AWWWW, this was such a good book!!
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.
From the very first moment I started this book, I was hooked!!!
Not only because of the writing but also because of the topic. Foodtrucks have always been a source of exceptional and unique food for me. The movement that started a few years ago is still going strong in the BayArea, and I’ve had the pleasure of trying very different menus over the years, and have ventured out of my foodie comfort zone and have never regretted it.
And OMG – don’t let me start on cooks. I’m FASCINATED by them. Their artistic temperament, the drama that can be found in kitchens, their way with food and tastes – they are geniuses!!!
So, finding out that Rachel Higginson’s latest book combined both of those topics I couldn’t keep my glee hidden.
If you love opposites-attract romance – this is the book for you!!!
Even so Killian and Vera were chef’s, they were very much the opposite and couldn’t stand the sight of each other at the beginning of the story. Killian definitely saw her as competition, whereas for Vera, Killian was an idol. He was the best of the best in the cooking world. And she had a hard time getting a word out, and when the words came out they typically weren’t what she wanted them to be.
Therefore I was witness of the best non-stop banter in a long time. Vera and Killian’s witty remarks and dialogues were a highlight and made me smile throughout the book.
This was such a refreshing book to read!
The emotional complexities found in The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson slayed me.
Vera’s backstory tugged on my heart-strings. It was quite heart-wrenching to read her thoughts and what she went through. The details in this book were exceptional. The author really took her time to peel layers and expose the naked truth and heart-ache that accompanied the main characters.
Because of that I felt raw at times.
The Opposite of You was a story of losing hope. But also about having the strength and determination to keep pushing forward to overcome the odds in the end.
I ADORED Killian – he was a dream come true. Gruffy. Bearded. Talented. Overwhelming compelling and commanding. HOT. Committed. He had all the signs of an amazing alpha male and he didn’t disappoint me at all.
I loved his overwhelming nature that came with ruling a busy and exceptionally successful restaurant. I also adored it that when Killian realized that what Vera and he had was worthy of exploring he went for it and didn’t let Vera chicken out. Killian was not afraid of baggage. He had a “we can do anything we set our mind to” attitude. And he did his uttermost to make Vera see their potential. His love for food and his interest in Vera was unmistakable. But his way about showing his interest was hilarious.
Vera was incredibly STRONG!!
She came out of an horrendous relationship, a relationship that made her flee to Europe for a year, and give up her dream of her own kitchen. She was a surviver of mental and physical abuse (not explicitly described) and was trying to find her true self. Meeting Killian, and being challenged by him gave her a reason to believe in her cooking abilities again. He was the antidote that she needed to move forward. And I ADORED him even more for that.
For me, the times Vera and Killian were together were the BEST – they made me smile. Their chemistry was authentic and genuine – a slow burn that made me turn pages like a maniac. Those two were the main course and I could have read an entire book about just them. But it wasn’t just all about the main characters, The Opposite of You had a wonderful supporting cast as well, which I’m sure will be the basis for the next few books in this series.
Honestly I can’t wait to read Molly and Ezra’s book – The Difference Between Us. Their animosity has me cracking up already. 😀
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.