Looking for a little spice in your reading diet?
Rachel Higginson in The Opposite of You has figured out the recipe for a great contemporary romance novel. It isn’t new or exotic but it works all the same, just like those tried and true classics: peanut butter and jelly, ranch and pizza crust, or everyone’s favorite ice cream and root beer. The book has a simple story line; Vera returns home to her brother, her best friend Molly, and ailing father to rebuild her life after her ex shattered her self-esteem and dreams to become a great chef. Her experiences have left her insecure in herself and men as a whole. But, food is her passion and she will settle for creating out of her own food truck to get back on her feet. With the right inspiration and encouragement from the most unlikely source, the highly acclaimed Chef Killian Quinn, Vera finds the healing she thought would forever evade her.
Rachel’s writing style is smooth and subtle, easy to read, yet captivating in the way she builds the characters and blends the plots. Like taking the most basic and simple ingredients and creating a meal that surprises and delights your tastes, Rachel is able to write a book that is simply a joy to read. It’s fun, and serious, and steamy all rolled into one. Rachel creates realistic and characters I can relate to; flawed but always trying to make things better. Rachel also realizes that life doesn’t happen on an island and provides supporting characters to not only go with the main characters but support them.
What really matters is the interaction between the main characters, Vera and Killian. It is realistic and entertaining. It never feels forced or canned. Rachel allows the tension between them to simmer to exactly the right moment then doesn’t disappoint the reader with the result. I also loved the details Rachel includes about recipes, cooking in a high end kitchen, and life as a chef. It’s a world I know very little about and enjoyed the taste of something new.
As with all great romances, the story ends on a sweet note while still surprising the reader with how it gets there. This is the first book in the new Opposites Attract Series. I’m looking forward to the next book, The Difference Between Us, which will follow the growing attraction between two characters introduced in The Opposite of You, Molly and Ezra.