Review: The Opposite of Us by Rachel Higginson

I’ve sworn off men.

All men.

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it.

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions.

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd.

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me.

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him.

I want the opposite.

My Review

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

There are very few books that get the five-star treatment from me, especially when some are the same plot done over and over and over……you get the gist. However even though this did have that element it was in no way repetitive to what I’ve read before and I found myself so absorbed that I didn’t want it to end.

The Opposite of You has all the elements to make it the same generic story we’ve all heard before, however there was just something that made it stand out. It felt fresher and brighter that other stories I’ve read of this type. I really like the food/chef element. The being in competition with each other, that made for a different take on a romance.

Here we see the story of chefs Vera Delane and Killian Quinn, both very different chefs. Killian is a Michelin starred chef in the very upmarket restaurant Lilou. Vera owns a food truck called Foodie which is parked across the street from the restaurant, in front of her brother’s bike shop car lot. Vera is back from Europe after fleeing an abusive relationship to look after her sick father. She opens Foodie believing this to be her last chance at making a go of it in the food business.

Killian feels she’s his competition and at first cannot stand Vera. He tells her the food truck wouldn’t work and to quit. As you can imagine Vera doesn’t like that and sets out to prove him wrong.

As time goes by though things change and feelings develop.

I absolutely fell in love with this book. There was so much tension and a will they won’t they vibe. The chemistry was electric and totally hot. The sex wasn’t overly descriptive and I like that here because too much would have literally been too much here.

The banter and camaraderie was really refreshing too and I found myself laughing and being thoroughly entertained throughout. So few books actually make me belly laugh and I found myself doing this at times.

I really enjoyed the back build of the secondary characters and will look forward to their story too.

I cannot wait to read more by this author and would highly recommend this book to any contemporary romance fan.

Happy Reading 🙂


the opposite of you new

Date Published: 30/3/17

Date Read: 25/3/17

My Rating: 5 stars





I love books. Books soothe me. Books are my escape from the day-to-day mundane. I'm very rarely without a book and my tbr pile is ever growing. I'm a single mother of twin boys and I live in Lincolnshire.

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