January 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

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...

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Great book. A story of a girl who thought she knew who she was but slowly started to realize that she has yet to discover not only who she is but what she wants in life. Being comfortable is always nice until you realize that there's so much more. That's when the trouble--or fun--begins! Life IS the messy bits, right? Cami can't stand Julian at first but as time goes on, Julian's presence in her life helps her see things in a new light and opens up new doors that she was scared to even approach before. 

Julian comes home from Afghanistan after the loss of a half of one of his legs. Not only is he dealing with a physical change but he is also dealing with PTSD. As he slowly comes to terms with the loss of his lower leg, being home and being alive, he turns to Cami for support. 

In a way, the two are both lost souls who are finding their way together and trying to forge a way to be together but chase after their own dreams. Sounds impossible. I'm actually pretty interested to see where their individual trips take them--Sabrina needs to write a book each on Cami's year abroad as well as Julian's year abroad!!

On a completely different note, I'm not going to lie...I was totally expecting something to come of Luke's text message to Taryn...! In short, it's a sweet story of young love finding their way into the real world.

My Rating: 4 stars

Ebook editions of Stir Me Up are now available for purchase at the following: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Bam, iTunes, Zola

Praise for Stir Me Up:
"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up." --Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book." --Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret

"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout 

About the Author

I am a former journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapersin the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to this I worked in advertising, writing ad copy for corporate travel accounts and major motion pictures. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to an executive chef and a food & beverage director at a Four Seasons hotel. I also spent some time working as a prep cook for Spago in Beverly Hills.

I received my Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. While in graduate school, I had the privilege of studying fiction writing under renowned author Hubert Selby, Jr., and comedy writing under famed comedian Shelley Berman. I am a past participant of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshop.

Raised in the woods of Vermont, I now live in the greater Los Angeles area with my husband and three children. STIR ME UP is my first novel.

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