How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan ~ 352 pages ~ to be published 1/18/22 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Interior Design School? Check. Cute house to fix up? Check.
Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.
Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.
Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he’s found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door–the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.
With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for this ARC!*
I am a big fan of romances, as well as interior design and HGTV, so when I heard about this book I was super excited! A cute, contemporary, enemies to lovers romance that revolves around two fixer upper houses – sign me up!
I really liked both Grace and Noah. They were each really fun characters to get to follow on their journey. I enjoy books with two points of view, especially romances, because I feel like you really get the full picture of what is happening. This can be a lot harder to do from just one perspective. Grace was fun, motivated, and a bit afraid of love or of showing weakness. Noah was funny, yet brooding, determined, and desperate to prove he could make it without his father’s help. They were both well rounded and had great chemistry.
I really liked the focus on interior design and real estate. The book was thorough in describing Grace’s design process, and I could really envision the interiors of both of these houses. I love when the setting so vividly jumps off the page without making the reader feel bogged down in details. This is a pretty thin line to tread, and I thought Sullivan did it well.
I really liked the side characters, especially Rosie (Grace’s best friend), Chris (Noah’s brother), and Morty (Grace’s pesudo-grandfather). My one real critique would have to be the sheer number of side characters, and the fact that they were introduced once and then mentioned again and again without reaffirming who they were in the context of the story. There were a couple of guys that were mentioned multiple times throughout, but sporadically. I had to go back in the book to figure out they were the contractors on the two houses. It was a little confusing. That could just be me not paying enough attention though 😝
All in all, I thought this was a really cute romance with a fun storyline and great side characters. If you enjoy interior design and romance, this is a great read for you!
I gave How to Love Your Neighbor 4 Stars!
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Love and happy reading,