on September 24th 2016
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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
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?
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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.
My Thoughts on Neighbors…
I’ve been a huge fan of Stylo Fantome and her writing since I first read My Time in the Affair. I’m used to the serious or dark side of her and when I saw she was coming out with something a lighter I was intrigued. Neighbors started out great. The banter between the characters was great, the chemistry was off the charts but somewhere in the middle towards the end the momentum that was been building just fizzled out for me. The ending seemed rushed and I was left just scratching my head on a couple of things. But I did enjoy the story and did fall in love with #TeamTacos aka Liam. He was my favorite character I did totally fall for him! I thought this was solid 3.5 stars and I would recommend for those looking for a light sexy read.
Katya is a good girl. She lives a straight and narrow although sometimes very boring life. She knew she wanted to be success baker and never was interested in living the party life. She is very conservative and would live in beige cardigans with strands of pearls. She’s only had a handful of serious boyfriends and after her last boyfriend moved on, her and her roommate decide to give a dating website a go. What Katya doesn’t know is that her roommate decides to spice up her profile and making her seem like a wild child compared to what she actually is. One of her neighbors who is on the site actually recognizes her and decides to approach her.
Sigh Liam… what can I say about Liam. He’s the neighbor we all want. He spotted Katya a couple of times around the common areas but always thought she was a little square. When she sees her profile he approaches her about a possible date and after a little persuasion, she agrees. Little innocent Katya is about to get the shock of her life. Liam is able to get Katya to open up in more ways than one. She’s always been vanilla but Liam has brought out something she never experienced before. Just when she and Liam are having fun, someone from her past is about to make a reappearance.
Wulf was Katya neighbor growing up. He was the hot older next door neighbor and Katya always crushed on him. He owns his own business and runs into Katya at her bakery. He’s very much the alpha male and just a bit arrogant. He did get my nerves every so often to be honest. Katya and him go on a couple of dates but when Katya decides to go back home for a couple of days, that is when things get really interesting.
Katya goes from having zero dating possibilities to having two very successful and powerful men after her. Her feelings for both are so different. She doesn’t want to lead one on so she knows she must make a decision and break it off with one of them. But which one will she choose?? The sexy hottie next door that was been able to open her up like no other has or her childhood crush that she dreamt about since as long as she can remember? You will need to read Neighbors to find out!