Published by: Harlequin Teen on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, MIlitary, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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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….
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As much as I wanted to love this one, I found myself mildly liking it. And even that surprised me, because I was pretty annoyed with the characters for the first third of the book. It was weird, because I kept getting more and more frustrated with the characters, how they were treating Cami, how childish Cami was acting, how much of a jerk Julian was (granted, he was allowed that), and just when I was about to reach my breaking point – BAM! – things got better. The middle of the book was my favorite part. Things just fell into place, the characters became relatable and I could see a bit of the love that Cami and Julian were developing for each other. Unfortunately, even though there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the last third, it didn’t do anything to hold my attention, so in the end, I wasn’t impressed and felt pretty indifferent with the story as a whole.
For some reason, the characters really bugged me. I felt like everyone had a stick up their butt. Cami’s father was pretty annoying, not a bad dad, per say, just a bit self-centered and snobbish. I didn’t really care for how he treated Cami at first and then the way he and Cami’s stepmom treated her in regards to Julian moving in, I just didn’t like the way that was handled at all. I understood why they did it and, of course, there wasn’t any other way around, but still, they could’ve handled it better and the way Cami reacted to it was kind of lame, too. She really didn’t have much of a backbone in the beginning of the story.
I did enjoy some of the interactions between her and Julian, especially regarding particular food items. The way their relationship developed was believable and after Julian drops the “jerk act”, you realize how great he is. I definitely loved how supportive he was of Cami and her passion for cooking. I also loved seeing Cami’s passion for cooking and seeing her attempts at creating her own dishes.
So, Stir Me Up didn’t really hit it off with me, but I do feel like this is something contemporary fans will enjoy. At times I felt it was a bit too immature for me, and, for once, I didn’t really care for the secondary “wacky best friend” type, but maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did. I didn’t mind reading it, but didn’t feel anything special towards it.