Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

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Published October 1st 2013 by HarlequinTEEN
268 Pages |goodreads-badge-add-black-38px
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….

Book Review: 3 stars

~ A warm thank you to HarlequinTEEN for providing me with a copy of Stir Me Up in exchange for a honest review ~

Oh, sorry Cami, you can’t run any of those surveys because your research has to be focused only on THE STUDENTS AT YOUR FRICKING SCHOOL. The most bogus place in the world. Yes, I have senioritis. Want a piece of it?
Cami | Stir Me Up

~ This review contains spoilers ~
Sometimes a girl just needs to read something that is slightly saucy, but with a hint of touching warm feelings that make you smile and wish you knew boys like those in literature. Don’t base your desire to read this book on the cover, don’t be one of those people, nobody likes those kinds of people. Sabrina Elkins has created a heartbreaking new adult novel that leaves you swooning for more.

It does take a while to get used to being inside the head of Cami. She literally explains everything that she sees and feels. But these feelings of ‘your over-explaining things’ are short lived as soon as we meet Julian. Who is just incredibly heartbreaking in more ways than one. I really felt his torment over his misfortune in Afghanistan, and admired how the new him found comfort in Cami’s straight shooting self.  They really complimented each other, which I though was rather fantastic. Yes they began all frustrated with each other because the other was being an insensitive ass, but you could see behind their facades.

“Did you ever catch him working out in the gym?”
“Yes, actually.”
She grins. “That was my idea.”
Claire | Stir Me Up

Cami does begin by having a boyfriend Luke, who lets face it turns out to be sort of a man-bitch. I truly appreciated Elkins perspective on their relationship, especially in regards to more mature subjects. As a reader you truly were able to relate to the misguidedness that comes with young love. How sometimes a touch doesn’t end up meaning anything to you over time. I didn’t find Luke to be overly pushy, I just felt like they were drifting apart as Cami began to notice Julian. And the fact that she broke up with Luke as soon as she made out with Julian is something that I was like YES! Don’t um and ar about cheating on your boyfriend like most female protagonists tend to do. Cami knew what she wanted and she went after it. Just like she did with her cooking.

Which was such an awesome addition, that and her being french. I loved the parts where she was considering a new dish. And there are recipes in the back of the book. I think i’ll be making some Midnight Soup soon, because a) delicious and b) maybe I’ll attract a man as awesome as Julian with my new found culinary skills. You never know.

As much as I liked the story and appreciated the meaning behind it, I’m just not sure I am a fan of new adult books. In the end it’s a personal preference,  I just don’t end up loving them like I do good-ole YA.

Check this one out! Romance is heart pounding between these two, it’ll make you hold your breath.



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