The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

The Opposite of You tells the story of Vera Delane who’s moved back home to help care for her ailing father while finding her feet again as a chef through her new venture: Foodie the Food Truck.  Due to her need to keep costs low, she ends up across the street from her chef idol Killian Quinn.  What ensues is some great flirting, a mean ex, a little sex, and a happily ever after.  The book follows the well recognized romantic story-line tropes.  I don’t mean that in a bad way.  I knew going into it, that this book would follow the whole “meet cute, conflict, happily ever after” format, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Rachel Higginson obviously did her research on what’s hot in the foodie world (or maybe she’s just one hell of a cook) to provide realistic details around the two main characters’ profession.  Overall, I really enjoyed the book, BUT there were two things that I just couldn’t get out of my mind…

  • Wouldn’t Killian Quinn have to wear a beard net in his kitchen?  Maybe this points more to my naivete in the food world than anything else, but aren’t the reasons chefs wear hats or bandanas, at least in part, to keep their hair out of the plate?  If he would need to wear one, I don’t care how many muscles or tattoos you have, ain’t nobody thinking “mmmm, sexy” as they watch you work.
  • I feel like there wasn’t a full on conflict in the story.  This is actually something I thought while I read Higginson’s Bet on Us as well.  Although I appreciate that Higginson didn’t have one magical kiss wipe away all of Vera’s past trauma, I didn’t feel like Vera’s opening up (or not opening up) was really a threat to her blossoming relationship with Killian.  In the end, it felt a little anti-climatic.

Ok, enough complaining about what wasn’t my favorite, and onto what was.

  • Vera wasn’t described as a size two with perfect blond hair and a size two waist, blah, blah, blah.  In fact, not too much time was spent on how she looked at all.  Bravo for making a love story about the slow burn of minds teasing each other via flirty word foreplay rather than instantly wanting to rip each other’s clothes off and then catching up to the substance of the other eventually.
  • Props for a sex scene that went down where only the woman got off.  Maybe that’s a graphic summation, but I loved that Killian was a giver, so props to Higginson for giving us all a man we fantasize about.  *wink*

Overall, I really enjoyed the characters.  I don’t know that the word opposite needed to be used so many times to drive home the point/title of the book, but overall I really enjoyed falling in love with Vera and Killian and, even though it’s not at the top, I already have the next book in the series on my to read list.

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