Monday, July 24, 2017

The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel by Rachel Higginson


I'm cursed.

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

I'm tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I'm tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it's me. I'm the problem. I'm shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

So I've decided two things.

The first?  I'm giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

The second? I'm going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

If I couldn't hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can't swim in his deep end. He's too successful. Too intense. He's all man when I'm used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He's everything I'm afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

So he'll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He'll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

It can't be me.

We're too different.

My Review

The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson, book two in her Opposites Attract series, it can be read after The Opposite of You or as a standalone novel.  Striving for success in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, Molly is a young graphic designer & talented painter who is as uncertain in her life as she is prone to be late to absolutely everything (girl after my own heart).  Ezra is a driven restaurateur who always has a vision & a plan “…a man that knew who he was and what he wanted in life. I was just a girl trying to figure out how to check my own oil.”  Different, yes.  Too different…?

Told in first person, be prepared to hit the ground running with this fast paced read that is witty & funny from the start "Why wasn't the not-showered-ratty-pajama look in? Society was the worst. Feminists unite! Also, lazy people. I would also take homebodies.".  This story is full of emotion & inspiration as it takes you deeper, from tough back story beginnings & bad relationships, to sweet, slow-burn, make your breath catch sexy – “sultry wisp of heat…”.  A tale of the challenges of being “in a grown-up life I didn’t know what to do with.” & the search for love & the feeling of being out of your league when it comes to it… “He was basically a Cary Grant movie.”.  Of how to handle over the top uncomfortable work situations, how to make the most out of dysfunctional families & find purpose in this thing called life.  Filled with emotions & refreshingly thought provoking before it’s all said & done. 

I love Molly, her broken filter & internal monologue~ “That’s Alfa Ro-may-o for those of you reading it like Romeo and Juliet.  Because this isn’t that kind of story, yo.”  Bahahaha!!!  I love that Ezra is “…one of the world’s crankiest, hottest, most difficult men.”, alluring & unexpected all at the same time.  I couldn’t get enough of the push-pull snark & enjoyed the verbal duels between these characters way too much.  In the end, I was glad for the how to be “all about following your dreams and going hard after the things you loved most in life.” message.


ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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