How to Love Your Neighbor
by Sophie Sullivan
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Pub Date 18 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin
Most Anticipated for 2022 by: Goodreads * PopSugar * Buzzfeed * USA Today
"Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk
Enemies-to-lovers meets HGTV in this frothy, effervescent romantic comedy from Sophie Sullivan, author of Ten Rules for Faking It.
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.
“This is a novel you'll want to read over and over again.” - USA Today
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I have been not so patiently waiting for Sophie Sullivan's second book for WAY too long. I loved 10 Rules, but think I just might love How to Love Your Neighbor even more. Noah is a real estate developer who is trying to break free from the image he gained while working with his dad. He moves to a fixer upper on the beach in California and right next door to Grace. Grace is a design student with big goals and a small bank account. She is working nonstop to be successful in school and to make ends meet. When she inherits her grandparents cottage on the beach, her only dream is to move in and fix it up. This neighbors situation creates an enemies to lovers set up that is fun and playful, but not too mean. It creates a tension between Noah and Grace that keeps you turning pages and ignoring your family (that's when you know its good!). The depth of emotion is spot on. The cameos from 10 Rules are so good. I can't wait to share this one with pretty much everyone.
Notes for the reader: This can totally be read stand alone. It is closed door, but done very well.
Another five star romcom from Sophie Sullivan! I absolutely loved this book! This book was sweet and romantic but not graphic. I loved the banter between Grace and Noah and the way their relationship developed through projects they completed.
Grace is eager to make a new start and finish interior design school after taking care of an elderly man, walking dogs, and working at a coffee shop. She moves into a beach house her grandparents left to her. Noah buys a house on the beach to prove to his dad that he can run a successful business by himself, but he is not satisfied with the size of his lot. He is determined to buy and tear down the house next door so he can have a pool. Noah goes to ask about buying when he realized he met Grace at the beach while she was walking dogs. As they both begin to make upgrades to their homes, things progress for each of them and between them.
Sophie does it again! Move over Mr. Darcy, Noah Jansen is in town.
I couldn't wait to get my hands on Sophie's newest book How To Love Your Neighbor after I was blown away by her first book Ten Rules For Faking It. Realizing that this was a semi-sequel (yet easily also a standalone) to Ten Rules, this time following Chris Jansen's brother Noah, I was even more excited to get my hands on it when I did.
Following the events of Ten Rules, Noah has properly set up his life in California as a real estate developer. Outside of wanting to create a name for himself in California, what Noah really wants more is the house next door so he can expand, and namely, build a pool. There's only one problem. His new neighbor finally shows up and it just so happens that they've already met earlier that day on the beach when the dogs she was walking got loose to smother him in kisses. Grace is unlike any woman Noah has ever met, which is a good thing and also his worst nightmare. Not only will she not sell her house, but she's also a design student. What starts are enemies-to-lovers quickly turns to a romance like no other. Giving up on trying to fight their feelings, they finally go all-in, but when you've never let yourself fall before, and have the baggage of terrible parents as a past, can they really let go and live the lives they truly desire?
I thought this book was a masterpiece in enemies-to-lovers, romcom, behind closed doors romance. The chemistry absolutely jumps off the pages, and Noah Jansen really set the bar high for the literary world of men. I read it in two days, much like Ten Rules because I couldn't put it down. It left a permanent smile on my face and now I'm just hoping there's a third book to bring Wes out West. They're both stubborn and think they know what's best, but they also know the art of apologies and realizing their own shortcomings. Not only do they recognize them, but they acknowledge them. I loved that we didn't get them as a couple and then a quick ending - those always leave me wanting more. I thought it was well thought out and well executed. I can't wait to recommend this to all of my viewers and listeners!
A well-written and charming enemies to friends to lovers romance, this story has engaging characters with believable struggles and a touch of humor. The novel flows well and hits all the romantic comedy stops as the two main characters navigate the bumpy road to true love, each of them discovering along the way that their life purpose turns out to be different than they had planned. This is a fun, sweet tale that is very enjoyable to read.
Plot: I really enjoyed it! Hate to love is one of my favorite tropes, and I think this author did a really good job with it. The romance was fun, and I enjoyed all the side plots happening as well!
Characters: I really liked Noah in this author's first book, Ten Rules For Faking It, and I was happy to read this book would be about him. Grace was a fantastic main character as well! (And I loved that she was an interior designer!) I liked all the side characters, their friend/family group was great. And I loved getting to see Everly and Chris from the first book in this one!
The Cover: It's really cute!
Overall: I loved reading this book! And I now can say that based on this book and Ten Rules For Faking It, I will definitely read everything Sophie Sullivan writes! Overall, I highly recommend reading this book!
I received an e-ARC from the publisher.
Holy cuteness and all things adorable!
This is my first time reading a book from this author so I missed out on the character appearances from the first book, but it was very cute nonetheless! Sophie Sullivan's writing style makes me thing of traditional romance, what to expect when reading a romance novel and I love that! You get all the romance feels with the cute ball of energy of a main character with a bubbly personality, the love interest that wants to make something of themselves. Two people that wouldn't have met under the unlikeliest of situations, but fell in love instead! Pure romance right there!
I also love the fact that Grace is an interior design student! Representing all us interior design students out there!
Also the cover? To. Die. For. I love it!
This book releases on January 18, 2022. Good way to start the new year!
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the earc in return for an honest review.
Thank you NetGalley for sending this arc for an honest review!
Where do I begin? Honestly this was such a fun read it got me out of my reading slump. I just couldn’t stop lol. The concept of the story was written perfectly that I would be concerned if no one had a fun laugh out of this. It was a contemporary rom-com romance, it was 10 things I hate about you x the boy next door. The vibes made me be like… when am I gonna get a hot neighbor to annoy me so I can hate him only to end up in his bed?
this book is so fantastic! please pick it up as soon as possible! this is so good and so cute and so wonderful and all the great and beautiful things. for realz.
What a fun romantic comedy! I loved the chemistry between the characters and the home renovation storyline. This one was lighthearted and kept me engaged.
This was such a fun, lighthearted, give me the good feels book. It was excellently written with good characters in the epitome of a foes to friends romance. She was able to bring their sordid back stories into the story without bringing down the romance. I love the peripheral characters and what they add- Morty as the grumpy old father figure and his sweet motherly love interest Tilly are adorable. It was fun going through the ride of Noah figuring out how to be “normal” and Grace learning how to allow herself to be open to romance. Sprinkle in a little woman power with Grace teaching Noah how to get his hands dirty and teaching him the value of doing something yourself.
It was a great hallmark style romance novel with playful banter, of course a few bumps along the way but ultimately a happy true love ending. I very much enjoyed reading this and will definitely be checking out her first book!
Thank you Sophie Sullivan and St Martins Griffin for allowing me to read and review this book.
I had the pleasure of being able to read How to Love Your Neighbor before it’s published in a few months. I’d like to start off by saying that I’m a sucker for sunshine + grump trope. Grace and Noah deliver just that. What I loved most about this book is that both of the characters have more in common than they think and it’s what brings them closer together. Literally so close that they can’t stay away from each other, despite them hating each other! I loved watching the characters evolve and finally come to terms with their feelings for each other. I honestly couldn’t put this one down!
Loveddddd this book! Grace and Noah were great characters with perfect chemistry. Read the entire book in one sitting - just devoted it. Irresistible!
Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for blessing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
And I did feel blessed. I LOVED IT. It pulled me right out of my slump, and had me sneaking pages at my desk and hiding in the bathroom so I could keep reading. My soul need a good romance and this hit SO MANY TROPES in ALL MY FAVORITE WAYS.
Sunshine meets grump✔
Enemies to lovers? ✔
Forced Proximity? ✔
Reformed rich asshole ✔
Sassy retired folks? ✔
We get to watch the characters GROW. We get to enjoy the relationship instead of them getting together in the last 5 pages. We even get cameos from Everly & Chris from 10 Rules For Faking It.
For me, this was 5 stars.
I loved this sequel! It could easily be read as a stand alone but it is nice to see familiar characters pop up throughout this book. I enjoyed the aspect of home design in this story as well as the large cast of characters. I feel like we need a book about the third brother now!
wow where do I begin!
I am such a fan of the hate to lovers troupe and I though this was done so well. The plot kept me so engaged and enamored in the story. I thought the writing was so fun and fit the story well. I love a good rom com book and this book came through! I loved the chemistry between the two main characters and I can't get them out of my head! Overall such a good fluffy lighthearted read.
Thank you net galley and the publishers for letting me have the e arc!!
A wonderful enemies to lover novel. Grace is such an independent woman trying to overcome family obstacles, finish college, and juggle all the odd jobs she has. Noah was initially somewhat abrasive with his overzealous quest to purchase Grace's property but as the novel progresses he grows on you. These two were made for each other. This was my first novel by this author and it won't be my last.
Could this book BE any cuter?! (Cue Chandler Bing voice-because I know Sophie is a Friends addict like myself 🥰- but I digress).
Seriously though, I loved Noah and Grace. After being dealt a bad hand for family, Grace is slowly finding her way in life while remaining strong and independent. Noah knows what he wants and how he’s going get it, but also beginning to realize there’s more to life than making deals. These two mismatched neighbors are in it for a battle of the wills and it’s completely enjoyable to watch unfold 🥰
Absolutely joyful to read!! I loved this book so much and found it really refreshing. I’d not heard of this author before but it is one I’ll certainly be wanting to read more from
I'm easy: you give me a well-written enemies-to-lovers book, I love it. This book was VERY fun and I'm in love with Grace, I really can't recommend it enough if you're into this sort of thing.
I finished this book with a smile on my face. I laughed so much through this book. It’s a feel good romance. I loved the design theme in the book. It was funny and really interesting. It was a very refreshing book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Such a devourable read! This story was exactly what I wanted and needed. I truly loved Grace and Noah. It was such a fun progression from annoying neighbors, to friends, to so much more. They both have such polar opposite personalities, but they just click so well. It was entertaining to watch unfold. Sophie Sullivan
knows how to bring the banter between her characters to life and I always enjoy reading her stories!
A total MUST READ in my book!
Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.
Oh I adored this book! Our main character is a feisty single designer who falls in love with her next door neighbor! I adore enemies to lovers romances, and this one was done particularly well! The dates were swoon worthy and this was a pretty closed door romance! If you want a sweet romance with no smut, then this is the book for you! I really enjoyed it and would happily read it again!
What a fun book! From the very first page with the dogs escaping from Grace and her getting tangled up in their leashes in front of Noah, How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan was the perfect sunshine heroine/grumpy hero rom com. I loved their banter and the emotional wounds that made their story arcs so heartfelt and uplifting. This was my first book by Sophie Sullivan but will definitely not be my last!
Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin for the free book.
This is an amazing romance. I absolutely love reading about/watching interior design, so I was so excited for this aspect of the book – and there was just so much more to love! The thing that stood out to me with this romance being different from some others that I’ve read recently is how the character’s develop for themselves and not to impress the other person. I really liked the reflection Noah and Grace did in the book to be the best version of themselves for themselves. But they also worked so well together to make their relationship the best it could be. I loved the genuine apologies. The author captures the effort relationships take – loved this realistic view.
This one is closed door – but the audience knows what’s happening. It’s out today, and if you love HGTV and romance, check this one out.
I really really enjoyed this romcom! So cute and had the exact mix of what I love. Sunshine beautiful woman and a grumpy rich man, yes please! Dual POV. I loved all the characters so much especially the friendships and family relationships. After recently renovation my home I could totally feel the truth in this story and picture everything. I loved the little "trading spaces" chapter. SO cute. Would definitely recommend this one.
Thank you so much to netgalley, St. Martins Press and Sophie Sullivan for this e-arc.
I adored this couple, both with strong personalities, real life struggles, and loyal friends. It was fun watching them get to know one another, become friends, and work out their differences. Plenty of chemistry, but the real heat is closed door, which I prefer. This is second in a series and I hope there’s more to come!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Grace and Noah were such opposites that of course there was drama. The way they butted heads was at times hilarious. Noah had no idea how dug her heels in and refused to sell her house to him. Thus, they became neighbors each with their own agenda. The way they resolved issues made for an excellent story. And of course, falling in love made it even better. This is my first book by Sophie Sullivan and I will be looking for more.
I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this advance reader copy from NetGalley and was not compensated in any way.
I have been waiting for Sophie Sullivan's second book for way too long. “10 Rules for Faking It” was one of my top 10 rom-coms of 2020, but I think I might love “How to Love Your Neighbor” even more. Noah is Chris’ brother from “Ten Rules For Faking It” and I was so excited to have Chris and Everly cameo in this one. The book alternates between the perspectives of Grace and Noah, who share a fence line, but not much else. Grace has grown up with very little and worked hard for what she now has: a small cottage on the beach she inherited from grandparents she never knew, a design degree that she’s almost finished and a small group of people she considers her family. Noah, in contrast, has grown up with immense wealth and privilege and now wants to settle down and create something meaningful on his own, outside of his overbearing father’s shadow. As their lives keep on crossing, they learn they might not be that different after all.
This was such a fun, heartwarming romance that has you rooting for Grace and Noah to go the distance, from their first meeting. I loved how both Noah and Grace are very different people who balance each other and both become better because of it. They both leave their comfort zones and their characters evolve because of it. I enjoyed how the relationship between Grace and Noah developed, especially during their painting or styling competitions, but they did have incredible, fiery chemistry right off the bat. Their banter is so funny and enjoyable and makes for such an easy, lighthearted read. I laughed a lot while reading this story. The side characters are also pretty great. I love how they all mesh and how they help to enforce the “family is what you make it” theme. I really appreciated that the storyline showed that family is not necessarily the group you’re born into, but the group you choose for yourself. If you’re a fan of HGTV and DIY shows, you’ll love this book. There is a cute nod to the old show Trading Spaces (which I used to love to watch) as they and their friends both fix up a room in each home. I will be purchasing this for our library patrons and recommending it to those who like romance. I can’t wait for Sophie’s next book! Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Sophie Sullivan for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
I started this book without knowing a whole lot about Sophie Sullivan, curious to see what kind of a contemporary romance I was getting into. Then, I couldn't stop reading and read it in one night. I adored everything about this book. With enemies to lovers and the double dates with found family and best friends, this one featured many of my favorite tropes. Grace was such an immersive, relatable character. The chemistry between her and Noah is fabulous. This book was laugh-out-loud funny and desperately made me want to re-design my house.
Thank you so much to St. Martins and Netgalley for the e-arc. . I really adored everything about it, and can't wait to read more from Sophie Sullivan.
I absolutely LOVED How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan! I love the playful and fun vibe this enemies to lovers book gave us, and the banter is *chef's kiss*. I thought this book was so well executed and I already am dying to re read it. I can't wait to recommend this to everyone!
Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Two books in a row that have wow'd me - I'm officially a Sophie Sullivan fan and will buy anything she writes.
I ADORED the characters in this AND the crossover with characters from 10 Rules. I thought it was so well done! A lot of books don't mention the previous characters and I loved getting to see Everly and Chris again.
This book was perfection! I loved Grace AND Noah! Both had a lot to work through and I thought they did a fantastic job communicating that (or communicating the screw ups -ahem- Noah LOL) My heart broke for Grace with her mom - toxic family members are so hard to deal with. I was proud of the way she handled it! GO GRACE GO! I loved the HEA and burn up to the end. (I would have liked a bit more spice and steam, but that didn't affect my rating at all. Just a personal preference.)
Well written, adorable crew, funny and sweet plot - I can't wait to see what Sophie Sullivan comes up with next!
This book was super cute!! It is the perfect hate to love story with a little family drama added in. Noah and Grace have great chemistry and their storyline was engaging and fun. I also really loved Mortys characters
and his grumpy and sweet side. I would recommend this if you’re looking for an easy, light read!
Thank you Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
What a treat How to Love Your Neighbor turned out to be! It was light-hearted, heartfelt, and lit up with this delicious slow burn that sparked and simmered between Noah and Grace almost from the very first page.
I loved the chemistry between Noah and Grace. I completely bought into the antagonism between them initially and so it felt especially gratifying to watch that slowly evolve into something more. There were moments where I felt completely swept away by them - my heart twinging while they tried to figure out how to accept the love that was delivered to their doorsteps even though neither had placed the order. It was cute, and sweet, and so much fun to read.
I love what Sophie Sullivan is doing with this series. I loved the evolution of Noah's character in this one, and getting to spend time with Everly and Chris. The Jansen family is a force to be reckoned with, and I have wholly enjoyed getting to know the brothers so far. I can't wait to see what comes next!
One of my favorite romances this year. It will be hard to top!! I want to binge Sophie’s whole backlog and set her as an autobuy author!
Highly recommend this book! This was my first book to read by this author and I can't wait to read more! The characters and the story stay with you long after you finish the book. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
If I had to describe this book in 3 words it would be, "sexy" "funny" and "relatable". This is my first read by Sophie Sullivan and I'm not disappointed. It's quirky and sometimes laugh out loud funny and it was definitely what I needed to read and escape from the daily grind of my day. Whether you put this on your shelf or give to a friend it's a worthwhile read. Special thanks to NetGAlley and St Martin's Griffin for giving me this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. #HowtoLoveYourNeighbor #NetGalley
This book made me so happy! The chemistry was off the charts. The characters were so well written. I loved seeing Grace come into herself and what she wanted in life.
What a fun romantic comedy! It was the perfect palate cleanser after reading a few intense books in a row. The characters were great, the story was engaging. Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy of this book.
Beyond sweet and funny romance. The ultimate definition of rom-com. Sophie is a new author to me, and I am beyond glad SMP reached out to read her book because I am totally looking forward to reading more of her books.
Sophie Sullivan created a swoon-worthy love story in this "Fixer Upper"-esque book. Grace and Noah are the main characters with the perfect amount of banter and chemistry between them and Sullivan makes you feel like you are inside the feuding neighbors love story from the first time they meet. Could not have loved it more.
This was my favorite kind of romcom: humorous and light but with enough depth to keep it from being "fluffy". From their adorable meet-cute on the beach to their well-earned HEA (not a spoiler since it's a romance!), Noah and Gracie were perfect together. On the surface, they had little in common but when they dug deeper they realized they were more similar than they thought and secretly wanted the same things. I loved watching them climb out of the shadow of an emotionally absent parent and learn to be vulnerable with each other. Side characters, especially Morty, added to both the "aw" factor and the comic relief. It was fun to see Chris and Everly from Ten Rules For Faking It. I really hope there is a third book with Wes finding his own perfect love!
'How to Love Your Neighbor' will stay with me a long time. The relationship between Grace and Noah is fraught with all kinds of real life problems, heartbreaking ones. As they struggle to overcome their issues any successes are all the more joyous because of their difficulties. I especially appreciated that intimacies were private so that the love story could be appreciated. I'm going to go back and purchase the first book in the series, and I look forward to more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
How To Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan was a delightful, charming enemies-to-lovers romance. The story was humorous & heartwarming with a huge cast of lovable characters. I particularly enjoyed the witty banter between the main characters and loved watching this slow-burn romance develop. If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance that will leave you smiling, look no further.
Huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the gifted arc.
A heartwarming and sweet enemies to lovers romance sure to delight readers. The story is told from two POVs, building on the chemistry between Grace and Noah. The author has a talent for drawing us into her characters' minds and emotions. Grace and Noah are charming and relatable and you just can't help but root for their happiness. A lovely follow-up to Sophie Sullivan's previous novel, Ten Rules for Faking It, with surprise cameos from some character faves. Thank you very much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.
I’m not usually a fan of enemies-to-lovers stories but I really enjoyed this book! It wasn’t as angsty/angry as some and I liked the back and forth between Noah and Grace. I didn’t read Sophie Sullivan’s first book “Ten Rules for Faking it” and didn’t feel that I needed to for background on this one. But now I’m going to go back and read it! “How to Love Your Neighbor” is an excellent stand alone (but part of a series) that’s a sweet, very little angst, lovely HEA. I thoroughly recommend it.
This book was such a great read! I went into it expecting a romcom and definitely delivered all the pieces I love about that genre, it also offered so much more! The heaviness it brought with discussing family dysfunction and how it can impact your ability to trust others and understand your own self-worth was really well done. The author was able to weave those pieces of the story in so effortlessly and it brought so much more dimension and insight into the characters. I really loved Grace and Noah and the progression of their relationship, personally and professionally, in this novel. Grace was such a strong, independent, and thoughtful female lead and Noah grew and matured into such a wonderful character. I highly recommend this book!
This book is a funny, sweet, hate to love romance with family drama. This book kept me entertained from beginning to the end. I really enjoy reading this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a sweet romance with laugh out aloud parts. I received this book as an advanced copy from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
This second in the series is an absolutely fantastic meet cute love story. From the meeting with the dogs setting the stage on the beach to the fairytale Disneyland tickets at the end there is no way to not read this story and have your heart melt. Grace is aptly named because not only is she gorgeous on the outside but a beautiful and generous person on the inside. She is a savant at interior decorating but a klutz around Noah. Their first meeting is hilarious and the second is tense. Noah is a businessman who is looking to start over his life in LA. He wants to buy Grace’s house. The story is in parts funny and poignant. It will really pull you in and make you cheer for all the many wonderful characters. It is well done and is a great way to start the new year.
Another winner by Sophie Sullivan! I so loved Noah and Grace! Both characters completely tugged at my heart and there were so many moments in the book with Noah that made my heart melt. There were several laugh out loud moments and so many likable characters. I absolutely loved Morty! I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one day. I'm definitely on the lookout for any more books by this author. I really hope we get stories from the rest of Noah's siblings. The books are completely standalone, but I want to know more about the others. I received an advance copy from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
What an absolute fun read! How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan is like reading a rom-com unfold on HGTV. If you love home reno, and you well love love then you'll really enjoy this book. Noah and Grace start out on the wrong foot when they meet, but eventually find common ground and love in this sequel to Ten Rules for Faking It. I really enjoyed 10 rules, but I think I loved this one even more. Sophie Sullivan delivers a cute enemies to friends to lovers book, that has left me wanting more!
"It's only the measure of time that matters. Time itself is just an invisible line, a measure people made up, right?"
Grace and Noah-complete opposites, and now next-door neighbors. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grace's character. I love her "kill them with kindness attitude" and her determination to work hard for what she really wants in life. I also LOVED the character development of Noah and most importantly-how he is (reluctantly) willing to learn from Grace. This is a cute, fluffy read-perfect to read when snuggling up by a fire or on the beach.
This is also a "fade to black" book, which isn't really my thing-but I was okay with it and more importantly find it harder and harder to find so I am glad to see this for the readers that do enjoy it!
This book was so good that I forgot to take notes for a review. I realized quickly, so I could write this. But that really tells you a lot, that I was so immersed in enjoying the story that I didn't put the book down to write about it.
This book follows Noah, the brother of Chris from Ten Rules for Faking It. Noah buys a house south of Los Angeles and wants to buy the property next door for land. But Grace, an interior design student, just inherited that property.
I expected an enemies-to-lovers story with lots of pranks by nextdoor neighbors. Instead, this book immediately transcended those tropes. Noah and Grace are amazing characters with some similarities despite their radical difference in financial backgrounds. Most notably, they both have quite strained relationships with a parent. It was beautiful to see them grow together.
Although this is a series, you could read this as a stand alone book. It's a closed door romance that I highly recommend. And if you need one more reason to read this: their meet-cute included dogs. That's all it took for me.
Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy. These opinions are my own.
4.5 stars rounded up
I'm a sucker for the grump/sunshine trope. Seriously I love them so much. Throw in a dash of enemies to lovers and you have the perfect recipe for a 5 star read.
I enjoyed seeing characters who came from a dysfunctional families evolve and find love within themselves and others. Pushing passed comfort and learning to trust others is a key learning aspect for this story. I haven't read the authors previous works but definitely plan to read them now.
This book was just what I needed during this busy time of life. I really enjoyed Grace and Noah’s story. Their banter had me laughing out loud. Their love and affection had me rooting for them. I really enjoyed the design and renovation parts of this book. I enjoyed the strong friendships, both male and female. I liked how Grace and Noah both grew as people while growing in their relationship.
Thank you Netgalley and publishing house for the early copy to review.
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