ARC Review: Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

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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.

Review

I received an eARC of the book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Disclaimer: This is the second part to the Anderson Brothers Series but can be read as a stand alone.

So when you hear about a Neighbor’s turned to lovers – the first things that comes to mind is the “Girl Next Door” or “jock Next Door” concept or “the girl who was mousey but is now hot and therefore the cocky neighbor has to fall in love with her” type of stories – the tried and tested formula.

But that’s exactly WHAT THIS BOOK IS NOT.

This is the opposite of the normal neighbor story.

This is the story of the eldest Anderson Brothers, Micheal, the CEO and who has a stick up his tush about having everything under control, and likes his “relationships” to be of the non – sleepover varieties. He has a good heart, though that can be hidden way beneath, like way beneath his hardened layers.

Mia on the other hand, is the opposite of Michael. A true nomad in the sense, she lives out of her suitcase, working by house sitting for friends and others. She has finally found the perfect job for herself, if only the “control freak” living next door to her, would just let her live her life.

Michael and Mia collide and it’s the end of everything they have ever known.

The story is more hilarious than the sexy romantic kind, but that’s what is brilliant about it. Ms. Clarke writes brilliantly and with enough cheek in tongue humor that it is hard not love the characters and stories themselves.

The only issue I had with this book (and the only reason why it gets 4 stars) is because both Michael and Mia spend very little time understanding each other’s issues and their pasts.
Don’t get me wrong, this was still an amazing read, the lack of confrontation about their issues made it a little less substantial that’s all.

And, no I haven’t forgotten the dog. Clancy, the Shitzu is the glue that holds this book together and the one who brings both Mia and Michael together as well. I love dogs in books, and it is needless to say, the presence of a dog in this book is why I actually requested to review this book

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Recommendation

Dog Lover? Read this book. Love romance with humor? Read this book.

Basically this is a book that has the feel good feeling that you need when you are overwhelmed by the realities of life 🙂

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