Bad Neighbor by M. O'keefe
Series: Bad Boy Romance #1
November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
He's sexy... He's dangerous... He's right next door.
I gave up everything to save my sister from a monster, and now I’m lying low in this rundown apartment so I can stay out of danger. Hiding from everyone.
Except for the guy in apartment 1A.
He’s rude. Silent. Muscled, mysterious, and hot as hell. I don’t know if he likes me or hates me, but the more time I spend with him, the less it matters.
I want him.
And for the first time in my life I'm going to go after what I want.
She doesn’t belong in my world.
From the second 1B moves in, I know she’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t belong here, much less with a street fighter like me.
But that doesn’t stop me from craving her. Her softness and sweetness. She’s a drug, and suddenly I’m addicted.
I know someone is going to try and hurt her and I can’t let that happen. But unless I push her away and get her out of my world, that someone could be me…
If you are not already reading O’Keefe, you should start. She’s got a way with unique characters that never fails to make me fall in love. I’ve read her Everything I Left Unsaid series and have a special little love affair with it’s darkly romantic perfectness. Bad Neighbor, while still giving you a full spoonful of edginess, is a much lighter read.
Most of that lightness comes from Charlotte, with her sunshine dresses, slight nerdiness and bumblebee window treatments. She’s nothing short of adorably awkward. She’s found herself in a shabby apartment complex, in a run down part of town, with little money – after selling off all her belongings to help her sister flee from a bad relationship. Charlotte never expects to find herself tangled in a strange relationship with her hot and cold and mysterious neighbor, Jesse. But that is exactly where she lands and when her sister’s past catches up to her, every future fantasy Charlotte had started to build, is threatened by a stark and possibly dangerous reality.
I really enjoyed Charlotte and Jesse’s ‘push and pull’ relationship. It’s obvious they both want the same thing but neither really understands how to go about getting it. Charlotte has some female insecurities and Jesse has a lifestyle that he would never wish on sweet and innocent Charlotte. So, it’s a fumbling sort of thing mixed with a few really sexy scenes. Which makes for quite a page turner.
Bad Neighbor is a quick read, without too much drama and strife but enough going on to keep you fully invested and wanting more! Good thing book two in the Bad Boy Romance series comes early May – with a surprise baby, no less!!
Twist by Kylie Scott
Aprill 11, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy for Honest Review
When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.
And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.
Twist is tricky book for me to review. I’m a big fan of Kylie Scott. She always draws me in with her humor, her unique characters and fun, yet emotional, story lines. But something about Twist felt…different. Not because it didn’t have all the things you expect with a Scott title. It did. They were there. But it took longer for them to surface, I suppose.
It was a bit like reading two books. The first 50% and then the second.
The first half is fairly slow paced, as we learn how Alex finds her way from Seattle to Idaho. It’s a cute take on mistaken internet identity, she believes she’s been getting to know one person but it turns out the real person returning her emails is his – much more responsible (and bearded) – brother, Joe. A lot of time is spent with the struggle of being lied to and of trying to re-trust someone after such a betrayal. All important stuff and I appreciate the realness of the timeline here.
But man, did I want them to remove some clothes earlier. 😉
I’m slightly kidding there. Mostly.
Once you get to that half way point, the pace changes and the story heats up. It also allows for the characters to relax enough for that familiar funny to kick in. I really enjoyed the easiness between Joe and Alex at that point. They fit together really nicely, pushing each other just enough without making it too hard for the other person, as they both struggle with relationships in their own ways.
By about 80%, I was fairly over the fact that we had a slower start. Then Scott pulled one of my all time favorite, and hardly ever used, moves.
In so many, many romances you hit that spot in the book. You know it’s coming. You know about when in the timeline (80ish %) it’s going to surface. It’s the all too familiar ‘break up’. Right? You know it. Something happens and one person gives up or leaves the relationship for one reason or another. Then you spend the next 10% of reading with them separated, before head is removed from arse and they reconcile.
We’ve seen it time and time again.
Well, Scott twisted that up a bit. In my favorite way. I won’t say how because I don’t want to be a spoilery bitch. But it’s different and I’ve only seen it in a few titles. That isn’t to say that there isn’t that emotional climax. It’s there, it’s just different and I fucking loved it. I re-read the last 20ish %. Twice.
While I would probably rate the front half about a two star, the second would be quite near a five. I ended up really enjoying it, as a whole.