off the chart hot and suspenseful. Then I discovered Kate and those books are full of FEELS. So when Kate said, I am going to do funny, a sports book, a rom-com-sports book. I can’t remember exactly how she phrased it, but it made me LOL and I was like yeah, she is going to kill t
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

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~LOVE! LOVE!!!! LOVE!!! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!! I HAVE MAJOR LOVE FOR THIS BOOK AND THIS AUTHOR!!!!! <3 Full Review to Come. In the meantime, KATE STEWART gifted her readers our very own JAKE RYAN..... so much love for RAFE HEMBREY!! (If you don't know who Jake Ryan is then YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK and need to GOOGLE) LOL

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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4.5 "It was the best day of my life" Stars!

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I loved Alice and Rafe!! This was one of those stories that just does it for you, you come away from it feeling so good. After reading so much dark, torturous romances, this book became the perfect palate cleanser...this sports romance was just what I needed. I swooned, I laughed, I enjoyed every minute of it!

It's not often I read a book and fall in love with both the hero and the heroine! I usually love the hero but sort of dislike the heroine. Or I lo
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’ve got a cure for anything that ails you, and it’s called Anything But Minor. Kate Stewart knocks it out of the park in this feel-good sports romance that’s hilarious, sweet, and deliciously sultry.

I have the biggest girl crush on nerdy Alice! Her crazy antics seriously left me in tears. I love her Google addiction, her obsession with 80s movies, her sassiness, her truthfulness, and especially her imperfections. Most of all, I appreciate the way she fearlessly embraces every opportunity. Her a
Olga therebelreader
Anything but Minor is a refreshing, amusing romance with lots of flirting, witty banter, and likable characters.

Rafe is a minor league baseball player. He's got the whole package and good looks to boot. The last thing he needs now is a distraction, even if it comes in the form of a tough, beautiful, sophisticated woman. Alice works as a flight instructor. She was raised by a single overprotective mother but now she feels ready to open her wings and make her personal revolution by working and li
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I haven't read all of Kate Stewart's books yet, but those that I have I absolutely love. Anything but Minor was another hit in my book. It had me laughing and swooning over this sporty hero and smart, yet quirky heroine.

Alice is a pilot who has just taken a job as a flight instructor for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina. She's always been a bit of a loner growing up. She always had different interests than others, but she knew she wanted to fly. She doesn't have a great relationship with her
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I start off by admitting that I am not a huge rom-com fan? Whew. Now that I have gotten that off of my chest, let’s begin.

Anything but Minor pairs Alice, the nerdy and somewhat inexperienced heroine who is new in town, and Rafe, the minor league star – destined to play in the majors. Oh, and let’s just say there isn’t an inexperienced bone in his delectable body.

Alice knows a man like Rafe is one that means certain heartache, but she can’t seem to deny him the request of friendship, even if
Wow, it only had 280 pages?! Felt like so much more...

Yet another story that I feel was way too long. Or maybe the characters weren't as fun as I hoped. Or the plot... Or their relationship...
Anyway, it was pretty boring.

There were stuff that I enjoyed (particularly her humor) and the idea that women are badasses. And I appreciated the lack of drama (maybe "lack" is a strong word, I needed something that says "not as much as I expected").

Still, it wasn't a bad contemporary romance. Nothing wow,
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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title Drive was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodread's C

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“Don’t move. I’m going to take a shower and then undress you again.”


“Wow, we made you agreeable, too.”
“Stop referring to your junk as another entity, Rafe. It’s creepy.”

“We’ll shut you up again soon.”
“Well, have faith, Rafe. If a fourteen-inch seahorse can be monogamous, I'm sure there's hope for you.” 8 likes
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