Enemies to Lovers + Food! The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson [Book Review]

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Enemies to Lovers + Food! The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson [Book Review]The Opposite of You written by Rachel Higginson
Publisher Reckless Siren Publishing
Publication Date: March 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Opposites Attract #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 302
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Flame Rating: two-half-flames
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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 Thoughts

I got The Opposite of You for free when it was on sale and I read it on a whim. WOW! I was delightfully surprised!

The Opposite of You has a heroine who is starting her own food truck parked across a 5-star restaurant featuring a Michelin starred chef! So, YES there is food, LOTS OF FOOD! I live in Los Angeles and food trucks are very popular here and I have tried a bunch of them, so reading about them is the cherry on top!

When I started reading The Opposite of YouI really didn’t know what to expect. But I just want to say that I was hooked! I am such a fan of enemies to lovers romance that I love the spin this book had of this trope.

Vera and Killian are perfect together! I love the banter and the sweetness! I also loved that this is a slow-burn romance because I think Vera needed to grow as a person and get back what she had lost professionally and personally. Killian was also instrumental in her gaining back her confidence, which I absolutely loved.

While I liked the banter and the relationship build-up, I really wish that there were steamy scenes. In this case, there was only one and it wasn’t as steamy as I want it to be.

Vera is a survivor of emotional and mental abuse, there are a couple of short scenes were her ex-boyfriend shows up, and a very short flashback of the abuse. So there is a trigger warning here.

One of the things that stood out for me were the secondary characters! It looks like they have their own books, so I am definitely reading them! I can’t wait to read book 2 because the hero’s name is Ezra (ahem) and the heroine is Vera’s best friend, Molly, who I absolutely loved in this book.

Another thing that I liked about The Opposite of You is Vera and her brother’s relationship with their father. I have this thing about fathers and when that is mentioned in any book, I just love the relationship dynamics – especially if it isn’t a great relationship. In this case, Vera’s dad is amazing!

If you love emotional books with awesome banter, and of course FOOD, I highly recommend reading The Opposite of You.


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Let's Discuss

What is your favorite book featuring food?

One of my favorites featuring a food truck is The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren.


About Rachel Higginson

Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.

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