ARC Review + Excerpt: Neighbors (Twin Estates #1) by Stylo Fantome

neighbors

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?

My Review (1)
eARC provided in exchange for an honest review

CAUTION: This ends on a cliff-hanger. And with no news on the second book; it’s getting hard not to obsessively (and creepily) stalk the author!

I did not know about the cliff-hanger when I went into this book – although, to be fair; this author is not known to write standalones, soo I am the stupid one here. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN – I am in such a serious book hangover right now – and considering that I have so many ARC’s to read; I don’t really see a HEA ending for me right now! 😛

Stylo Fontame has this very unique style of writing – it is mostly crude, opinionated but definitely interesting and not to mention entertaining. She has the ability to push you so far beyond your comfort level that it’s like you are floating off a cliff without anything to root you back to earth – but you’ll enjoy the experience in a way that CAN’T be replicated and you will be begging for more and more and more!

“Katya didn’t mind boring. Boring was…secure. Boring paid the rent. Yeah, but boring doesn’t get you laid. And somewhere, deep in the darkest corner of her mind, she’d begun to admit to herself that boring simply wasn’t good enough anymore.” 

Katya Tocci is a normal girl. She went to school, lives her life and has become one of the most sought after bakers – but boring is boring and she hasn’t exactly had a date (read: laid) in a while now. So when her best friend and roommate, Tori (who I am sorely hoping will be getting her own book!) jazzes (again read: slut-ies) up her profile; she throws her in the path of two very different yet hot men and a life that goes from boring to electrifying in 0.60 secs!

Katya should’ve been angry at him. For judging her before he’d met her, solely based on her outward appearance. For perpetuating the stereotype that a woman had to be overtly sexy in order to be interesting. For only giving her the time of day because of some ridiculous website. 

But she was actually angry at herself. She felt like a prisoner of her own inhibitions, her own naivete. She was angry that deep down, she wanted to be an overtly sexual woman, the kind that could draw men in with a single glance.

Neighbor 1: Liam Edenhoff – the owner and master of a s*x club extraordinaire! He is charming, hot and definitely interested in Katya after checking out her online profile; a profile that he believes is a lie. As a character, Liam was an easy guy to like, not only for making Katya comfortable even while pushing her boundaries! And it was so much fun to see how Liam and Katya became close and comfortable with each other; their attraction moving forward from simply physical to a foundation of friendship that warms your heart.

Neighbor 2: Wulferic Stone – a man from the past. He is cold, cautious, confidently cocky and definitely an asshole – a closed up version of a man who borderlines of socipathic! A long lost crush of Katya; she is not only astonished but also delightfully curious when Wulf basically orders to go on a date with her.

But their connection is not only real; but also palpable! A connection that almost brings Katya down to her knees and Wulf to open up and bring someone inside his walls.

“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.”

Now coming to Katya Tocci – she is the embodiment of that female group, that most people generally end up overlooking – not because they aren’t amazing or extra-ordinary but because they aren’t “in your face” kind of amazing. She is the female, when one starts to get to know, all you can think is “how did I even overlook this girl?”.

Here’s the thing though, this should have been Katya’s book – not Liam, not Wulf, but Katya’s and yet somehow she falls short – there is not a thing I could tell for the reason, but somehow she actually ended up being a little bland; hence my rating for 4.5 stars.

“The things he brings out in me are different. It’s like… you make me expand. You open my eyes and widen my boundaries. He makes me contract. My eyes only see him and he’s my only boundary. You’re both just so…different. Completely different, in what you do for me, and how you make me feel…”

READ ME One copy of Neighbors ebook to someone; anyone who can tell me in comments – whose team do you think I am on? Team Liam or Team Wulf? 😛

Cheers, Pavi

My Rating (1)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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Excerpt

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.

Finally.

About The Author (3)

stylo

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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