Next door neighbors who've been having a subtle war of words for months find themselves fighting attraction once a fire has them living together as roommates in this fun and flirty rom-com. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Loathe Thy Neighbor by Teagan Hunter, along with my impressions of this delightful rom-com, then add this first installment in the Roommate Romps series to your bookshelf!
Don’t fall for your enemy...especially when he’s your new roommate.
Dean Evans is the worst.
Not only does the devil in disguise steal my pie on a regular basis, he also lives in the apartment right. Next. Door.
I see him all the time. At the mailboxes. In the elevator.
Every single morning.
It’s exhausting because he’s exhausting.
Now, after setting his apartment on fire, he’s my roommate...and he’s the worst at that too.
I don’t know what possessed me to let him stay with me. Pity, perhaps? I do know that I won’t be falling for his charm.
Or that panty-dropping smirk.
His quick wit.
That body he works so hard for.
Nope. Not falling for any of it...least of all him.
There might be a fine line between love and hate, but I know exactly where I stand.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
When it comes to witty banter teeming with sensuality and snark, I can count on Ms. Hunter to give me all that and more. With this new release readers are introduced to three close-knit women whose lives begin to play out in front of us with humor, sass, sexiness, and the promise of more to come as this series progresses. Starting out as next door enemies the main couple of this book have been waging a war on each other, one teeming with sexual tension, but the moment they become roommates is the moment when their relationship turns romantic in a journey that put a smile on my face.
Dean Evans is the teacher next door, the kind of teacher that all the kids love for the caring and cool vibe he gives off. He's sexy, funny, and a gentleman when he wants to be too...at least he is around everyone except his neighbor River. Around her, he pushes every one of her buttons in a subtle sexual tug of war as the attraction between them is more than obvious from the very start. I found Dean an utter delight! He comes from a family of money, a sport-fueled past that could've left him arrogant but endeared him to me all the more as he became a coach for youth football. He's the kind of guy you wish really existed as he's good with kids, is a romantic at heart, and is someone you can count on. He's the quintessential book boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed him and River together in a journey of endless verbal foreplay that ultimately led to fireworks!
River White's a hard-working heroine with a string of bad dates and exes unworthy of her when readers first meet her. Coming off yet another bad date she's determined to focus solely on her business while trying to ignore her annoying next door neighbor. That's difficult to do though when he's so entwined in her life as the teacher (and father figure) to her nephew, as the next door neighbor who plays Bob Sager every morning at 5:30 AM, and the man who always steals the last piece of cherry pie at her favorite eatery. Through each interaction the connection between them crackles as the attraction bubbling below the surface becomes harder to ignore...especially when they become roommates. River's a wonderful heroine, tough when necessary, but clearly kindhearted when it comes to her friends. She's quick to hug and support those in her small circle of friends, while giving as good as she gets when it comes to sparring with Dean. She’s a serious-minded soul, but with Dean she started to enjoy life with him as her sexual tour guide.
This was an entertaining romance from the first page to the last courtesy of witty and sexy banter, humorous exchanges between the main couple, and an equally delightful cast of secondary characters and endearing pets. Maya, River's long-time friend and a teenage mother whose son Sam was a fun part of the story too, was a good support to River and didn't hesitate to call her out when needed in a realistic friendship that warmed my heart. Caroline, a worker at River's store, was another delight as she too didn't hesitate in pointing out the truth to River about her unacknowledged attraction to Dean. Caroline was a quiet character, one struggling with low self-esteem, so her observations spoke volumes. Both of these women left their mark on me as I wanted to be their friend too and greatly anticipate their stories as Caroline herself has a friend who could easily become more while Maya deserves her own HEA after being a single mom for so long. Add in Leo, the emotional support turtle, and Morris the cat and you have even more reasons to smile. On a whole this was a perfect series starter with a decadently delightful blend of steam and snark and I look forward to the next installment in this series!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
I'm a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I'm not writing, you can find me binge- watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I'll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.