Thursday, 16 February 2017

Review: The Neighborhood by Stylo Fantome

The Neighborhood (Twin Estates, #2)

The Neighborhood by Stylo Fantome

Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she'd been missing out on - sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places - like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“If Liam was a pain in her heart, Wulf was a full body ache…She’d shared her life with Liam; she’d shared her heart with Wulf. She could always get her life back. A heart, though, wasn’t as easy to recapture.”

Picking up two weeks after the first novel ended, Katya is still reeling and hurt by Liam and Wulf’s deception. In spite of her sexual adventures, she’s still very much the old Katya - a little na├»ve, a little bit of a pushover – and I couldn’t help thinking that the baker wanted to have her cake and eat it, too, and her current situation was as much her fault as the men’s.

While Liam and Wulf scramble and plot individually to win her back, Katya decides to dish out her own brand of punishment, stringing them along and putting the guys into an awkward situations. She’s playing a game of her own with no intention of choosing either one. However, she didn’t count on her own heart and feelings getting in the way.

“You were so into Wulf. From the beginning. And that was my fault, it was all a game to me, so I never really tried for you.”

Liam is ever the goofball, extremely competitive, and determined not to be second best for once in his life. He thinks he needs her in his life but he still sees Katya as a prize to be won in a game.

“I need her, so much. She belongs with me, we belong together.”

Wulf NEEDS her. He wants a future with her. He can barely function without her. He’s willing to play by her rules, as well as pushing things along by making his presence in her life known. However, he’s also hoping that her feelings for him will persuade her that she belongs with him.

I LOVED the first book – the excitement of Katya’s adventures, the mystery, the sexual tension. This sequel, although enjoyable with a satisfying ending, I found Katya somewhat annoying. However, I liked that she realised what she was doing was a little shameful and somewhat idiotic – it made her almost as bad as them. She just needed to realise her true feelings for each guy, and just be honest with them both.

It was exactly the ending I wanted and I’m looking forward to the next novel in this series.

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