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review 2018-06-10 23:50
4.3 Out Of 5 "if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen" STARS
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Opposite of You

Rachel Higginson

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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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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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An excellent contemporary romance that's actually not bogged down by unnecessary drama.  The beginning 1/3 of the book felt like it could have been going in a cheesy direction and felt repetitively tedious at times…but the last 2/3's were compelling readable.  In fact, I read that portion of the book in one sitting.  I liked the characters so much that I do believe I want to read the second book soon.  The witty banter between the H and h was well written and their chemistry was quite hot.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Series~ Opposites Attract #1

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2017-04-26 00:00
The Opposite of You
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson What a lovely surprise! I wasn't expecting much, but I loved this slow burn love story.
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review 2016-10-22 16:58
Bet on Us (Bet on Love Series) (Volume 1) - Rachel Higginson

This is my second book by Rachel Higginson.  I was first introduced to her work when I read Every Wrong Reason, which I loved. As such when the chance came for me to read Bet on Us I was excited. When I read the blurb I realised that this was completely different from Every Wrong Reason, however, I still expected to have an enjoyable experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found myself laughing throughout most of the story. From the very first page I knew I was in for a treat.

“I blamed this on Kelly Clarkson. On Kelly-Freaking-Clarkson. The angry man standing across the kitchen island looked like he was about to throttle me. I had visions of large hands gripped firmly around my neck shaking me like a rubber chicken. His eyes flashed with frustration and I cursed Kelly Clarkson straight to the grave”.

 

This was a well-written story about two people who fell in love under the most unusual of circumstances. I had a hard time putting this one down. I was eager to see how it would all unfold.

What would you do if your roommate stole your identity, your furniture and left you holding the bag for a $7000 gambling debt? A debt which you know nothing about and then to add insult to injury, the person to whom the money is owed turns up at your door demanding payment.  Personally, I would have called the police and sought the help of my family and friends. Ellie Harris had a different approach, not one I agreed with, but I understood why she took that stance. She wanted to prove that she could survive on her own without any interference from her family.

I loved Ellie, although there were times when I found her actions frustrating. She was feisty, strong-willed, proud and determined. When she sets her mind to do something there is no turning back. She is determined to see it through.

I understood her need to get out from under her family’s thumb, especially that of her overprotective brothers.  However, I was glad to see her swallowing her pride and accepting the help offered. She finally realised that all they did was not because they wanted to control her, but because they loved her.

Finn was not what I had expected based on my initial introduction. As I got to know him, I realised that he was misunderstood. Sure, he is cocky, but beneath that cockiness lay a heart of gold. He was not the player he was purported to be. He had been through a lot has a child. He grew up rather quickly as he had to take up adult responsibilities at an early age.
I enjoyed the interaction between Finn and Ellie. I thought they were perfect for each other. They never expected to have these intense feelings for each other. Ellie tried to fight it, but Finn was determined that she would be in his life.

I loved the secondary characters. They played their part in making the story entertaining. I do hope the author considers going beyond book 2. I would love to see all of Ellie’s brothers getting their own story.

This was a sweet and lighthearted read, which I recommend to fans of New Adult romance.

Originally posted at Totally Addicted to Reading


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review 2016-03-01 14:18
Every Wrong Reason - Rachel Higginson

When I read the reviews for Every Wrong Reason I was eager to get my hands on a copy. Therefore, when the author asked me to read and review it in exchange for an honest review there was no hesitation on my path.

Based on the reviews I was expecting a story that would take me on an emotional journey. However, the journey was not what I had expected. This is not to say that this was a bad book. I found it to be an interesting read. It provided insight into the world of marriage and the simple things that can cause it to breakdown.

What I liked about this book is that the author did not write a romance story where we see the characters falling in love and getting married at the end. Instead, this story was focused on what happens after several years of marriage. I liked the author’s writing style and I liked the how seamlessly the story flowed. I am a huge fan of stories told from the character’s POV as it is my belief that this provides insight into the character’s thoughts and feelings. This was another plus for me. I was drawn into the story in the initial stages, unfortunately, this momentum did not last. As a result, it took me some time to get through the story. This was due to me being annoyed by the actions of the female protagonist.

The main characters were three dimensional which should have made it easier to connect with them. Unfortunately, I had no tolerance for the female protagonist. Seeing the events unfold through her eyes did not help as I hope it would. If anything, it increased my annoyance with her. It is my belief that her reasons for wanting a divorce were trivial. She was quick to give up on her marriage and was not willing to try and work things out. She refused to see that Nick wanted things to work and that he would do anything to save their marriage. She, however, was determined to create barriers where none needed to exist. While reading I kept asking myself how can one person be so blind? Every chance she got she blamed Nick for the breakdown of their marriage. She refused to take any responsibility. Also, I could not fathom the fact that she was the one who asked for the divorce, but when Nick gave into her demands she is upset that he did not talk her out of it. There were times when I wished I could reach into my kindle and shake some sense into her. Strangely enough, although she annoyed me, she was believable. There are persons in real life who are just as annoying as Kate.

My heart went out to Nick. It was evident that he loved his wife and would do everything in his power to save his marriage. However, a person can only do so much. Everywhere he turned he encountered obstacles. This is not to say that he did not play his part in the events that led to him and Kate wanting to end their marriage. I believe Nick had become complacent and, as a result failed to see how unhappy Kate had become. It would have been great to have great to see the story from Nick’s perspective as well. Although we did not get Nick’s POV the author was able to make me feel all that he was going through. It was clear that Nick loved Kate for him to put up with her annoying behaviour. This showed the contrast between their personalities. Kate was not happy with Nick’s actions and she was willing to give up ten years of marriage. Nick, on the other hand, was not willing to give up without a fight. Kate admitted that she never stopped loving Nick. The question that this raises is love enough to save their marriage?

Every Wrong Reason highlighted issues that most couples are faced with their relationships:
1. Failure to communicate.
2. Failure to meet each other halfway.
3. Giving up when things get tough.
4. Becoming complete strangers after being together for several years.

It showed how painful and dirty the divorce process can be. It shows that if you want your relationship to work you have to be willing to work at it.
Although, it did not give me the feels I was expecting I still found this to be an interesting read. I would definitely read more from this author.

I received a complimentary copy courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-11-08 10:46
Heartbreakingly Raw. Breathtakingly Poignant.
The Five Stages of Falling in Love - Rachel Higginson

Have your tissues ready for this one, ladies. There won’t be a dry eye left after reading about Liz–a mother of four and new widow–as she struggles to fight her way out of the all-consuming grief over losing her husband, and reconcile her feelings of unexpectedly finding new love.

‘One part would forever stay with Grady, loyal to my first love and my husband. The other part ran to Ben, to this new love.’

Breathtaking. The Five Stages of Falling in Love was simply a breathtaking novel. Author Rachel Higginson did a fabulous job describing the myriad of emotions someone goes through after the loss of a loved one. There was such honesty in how she presented Liz’s feelings and thoughts. The emotions were raw, oftentimes painful, but with some moments of happiness and joy. But regardless of the emotion, we readers were right there with Liz, digging in with her while she traversed each part of her tough journey.

 

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