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Things a good neighbor can do for you:
1. Give you a cup of sugar
2. Let you borrow his lawnmower
3. Water your plants while you’re on vacation
4. Make your eyes roll back in your head with his tongue
Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door – her career always kept her too busy. She’s a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco.
But even a good girl’s gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she’s ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined.
Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down.
Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?
It was no joke.
Liam had been waiting in the lobby for her at nine o’clock, sharp. Liam Edenhoff – “but everyone calls me Eden” – he’d introduced himself again to her before guiding her out to a taxi he’d had waiting.
She felt a little nauseous. She’d chugged down another half bottle of wine, and some crème de menthe, before heading downstairs to meet him. She’d almost talked herself out of going, but she’d made the mistake of telling her roommate Tori about the whole fiasco. Apparently, Katya owed it to women everywhere (and Tori in particular) to explore this opportunity to its fullest. She’d all but been shoved out the apartment, the door slammed and locked in her face.
“Nervous?” Liam Eden-whatever-his-name-was asked her as the cab slowed to a crawl.
“Nope,” Katya’s voice sounded overly loud.
“Liar. Tonight is gonna be an interesting night, angel cake.”
“Stop calling me that.”
“What’s your last name?”
“None of your business.”
“Okay then – when the gang bang starts, I’ll tell them to call you Katya X.”
She couldn’t stop the blush from happening that time. Liam burst out laughing, then soothed the sting by grabbing her hand.
Even when they got out of the cab, he didn’t let go of her. Normally, she would’ve been uncomfortable with a stranger assuming such a familiarity with her, but this time, she was thankful for it. She held onto him tightly as they walked down a crowded street. Then they turned into an alley, and his gang bang joke didn’t seem so funny. He led her to a plain door, above which a simple, small, neon sign spelled out “The Garden”. Outside were several small groups of people, chatting and smoking. Some of them called out greetings to him, all of them using his nickname, but a large and scary looking bouncer addressed him very properly.
“Hey, Mr. Edenhoff, wasn’t expecting you in tonight. Any problems?”
“Nope, just bringing a friend to show her the place, let her see what I do for a living.”
All the blood was quickly rushing from Katya’s limbs, pooling somewhere in her stomach. None of this was a joke. He really did own the place, that much was obvious.
As Liam led her through the door, though, Katya actually felt a surge of confidence. She was still nervous, still more than a little scared, but she was okay with it. Liam seemed like a nice guy, he wasn’t going to take her into some dark room and insert foreign objects into her orifices. She could leave whenever she wanted to, whenever it got too uncomfortable. Everything was fine, and for once, she was doing something exciting. She’d een have something interesting to talk about at work the next day.
From her buttoned up cardigan to her sensible shoes, Katya Tocci is a good girl. So, when the work-a-holic baker decides to live a little and create an online dating profile, her roommate Tori can’t resist the temptation to mess with her a little and “spice up” her profile.
Enter “The Neighbors”.
Liam lives in the building next door to Katya. Friendly, open, funny, kind, Liam is a down to earth guy with a healthy obsession for tacos. Oh, and he’s sex on legs. I mean, the man is H.O.T. Get your fan ready because when Liam shows up, you’ll need it.
Wulf lived next door to Katya when she was a growing up. He was the gorgeous rich kid, a swimming star and her teenage crush. He also was an arrogant asshat that couldn’t be bothered to give her the time of day. Not much has changed in the intervening years. He’s still gorgeous. He’s still rich. He’s still an arrogant asshat. … But now he notices her.
So, if she’s honest and upfront with both men, why not date them both? Why not shed that cardigan and those sensible shoes for some sexy lingerie and heels? Why not take strip-aerobics classes? Why not live a little?
I love how Stylo writes. Her books have a flow to them that make the pages just fly by. I’ve loved her previous characters, especially Jameson, Sanders and Tal. And I really liked where the author was trying to take Katya. Having her open up and explore life and her sexuality. Unfortunately, as the book progressed, I really grew to have very little empathy for Katya. Her actions at certain points had me losing more and more respect for her. (Let me make clear though, I was fine with her dating two men.)
As for Liam and Wulf, I love how she juxtaposed the two men and their personalities. It makes it glaringly obvious the strengths and weaknesses of each man. And while I loved Liam from the start, I had a hard time seeing what Katya saw in Wulf. Actually, I didn’t warm up to his character until towards the end of the book.
The love triangle aspect of the book, especially around the fifty percent mark to the end, felt uneven. One character is featured far more prominently than the other, so much so as to make the other one redundant. I honestly wondered why the other character was still around. And then we got to the end… That ending made me not really like any of the characters. And therein lies my problem. How do you come back from that for book 2?
I’m honestly undecided if I’ll read the next book. This premise had so much potential but the events in this one… They are hard to come back from. I’ll wait and see if Stylo does something unpredictable and if she does I’ll bite. 😉
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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