Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

Stir Me Up
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
Source: Netgalley

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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. 

Bottom Line: Sweet romance that started with harshness and escalated to banter and then earth shattering kisses and more.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could fall for someone missing a limb?
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  1. Started with harshness sounds..different

  2. I liked this one too! And I agree, it almost could have been categorized as YA.

  3. Ooh a man in uniform, I like that!

  4. Sounds good! As for the question, yes, I think I could fall for someone missing a limb.

  5. Sounds good, and the whole love triangle things doesn't bother me. :)

  6. I love books that have some time of military involvement. This sounds like an interesting one to check out for me :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  7. I've been seeing so many great reviews for Stir Me Up. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, Brandi!

  8. A love triangle, eep, this sounds good and I am glad you enjoyed it..and nope I am still enjoying NA..LOL

  9. I am not fond of love triangles at all, but at least it's resolved, and I do appreciate it when books focus on families.
    Great review.

  10. At long as it ends in what you consider an HEA, I'm good! Sounds like one I may try.

  11. A missing limb shouldn't matter when it comes to matters of the heart, you should fall in love with someone's inner beauty.

  12. Everyone is raving about this book and I'm just not in the mood for a NA but your review really makes me want to get in the mood! This sounds like a wonderful romantic progression, and like it might not be as formulaic as some of the other NA's. Plus hot marine! :-)

  13. I love some snarkyness and I love when family is present. This sounds great!

  14. it sounds nice mainly with an end like this one.

  15. I like the progression from banter to sweetness. I think I could definitely love someone missing a limb. Plus, you never know what life will throw at you and someone you love could lose a limb at any time so it's something you should be prepared for. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  16. I cannot wait to read this one. Everyone seems to love it! Great review =]

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  17. I love the sound of the romance between Cami and Julian...that there's lots of story behind the steam is great. Thanks for sharing, Brandi.


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