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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US (An Opposites Attract Novel #2) by RACHEL HIGGINSON

Standalone in a series – enemies to lovers

SYNOPSIS

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. 

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I tried to save you from this, Molly….I’m tired of failing.”

Oh how we loved this book, it was everything we seek in an easy, swoony and romantic story. Rachel Higginson captured our attention and we stayed with her throughout this story captivated by the characters and their slow building, beautiful romance. The writing was fabulous and everything just felt so right and wonderful. We absolutely loved The Difference Between us.

‘He didn’t just do things. He conquered things. All the things/ He was too much for me. Too sure of himself. Too successful. To self-possessed. Too manly. Too way, way, way out of my league.’

What we loved about this book is that it wasn’t predictable, it was low angst and drama yet still completely nailed the emotional aspect. That is something which is a rarity, but less really is more in all aspects, as this story was character driven, which we absolutely relished.

‘Beauty was found in the things that caught my eye, that made emotions flow…’

Molly is career driven and has a string of dating disasters under her belt. As we delve into her family life it soon becomes apparent as to why this is. Her time is spent trying to become noticed in a company that exhibits archaic and questionable values and behaviours. Artistic by nature and wonderfully loyal, savvy and sweet, she immediately endeared herself to us. Yet sometimes what is missing is that one person who sees all of you and brings out the qualities that may be lying dormant or undiscovered. Sometimes it takes honest admiration, sincere attraction and trust to be the best you can be.

‘When Ezra said my name, I was anything but the crazy cat lady. I was bold, beautiful, and everything defiantly female.’

We fell in utter love with Ezra, the enigmatic loaded multiple restauranteur who goes for what he wants. A bit of a domineering mystery who slowly asserted himself firmly on the pages, in our hearts and in Molly’s life. Through mutual friends, Ezra was not letting Molly, nor her talents slip through his fingers. This man was a force to be reckoned with, almost grumpy and aloof in attitude as well as unapologetically honest. He was quite a character who made us laugh and swoon in equal measure.

“I’m not sure I remember a time when I didn’t want to kiss you.”

Molly and Ezra’s story was just wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed every moment we spent with them, their friends and the subsequent simmering romance and comedic banter. This story has made us want to pick up every single story Rachel Higginson has written and go on a binge read!


Also available in this standalone series.
THE OPPOSITE OF YOU – STANDALONE

 


TBB recommends THE FIVE STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE 
If you’re looking for a beautiful, emotional and moving story of grief, love, hope and love, then this standalone second chance romance is a TBB recommendation.

 SYNOPSIS

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance.
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.

 THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE is available to purchase below
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THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE by RACHEL HIGGINSON

The five stages

SYNOPSIS

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance.
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.

The 5 Stages of falling in Love

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars 

“I can’t take anymore heartbreak.”
“Then it’s a good thing I’m not going to break your heart.”

The 5 Stages of Falling in Love was as heart-warming as it was heart wrenching. The prologue was one of the saddest and most beautifully moving passages we’ve read and we truly felt every word, every moment and we felt it hard. What a way for this author to bring us into her story.

‘Grief doesn’t get easier with each stage. Grief becomes harder, more difficult to face, more consuming with each breath I take. I am adrift in a sea of confusion.  I am lost in a desert of heartache.’

Liz is a young woman in her early 30’s with four children, left widowed and adrift after losing the one and only love of her life. Liz is forced to deal with the grief of losing her husband, her soulmate, all whilst remaining buoyant enough to be support and confidante to her children. Despite drowning in her own grief, Liz had to be strong and attempt to ease the grief and confusion enveloping her children.

How do you move on after experiencing a soul searing love and a completely heartbreaking loss?

‘Sometimes love didn’t make sense. And that was okay.’

A bright light in Liz’s otherwise dull existence is her new neighbour Ben Tyler. An upbeat, eternal bachelor who takes a shine to Liz, enjoying her company and he in turn offers Liz an outlet to share her thoughts and escape her misery. We have to say, the introduction between Liz and Ben was hilarious! This was such a sweet and funny scene and on that note we have to say, this author wrote these children beautifully. They felt real, vulnerable and they completely touched our hearts.

“Is that why Ben is here…..did Daddy send Ben to take care of us?”

As Liz goes through her stages of grief you desperately will her to come out the other end and open her heart to Ben, but the road isn’t an easy one. Along with grief, there is the feeling of guilt for wanting to move on, for experiencing feelings Liz thinks she shouldn’t feel.

‘Our feelings for each other didn’t start as a seed, they started as an ocean.’

The 5 Stages of falling In Love is tragic yet so beautifully hopeful. There were times our sympathies tended to lie with Ben as, in this character, the author wrote such an endearingly wonderful man, that when he hurt, we hurt and these moments sometimes had us disconnecting from Liz. Her actions often felt unfair, though we did understand the conflicting feelings she was experiencing.

‘Ben wasn’t the answer to all of my problems. He might have eased the burden, be he didn’t take them away.’

There were a few times, particularly towards the end, where we felt as though we were being told, rather than shown the story, we would have also loved more ‘afters’ as we felt it ended a little abruptly.

But that said, if you’re looking for a beautiful, emotional and story of grief, love, hope and love, then this standalone read is a certainly recommended to satisfy feelings.

  ♥ 

Purchase your copy of THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE here
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

The five stages

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