Book Review: Do Opposites Attract by Kathryn Freeman

Do Opposites Attract by Kathryn Freeman
Release Date: 7th July 2014
Publisher: Choc Lit
Buy: Paperback  Kindle
Rating:
5 star

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There’s no such thing as a class divide – until you’re on separate sides. Brianna Worthington has beauty, privilege and a very healthy trust fund. The only hardship she’s ever witnessed has been on the television. Yet when she’s invited to see how her mother’s charity, Medic SOS, is dealing with the aftermath of a tornado in South America, even Brianna is surprised when she accepts. Mitch McBride, Chief Medical Officer, doesn’t need the patron’s daughter disrupting his work. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and has led life on the edge, but he’s not about to risk losing his job for a pretty face. Poles apart, dynamite together, but can Brianna and Mitch ever bridge the gap separating them?

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Rich and privileged twenty six year old Brianna is bored with her life. She doesn’t need to work as she’s part of the Worthington family, who happen to own a chain of top-notch department stores. However, Brianna has no real interest in working for the family business and she’s fed up of spending her days shopping and her nights partying. Brianna’s Mum is the patron of a charity called Medic SOS, a team who provide medical help to any place in the world struck by a natural disaster. After speaking to her mother and the head of the charity, Margaret, Brianna is struck with an idea. She plans to fly out to where the Medic SOS team are currently based, in South America, tending to victims of a tornado, and experience what the charity does first hand. Brianna thinks the experience will do her good, after all the other real trauma she has witnessed in her life has been on the television. Whilst there may not be a hot shower or herbal tea available, surely this will give Brianna the incentive she’s been looking for to do something worthwhile with her life.

However, Brianna’s trip to South America proves to be more life changing than she ever could have imagined when she meets Medic SOS’s Chief Medical Officer, Mitch McBride. He has no time for ‘spoilt little rich girls’ like Brianna and sees her visit as an indulgent inconvenience to the important work he does. The two couldn’t be more different, but somehow eventually they seem drawn to one another. This surely spells a recipe for disaster? Mitch has worked too hard to get to where he is now to let this ‘Princess’ get close to him and destroy everything. Brianna, however, is just as determined that where Mitch is concerned she’s going to get exactly what she wants… I was really looking forward to reading Do Opposites Attract? I love novels where the two lead characters are polar opposites – and believe me; Brianna and Mitch couldn’t be any more incompatible. Mitch was a bit of a loner, but that seems to be of because of something that’s happened in his past, however you don’t find out what this is until the end of the story (which kept me gripped until the end, I was desperate to find out what Mitch’s secret was.) He’s brash, to-the-point and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Then there’s Brianna. She may come from a rich family and not know what it feels like to struggle in life, but credit where credit’s due – she is an admirable character. She wants to change, she wants to work and she wants to do something worthwhile with her life. I had visions of her being a complete spoilt brat when I read the synopsis but she wasn’t like that at all and I really liked her. In fact, it was Mitch who made me angry. Yes he’s gorgeous, yes he’s had a very difficult start in life and finds it difficult to get close to people but he really does mess Brianna around and it’s testament to how strong a character she is that she puts up with his behaviour at times. She’s caring and compassionate, yet hugely feisty too. When the two of them are together the chemistry between them is amazing and I loved the banter that they had going on. I desperately wanted them to be together, but the story is in no way predictable and you really can’t tell if things are going to work out for them or not. Can this ‘rough-edged charity worker from the wrong side of the tracks’ really be right for Brianna? Then there’s the small matter of gaining approval from Brianna’s family and friends. It is a privileged world that Mitch feels like he doesn’t belong in and my heart did break for him at times. (I couldn’t stay mad at him for long…) I liked how Brianna’s journey was played out alongside the romance  in the story. It’s almost a journey of self discovery for her and she’s far from ignorant about the suffering that goes on in people’s lives, she is just yet to experience the world and discovers that helping others is actually quite rewarding. I loved the setting of Do Opposites Attract? Having a medical side to the story gave it some really interesting aspects and some of the scenes make for thought provoking reading. It made for fascinating reading and I have huge respect for the work that charities like Medic SOS do and it’s really made me think how selfless people can be in their quest to help others. I love Kathryn’s writing. The way Brianna and Mitch’s relationship is played out is electric, there’s absolutely a stack of sexual chemistry between them, but I like the more serious side of their relationship too when Mitch goes all vulnerable! Sadly this doesn’t happen very often though as he is such a restrained person used to hiding his emotions…Sigh. All in all a really enjoyable, enthralling read, with a setting that’s a bit different to the norm. There’s a lot more to this story than just romance… *Received from publisher for review, thank you Choc Lit! I will have a guest post from Kathryn Freeman on Bookaholic Confessions tomorrow; so if you’d like to hear more about Do Opposites Attract then do drop by…

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Kathryn started her working life as a retail pharmacist but it didn’t take long for her to realise that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her. Next she joined the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications, doing a lot of writing – about medicines. However what she really wanted to write about was romance.In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…She lives with two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.Her first novel, Too Charming will be published (ebook only) in September 2013 followed by her second novel, Do Opposites Attract? in July 2014.
You can follow Kathryn on Twitter @KathrynFreeman1

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