Sep 10, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS by @AuthorMarissa

Neighbors with Benefits
by Marissa Clarke

Series: Anderson Brothers #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by the Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review

A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s new Lovestruck imprint…

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.

This is the type of romance I can't get enough of. NWB was sexy, hilarious and written to perfection. I consumed the entire book within a day and was a bit peeved when it was over. Now I'm thinking I need to read the first book in the series, just to get my next fix.

I loved both of our MCs the moment I met them. Michael and Mia were complete opposites and that was apparent from the start. Their first face to face interaction was hilarious and does horribly wrong just as expected. But the chemistry was there right from the jump and I loved it. I like how they were both extremes–one extremely strict and sensible and the other extremely scatterbrained and kind of silly. I loved this pairing just as much as I would have had they been exactly alike and butting heads at every turn. Wait, Michael and Mia did butt heads at every turn and it was hilarious. They were both justified in the way they felt most of the time, which made this book that much better and I think the sexual chemistry is what made their arguments that much more childish and adorable.

This book was hot without being pornographic. I don't mind dirty books, in fact, I love them but this book might have been ruined if it was too dirty. The focus was clearly on building a strong relationship between Michael and Mia that wasn't based on sex. Because this book dances in the realm of insta-love, the author was very smart to take this route and keep the porno play down to a minimum. It made the love story believable even though it went from hate to love rather quickly.

The writing was fantastic. Clarke writes with an easy flow that you don't see very often. Every sentence fit perfectly with the one before and after it and the book was just a pleasure to read over all. The author's sense of humor shined through and I'm very interested in reading Sleeping with the Boss and the next one in the series that is supposed to come out this year. I hope the humor element is not diminished in the other books because it's probably my favorite part.

This was a fun read and I highly recommend it. There's really nothing bad I can say about this book. It was adorable and I'm super glad I got a chance to read it. If you're looking for a quick read that packs a very sexy punch, then I recommend NWB. Can't wait to read more!

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