Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
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….
Publishes in US: October 1st 2013 by HarlequinTEEN
Genre: NA Contemp
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This was another new adult romance, though I really suppose it can be classified as young adult. While there is sex and foreplay, it manages to be hot and moving while still not going into as much detail as most other NA I have read. I am not tired of them yet, and this one swept me away! I adored Cami and in her insecurities and personality I could be her, and I'd want to be because this girl can cook. She is a chef in training and has worked in her dad's restaurant with him since she was little. But Cami had a good voice, a dry sense of humor, and I loved seeing the world through her eyes.
There is a love triangle, but there is a definite decision made, so I don't know if it really counts. And the synopsis even states that Luke was in her life before Julian came into her home and her life.
I was getting some major hot marine syndrome over here, he's wounded, a hero, snarky, and of course, once you get past the initial harshness and pain, there is a sweet, sensitive, caring and amazing man under the muscles and face.
I enjoyed the family presence in this one. While they weren't all whole, they bond together and make something strong and supportive.
I loved Cami and Julian's bantering that led to an intense romance. Their chemistry was palpable, and I loved every glance, kiss and more. They did more than sexual things though, they had deep conversations, encouraged each other, and tried to figure out their respective futures while still encouraging each other to follow their dreams no matter what.
The ending was sweet, hopeful and I didn't know how she did it but the fulfilled their promised and I still considered it a HEA.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could fall for someone missing a limb?