Review and New Release: Neighbors by L.S. Murphy

 

Title: Neighbors
Author: L.S. Murphy
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 65
Format read: ebook
Rating: C+

Neighbors is a novella from Entangled’s Flirt line, which promises “palate-teasing novellas designed to satisfy readers’ cravings for romance without the time commitment required to invest in a full-length novel.” Sounds perfect for a busy November, right?

Rena Woods’s design business is finally taking off. She’s landed a huge client–the wife of St Louis’s newest NBA star–and she’s sure that doing well on this job will give her an “in” in the industry. When her new neighbors move in, she might not have even noticed–except for the giant moving truck boxing her into her parking spot just as she needs to leave for an important appointment.

Oh, and the gorgeous–but surly–guy behind the wheel.

Staff Sargent C.J. Riker is apparently a model neighbor to everyone but Rena, though, a fact which just feeds her annoyance. What gives?

As the two begin to get past their less-than-ideal beginning, Rena starts to feel a connection to the Marine that goes beyond simple attraction. Some things remain a mystery, however. How did he lose his leg? What causes his mercurial shifts in temper when Rena’s around? And given her aunt’s experiences with being “married to the military”–and Rena’s own less-than-perfect dating track record, not to mention her busy career–should she even try to get close enough to him to find out?

Neighbors was a pleasant way to spend an hour reading, but  it didn’t go much beyond that. Though I liked the characters and enjoyed their interactions, I didn’t ever feel a deep connection to them and their problems. Part of it is no doubt the fact that this is a very short read–knowing more about the characters and their backgrounds definitely would have made me feel more invested in their struggles–but overall, it just didn’t pack much of a “punch” for me. While reading, I just felt as if I were floating along the top of their lives, mildly interested in what was going on with them but not terribly concerned about it one way or another.

Riker’s character was obviously experiencing some major effects from his military service, and that aspect alone really deserved more attention than this short of a novella could really deliver. Still, I didn’t dislike L.S. Murphy’s writing, and would definitely pick up another book by this author in the future in the hopes that I would be able to find a better connection with it and its characters.

C+ rating.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Three Hot New Novellas from Entangled’s Flirt Line–and a Giveaway!

Entangled’s Flirt line is introducing three new novellas today! Read on to find out all about them and enter to win an awesome giveaway at the end of the post!

P.S.–Reviews of all three are to come 😉

Santa to the Rescue

by Adele Downs

9781622663811Synopsis:

 

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurt a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

 

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

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Neighbors

by L.S. Murphy


9781622663743

Synopsis:

Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife Cecilia Hood; her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.

After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?

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On His List

by Wendy Sparrow

 

9781622663736Synopsis:

“Where can I take you, Mr. Savoy?”

 

That was how Remy Maison’s day began, not the glamorous world of guarding underwear from her creepy landlord on laundry day, but taking her brother’s place as driver for businessman Owen Savoy. And what was with this guy? Yeah, he’s hot and all, with eyes like melted chocolate and a lean, sexy figure she’d love to explore, but Remy’s never met anyone so rigid.

 

Owen has a list for everything. He’s planned the entire day down to the smallest detail. All Remy has to do is stick to the list, but she never follows the rules‚ there’s no freaking way. So why is she spending all her time looking in the rearview mirror, hoping she’ll make Owen’s next list?

 

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Email: Wendy@WendySparrow.com

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