Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Source: Netgalley/Harlequin TEEN
Rating: 4 out of 5
At first glance, Stir Me Up seems like a steamy read that doesn’t require a lot of focus; it appears to be a nice fluffy read with a stereotypical storyline. However, it proves to have much more than that; I was pleasantly surprised with Elkins’ ability in telling Cami and Julian’s story. Stir Me Up is a great romantic story, with the addition of self-discovery along the way.
First off, one of the many things I enjoyed about Stir Me Upwas the food aspect. Cami works at her dad’s French restaurant, and you guys know I love stories that incorporate French culture in any way. And goodness gracious, Elkins knows her food! The French cuisine and cooking played a huge part in Cami’s self-discovery and I loved the way it was weaved into the story.
I wasn’t quite sure of the romance at first, but as the story continued, I grew to love Cami and Julian together. They definitely start out rocky with an antagonistic relationship, but it grows to be very sweet and honest. Julian is totally swoon-worthy–even with one leg!
I admired watching Cami grow and find what she truly wants in her future, and the struggles she endures through are wholly realistic and illustrates how a true teen would experience right out of high school. And that ending? Perfect. Loved it so much, left the story on a really good note!
In all, Sabrina’s debut, Stir Me Up, is one that you won’t want to miss. I know for sure that I’ll be looking forward to her future romance novels, because they are oh-so-sweet and fun to read. With the addition of food cuisine, a lovely romance, and a realistic journey of self-discovery, Stir Me Up deserves a thumbs-up from me!