Stir Me Up [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Overview


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….

Contains mature content and some sexual situations. Suited for readers 16 and up.

"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up."
—Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book."
—Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret

"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see."
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"I love this book and want it to get read....Overall, there's just a sense of loveliness and sweetness about the romance and Cami's journey."
— Jane, Dear Author

"Author Sabrina Elkins created an utterly captivating story that is both charming and sexy with characters that are loveable and sympathetic… I don't say this often about contemporary romance, but Stir Me Up is a total must read."
—Fiktshun


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 10 Up—Camille Broussard grew up working at her father's fancy French restaurant in Vermont, and she loves it. Despite the long hours and often difficult work, she is proud to have earned the right to move up in the "kitchen pecking order." She has a boyfriend, who only seems interested in one thing: convincing her to have sex. When Cami's stepmother discovers that her nephew Julian, who is a marine on tour in Afghanistan, has been injured in an explosion, she decides he should move into their house while he recovers. Julian is angry and bitter about his recently amputated leg, and Cami is less than thrilled that he is taking over her bedroom-at least until she gets to know him. Their friendship starts to heat up into something more, and it is not long before Cami realizes that she will have to choose between her boyfriend and Julian. This steamy romance is fairly well written, and the issues of Cami's sexual development are handled realistically. Explicit content, which borders on being new adult, makes the title best suited to older teens. Despite a large cast, the secondary characters-including Cami's father, stepmother, and best friend-are three-dimensional and well defined; each one has motivations and personality. Cami's love for cooking is an important part of the plot, and her struggle to decide what to do after high school helps give the story added depth. [e-original]—Liz Zylstra, County of Prince Edward Public Library, Picton, Ontario
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460337745
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 110,706
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 329 KB

Meet the Author


SABRINA ELKINS, author of STIR ME UP, has also worked as a journalist, movie copywriter and prep cook. She graduated from USC and currently lives with her husband and three children in the greater Los Angeles area.

Sabrina loves hearing from fans and encourages you to visit her website, sabrinaelkins.com. You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook at elkins.sabrina, and Twitter @sabrina_elkins.


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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    I first became aware of this book after seeing Sara from Forever

    I first became aware of this book after seeing Sara from Forever 17 Books post it as one of her Waiting on Wednesdays. I have been on such a contemporary kick lately so when I got the email from Harlequin asking if I wanted to review it- I jumped at the chance. And I am SO very glad I did! I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed both Cami and Julian's characters and watching them evolve as individuals and as a couple was definitely a huge bonus for me.

    Cami is a 17 year old senior in high school who lives for working at her father's restaurant. Cooking is in her blood and she wouldn't have it any other way, despite her father's insistence she start looking at colleges. Cami's life is turned upside down when her father recruits her to go with his new wife Estella to help her nephew Julian, a Marine who has been critically injured while serving overseas. She is definitely not happy taking time away from the restaurant and her boyfriend, Luke. Luke and Cami's relationship is in the discovery phase and is really starting to heat up. Cami, however, is not quite ready for sex and while she wants to explore these feelings she is also afraid of going too far and not being able to stop. I enjoyed Luke and Cami together at first, but after awhile, I just felt Luke kept pushing her and only wanted to spend their time together exploring each other. Cami wasn't exactly against the exploring, but she did have her limits and while Luke respected them, you could tell the two were pulling in different directions. As if Cami's life isn't complicated enough, Julian is coming to live with them while he recovers.

    Oh, Julian. The boy stole my heart almost instantly despite his surly, negative attitude. When we first meet him, he is such a dark, angry character. He is unfriendly and bitter, wanting to be left alone. My heart shattered into a million pieces for him. Not only is he struggling with his physical disability and the fact he isn't the man he used to be, but mentally he is having to cope with the horrors of being overseas and watching comrades fall in front of him, knowing there was nothing he could do. He is haunted by what he has seen and blames himself for not being able to do more. Cami tries to treat him with respect and be understanding of him, but there comes a point where she's had enough. She's tired of tiptoeing around this guy, who has not only taken over her room, but has invaded her house with his negativity and brash exterior. I think Julian really ends up respecting her for not placating him and giving him special treatment.

    Julian and Cami's relationship is very slow moving. I think the pacing was perfect. Julian is suffering from a very traumatic experience and has an injury that makes him feel as if he isn't whole. He has a lot of demons to overcome and has a long road ahead of learning how to live with his disability and then eventually accept it and move forward. As stated above in the blurb, this is considered Mature Young Adult due to sexual situations. I found that aspect of Cami and Julian's relationship to be absolutely beautiful. Cami doesn't see the broken man in front of her- she sees the young, good-looking, sexy Marine and she isn't bothered by his disability in the least bit. He makes her feel things that Luke never did and together, they both make one another feel desired, wanted, and loved.

    "There are five smaller scars on his torso that I can see. He's so beautiful, like a young David Beckham only with scars instead of tattoos. I kiss each of them and then he pulls me up and looks at me like he's searching inside my mind for something." (e-ARC pg. 142)

    There is so much more to this book than just a romance. Cami doesn't know what she wants to do with her future: she just knows she wants to cook. It's her passion, yet her father doesn't feel that she should have that kind of life. He wants more for his daughter- he wants her to get an education, to explore all her options before she makes the decision to be a chef. He has seen first hand how it can be an isolated, lonely life due to the sheer number of hours that are required to do such a profession. He doesn't want her to be overworked and not able to enjoy a family, which is why he is pushing so hard for her to go to school first. I love how prominent Cami's family was in this book. Most YA contemporaries don't place much focus on the main character's family, so I was pleasantly surprised at just how great a role Cami's father and step-mother played in this book.

    Even though Cami is finishing up her senior year and is looking for guidance, Julian refuses to influence her in any way. He wants her to live out her dreams and explore life for herself. Cami needs to learn to be independent and focus on what she wants so she can discover her life's course.

    "What I need to do is go out there and find out who I am. Explore the world a little. Taste it, take a bite of it. And then when I come back, not step into a footprint my father or boyfriend or anyone else made for me, but find my own way to make a footprint myself." (e-ARC 228)

    This was such a beautiful book that highlights two characters' journey to self-discovery, forgiveness and acceptance, and most importantly finding the kind of love that's worth saving yourself for.

    *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    loved it

    It is a great book. I love the characters. I hope another one comes out!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    2 stars - Loved the premise but this one just didn't work for m


    2 stars - Loved the premise but this one just didn't work for me.

    First Impression...I do love that cover. I may be very partial to Pepe and Stella covers, though. But really, it was the premise of this one that captured my attention. It had a different flavor that was interesting. I loved the idea of a recovering marine and a girl trying to figure out her life combining to have sparks.

    The Story... I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. I didn't like it. Things didn't make sense to me. Decision made or events happen that would come out of nowhere made the story unconvincing. Weeks would go by and there would be a sentence of summary. That bugged me. Showing not telling would have been better. And the whole falling for another guy while you have a boyfriend thing? It has to be done just right. It wasn't, in my opinion.

    The Characters... I struggled here a lot. I don't think I really got Cami. Her relationship with Luke was a puzzle to me that just didn't make sense. I wanted to know Luke a little better and that never happened. He felt flat and because she claimed to love him, she didn't make sense to me either. She seemed more childish than a high school senior should be. She often acted like my 8th grade students. I loved that she was so into cooking. It may have been the part of her I liked the most. Her relationship with her dad was strange. I got that he wanted more for her than being a chef but I found him annoying. I did like Julian after he got over being a jerk and he was so a jerk at the beginning. I get it. He was hurt and recovering. It sucked big time. Once we got through that stage, I liked him. He was concerned about Cami and wanted her to live her dream. I like that he wanted her to figure out her own life.

    The Writing... This is the part I had the most problems with and it pains me so much to write about it. But I can only tell you how I felt about the experience of reading this book. The story was jarring to me. The transitions clumsy and confusing. I found myself back tracking trying to understand what just happened. Having to read on and figure it out from context.

    Could I put it down...Yeah and I did. I read half and then put it down. I didn't know if I would finish it. Honestly, the only reason I decided to finish it was the praise from JLA that you can read at the bottom of this review. I thought if she loved it so much, I must be missing something. So, I finished. I will say that towards the 2/3 mark, there was a part that I enjoyed more. But then things were back to the same style and I was frustrated all over again. I would put it down and glare at it. Finally, I just sped read the rest.

    In the end...This book frustrated me. I didn't enjoy it. I was disappointed that the story wasn't better. I still love the premise. It seems so promising. But I couldn't get past the jarring writing style and the annoying characters. Not my taste.

    Others disagree. You can see some pretty high praise below from some people that I really respect. I've also added a couple links to other reviews from people who liked the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Loved it

    I loved this book !!!! Very cute story . Hoping there is going to be a second one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    I Received An ARC Of This Book In Exchange For My Honest Review.

    I Received An ARC Of This Book In Exchange For My Honest Review.

    Cami Broussard is a senior in high school, the daughter of a French chef, and a chef in trainee at the restaurant her father owns and she grew up in.

    Julian Wyatt is a former Marine, a injured war veteran who lost his right leg below the knee, he suffers from PTSD, and he's Estella's (Cami's step-mom) nephew.

    Cami's dad is pressuring her to go to college. Luke her boyfriend and a co-worker is pressuring her to go further in their relationship and through it all she can't help feeling something for Julian. Something she doesn't feel for Luke and never did. She's attracted to Julian there's no denying it but he drives her crazy.

    Cami wants to be a Chef and always has. She has a real passion for food. When it comes to cooking she gets so lost in whatever it is that she's making that puts every bit of herself into it. If her food had a secret ingredient it would be her love and passion for cooking. She comes up with some pretty amazing sounding food. There are a couple of recipes included at the end of this book and I was so happy to see the one that made my mouth water when she was making it in the book. Obviously that means whatever recipes are included are ones that Cami made at some point during the story.

    Julian is the hot injured marine that's living at Cami's house and taking over her room His parents died when he was younger and his Aunt Estella treated and raised him like a son. He's suffering from PTSD and tries to push everyone away but Cami won't take his attitude. She gives it right back and he likes that about her. Hell she will throw food at him if he makes her mad enough. The problem is he's attracted to her, fantasizes about her, but first he needs to accept the fact that his life will never be the same and that it isn't over just because he's an amputee.

    Sabrina Elkins delivered a beautiful story that captured my attention and my heart. Cami and Julian go through lots of changes in their lives and come out the stronger for them. They are both loving, sympathetic, and hard headed individuals who make an incredible team. They know that they need to be strong enough to stand on their own and make their own decisions but at the same time they know how to be there and be supportive when that's what they need more than anything else at the time. A definite must read for all romantics at heart out there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    Stir Me Up was such a fantastic surprises. I wasn't expecting th

    Stir Me Up was such a fantastic surprises. I wasn't expecting the level of depth that Sabrina Elkins created in this beautiful love story between Cami and Julian. Cami had me pumping my fists in the air. I love that she was a strong, self-assured young woman who knew her own self-worth as a person and didn't take Julian's cr*p, and that she gave it right back to him in the most bada**, womanly grace. Yeah, I loved Cami. And yes, I did love Julian even in his jerkiness, because it was just fun to watch Cami bring him back to reality—that he wasn't going to get any self-pity from her, and she wasn’t going to walk on eggshells around him. 




    Cami is turning eighteen and in her senior year of high school. She’s coming into adulthood, and it's time she makes her own decisions for her life and her heart--her father, her boyfriend, college, and the ex-marine who has turned her life upside down. Oh yes, the gorgeous, sexy marine, Julian. The banter between these two is hilarious. Cami doesn't hold back her tongue with this marine, even if Julian is the guy who makes her heart swoon. 




    There were two more characters in this story that I enjoyed, and that I hope Elkins will give them their HEA. Taryn, who is Cami's best friend, and Luke, the boyfriend. They are super great characters that I also fell in love with. These two deserve a story all of their own.




    Stir Me Up is a fantastic, beautiful and humorous love story. And all that’s left to say is that I loved the storyline, I loved the characters, and most of all, I loved the spicy romance served up Hot in Cami and Julian's recipe for love! I highly recommend Cami and Julian's romance as one of the most heart-touching love stories that you will not want to miss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    Stir Me Up is a story of two young individuals who are trying to

    Stir Me Up is a story of two young individuals who are trying to find their way in life. Becoming a chef has always been Cami's dream career. Ever since she can remember she has been in the kitchen with her father. But even though her father is a chef at his own French restaurant, he doesn't want Cami to become a chef and therefore he does everything to make her apply to college for a different career. Just when things couldn't get better at her home, her stepmother's nephew, Julian Wyatt has been severally injured and has to stay at their house to recover. When the two first meet, there seemed to be hate towards each other, but the more time Cami starts to spend with Julian, the more she starts to feel for the ex-Marine. 




    After getting injured in battle, Julian Wyatt has to suffered when he finds himself unable to walk. Been in the middle of war and having his companions killed has made a huge impact on him, both emotionally and physically. But no matter what his feelings are, the minute he arrives at the Broussard household he is greeted by someone he didn't expect to like at all, Cami. He knows that stopping Cami from doing what she wants is going to be difficult, especially when he finds himself attracted to her. As he encourages her to do what she wants to do no matter what, the more they'll have to overcome if they truly want to be together. 




    When I first started reading, I thought this book had too many ideas in one. It felt overdone with the ideas, but as I kept reading the more I started liking the characters and story. Cami has a gift for cooking and it makes sense for her dad to stop her from making a terrible mistake. He thinks that she needs a career that will let her be with her family and not have to work as much. Her case is relatable to anyone that is going through the high school/college transition. On the other hand, Julian is a charming character that will melt anyone's heart or break them with his attitude, but he has been through a traumatic event that has led him to harden his feelings. The story flowed beautifully which I really liked and the ending was a bit surprising. I expected something else, but it worked really well for the story and I'm glad I got to read it. The romance is great and the message of “following your dreams no matter” what makes the story enjoyable to read. I recommend everyone to give it a try, you will not regret it. 




    *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    I like this book a ridiculous amount. In Stir Me Up, author Sab

    I like this book a ridiculous amount.

    In Stir Me Up, author Sabrina Elkins does what I feel like is sometimes so elusive for writers to capture—the feeling of anxiety that is inherent in being a high school senior.

    Sure, senior year is exciting and fun, but there is a very large sense of fear that accompanies that fun. Even for the most prepared 18-year-old on the planet, who knows exactly what they want out of life, the idea of leaving home and leaving your childhood is at least a little bit scary. And in Stir Me Up, the main character, Cami—an aspiring chef and all-around very mature teenager—has all sorts of fears, confusion, doubts, and anxieties about what her future holds.

    But more than that, though she’s realizing what she wants to do with her life, the idea of who she’ll be doing it with is rapidly changing. As soon as she meets her stepmother’s nephew, Julian, a 20-year-old wounded war veteran who moves into her house for rehab, her entire world shifts. But the two don’t get along at first, which, of course, always makes for a fun read due to the slow burn of the romance.

    I do enjoy a good slow burn.

    Overall, Stir Me Up is a really satisfying read full of food porn, a trip to a ski lodge that will make you want to immediately take to the slopes, a pretty hot romance, and that exhilarating feeling of taking charge of your future and making it your own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    I devoured this story and found it refreshingly different in the

    I devoured this story and found it refreshingly different in the best possible way. The heroine, Cami, is passionate about cooking and has grown up helping in her father's French restaurant. Cami's senior year of high school is disrupted when her step-mother's nephew is injured while at war. Julian needs a place to recuperate as he learns to cope with being an amputee so he comes to live with Cami's family. The reader is taken on an entertaining journey as these two go from enemies to friends to more. The dialogue and chemistry between Cami and Julian really stood out and I especially enjoyed their verbal sparring when Julian first comes to live at Cami's house. I can't wait to read more books from this promising debut author.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

        Can't take the heat? Then go "IN" the kitchen. And

        Can't take the heat? Then go "IN" the kitchen. And trust me, everything about this is HOT. From the beginning where they're arguing, all the way to the ending where they can't keep their hands off each other.
    "A hero is just an ordinary person placed in extraordinary circumstances."




         In this book, Cami is in a relationship with her boyfriend Luke and she stays with her dad who is a chef. She works with them both at her dad's restaurant and her life is going great. But then something happens with her step-mom's nephew (who's like a son) and he's forced to move in to their house. He has an attitude that's out of this world. With him in the house, everyone is put on edge....
    "You didn't make this... It's too good."




         I loved just about everything in this book. The romance was so amazingly sweet I couldn't stand it. Several times I found myself getting teary eyed because of his injury and how Cami saw right past that. I loved that she didn't let that hinder her from being with him.
    "Love is difficult."




         I also loved how the recipes were in the back of the book! I can already see myself trying out those apple strussel muffins. I think that will be a super fun and good project whenever I can try it. I also want to try Midnight soup. It sounded amazing!
    "Cyborgs are hot."




         The one thing I didn't like was the characters. Cami was a little over-dramatic which made her a lot of annoying. If an event happened that could be categorized as a 3, she always made it to a 15 with her reaction. Such as the last time we see Luke... All the crying and stuff? Really? Was that NOT just YOUR decision? It was just weird to me. And then with their transition between non-friends to lovers... That was even more weird. I mean, you go from hating her and yelling at her every time you spoke to her, to smiling and being nice and kissing. It just needed a smoother transition.
    "Do you want more room? No I want less."




         I chose to read this book now because I needed a light and fluffy read after all the action and suspense I've been reading and it definitely served its purpose. Elkins has "served up"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    I totally fell in love with this book. Not only were the charac

    I totally fell in love with this book. Not only were the characters amazing, the plot was also interesting and engaging and I found myself completely caught up in it. I began reading and looked up only to see that hours had gone by. Not to mention that this book gave me tons of different ideas for recipes.

    The story starts off a little slow but picks up once Julian moves in with Cami and her family. I thought the interactions between Cami and Julian were absolutely hilarious. Their bickering was awesome and I loved how Cami didn't let him push her around. She didn't let the sympathy she felt for him affect how she acted toward him. She was a strong character and worked to prove that she could do what she set her mind to. I admired her for that and also for her caring attitude. While she stuck up for herself, you could tell that she really loved and cared for all of those in her life.

    Julian was an interesting guy. What happened to him was heart breaking. However, despite all the odds being stacked against him, he became a strong and independent person. I loved how he purposefully made things more challenging for himself so he could get stronger. He perseverance and never-quit attitude was amazing and showed his strength as a person.

    This book wasn't all about the romance between these two characters, though. A lot of the plot was focused on Cami and having to grow up and work toward a future. As a senior in high school myself, I could really relate to the stress she was feeling about deciding on her future and what exactly she wanted to be when she was older. I liked how no matter what she was told, she was persistent in what she wanted to do. I also loved the fact that Julian supported her so fully. They didn't let their relationship get in the way of building futures. It was a realistic and refreshing changed from other books I'd read.

    My only complaint would be that the ending dragged a little. There was a good thirty pages that could have been chopped off or condensed at the end. I found myself flipping through and skimming because it was just going so slowly.

    Stir Me Up was an amazing book with an awesome cast of characters, a fun and fast paced plot, and a refreshingly realistic and relateable story. Pick this one up as soon as you get a chance and get ready to devour a great book!

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    A lovely surprise! Okay, I confess after a quick glimpse at the

    A lovely surprise!

    Okay, I confess after a quick glimpse at the cover, I thought it will be a traditional, light and easy going romance. Well, after reading it, I regret my hastily judgement. I had a great time with the characters who doubt, who seek and who are determined to face the challenges to go forward. 

    Having for a hero, an ex-Marines, who sustained injuries and an amputation after serving in Afghanistan makes the story surprising realistic and original. This changes from the perfect hero without any flaw. 
    Julian must fight against his nightmares, against his vision of himself as a crippled and find his place in society. Even if he was once a good looking guy, now he doubts his worth especially when he wants to capture Cami's heart.

    As for Cami, she is a mature for high school girls. She knows what she wants and she makes sacrifices to obtain her goals. She wants to become a recognized chef and will stop at nothing, not even the long hours past in a professional kitchen to fulfill her dream.
    Her incredible determination, at a time when people think rather to party and enjoy life, is impressive or maybe a little bit crazy

    The mixture of serious topics combined with a tender but profound love story gives a different dimension to this romance for young adults. A lovely surprise!

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Loved this book! Stir Me Up was a fantastic YA romance. A book a

    Loved this book! Stir Me Up was a fantastic YA romance. A book about growing up and healing, it was emotional, romantic, and just wonderful. I really enjoyed reading this amazing book.

    Cami was a heroine who wasn't quite sure what she wanted. Her future was mapped out: graduate, work in her father's restaurant with her boyfriend. But, she isn't so sure about that anymore. And, the confusion gets even worse when Julian shows up. Cami was a lovely character. She was likable and easy to relate to. She was extremely determined and motivated and, once she knew her path, nothing was going to stop her. My only complaint was that she could have been more understanding of Julian. She judged him too harshly in the beginning. But, other than that, I thought she was great.

    Julian was amazing. In the beginning, he has an attitude problem. But, considering that he lost a limb while in a war, I think he had justifiable reason. Underneath all that abrasive charm, however, was a really sweet guy. He hasn't had the easiest time and, though he had his moments of resignation, he was determined to heal from his experiences, both mentally and physically. I adored him and he was certainly swoon-worthy I thought he was a deep, real hero that was perfectly flawed.

    The romance was sweet and steamy. This book was a coming of age story, with Cami learning what she wants for her future and Julian healing from a terrible experience. In both cases, their growth was well done and they became better characters by the end of the book. These two were especially sweet together because of how their relationship helped each one grow. They were a perfect match and really adorable together. And, there was some serious steaminess for a YA book. Cami and Julian could not keep their hands off each other. The sparks were constantly flying, whether it was because they were fighting or because they were throwing themselves at each other. They definitely had a passionate relationship, in all areas. I thought they were lovely together.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. It was great seeing Cami and Julian figure everything out and grow up, while they fell in love with each other. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was absolutely perfect.

    Stir Me Up was a brilliant YA romance. I loved this book! Every bit of it was just lovely. It was romantic, emotional, and a truly wonderful read. YA lovers, and romance lovers of any kind, this is a book you have to read.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    If you¿re looking for a read that will make you smile like a dor

    If you’re looking for a read that will make you smile like a dork through pretty much the entire read, Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins is the book for you!

    Aspiring chef, Cami Broussard knows exactly what she wants.  Unfortunately, she and her father don’t see eye to eye.  Cami wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a chef.  Her father, on the other hand, wants her to go to college and have a career where late nights and long hours won’t interfere with having a “normal” life.

    In her senior year at high school, Cami knows what she wants, but is struggling with thoughts of whether her father is right.  With a boyfriend who has the same aspirations as her, Cami has to decide if she wants a future that will make her happy, or appease her father.

    But after arrangements are made to have her step cousin, Julian, stay in her room (in her room!) after a horrific bombing while in the Marines, Cami’s world is turned upside down.  Julian isn’t the easiest guy to get along with.  Sporting a huge chip on his should, on account of the bombing that took one of his legs, Julian makes life in the Broussard household anything but easy.

    But Cami and her hard headedness and caring ways manages to break through the ice cold barrier that Julian has built up, and the two of them find themselves in a relationship that explores love and finding one’s self.

    First and foremost, Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins, was a read that left me…hungry!  Not only hungry for a story that was one that was pretty impossible to put down, but also in a food sense.  All the talk about recipes and cooking and the scrumptious food concoctions had my tummy grumbling and aching to taste the food creations found in the pages.

    But food aside, Stir Me Up is a book that opens up the heart of the readers and has them witness a beautiful relationship unfold.  It also allows the readers a glimpse at the harsh reality of war, and the casualties and hardships that follow. It will also have readers falling in love with a wanna-be chef girl who manages to tame the beast.

    I, personally, thought that there would be more from Cami’s ex.  Aside from a brief text, he pretty much disappears from the book, and I feel like a little head butting and chest puffing would have added a little bit of romantic excitement in this book.  And as much as I loved Cami’s father, he infuriated me at times.  Maybe life as a chef is one that is difficult, but the way in which he went about discouraging her from following her dreams pissed me off.  But he more than makes up for it in the end…

    The story flowed easily that readers will be completely swept up in this story without realizing that the pages are just flying through the pages.

    Fans of contemporary reads and stories of finding yourself will fall in love with Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins.  Trust me when I say that this book will have you grinning from ear to ear, with an ending that will either make you squee or sigh.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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      This was another new adult romance, though I really suppose it

      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. 

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    ¿I feel like my future¿s this giant killer blog, you know? I jus

    “I feel like my future’s this giant killer blog, you know? I just want to outrun it. ‘What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to do with your life?’”

    Stir Me Up is the story of Camille Broussard and her family. Cami’s dad is a famous French chef. She works, more hours than she probably should, in his restaurant. She’s working her way slowly up the ranks at the restaurant. She’s earning her dad’s respect as a chef. She might want to do this for the rest of her life. She’s just not sure. Cami is an average teenage girl. She’s confused about her boyfriend, Luke, and her future. I connected with Cami immediately. I found her to be refreshing. She was mature for her age. She was strong and stubborn, but still sweet. Cami lives with her dad and his new wife, Estella. Estella’s nephew, a Marine named Julian, is seriously injured in by an IED overseas. Cami’s dad insists she go with Estella to the military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Estella needs the moral support and he can’t be with her because of the restaurant. Cami has never met Julian, but agrees to go with Estella to help in whatever way she can. She has no idea what she’s getting herself into.

    “I survived Afghanistan,” he says. “Survived my truck being blow up and my leg being blown off. But Camille Broussard? No. No no.”

    Julian is the only survivor of the explosions. He lost three friends that day. Julian’s broken – mentally and physically. He’s missing half of one leg. He’s undergone a number of surgeries. But, he’s lucky to be alive. He’s incredibly bitter and doesn’t want anyone around him. He’s especially sensitive to Cami’s presence. It’s obvious he’s uncomfortable and hurting and embarrassed to be around a total stranger. Julian winds up moving into the house with Cami, her father, and Estella. Cami is convinced he’s a jerk, albeit an attractive one, but she still tries to bond with him to make things easier on everyone.

    “Part of the PTSD they tell me I have…” His voice trails off as he pulls my hair away from my neck, “includes trouble with feelings. Nothing affects me or seems real. It’s like I’m numb. Except for with you. With you, I feel too much almost.”

    “Julian, I need you. Not in ways you can see. But in ways that I feel. If I’m your life raft, we’re in trouble – because you’re mine.”

    It doesn’t take long before Cami and Julian are fighting a mutual attraction. He’s older, more experienced, dealing with a number of problems as a result of his time overseas. Cami is young and doesn’t know exactly what she wants out of life. But she does know she wants Julian. I loved watching these two come together and try to stay together through all the changes coming for them. They’re so sweet together. I loved each of them separately, so I was absolutely enamored with them as a couple.

    “What happened to your freckles?”
    “They’re hiding under the makeup.”
    “Will they suffocate?”

    Stir Me Up was a sweet, charming, delightful book. The characters were likable and easy to connect with. The storyline was realistic and the dialogue was great. I only wish this book was a little longer. I would love to see a sequel to this one. If you’re looking for a feel-good YA contemporary romance that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and a smile on your face, this one is for you.

    ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Awesome!!!! love the book, Julian stirs different emotions you f

    Awesome!!!! love the book, Julian stirs different emotions you feel sad for what happened to him and at the same time you dislike him for the way he treats people that are trying to help him. It was great seeing him change to become a better person not just for himself but for Cami.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Awesome young adult novel !

    This book captivated me from beginning to end. The characters are well developed and despite not having a tremendous amount of back story, their purposes and emotions are very clear to the reader.

    The plot of this story is very relatable, and not so far fetched that the reader couldn't imagine themselves in the character's places. The adult scenes were toned down enough to be appropriate but not so much that they weren't effective.

    All in all FANTASTIC story. So sad it came to an end !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Taryn

    Camilles best friend and I both share the same name (Taryn) and instead of wanting to be an actor, I want to be an Artist and sell my artwork. I was reallyy weird seeing my name in this book. Lol BUT overall i Loved It worth the pay

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Must read

    Loved this, can't wait for the next one.

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