Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone or Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: July 27, 2017
POV: First person POV from the heroine
Source: Author (eARC)
Rating: 4 STARS
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Rachel Higginson has always been my one-click author whose books I have always looked forward. The Difference Between Us is the second book of her new series, Opposite Attracts. I loved the first book, The Opposite of You, and had been looking forward to this book since it had been announced. I cannot say how excited I was when I got the privilege to read the ARC of this book.
What is the story about?
Molly Maverick and Ezra Baptiste cannot be more different when it comes to personality, or that is what she thinks. She is a talented artist and graphic designer who sees her job and career as the only thing that is important. Because of her reserved, shy personality, she often chooses to not be the center of attention and prefers to blend into the background.
Ezra Baptiste is a handsome, wealthy businessman who owns four successful restaurants. In the eyes of those who don’t know him personally and those who do he is a mysterious man. He is hard to be read and always keeps things to himself, even from his best friend and the one he considers a brother. He is a workaholic but a very caring and loving man to those he loves. In her eyes, he is too intimidating which made her uncomfortable to be around him.
Their first meeting did not end well and left a bad introduction for her. Combined with their different personality—her being shy and him being straightforward—their next encounters didn’t show any improvements as well. However, as the best friends of Killian and Vera, the engaged couple who is soon to be married (the main characters of The Opposite of Us), she is forced to work with him. Their meetings then turned to be frequent when he hired her and the company she worked in.
One thing I loved the most was their slow-burn romance. I thought it was well written and appropriate considering their personalities and the situation in which they were in. It made the main characters unbelievably REAL. Their dialogs were effortless and the progress of their relationship did make sense. I enjoyed seeing how he grew on her and how it changed her opinions about love and relationships.
However, I would have liked to see their relationship picking up a little bit sooner. The first half felt too slow with very few interactions between them. While I enjoyed the slow progress since it gave me the time to connect with the incredible side characters, I felt it took the spotlight away from the main characters and had me wonder at times whether I could connect with them when it happened.
When their relationship progressed, it was special. Rachel Higginson took the time to make sure that their relationship felt as real and believable as possible, and she succeeded. I enjoyed their friend-zone conversations which led to more-serious-heart-to-heart ones. Sometimes, they were light and humorous; other times they were serious and full of appreciation and respect. Both showed home much love they had for each other.
❝I don’t want to date myself. You make me smile when I’ve had the worst day. And you make me see the world in brighter colors and unique angles. You’ve opened my mind to my business, but also to my friends. I would be so boring without you. We are different but in the best possible way.❞
Unfortunately, as much as I enjoyed their romance, I was missing something. It didn’t touch my heart the way I wanted it. I didn’t feel the passion out of them that turned my world upside-down. I didn’t feel the deep connection that made me obsessed with them as a couple. Besides, the ending felt like it was supposed to be the beginning. I was starting to connect with them when it suddenly ended and it left me hanging. Yes, it was realistic and I loved experiencing it but I wanted something more. I wanted to get swept off my feet and head over heels in love with them. However, it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it though. I did.. BIG TIME. I just wanted more.
The side characters did make up for it though. One of my favorites was the update on Vera and Killian’s relationship. For those who loved the first book, you will meet them very often in this book. Moreover, the way the author spotlighted the other characters made me curious about some of them as well and lucky for me, we are going to get Wyatt’s story hopefully in the near future. Yay!! 😀
All in all, this is a great story that I highly recommend to those interested in slow-burn romance, amazing cast of characters, excellent writing, and a very realistic love story. Prepare to get swoon by Rachel Higginson’s amazing storytelling! 😀
“I hated you for not seeming to notice me or be able to tolerate me. From that moment, it was my mission to get your attention, to get you to notice me.”
(Thank you to the author for providing me this ARC for an honest review)