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The Difference Between Us

(Opposites Attract #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,167 ratings  ·  513 reviews
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 s
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 27th 2017 (first published July 25th 2017)
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 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

I remember the exact moment I fell in love with this series. It was somewhere between being introduced to a sassy heroine that was determined to make it on her own, and a brooding tatted up chef that had an underlying humor you couldn’t help but love. I wanted to be a part of that story so much because these were some of the best characters that I’ve had the pleasure of reading about in a long time and just to be in their circle for only a minute, would’ve made my day. Now we’re into
2.25 stars.

I was nervous about starting this since I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book of the series. In hindsight my zero expectations probably had a lot to do with my enjoyment of The Opposite of You, but I digress. That's all to say I wasn't surprised by any aspect of this story: the readability of Higginson's writing style, the sometimes funny inner monologue or dialogue, or the slow burn romance between the two MCs. Unfortunately, my lack of surprise also accounts for my sl
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Don’t be fooled by the long game. When you’re serious about a girl, you can’t make your move too quickly. You get her to care about you first, fall for you. Then you take her to bed and show her she can’t live without you.”

I’ve been anxiously anticipating this story ever since we met its two lead characters in The Opposite of You, always suspecting that the courtship between two people with absolutely nothing in common would be a riveting one, but the way Rachel Higginson builds thi
Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️
♥♥ 4 Stars ♥♥

This is the second of Ms. Higginson's Opposites Attract series, and it doesn't disappoint. Ezra owns multiple fine dining restaurants and doesn't have the time or patience for a relationship. Molly is the designated single friend and is busy working her way up at work. If not for their mutual friends Vera and Killian, they would have never met. But Molly made an impact on Ezra and he's not willing to let her go just yet. 

This was another cute read. There's more sexual tension in thi
Three Chicks
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review by Jen Skewes

I could not wait for this book. We first met Molly and Ezra in The Opposite of You and I loved them. I think it was more of the bickering that I loved between the two of them. I wanted to know all there was to know about Ezra and see how these two would end up together.

Molly is pretty much done with men and dating. She is tired of the one-night stands and wants what her best friend has. But since her dating record is not a very good one she chooses to forget about men and co
Sam (AMNReader)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, read-in-2018
For fans of:
Insecure heroines (I don't always think that's a terrible thing)
Weird reading audience breaks for humor (I just read this in another book and was ok after I got over it)
Strikethrough as a mechanism for conveying hyperbole and sarcasm-talk about pulling me out of the book.
Some good humor and a peppy, though unpolished writing style.

So, the heroine doesn't have her shit together and the hero does. Cool. The heroine is being sexually harassed at work and side note here-I can't tell if t

I didn't love this nearly as much as its predecessor.
To be fair though, this book was probably doomed from the start, as my expectations were ridiculously high after reading the perfection that was The Opposite of You. It still did pretty well, considering.

Most notably, I fell hard for Ezra. Complicated, intense, loyal-to-a-fault Ezra Fucking Baptiste. That name alone deserves to be fawned over. I loved the character growth he goes through, how he gradually openes up and lets us see the real hi
★★★4.5 Stars ★★★

❝Ezra Baptiste had some kind of magic juju that lured confident, professional women in and turned them into melting piles of goo.❞

My first book by Rachel Higginson was The Five Stages of Falling In Love . That book was heart wrenching and beautiful.  I was a mess after reading it. This author served angst like it was her favorite dish. So when I started reading The Difference Between Us, I sort of expected there would be some angst, I mean, she writes it so well. But inste
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

This series is shaping up to be a favourite contemporary series. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US delivered on the same quality writing and character development as book one. What I'm enjoying about this series and this book in particular, is that the chemistry is simply bubbling and yet the sexual description isn't front and centre. This was a slow burn and in Ezra's words 'the long game' and I appreciated the gradual development of connection over time, with true depth of feeling and nothing
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
What an absolute disappointment. After Vera and Killian's story which I adored, I was so eager to get my hands on Molly and Ezra's story. It failed miserably. MISERABLY. I skimmed through most of the book bc it was one internal monologue after another, and another, AND another ad nauseum!!!! I'm willing to bet character dialogue between the 2 mains totals to "maybe" 5 pages in the entire book. There is no chemistry between the two and it's almost as if their story sat on the sidelines to Mollys ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

"You're unexpected and lovely, and something that very much feels like salvation."

We got to know both Ezra and Molly in the first book, The Opposite of You, in which they are the best friends of the hero and heroine.

Molly is lovely but I wasn't too sure about Ezra. He doesn't have the greatest reputation and comes across quite haughty. He had already been quite rude to Molly and I wasn't sure how Rachel Higginson was going to change that and I wasn't sure I wanted to find out.

But I decid
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

4.5 Stars

“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 thin
♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛

❝ Ezra Baptiste was one of the most intolerable men I had ever met. Arrogant, condescending, offensively good looking, he had all the qualities of a human I tried to avoid. ❞

This book was EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved it. This is one of those books you will not want to put down and at the same time you don't want it to end.

After plenty of unfortunate dates and men, Molly Maverick has finally decided to to give up on dating. Now she's focusing on her best friend getting married, her
Mizz Latte

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Star Ratings:
Heroine (Molly): 27yrs old – 3/5
Hero (Ezra): mid 30s? – 5/5
Plot: 3/5
Grovel: none
Cheating: none
HEA: yes but no epilogue
Triggers: none

Average score: 3.5/5

Best Line: “He’s used to taking care of people. It’s how he shows love”

Worst Line: “He was my boss. Maybe he was being inappropriate and obnoxious, but he was still my boss.”

Personal Review:
This was an ok romance between a businessman and a graphic designer. I loved the her
✴ Cindy ✴
Molly was a spinless ninny who thought she was so tough. She let her superior at work harass her and basically did nothing to stop it. She second guessed and doubted her feelings. She half assed reported him to HR and accepted the verdict when they did nothing. I don't claim to be a genius, but even I could come up with a better plan that what she did... which was basically complain to herself. Whah... cry me a river. I'd have had my phone on me at all times ready to record the offensive comment ...more
Another engaging read. I love the slow burn and the restaurant setting. Wasn't so sure about the crossed out text, it kept on yanking me out of my reading bubble.

Ezra was a strange one; according to the narrator Molly, he was surly and scary and argumentative, but actually in every scene he was perfectly amenable, sweet and swoony, so that was a bit odd.

The end was a bit rushed, I'd like to have seen some resolution with Molly's parents, but not a biggie. There were also quite a few typos in th

I loved Ezra...I absolutely loved this book! This series is the best! I can't get enough of Rachel Higginson's books. I need more please!
Miss Rail
Personal Thoughts:

Sweet story narrated in Molly's POV .
❝He was successful and confident and maybe a little tragic.
I was floundering and boring. Not to mention insecure.
He had a complicated past with women landmarking the way.
I hadn’t been in a serious relationship since college, and my only booty call option was spin class.
He had known he was interested in me the second he saw me and I’d waited this long to realize I should not let him go. ❞

In my opinion, the author did a good job with Molly's character,
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Ezra Baptiste was just so unexpected. I didn't expect to fall for him but just like he does with Molly, he took me by surprise in the most wonderful way. In the first book in this series he came across as quite moody and intolerable so I was really interested in getting to know him more.

Ezra is a successful business owner, he has four fine dining restaurants, three of them named after his ex's. One thing he has not been successful at is long term relationships. He is a bit of a workaholic but th
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, chefs
3.5 stars for this sweet and enjoyable CR. I really liked Ezra, the H. He was older, a mature man and an established businessman. He was also known to be be taciturn, gruff and rarely chatted or smiled.

The h, Molly, is completely different (as per the book's title!). Younger, less experienced and lacking confidence in herself. She works for a graphic design company, where she is seriously good at her job - an area where she feels very confident of her abilities. She also loves painting. But one
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
I have lukewarm feelings for the first book of this series but I liked the side characters who are the main couple of this installment so I dived in. And dive I did since I finished the novel in one sitting.
The author’s writing style doesn’t work well for me (too many repetitions, all telling no showing and her heroines are too ensnared in self-doubt and victimhood) but this story was nice.
Bindi Boo
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Lenore Kosinski

4.5 stars -- I did receive an earlier copy of this book as a beta, in exchange for my oh-so-amazing opinions, and stellar typo catching (yes, there is some sarcasm there).  But I'm obviously going to write out my honest opinion, b/c I have one of those too (and it's wholeheartedly unbiased).

There's a reason Ms. Higginson is one of my favourite authors of all time.  While there may be elements here and there that don't always jibe with me personally, I ALWA
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's just something about that chemistry you can always get when two people start off on the wrong foot.  It's addictive and keeps me coming back for more.  When Molly first met Ezra they definitely butted heads.  He's a successful restaurant owner and always gets his way so he wasn't prepared for Molly to have a different opinion than him on his online presence and marketing strategy.  Some harsh words were exchanged and they've been pretty much avoiding each other ever since.

But being b
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - 'Storm clouds' - Stars


I loved this book so much! It was so good to visit again the word of restaurants and I love these characters so much that I feel like I can't get enough of them. The first part of this series, The Opposite of You is an amazing funny read about a war of two chefs, Vera and Killian. During my read I laughed so much, I constantly swooned over it and I was always hungry (Lol :D). It was truly amazing! The feeling of The Difference B
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Long Game CROWNS

What I love about this series of standalones is how Rachel Higginson shows real, honest-to-god, releationships. It isn't just fast paced, insta-love or insta-lust. It is the slow seduction of getting to know a person and falling in love with who they are, and I cannot get enough!

Ezra!!! What can I say about this man that will even be worthy of his character? He is so kind and chivalrous, even if it comes off as controlling, and it is clear how much he cares for the people in h
Red Cheeks Reads
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in this series, I was really excited for Ezra and Molly's story. I loved a good enemies to lovers and this one really took the cake. Molly is flighty, artsy and super laid back. Ezra is an uptight workaholic. What happens when Ezra decides that he wants Molly to work for him? Fireworks all over the gosh darn place.

Gah, I loved the witty banter. The fun emails. The ups and downs off their relationship. The mad moments. The funny ones. The sexy times. This book had a
Sarah Jane
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one...I really loved Ezra. Swoooooooonnnn and the email banter. CHECK please. Another sexual tension filled fun ride. Full review to follow.
Lucie Lu's Book Reviews
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Difference Between Us is exactly what I was hoping for with book two in the Opposites Attract Series. I really enjoyed The Opposite of You (book #1), so when the author offered me an ARC of the next book, I jumped at the chance.

We first meet Ezra and Molly in The Opposite of You. Molly is the best friend of Vera, the main female character in the book, and Ezra the foster brother/boss of Killian, the main male character. Ezra Baptiste is the shrewd restaurateur of the famous restaurant Lilou
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Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her d

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Opposites Attract (4 books)
  • The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract, #1)
  • The Problem With Him (Opposites Attract, #3)
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