Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: March 30, 2017
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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The Opposite of You is the first book in the series which can be read as a standalone written beautifully by Rachel Higginson.
What is the story about?
The story follows a young woman named Vera Delane. After surviving a toxic relationship, she decided to go to Europe to avoid her abusive, controlling ex-boyfriend and find herself again regaining her confidence as a woman and as an inspiring chef who has a big dream to be recognized as one of the best in the field and run a kitchen from one of the best restaurants.
Life could take everything else from me—my stable future, my expectations, my dream of becoming a noteworthy, decorated chef before I hit thirty, my last dollar… all of it. But I would not give up on my goal of becoming the chef of my own kitchen.
Unfortunately, one year in Europe didn’t give her what she was looking for despite her best efforts. After getting a call about her father failing health, she decided to come back in her small North Carolina hometown and start her life again.
With her small savings and her family’s help, she starts a food truck business in her brother’s parking lot and does her best to forget about her true passion. The problem is that right across the street stands up a restaurant of her dreams and the head chef of the restaurant is a sexy, handsome man named Killian Quinns. Since her first encounter with the man is not a pleasant one, her anger of his behavior combined with the jealousy she feels for him increases. He has what she truly wants in her entire life—running a five starred kitchen.
“You stick to your side of the street, and I’ll stick to mine, and we’ll manage to go on with our lives without any problems.”
As the time goes by, her dynamic relationship with him starts to change to friendship. She starts to get to know him, loves their unique interaction and enjoys his company. She realizes that despite his outside arrogant, perfectionist persona, he is a caring, loving, incredibly talented man, and the most importantly, he is completely different than the demon she is trying to escape from. He challenges and pushes her, in his own way, to be the best he believes she is capable of and helps her to regain her missing confidence.
Their friendship then turns to become something she is not ready to explore yet. Her insecurity in herself as a woman gets worse when she is forced to deal with her past and fights for her future. Will she be able to leave her past, face her fears and insecurities and claim her future with the man that is completely the opposite of what she wanted?
“At some point, we’ll fight. In the future, things might get difficult. I’m never going to be an easy person to get along with. But, Vera, on the other hand, we can fight for each other. Life will likely get difficult whether we’re together or not, so why not tackle it together? And I might be an asshole, but I’m an asshole that cares a very great deal for you. In fact, I might even love you.”
What did I love?
The writing was perfect. It provided the details from the setting, the situation, and the emotions of the characters; all was described smoothly. Every single page was written with a purpose that I could vividly see and feel. Every moment was meant for something and in line with the whole goal. The dialogues had the cleverness, smoothness, and richness that I always craved. The elements that made the story real and believable and, therefore, made me immersed to the story and effortlessly connect with each of the characters. There was never a dull moment happening throughout the story that usually bored me.
Their relationship progressed at a perfect pace. As I said above, the writing made the story felt real; it could be seen in their relationship. The changes in their relationship flowed perfectly, leaving no room for me to have any doubts and questions. It progressed neither too fast nor too slow. Perfect in every way I wanted it to be, hence, it made room for me to grow to love them as a couple.
What didn’t work for me?
The only thing missing was the reason on why he seemed to have a problem (jealousy) of her running a business across the restaurant he was working in when they first met. I was dying to know the answer. Was it a pure jealousy on his part? It wouldn’t have made sense; it would have contradicted his earlier behavior with the kind of man it was later revealed to be his true self. Was it his way to get her attention? It would have been nice. Sadly, it was never explained. Had it been explained later in their relationship, the story would have been flawless.
Overall, I did love this story and wholeheartedly recommend to those interested in enemies to lovers stories. Trust me, the writing itself will make you devour this book in one sitting if you give this a try. 😀
“I found you, Vera, because I was supposed to find you.”