ARC Review – Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

I loved the way these two after being so annoyed with each other began to understand and appreciated all the unusual and interesting little things about each other. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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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.

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We’ve all heard opposites attract and I agree with that to a point and author Marissa Clarke drivesatruegemaward that point home in Neighbors With Benefits. A lot of times people seem opposites on the outside but on the inside a lot of time those “opposites” shares a lot of the same qualities. A successful but rigid businessman finds his life turned upside down by his next door neighbor’s spontaneous artist house sitter. From their first chance meeting, to their first verbal showdown, to his very spontaneous rescue from her old lover, to her forcing him to reevaluate the way he lives his life, to their intensely hot intimate scenes and the realization that despite their differences they have a special connection made this a thoroughly enjoyable story.

The differences between Michael Anderson, CEO of Anderson Enterprises and Mia Argaropolis, a house/pet sitting artist who also does art therapy at a senior citizen’s facility are wide. Michael is the epitome of organization and scheduled and Mia is well…not. After an incident that leaves Mia basically homeless at least for a short while, Michael makes her an offer she knows she should refuse but doesn’t want winds up sleeping on his couch. I loved the way these two after being so annoyed with each other began to understand and appreciated all the unusual and interesting little things about each other. Mia appreciated the way Michael opened doors for her, the way he “saw” her art and they way he defended her uniqueness to her supposed friends. Consequently just the fact that Michael saw Mia as someone special went a long way to seeing past his self absorbed and stringent ways. I loved watching Michael try to help Mia become more aware of her schedule and the way he helped her out of a couple of jams and the way Mia tried to make Michael look at the world and his life a little bit differently.

Neighbors With Benefits featured a great group of characters (including some fantastic secondary ones), smart dialogue, some comical moments as well as some super sexy ones making it an ideal romance.

4.5stars

4.5 Stars

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