If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke / @entangledpub @MaryL_MarissaC @LovestruckEP

Title: Neighbors with Benefits
Series: Anderson Brothers, Book 2
Author: Marissa Clarke
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Release Date: June 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Entangled Publishing

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.

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So Mia... She was kind of a mess. An adorable and colorful mess, but still a mess. According to Michael at least. She had this whole free spirited thing going complete with nomadic lifestyle and art that was odd to Michael. He had roots and a business to run and a schedule to keep and a therapist to see. He was...regimented. She...wasn't.

But they were what the other needed.

What started as a ploy to rescue Mia from her asswipe ex turned into unexpected friendship and love. Sure, they rubbed each other the wrong way at first, and yes they were black and white when they lived together (a supposedly temporary solution to Mia's sudden homelessness problem) but their individual differences changed each of them for the better.

Michael brought stability to Mia's hectic life, made her rethink her constant roaming, made her see she wasn't as flighty as she'd been led to believe or as she believed herself to be. Mia brought color to Michael's monochromatic world, made him realize it was okay to let loose every now and then, made him see that what they shared didn't have to be hidden because he had an image to uphold. They each believed their lives were full before meeting one another. They didn't realize how empty it was until they fell for each other.

I think I've witnessed it more than a dozen times in real life, maybe even more in fiction, but opposites attract stories never get old. The nerd and the cool person. The rich and the average. The adrenaline junkie and the safety freak. The straight-laced and the free spirited. Regardless of what makes one person different from the other, they manage to find that middle ground (no, not great sex, lol) that makes them strive to be a better person for themselves and each other.

Because love does that. It pushes one to leap over hurdles, to face down fears, to whisper life changing words. It's a risk but, as Michael and Mia discovered, the risk is worth the reward.

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.

She also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey For sneak peeks at upcoming projects and chances to win prizes, join her Facebook street team group, Camp Clarke: www.facebook.com/groups/CampClarke/

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