Good morning, Book People!!
I hope you all had a great start to your weekends. Our winter break is coming and even though I will have more time for reading and reviewing, I’ll also be poorer, since all my students will be on vacation…
Today I’m going to review an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) and it was a good story! It was funny and sweet and flirty. Something to set our moods after some heavy or dark reads…
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.
MY RATING: 4 Beastly stars
***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***
Neighbors with Benefits is a standalone novel, despite being book 2 in the Anderson Brothers series. I actually haven’t read book 1, but I sure will, because I got intrigued about how the couple in it became how they are in book 2.
So, Neighbors with Benefits is actually different than what I thought it’d be. I thought we would get a hot CEO that was a complete jerk and who would keep “fighting” with the sassy heroine. That actually happens, but Michael Anderson isn’t the jerk, or the player, everyone, and specially Mia, think he is. I LOVED Michael and all his “stuck-upness”.
This story isn’t your typical control-freak CEO meets girl and starts having kinky sex with her. Another thing I thought it would be. Not that I’m complaining either way. I LOVE those CEO books, but I also enjoyed THIS book a LOT! It was super funny and the characters have the kind of chemistry that is so great to see in Romantic Comedy books.
The banter between Michael and Mia is super funny and they are so cute together. I love how they balance each other out. Mia gives Michael’s life the colorful and mess it needs, while Michael brings the responsibility and organization that comes with his control-freak ways that Mia so needs!
Michael and Mia meet while she is house-sitting for Michael’s neighbor. But what Mia doesn’t know is that the hot guy she just met is the one that keeps complaining to the building management about her. Mia is a total free spirit. She is messy, she is noisy, she is everything Michael’s therapist prescribed him…Oh and she is a total dog person. And Michael is taking care of a dog assigned to him by said therapist.
After a lot of messed up situations, one of them that brings Mia to become homeless, she goes to live with Michael, to babysit for him. And there, their friendship really starts growing. Michael is instantly attracted to Mia, from their first encounter, and so is she. But Michael she isn’t interested in just being another one. She wants picnics in the beach and flowers in bed, and she thinks Michael is all about the player life. Which is so far from the truth….
Michael is completely focused on his work, in his family company. From his two brothers, he is the most focused one on that. All work and all serious. So yeah, you can say he really needs Mia in his life.
And between all that, in order to help and save Mia from her ex, Michael starts a story about her being his fiancé, so he actually is her date for her best friend’s wedding.
Now…about Mia’s friends…I didn’t like them AT ALL. They all took her for granted, and were borderline bullies in their behavior. Like Mia couldn’t get herself a job, a home and a boyfriend. She not only does all that, but she’s got the most eligible boyfriend EVER! Go Mia!!
The problem is that it’s not true…or is it? I get Mia’s reticence in giving herself to Michael, just as I get his own reticence in showing to the world he can settle down…And in the middle of all that, there’s also Mia’s friends in the retirement center she works in (she is a volunteer and has comissionated some paintings, she’s an artist, but seems like not everyone knows this side of her) and Michael’s new dog and the business he is trying to win…Well, they all have their plates full. But when it comes to love…nothing is full enough that we can’t get a little space for love, right?
What I like most about this book, besides the banter and funny moments, is the fact that the hero and the heroine truly work together (when they get their heads out of their asses LMAO). They complement each other perfectly, and with Michael, Mia can be her true self. She can show the parts of her that she kept locked and didn’t even show her friends. Michael is also a changed man after Mia, even his brothers can see it. He not only gets less serious, and more humble, but he truly learns a lot with her, and it even helps him in his business.
The only problem is that, despite working so well together, they can also combust together. When you are clumsy, free and crazy as Mia and all prim and proper like Michael, it’s a recipe for disaster. But it might also be recipe for a great love story!!!