Book Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

image“It tastes like a kiss? “Lots of your food does-because that’s how you mean it.”

Cami is a high school senior. She wants to follow in father’s footsteps and be a chef. Her father wants her to go to college and pursue a different profession. Her mother left them because her father was never home. He was always working at his restaurant at nights, on weekends, over holidays.

Julian is the nephew of Cami’s stepmother, Estella. His mother passed away when he was young and Estella raised him. He is a Marine in Afghanistan. He lost most of his leg in an IED explosion. Estella invites him to stay with them until he recover from his injuries and be fitted for a new artificial leg. Because their house is small, Julian will stay in Cami’s room and Cami will sleep in a little storage space down the hallway.

Cami is a little irritated that a stranger is moving in to her room. Julian is just grumpy. The adjustment is difficult and fights erupt between them. There’s even the throwing of a muffin (by Cami), which Julian catches and eats and loves.

As the months pass, Cami and Julian slowly get to know to each other. Julian’s surliness lessens. She cooks a soup just for him. He helps her with her senior photo. Their banter is cute and flirty at times, which is problematic, because she has a boyfriend. There is no bad guy in this book, so when she breaks up with her boyfriend, you are heartbroken for both them.

When Julian and Cami finally get together, there are more hurdles for them to overcome. When is Cami going to stand up to her father and tell him what she really wants to do? What will Julian do after he finishes he finishes his physical therapy with his new leg? How will their plans affect their relationship? Cami is insecure about all of this, but Julian is there to re-assure that everything will be ok. And it is. But I won’t spoil it for you about how it all gets resolved. All I will say is that I wish Julian’s blog is real so that I can catch up on their lives. 😉

This is the debut book of the author and I devoured this book in one sitting. Her dialogue sparkles. She does a fabulous job of “showing” not “telling” the growing attraction between Cami and Julian. I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book.

Go buy this book!

ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley.

5/5 stars

~Vi

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