The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

The Opposite of You Book Cover The Opposite of You
Opposite Attract Series
Rachel Higginson
Contemporary Romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
March 12, 2017
Kindle, Paperback
302

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.

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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.

chefRachel’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.TheGreatRomance CS3

 

 

 

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.

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