Book & Author Details:
Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication date: June 30th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary,
A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s new Lovestruck imprint…
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.
I like Marissa Clarke's writing style. It's engaging and entertaining and keeps you in the story. This is the second book in the Anderson Brother series but it can be read as a stand alone.
Michael is straight-laced and a little uptight. Mia is the complete opposite. The story is a little cliche'. The guy is uptight, the girl is a free spirit. They can't stand each other and then all of a sudden they're all the other can think about it. BUT it's a great spin on the story, thanks to a dog Michael is talked into sitting by his psychiatrist. The way that Marissa Clarke wrote this common story makes it very interesting. You don't feel like "Oh, I've read this before" or "Oh, I already know what's going to happen." It's very refreshing and entertaining.
I enjoyed this book so much but it's very hard for me to talk about it without giving away a lot of spoilers because it was so good I just want to talk about the whole book! I will say that at the beginning of the book I was very turned off by Michael. I thought he was a complete jerk and was hoping that someone else was going to swoop in and steal Mia. But once things started heating up between them, I quickly changed my mind!! They're a great match once they were able to get over their differences. I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to checking out the rest of the series!
Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where 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 loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website "Contact" page.