March 27, 2017

5*Review: THE OPPOSITE OF YOU by Rachel Higginson #Coming Soon


Author: Rachel Higginson

Source: eARC from author for review


I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

My take...

It was up to us how we used those experiences. We could let them own us, or we could let them be the journey they were meant to be, the stepping stones to a better life, a better self. Each moment, good or bad, a tool to give us the strength we needed to be the person we were supposed to be.

I just finished the most amazing story. It was everything. It pulled me from a week long reading slump and reenergized my love for all the words. Higginson once again shows her incredible ability to pull the reader in with captivating words, beautiful romance, and intriguing characters. Very intriguing, BEARDED, characters. Oh, Killian Quinn, you sexy thing you!!

It was the please that did it. His please would always do it. The word sounded too fragile for his filthy mouth, too sweet to come from someone so hard. I didn’t stand a chance.

Yes, I absolutely loved Killian. Although he comes off hard and unapproachable at first, his walls slowly fall and this amazing man emerges. He shows Vera a side of him that no one else gets to see. And Vera, being hurt before, takes him in strides. She doesn't want to find herself in another relationship ever again. Especially with the likes of Killian; her competition. But as their "friendship" grows through hilarious hijinks and late night fun, she sees that he is nothing like the man from her past. The one that had broken her down and had her fleeing to another country.

I loved the idea of a story based on a girl starting her own food truck, too. These trucks are a big deal now. Unfortunately I have never ate from one yet. Hard to when you live in the sticks. Maybe one of these days. Largely if the menu is as great as Vera's. My mouth watered nonstop throughout the book at all the deviousness that Vera and Killian were serving up. I probably gained just 10lbs just thinking of it all while reading this edible delight of a story.

And the romance. It was beautiful, fun, sexy, and sweet. My heart did little pitter patters when the scene got romantic and I swear I had a perpetual smile on my face the whole time. How could I not with a guy like Killian Quinn. He is a definite favorite of mine from here on out. Many book boyfriends will have to try and measure up to him.

Higginson has another book that will lead off from this one coming in July. And I am already giddy with excitement for it. I saw the chemistry and the angst coming from these characters and just knew they had a story to tell.

So there you have it. 5 Delicious Stars!!

Now Live: DATING THE IT GUY by Krysten Lindsay Hager {Teaser/Giveaway/Trailer}

Dating the It Guy
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 21st 2017

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

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Praise for Dating the It Guy:

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." --  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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