Monday, September 14, 2015

review || NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS by Marissa Clark

Entangled: Lovestruck | Date, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Anderson Brothers, book 2


Love thy sexy jerk of a neighbor…

CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything—especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace—and his dates—with the worst possible music at the worst possible time... every time.

Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig—housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall.

Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.
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Add one part, control freak, to one part free spirit, and what do you get? A fun, cute novel featuring Michael (said control freak) and artist Mia (that free spirit).

Let's be honest -- control freak may even be too light of a term for Michael. His therapist wants him to "open up" and "loosen up" and oh, maybe you can watch my dog for a few days. Michael is gruff and annoyed, but he takes the dog (who's name is... well, who's gender is... yeah, he didn't bother to ask) and heads back to his ritzy condo, a condo that people spend money on for the seclusion and the idea that you won't be bothered by your neighbors, but oh yes, that's right --

There's a house sitter next door and the person plays music way too loud and Michael's perpetual headache just gets worse and worse -- the icing on the cake? The smoke detector is going off.

The last thing Michael expects to see when heading to the next door over is a pretty woman in barely there gym clothes.

Mia is everything Michael is not. She lives in the moment and finding this house sitting gig was a blessing in disguise -- with it, she's close enough to the art galley she wanted to be at, and the space, the light... everything is perfect for her own light. At first she wants to like Michael, the man who comes blazing in to help her turn off the alarm, but quickly she learns what a... stick in the mud, he is.

These two were SO MUCH FUN to read about. This was such a laugh out loud type of romance. I don't do a lot of giggling when reading so-called comedies, but when I actually do? The author has for sure hit the mark. The chemistry, the fighting, the making up... it all worked for me. The 'big bang' moment has more to do with Mia not trusting her free ways could ever be enough for stuffy Michael. Mia needed some order in her life, and Michael needed some looseness; Marissa Clark did a fantastic job with these two, and I'm excited to go back and read William Anderson's book but really, I'm excited for the upcoming release of baby brother Chance's book!

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