Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

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.

Review:  4.5 of 5 Stars

I have to confess that I have been in a total funk.  Work has sucked the life out of me, hell, life has just been blah lately.  So when I realized that Rachel Higginson was getting ready to release a new book, I asked for a copy to review.  And she was gracious enough to oblige me!  As soon as I could, I jumped right into this book, and I have to say....I adored it.

Vera Delane is an enigma.  She is confident but unsure.  She is creative but doubts herself.  She is someone that has been through hell in an abusive relationship and blames herself.  But, despite all of her low self-esteem, Killian Quinn makes her brave and bold to stand up for herself.  

Speaking of Killian, he is the smoking hot chef from Lilou, the acclaimed restaurant across the street from Vera's food truck.  Does he critique her food?  Yes.  Is he a total douche at time?  Absolutely!  But I love his character!  He pushes Vera to be a better her.  And isn't that what all our relationships should do?  

I loved everything from the food aspect, to the ties to NC and even the predictability of parts of this story. It was such a nice reprieve from reality and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone!  Great job, Rachel!

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