Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Review: How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan

How to Love Your Neighbor
by Sophie Sullivan

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Interior Design School? Check. 
Cute house to fix up? Check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he's found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door--the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.

Kritters Thoughts:  Grace Travis is finally ready to move into the home that her grandparents left her and to start building a life on her own.  She was recently living and helping an older gentleman in the neighborhood and she is ready.  From the beginning, her neighbor, Noah Jansen, has expressed interest in buying her home to expand his own home/yard.  From the beginning, they start off on the wrong foot, but can they work together to help each other out?

Enemies to lovers isn't my favorite of the genres within romance and while this one wasn't too far into the horrible enemies territory, it got a little catty and I was glad when they started working together.  Because of their animosity it took me a long time to connect with the characters and care about the journey they were going to go on.  And for me, that is the moral of a story of a romance book, so I didn't love this one as much as I love some of the other romance books that I read in 2021.  

The characters themselves were great and the plot was good.  I liked that they ended up working together and the project led them to fall in love and that felt super natural.  

I did like the writing and would absolutely try another from this author.  I would like to read her previous book and look out for what may come next.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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