Book review: The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Title: The Difference Between Us
Series: Opposites Attract #2
Author: Rachel Higginson
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Awwww I adored this. Seriously, it was such a light and fun and sweet read, I just couldn’t put it down. Not for one second.

I read the first book of this series a while back and the author kindly offered me to read the second book and I just couldn’t say no, because I remembered feeling so intrigued and curious about Ezra in the first book. There wasn’t that much about him there, but there was enough to make me curious.

So here I am, reviewing him. Ahem, the book.

Ok so, we met these two in the first book. We got a glimpse of each character thEre, but here we could see the whole picture, and it was BEAUTIFUL, and mysterious, and grumpy and oh so damn PERFECT. Molly Maverick is a designer working at this digital agency. She’s great at what she does, but she doesn’t get the credit she deserves there. She’s an artist, even though she doesn’t like to consider herself as one. She’s shy and an introvert, except when she’s surrounded by the people she loves. And she hates Ezra Baptiste, or so she thinks. Ezra is this successful businessman, owner of three of the most famous restaurants in the area and he’s as serious as they get. He tells it as it is and he won’t apologize about it, but he’s never actually rude. He’s elegant and so, so dreamy, he gets what he wants, not by force but by convincing you it’s the best for both. He manages to get shy Molly out of her shell, he challenges her and makes her embrace the stronger part of her that she didn’t know she had.

Oh, sweet Aladdin.

Doesn’t that sound perfect?

I can’t tell you how much I can relate to this story. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one, and I really enjoyed the first book. But this one felt more relatable to me. I could understand Molly’s way to see life and live her life a lot more than I did Vera. It can be because we both work in a digital agency, focused on the social media area. It can be because both of our bosses are complete assholes. I don’t know, but I could see her point of view clearly. She’s constantly questioning her decisions, thinking that maybe she could’ve done things differently, better, because she can’t help but want everything to look perfect. I can relate to that too. She takes on a lot of things, even though she already has a lot on her plate, but she can’t find it in her to say no. Except to Ezra.

Oh, Ezra.

He’s such a dreamy guy. Even from the start, even when he said things that infuriated Molly, but I saw the sweet and good intention behind the words. Maybe I was already in love with him. He’s hard and soft, all at the same time. He’s strong and sweet. He’s so damn SWOON WORTHY. Jeez. I can’t not love him.

The story itself is great, i highly recommend you to read this series if you’re looking to read something funny, and sweet and entertaining AF. I swear, it goes by so fast but in a nice way. The pace is perfect for the story, perfect for you to stay on top of everything, without missing anything. The details are great, they tell you everything you need to know to picture the entire scene just perfectly. The character development is just so amazing. You can actually see Molly grow into her own skin and be more confident and you can see Ezra loosening a bit more and relaxing and enjoying himself. I do think the “problem” could’ve been explained a bit more. We got this huge and important thing going on, and I wished I could’ve read a bit more about how they solved it and not just be told about how it all went down. But even so, the story was too good for this to spoil anything.

Rachel, thank you, thank you again for letting me read it. I absolutely enjoyed every single page.

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