Friday, January 17, 2014

Stir Me Up Review + Giveaway

Stir Me Up
Sabrina Elkins

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN

ISBN: 978-1459254732
ASIN: B00DWRAK4E
Pages: 268

Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

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…



Praise for Stir Me Up:

"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up." —Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book." —Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret

"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout


My Take On The Book:

There was just something so beautiful and endearing about this book, I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the character and the story. It’s a hard book to break down into pros and cons since a lot of it is interwoven so you’ll just have to make due with these notes.

Cami, is a loyal and loveable character, but she has these moments of stupidity that make you wanna shake the girl. But when it comes to Julian and their romance ::sigh:: she does it right. He on the other hand, has stupid boy moments and while it’s somewhat understandable due to his hardships, its still utterly frustrating. This was definitely an uplifting book and a romance that reels you in. I kept trying to guess what would happen and more often then not, I was wrong. Its not what you expect and that is what makes it so perfect. My only real complaint is how hard people come down on Cami for doing whats natural, the dude is a jerk through the better half of the novel and she treats him just like she’d treat any other jerk. They all want to help him fit in and make it easier, they try so hard not to remind him of his disability but then, all that coddling does remind him. I feel like Cami was the only one that treated him normally. Yeah she looked and freaked a bit the first time she saw him, but she had never been face to face with those types of injuries. Everyone just tiptoes around the wounded vet and that is just a reminder of what happened, what he feels he failed at.

The author did a magnificent job at portraying his pain and his growth as well as the growth of their relationship. It was all together beautiful and captivating.



5 Quills

Do yourself a favor if your into romances, buy this book and read it. Its worth your time and you won’t want to put the book down. Oh and the recipes provided at the end oh the book are pretty freaking awesome if I say so myself :)


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About The Author 


I am a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily Newsand other newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this I worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. I also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.

I received my Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. I am a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.

Raised in the woods of Vermont, I now live in the greater Los Angeles area with my husband and three children. STIR ME UP is my first novel.

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Cami’s Cookbook Pack
Le Petit Paris: French Finger Food by Nathalie Benezet
500 Soups by Susannah Blake
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Julian’s Late-Night Pack
George Noory’s Late-Night Snacks by George Noory
Dinner and a Movie by Katherine Bebo
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Sweet Desserts Pack
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor
Cutie Pies by Dani Cone
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