Melissa reviews New Heights by Quinn Anderson published March 12th 2018 by Riptide Publishing, 140 pages.
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.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: Haha, well it was a little superficial since the cover really got my attention. Plus the blrub – all that snark in these characters, no way could I miss it.
This was cute!! The cover and blurb is what really got my attention. Even though I’ve never read anything by this author before, I wasn’t nervous to read this. Likely due to the fact that it already had some good ratings. Anyway, this is how you do insta-love, people. This was just so realistic!! I mean, yeah there is still that level of improbability to this, but I completely bought their relationship!! And do you want to know what made this story different from all those other insta-love stories (that didn’t work for me)? I’ll tell ya’: It’s because they acknowledged it!!! They didn’t gloss over their instant feelings or pretend they didn’t exist. They actually were honest and spoke to each other about how crazy it was they felt this way after only knowing each other 6 hours. Bring the awkward into the light and go for it!
Mika “it’s Mee-kuh, not Micah” is a sarcastic young guy (23) who is very laid back and doesn’t stress life. He strolls into the airport with just minutes to spare before boarding. Except the flight has been delayed due to weather.
James is Mika’s complete opposite in that he worries about everything: being late, forgetting his phone/laptop charger, clothes, etc. He did an inspection of his hotel room possibly 5 times (it’s not really said how many), and even though he had hours to spare before he needed to be at the airport, he just couldn’t make himself do any sightseeing because he was worried there could be traffic or other delays which would make him miss his flight. (I can totally relate to ALL of this because I don’t want to forget something at the hotel, nor would I be happy to miss my flight). And of course since James got the airport super early, his wait is now even longer due to the flight delay.
You wouldn’t think these two could possibly get along, and you are right. They’re enemies from the start when Mika cuts James in line for the phone charging station. And in the words of Mika later in the story – “this means war.” As some crazy death stares and evil thoughts pervade these MC’s heads, neither can ignore the fact that the other is so handsome. Mika nicknames James “Colgate” for his dazzling smile and GQ good looks. And James calls Mika “Rude Headphone Guy,” but OMG he is so cute!, according the James. 😉
I was completely entertained by their antics and again, they admit it’s weird for them to feel this connection so early in meeting and worry about how long lasting it could be. I 100% appreciated how the author handled this relationship and will point to this book right here as the template on how to correctly write insta-love. Have they only known each other for less than 10 hours? You bet your ass they do, but that doesn’t stop them from having sex in the family bathroom at the airport.
I fully recommend this story and the epilogue – while super saccharine sweet – was the perfect ending.
Where to buy: Riptide Publishing
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. Her girlfriend swears her sense of humor is just one big Buffy reference. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life, and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Yuri on Ice, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy, and more. Growing up, while most of her friends were fighting evil by moonlight, Anderson was kamehameha-ing her way through all the shounen anime she could get her hands on. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and Tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, playing fetch with her cat, screwing the rules, watching Markiplier play games she’s too scared to play herself, and catching ’em all.