I received this book for free from From Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Source: From 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….
Hot Marine? Yeah those are the first two words that came to mind when I first read this synopsis. A hot Marine with an attitude in recovery while staying with a seemingly unobtainable young woman is just a recipe for a good time!
Cami spends all her free time working for her dad in his French restaurant. When his new wife needs to check up on her seriously injured nephew Julian, with whom she helped raise, Cami is volunteered to help. This is where we really get a feel of our main character. She’s incredibly considerate, anticipating the needs of her family before they realize it. She knows how to be what people need, knows how to treat them. She gives up her room to sleep in an alcove when Julian comes to live with them, she warns her father to be nice about the not so French cuisine his wife has made for dinner, and she helps Julian without treating him like an invalid. Don’t get me wrong, she is not one to put up with attitude. She can be feisty and may or may not have thrown food a time or two, but she’s such a great character who has a lot of depth. Unfortunately, she is dating Luke. Now I didn’t see Luke as a bad guy and I’m glad he wasn’t painted as one to make the relationship brewing with Julian easier. He wasn’t Mr. Wonderful by any means with a slightly smothering side, maybe a tad demanding and insecure but overall he seemed dedicated to Cami. But once Julian entered the picture, I was ready for Luke to take a hike.
Julian… he was a tough cookie at first with Cami. He didn’t want her around, he didn’t want help. I think that is to be expected from his situation but like I mentioned above, I love how Cami chose to respond to him. She didn’t give up trying to help at times but she also didn’t sit around and take all of that attitude. Julian eventually lets her in and they absolutely had a lot of chemistry that they had to try and hide from her father and his aunt. That was lot of fun to read too. He turns around and is so sweet and made my heart melt with his love for Cami.
I must say, this book made me extremely hungry a lot! So many delicious sounding french foods are mentioned that I wish I could have reached through the pages and tried. What I also loved was the message the book portrays at the end and it is following your dreams and not letting anything hold you back from that. This was a wonderful romantic read that was an absolute delight! I definitely recommend if you are looking for a nice romance! And if you like hot Marines. 🙂