Series: Opposites Attract #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 30, 2017
Format: eBook, 302 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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I’ve sworn off 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.
Y’all, I loved this book. I loved every little thing about it. I know there’s no way my words will do it justice, but I can’t NOT review it. It started off as one of those “Eh, I’ll just read a few pages before bed” books that ended in a late night as I attempted to read as much as possible before I could no longer keep my eyes open. The writing was beautiful. I swear I highlighted half the book. The characters were real and believable, and their growth was wonderful. The build up for the romance was perfection. I can’t say enough positive things about this one. It’s easily one of my favorite books of 2017 and a new entry on my all-time favorites list.
Vera and Killian were absolutely amazing. While I may not have been through some of the things Vera has, I found it so easy to relate to her. She was talented, but vulnerable. Her self-doubt was almost overwhelming at times. It was a beautiful thing to watch her begin to overcome it. She might not have recognized it sometimes but she was so very strong and smart. Killian was the perfect person to help make her believe in herself and her talents again — even if he went about it in a rather unconventional way at times. Killian himself was incredible. I’ll admit I side-eyed him and questioned his intentions in the beginning, but it didn’t take long before I was swooning and singing his praises.
It probably comes as no surprise that I was rooting for Vera and Killian from the very beginning. I’m such a shipper. I mean, I don’t read this much romance for nothing. I loved their antagonistic banner early on in the book. They made me laugh and smile as they picked at each other. When that turned into an unlikely friendship, with a hint of something more, I was happy. When their true feelings came out, I was there for it. I loved watching them grow individually while they realized how special what they had together was. It was swoony, sexy and romantic,with a delicious slow burn that had to rival Vera and Killian’s creations. I couldn’t get enough of them, but I also didn’t want the book to end.
This is the first of Rachel’s books that I’ve read, but it absolutely won’t be the last. I’ve already pre-ordered the second book, The Difference Between Us, and it can’t get here soon enough. I’m dying for more of the story between Vera’s best friend Molly and Killian’s brother Ezra. I was intrigued by both characters in this book and I NEED more of them. In the meantime, I’ll be adding all of Rachel’s books to my wishlist and reading them when I can make time. I have a new author to love!
A dirty look from a hamster could send me into a tailspin of self-hate and tears these days. My self-confidence was fragile.
God, he was so tempting. Not just the offer… but him. Everything about him. The playful look in his eyes, the lift of his melt, the fullness of his beard. It simply wasn’t fair that he looked the way he did and acted the way he did.
“Oh, right. Sorry. Sometimes I get so sucked into the drama here, I can’t remember what’s real and what’s foreplay between two insane chefs.”
The meal wasn’t simply sustenance. It wasn’t even as simple as a memorable experience. This was a work of art, the masterpiece in front of me reaching all five senses and even further than that, down into my soul where I would remember this meal for the rest of my life.
He threatened everything. My business. My sanity. My vow of celibacy. The carefully constructed walls I’d built around my heart. My fragile courage I’d only just regained.
My past had damaged me. This was something I was well aware of. But for whatever reason, Killian Quinn felt like healing.
“You’re meant to shine, Vera. I saw it the first time I met you. You shine so fucking bright.”
It was like we’d been doused in gasoline, and someone had throw a lit match on us. We exploded in hunger and passion and the familiar push and pull we’d always had.
Have you read any of Rachel’s books?
Which one(s) should be next on my list?