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Stir Me Up

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,656 ratings  ·  328 reviews
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 eve ...more
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HarlequinTEEN
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Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely breathless! I loved this book SO MUCH. I came across it when I saw a giveaway by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She's my favorite author so I was definitely interested when I saw that she loved this book. I was in the middle of reading a not so good book when when I decided "what the hell" and bought Stir Me Up, I nearly devoured it in one sitting, unfortunately this thing called "real life" interrupted. The audacity! This book is an emotional terrorist (in a good way). It had me in the ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That was cute and hot and full of emotion!!! It wss deep and real and had two amazing characters. I couldn't have loved Cami and Julian any more!!!. Basically this story has everything I'm always looking for!!!!

Fans of Katie McGarry will devour this book as much as I did.
I'm going to be in the minority when I say this, but I really didn't care for this book. It saddens me, because I really thought I would love it. For the first half of the book I did. I loved how Cami gave Julian crap for being so moody and awful to everyone. I enjoyed it when she threw a muffin at him for being so mean once. I got to the 70 percent mark in the book and as soon as Cami and Julian got together I started struggling to continue reading it, and I don't know why because the romance p ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Sabrina Elkins can tell a story. An absolutely addicting story. Here’s why:

Cami has valid insecurities just like any of us. It’s her senior year of high school and all Cami wants to do when she graduates is cook. Not go to college like her dad wants, but to cook in a restaurant, like the one she has grown up in. It’s not easy to balance what you want and what your parent wants for you. In addition, Cami is in a relationship that is leading up t
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
So, I was sick a few weeks ago, and got pretty close to my personal "Yeah, it's serious, call the doctor" point of not being able to read. (Last time that happened was during the second of two attacks of flu within a few months, and the doctor came out and said it was almost pneumonia.) I did not get there this time, thankfully, but I needed a very specific That Book. The requirements were odd - no fantasy (to *read*, though I continued listening to Rise of Empire, which makes no sense even to m ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I am giving this a generous three stars because 1) the romance was really warm and sweet 2) this has a really great positive undercurrent to it regarding female sexuality and 3) it explored the legitimacy of non-college options for teens (attention YA authors: more of this, please).

However, there are loads of plot holes and contrivances that are pretty irritating and all the ends are tied up with a pretty saccharine bow at the end. I would have liked less of a happy ever after and more of a happ
June Ramsey
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stirring Stars

Did I love this book? Abso-freaking-lutely. Why? Because of the perfect characters of course.

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Cami was perfect and Julian was also perfect and what does two perfects make, PERFECTION! This book was a lot about Cami and how she was trying to find herself, while she was still at home... She had a dream but her dad didn't exactly want it for her (view spoiler).

Julian is and ex-marine who has one and a half legs a
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
Update: I meant to come back and change this a week or more ago but got caught up in school. This isn't a 4 star review for me- it's a 5. I cannot stop thinking about this book and obsessing over it. The more and more I think about the plot, the characters and their development- this book hands down is worth all 5 stars.

I first became aware of this book after seeing Sara from Forever 17 Books post it as one of her Waiting on Wednesdays. I have been on such a contemporary kick lately so when I go
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
STIR ME UP is a sweet, fun, romantic and absolutely heartwarming story by author Sabrina Elkins. It’s a love story that brings together two unlikely characters – Cami Broussard, a high school student and chef-in training, and Julian Wyatt, an injured war veteran and former marine.

When Cami first lays eyes on Julian, she is shocked by his injuries and her heart immediately goes out to him. But her sympathy is short-lived, as from the moment he opens his mouth he is rude and insulting. Having to a
Stir Me Up was such a fantastic surprises. I wasn't expecting the level of depth that Sabrina Elkins created in this beautiful love story between Cami and Julian. Cami had me pumping my fists in the air. I love that she was a strong, self-assured young woman who knew her own self-worth as a person and didn't take Julian's crap, and that she gave it right back to him in the most badass, womanly grace. Yeah, I loved Cami. And yes, I did love Julian even in his jerkiness, because it was just fun to ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Woooooooooooooow, this book!!!!!! I gave this five stars for one simple reason: the romance in it. It doesn't happen often that a romance works THIS well for me. I have absolutely zero complaints about the actual romance, it was perfect. In a lot of ways this was a quiet romance, it didn't feel flashy or anything- it just developed organically and watching that unfold on paper (or, er, my Kindle) was wonderful. Everything about their actual relationship was so beautifully done. I love hate-to-lo ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars
At first glance, Stir Me Up seems like a steamy read that doesn't require a lot of focus; it appears to be a nice fluffy read with a stereotypical storyline. However, it proves to have much more than that; I was pleasantly surprised with Elkins' ability in telling Cami and Julian's story. Stir Me Up is a great romantic story, with the addition of self-discovery along the way.

First off, one of the many things I enjoyed about Stir Me Up was the food aspect. Cami works at her dad's French re
Dangerous Dotz
Kind of bummed about the $1.99 I spent on this one. I had high hopes after reading over the handful of reviews made so far. But I stopped 55% of the way through. I just couldn't waste anymore time even though it's a short read.

I felt like there wasn't enough inner dialogue or self reflection by the protagonist. Cami's somewhat strained relationship with her father was unconvincing. Her reasons for falling for Julian and her sadness/guilt over dumping Luke was even less believable. Most of the bo
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Nice, but not as good as "Whatever Lives Throws At You".
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christina and Celeste reviewed this book. Their original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** **Celeste received a copy of this book via Kismet Touring and Christina received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Both copies were accepted in exchange for an honest review.**

First Thoughts:

Celeste: 4.5 stars ooooh, as soon as I saw that Julian had serious attitude I knew I would love it…what a fantastic love story.

Christina: 3.5 stars b
Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins Favorite Quote: “Chaos is good.” “Good? There are people humping in the closet. Before cake.”
Cami Broussard has her senior year all mapped out. She will continue to work in her father’s restaurant and become an apprentice chef once she graduates; allowing her to continue working along side her boyfriend, Luke. When Cami’s step mother, Estella, announces her nephew, Julian, will be coming to live with them to recuperate from a war injury, Cami is put out by the onsla
Zoe and the Edge
I looooove five stars reads! I know that seems like such an obvious statement but actually decreeing a book five shiny stars just gives me such a rush!
This book is so perfect. I loved the characters, the relationships (Cami and her Dad are seriously the best father-daughter team!), the themes, the dialogue. The funny bits had me howling and the sad bits had me swallowing lumps.
I really really really like Camille. She is my new favourite heroine. She seems so non-descript yet she's so hilarious
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
4 stars

Foodies, you guys will love Stir Me Up twice as much as I did. Which is saying a lot, because I really loved Sabrina Elkins' debut novel about a teenage girl with a French chef for a father, her overly-dramatic BFF who likes to text IN ALL CAPS and her hot step-cousin (is that even a real thing?) who returns home from Afghanistan minus one leg and plus one major attitude. If you actually know the difference between a roux and a consomme, all the better.

Julian, Cami's step-mother's nephew
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: foodie, i-own-ebook
There were some things about this book I really liked, and yet another whole bunch that were...I guess, not to my taste? Like, not objectively bad or offensive, just things I thought could've been a lot stronger done differently. Anything involving cooking is such a win for me (Major bonus points for including recipes at the end), and I appreciated the emphasis on Cami and Julian making independent plans rather than revolving their futures around each other. I liked the sparring between them for ...more
Lucie Paris
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, I confess after a quick glimpse at the cover, I thought it will be a traditional, light and easy going romance. Well, after reading it, I regret my hastily judgement. I had a great time with the characters who doubt, who seek and who are determined to face the challenges to go forward.

Having for a hero, an ex-Marines, who sustained injuries and an amputation after serving in Afghanistan makes the story surprising realistic and original. This changes from the perfect hero without any flaw.
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book will definitely stir you up!!! I caught myself smiling ALOT!!! Such a great story! I am a sucker for young love and WOW...this was such a fun and inspiring love story. Cami is a senior in high school and all she wants to do after graduation is become a chef, following in her dads footsteps. Julian is a 20 year old Marine who finds myself living with his aunt after he is seriously wounded in Afghanistan.

Julian's aunt happens to be Cami's stepmother. At first Julian acted liked he hated
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was really hoping to like this, but I didn't think I'd like it nearly as much as I did. I'm just going to run through some things that I think will appeal to people I am friends with in an effort to get you to read the book.

1. It's a romance between step-cousins, sort of, who are living together and there is sneaking around.
2. It's sex positive, but also not having sex positive.
3. It's a really well done cooking book.
4. There are no evil step-parents.
5. No bullies or mean girls.
6. The text me
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this! The narration was a little unusual at first, but, either I got used to it, or that went away, because it was fine by the end.

I feel like I wanted a little something more from it, but I'm not sure what.

One thing I DO know I want is a Taryn sequel!

Edit: Oh! I did like how the characters wrestled with their future plans. And, like, seriously, in today's economy Cami is way better off getting a job in the field she's already very prepared for than trying to get an office job with a col
Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Foodies
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: Saw it on Jennifer L Armentrout's Blog
Really 2.5 I'm rounding it up on here at least.

While wouldn't avidly recommend this one, I think that it's okay to read if you like contemporary romance. I'm giving it an average rating (five on the blog, two point five BookLikes, and I'm rounding it to three on GR because it entertained me). If you want to read something light and fluffy give this one a try, but there is potential you'll be groaning. On a positive note though, I only paid two bucks for it and I think it was well worth that.

A Canadian Girl
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins was a quick read that I’m still feeling ambivalent about (though it did leave me quite hungry). On the one hand, the characters had chemistry; and I really liked that they chose to pursue their own dreams rather than trying to adjust them for each other or anybody else. On the other hand, I found it hard to relate to the characters. I just never connected with Cami and didn’t like how she treated Luke. I also think I would have liked Julian more if Stir Me Up had inc ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 very sweet stars :)
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Very cute book. Love the cooking part of it and the recipes at the end.
I reviewed this title with my blog mate, Celeste. Our original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** **Celeste received a copy of this book via Kismet Touring and Christina received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Both copies were accepted in exchange for an honest review.**

First Thoughts:

Celeste: 4.5 stars ooooh, as soon as I saw that Julian had serious attitude I knew I would love it…what a fantastic love story.

Christina: 3.5 s
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**Celeste received a copy of this book via Kismet Touring,
Christina received a copy of this book via NetGalley**
**both copies were accepted in exchange for an honest review**

First Thoughts:
Celeste: 4.5 stars ooooh, as soon as I saw that Julian had serious attitude I knew I would love it…what a fantastic love story.
Christina: 3.5 stars but I’d round up to a 4! There were certain aspects of the book that annoyed me, but ultimately I liked Julian
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2013, best-of-2013, 2017
Re-read October 2017. Remembered this one so fondly so I wanted to give it another read 4 years later. Unfortunately time was not kind in this case. I've always wondered by Sabrina Elkins hasn't written anything else, but now I know why. The writing was so stilted and awkward, that it was painful. I don't know how I didn't notice this when I first read it. I still really liked the story, but it's kind of a little ruined for me now.

4.25 stars

Not going to lie I requested this one on Netgalley beca
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SABRINA ELKINS, author of STIR ME UP, has also worked as a journalist, movie copywriter and prep cook. She grew up in Vermont, graduated from USC, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids.

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