Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

Stir Me Up
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance
Series: N/A

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 Rating: 5 Roses

Loved this book! Stir Me Up was a fantastic YA romance. A book about growing up and healing, it was emotional, romantic, and just wonderful. I really enjoyed reading this amazing book.

Cami was a heroine who wasn't quite sure what she wanted. Her future was mapped out: graduate, work in her father's restaurant with her boyfriend. But, she isn't so sure about that anymore. And, the confusion gets even worse when Julian shows up. Cami was a lovely character. She was likable and easy to relate to. She was extremely determined and motivated and, once she knew her path, nothing was going to stop her. My only complaint was that she could have been more understanding of Julian. She judged him too harshly in the beginning. But, other than that, I thought she was great.

Julian was amazing. In the beginning, he has an attitude problem. But, considering that he lost a limb while in a war, I think he had justifiable reason. Underneath all that abrasive charm, however, was a really sweet guy. He hasn't had the easiest time and, though he had his moments of resignation, he was determined to heal from his experiences, both mentally and physically. I adored him and he was certainly swoon-worthy. I thought he was a deep, real hero that was perfectly flawed.

The romance was sweet and steamy. This book was a coming of age story, with Cami learning what she wants for her future and Julian healing from a terrible experience. In both cases, their growth was well done and they became better characters by the end of the book. These two were especially sweet together because of how their relationship helped each one grow. They were a perfect match and really adorable together. And, there was some serious steaminess for a YA book. Cami and Julian could not keep their hands off each other. The sparks were constantly flying, whether it was because they were fighting or because they were throwing themselves at each other. They definitely had a passionate relationship, in all areas. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. It was great seeing Cami and Julian figure everything out and grow up, while they fell in love with each other. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was absolutely perfect.

Stir Me Up was a brilliant YA romance. I loved this book! Every bit of it was just lovely. It was romantic, emotional, and a truly wonderful read. YA lovers, and romance lovers of any kind, this is a book you have to read.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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