Love thy sexy jerk of a neighbor…
CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything—especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace—and his dates—with the worst possible music at the worst possible time... every time.
Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig—housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall.
Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.
Neighbors With Benefits plays on the old saying that opposites attract, and to not judge a book by its cover. What I mean by both of those is, Michael is this stuffy, stick up his ass, must control everything man and Mia was the one who was carefree and appeared to be flaky and flighty. Remember me saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Well people judged Mia but didn’t look inside to see who she really was. Michael, however, saw what everyone else never took the time to see, that while yes Mia could at times be more carefree than everyone else, there was so much more to her. Same with Mia and Michael, she was able to see beyond that controlled exterior. I will say this, Mia’s jumping to conclusions did make me like her slightly less than I had, but in the end she won me back over.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I really enjoyed Neighbors With Benefits. I have not previously read anything by Ms. Clarke so I wasn’t sure what to expect. There is a book prior to this one and while I want to go back and read it just because I want to, not because I have to, I wasn’t lost at all. This one can be read totally as a standalone.