Series: Opposites Attract #3
on June 26th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I’m over men. I’m done with them.
Or at least the ones that work in my kitchen. Fine, one man in particular. Wyatt Shaw is cocky and condescending and so far out of his element that he doesn’t know which way is up. Or how to run his brand new kitchen all by himself.
That’s where I come in. Sous chef extraordinaire. Second in command. Bane of his existence. I am the reason Wyatt’s doing so well as the new executive chef of one of our city’s most prestigious restaurants. He has me to thank for his glowing accolades and five-star write-ups. Only if you were to ask him, he’d say I’m his biggest problem.
Despite his discouragement and bullish behavior, I’ve set two goals for myself.
The first? I’m going to fight my way to the top of this male-dominated industry and claim my own award-winning kitchen.
The second? I’m going to do whatever it takes to ignore Wyatt and his rare smiles and the thickening tension that’s started to simmer between us.
Wyatt Shaw might be Durham’s new shining star. He might be up for a James Beard Award. He might be my new boss and key to my future success, but he’s also in my way.
So he can keep his smoldering looks and secret kisses. And he can be the one that figures out how to make it through service without getting distracted by me.
I’m not the problem. The problem is him.
THE PROBLEM WITH HIM
by Rachel Higginson
I was hungry 80% of the time it took me to read this book and if I wasn’t hungry I was craving the yummy dishes mentioned in the story. The restaurants are described like people with their very own personalities which helped so much to imagine the places. For that alone you should make room for The Problem With Him.
But let me tell you why else this was such a wonderful read:
The heroine: if you adore headstrong, snarky heroines Kaya will have you head over heels in love with her in the first couple of pages. She’s smart, ambitious, with a touch of sweet to the tart and knows she kicks major ass in the kitchen. But she also has a wary side about her, is a little fearful and insecure because she has been burned in the past and doesn’t trust what men say to be the truth.
I loved my job. I loved it more than anything in this world. Except for maybe Wyatt’s job.
Life would be perfect for her …if she had her boss’s job because she thinks that she is way better at it. Sometimes she seems entitled and a little too sure of herself in the professional department ad that’s a pretty strong contrast to her personal insecurities. When things start to heat up between Kaya and Wyatt she fights him tooth and nails, finds all kinds of excuses why a relationship between them would never work, ultimately though he slips through the cracks in her armor.
Everything Wyatt did was suddenly hot. I mean everything. He could have flossed his teeth and I would have worried about my panties melting off my body. It was obnoxious.
The hero: Wyatt is everything that is Kaya as well and that’s why they butt heads at every occasion. He challenges her, though, accepts her the way she is, supports her and has secretly been in love with her for a long time.
Now, I usually prefer books written in dual point of few. This story is an exception though because it shows the reader how wrong your perception can be when you are insecure and you let that insecurity overshadow and question everything you do and that happens to you. I really liked that because over the course of the book my perception of Wyatt changed too. He has always been Kaya’s champion and she didn’t realize it until she opened herself up to him.
When I saw the first glimpses of his feelings for her I started to fall in love with him. He is witty, always has a comeback on his lips and is steadfast, loyal and oh so patient.
I adored the explosive connection between Kaya and Wyatt. Steamy! It was an extremely slow burn and the real relationship development happened in the last 30%. At that point it started to accelerate and was a little bit rushed toward the end. I would have liked to see an even progression of their relationship.
“You’re my weakness. I see you across the kitchen and I crumble. I lose my train of thought and I forget what I’m in the middle of doing. I see you and there is only you. You’re going to get me fired.”
This story shows you the busy life of an executive chef and sous chef and let me tell you, I got exhausted reading it. They pretty much work whenever they don’t sleep. I have no idea how they do it.
The Problem With Him is a fun, fast read with very lovable main characters and an equally lovable side cast. The author’s crisp, humorous writing style makes it entertaining and enjoyable. This story doesn’t have much angst although you’d expect it with the enemy-to-lovers trope. Rachel Higginson is becoming an auto-read fast and I’m looking forward to Dillon’s book!