Book Review : Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

October 28, 2013 Book review 6 ★★★★

Stir Me Up is a delicious YA contemporary novel.  It is foodie heaven with a side order of sexy Marine!

Book Review : Stir Me Up by Sabrina ElkinsStir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
Published by Harlequin UK on 1st Oct 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 268
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

My Recap of Stir Me Up :

Cami is in her senior year trying to decide what to do with her life.  When her step mother’s nephew (a marine who was injured in Afghanistan) comes to live with them while he recuperates, he succeeds in stirring Cami up and setting her life into a spin.

First Line:

“I’m proud to say that after five years of virtual slavery, I am now allowed to make the soup on Wednesday nights for etoile.”

My Thoughts on Stir Me Up:

Stir Me Up was such a pleasant surprise.  I was expecting it to be good but it was even better than I hoped. The foodie setting around a French restaurant that specialises in fine dining really captured my heart.  I love watching Master Chef and this book captures the skill and passion that would-be-future-master-chefs have in abundance.  Cami is so enthusiastic about food and her concoctions that you have to admire her skill and her hard working ethic and it all adds up to a character that is very easy to warm to.

Julian is also a character with real depth.  He has horrific injuries; he lost his right leg below the knee, broke his left femur, has whiplash, a broken nose and lots of other smaller injuries.  He is also obviously suffering from PSTD however apart from a few cranky moments, he doesn’t give up, he has to readjust his life but he is more than capable of moving forward.

The tension between Cami and Julian was great fun. I loved their passive aggressive insults and there were lots of animated moments that made me smirk away to myself.  It was obvious that the smoldering tension was going to end up in one direction only. Put it like this, the heat wasn’t only in the restaurant kitchen!

It was refreshing as to well to read about a main character who wasn’t automatically going down the college route.  Cami was confused about what to do after high school and I like how many options she saw open to her apart from the college one which is all we often see in YA books.

Overall, this book has great characters, a fab setting if you are a foodie person and a interesting well paced plot.

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
three-half-stars
Did I feel it?
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Stir Me Up?

I’d recommend this one to fans of contemporary NA books, those who love recipes and details of cooking in books and those who are looking for a heartfelt swoony romance.

Thanks to Harlequin UK and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review : Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins”

  1. trish

    This book will make you want to rustle up something fantastic in the kitchen! And I loved Julian. There is just so many good things to like here, I’m sure you will really enjoy it Chelsea 🙂

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