Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

Book coverNeighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke
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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.

This was another fun read from the continuing series of the Anderson Brothers by Marissa Clarke. Up this time is stuffy, control freak, number one brother, Michael. I love stories like these. Fun, heartwarming, uncomplicated, predictable. Not saying I have anything against unpredictable stories but sometimes a girl just wants a read that's enjoyable and doesn't stress her out. :-)

I found Mia to be a very interesting heroine because she had so many layers to her. She came across as flighty and irresponsible but mostly, it was a smoke screen to keep people at bay. It wasn't until a moment of introspection that she realises what she has been doing all her life and it was thanks to Michael's insightfulness. Her impulsiveness got on my nerves somewhat, especially when she seemed to constantly jump to the wrong conclusions about Michael. It made me feel sorry for Michael as he had to work through her insecurities for her to get to know him. That said, she was honest and open about who she was and where she was coming from at all times and I admired that about her. I just wish she didn't misread Michael so often and think the worse of him because of her own baggage.

I wasn't certain how I would like Michael, especially considering how the story started but I grew to like as I got to know him. Underneath his serious and controlled exterior, he's a warm, sensitive, insightful guy. I felt for him since he had to work so hard to get past Mia's barriers and her insecurities. I loved that he was organized and he was a man with a plan. He focused on what needed to be done and then got it done. Way to go Michael! Of course, when he lets loose and goes for the grand gesture, he does it in spectacular style.

As for Clancy, well, what's not to love about that silly little dog. I do have a soft spot for Shih-Tzus too since I used to own one. They are silly frou-frou dogs but so adorable. He really added to the fun and adorablness of the story.

I've really enjoyed this series so far and I'm looking forward to Chance's story next.

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The other book in the series:

Book 3 - Untitled: Coming Soon

About the author

authorMarissa 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.

Also writes YA for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey

Represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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