The full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy AND romantic suspense (I know, it’s both!) debut from the owner of the popular bookish Etsy store, Bookified!
Lena Douglas may be a world-famous Instagram model, but she hates it. She’s a real InstaPrincess, reigning over her court of perfectly airbrushed selfies and avocado toast posts, but at twenty-six, she’s running out of time before the Internet moves on to a younger model. Starting her own fitness line is the perfect escape.
But the thing about new companies? They kind of need a little cash. A mentor who can show Lena how to run a business wouldn’t hurt, either. Fortunately, she’s rented the house of a man who could be her perfect business partner. If she agrees to accompany him to events as his date, he might just fund her line.
Too bad she doesn’t have time for distractions.
Too bad her new neighbor is stupidly attractive.
Too bad he’s the neighbor from hell.
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary | Comedy
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a Instagram Feature Tour hosted by Inkstagram Tours (InkSlingerPR) in exchange for an honest review***
Whew. Can we just take a moment to appreciate that cover? I mean… can you blame me for not getting on board with this book? I mean really, not only did that synopsis have me swooning before I even opened the first page but that cover needs to be licked!
And what makes a great RomCom? Flipping amazing characters! And speaking of characters…
Lena is an interesting breed of fictional character. She reminds me of the stereotypical blondes who you know are high maintenance yet might also have a heart, small but there. I suppose the ‘basic bitch’ comes to mind, but honestly as you get to know Lena she is not some vapid, petty female. She is incredibly smart, resourceful and independently driven. Travis on the other hand is definitely a force. He is very confident, high mighty personality, one that I think feels he is above Lena, which to be fair the way she acts around him at the start isn’t unjustified. He legitimately loathes Lena. Because of that dynamic, he honestly comes off like an asshole, one scrumptious, deliciously lickable asshole.
Speaking of their dynamic, it is a little tricky without spoilage, so lets try this!
Lena is constantly pushing Travis’s buttons as a not so nice neighbor, eventually Travis starts to retaliate in some masterfully evil and hilarious ways. Some might consider it…. a little too far. But this was definitely the part of their development I really enjoyed. The hate they shared, the sexual tension was dripping from the pages until it finally erupted. I flipping enjoyed it! It was such a great ‘Enemies to Lovers’ dynamic that I just found it hugely enjoyable as their shenanigans started to evolve.
With all the good though, I gotta admit some pet peeves – ugh I know, shame! At a certain however the drama was too much. A lot of that was more or less due to the secondary characters, I just felt there was too much additive when it could have been left out or maybe played down a smidge. There was also a point where the build was almost predictable. Not in a bad way, but I could definitely figure out where this was ending.
Definitely could say I liked it, but I can’t say I am head over heels in love. At a certain point there was a bit much on the drama scale that left me more overwhelmed with awkward feelings than I would have liked. It was good, and I liked where it was going but at a point, again I just had to say to myself this was too much, too exaggerated.
I will admit though this is still a super fun, sexy and quick read that is sure to make you chuckle or swoon at many points of the novel. Obviously my slight pet peeve didn’t deter my enjoyment nor my rating drastically – so it is a no brainier I enjoyed it. Decently played out RomCom that I think people will enjoy if you give it a go! I know I plan on continuing reading this author’s work in the future as this debut novel was a hilarious fun read!