We meet Emma the complete opposite of what we're led to believe strippers should be, she's warm, caring and obviously doing a job she'd rather not be. For me I connected with her straight away. I felt for her and the situation she was in despite not knowing the full extent of it. Then there's Carson, well he's everything I want my leading man to be caring, self assured, cheeky, hot and did I mention he's a biker?? Oh yes a man in leather, I'll say no more!! Together they're cute and annoying as hell at certain parts but in that way we all want in a book. I most definitely wanted to bash their heads together at times and there was a line Carson said to Emma which made me hate him, obviously that didn't last long as he's far to adorable.
Kirsty did what she does best, she made me feel. What I love is the emotional journey Poles Apart took me on, I laughed, I cried, I felt whole, I felt broken and quite often all 4 feelings happened within the same chapter.
I don't know how Kirsty makes me warm to her characters so easily but I felt like there was a part of me within Emma, yet I'm a million miles away from pole dancing! It's all credit to the way she writes that no matter where the characters come from or how they get there, they're relatable.
The best thing about the book for me (well apart from Carson) was the simplicity. I don't want to take anything away from Kirsty as I'm sure it wasn't simple to write but the fact we didn't need twenty different characters shouting in the background and that there weren't a million different issues to overcome endeared me.
All in all this was a fantastic read and although it's not often I re-read books Poles Apart has ensured it's a book that I will read again and again. I devoured it in one sitting which is props to the writing at no point did I feel like I could just put it down, I stayed awake until after 2am to finish which resulted in red puffy eyes the next day but would I do it all again? Most definitely!
All that's left to say is 'we want Carson, we want Carson' more of him that is
5 magic Moseley stars ~ Zoë