Review – The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

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Things a bad neighbor can do to you:

1. Have loud parties late at night

2. Refuse to mow his lawn

3. Steal your newspapers

4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it

Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.

Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she’d been missing out on – sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.

Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.

Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.

Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?

This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Love Triangle
  • Second In A Series
  • Heat Level 3

After I read “Neighbors”, book one of the Twin Estates series, I was wholly consumed by its brilliance. I told anyone who would listen that they should read it…like yesterday! It was in my top five reads of 2016, and I have been bouncing on the edge of my seat for months waiting on the release of The Neighborhood. So it is with a heavy heart that I now write this review.

First of all, this book felt overly long, but maybe that’s because what made the first book so addictive was missing completely from this installment. “Neighbors” was fun, with moments of quirky cuteness and loads of sexual chemistry and tension between the characters. I was expecting that dynamic to progress in the second book, but it stalled completely.

This is my honest review of a series that I adore, and I’m likely in the minority, but here are a few of the dynamics that were problematic for me.

Katya: I really liked Katya in book one. She was feeling her way through the very real and difficult world of dating, and she was doing that honestly and with an enviable maturity. She begins book two with the plan of getting even with these men who she thinks have destroyed her. I was all for that, and I had totally whipped out my Pom Pom’s to cheer in her little corner. However, she failed at this miserably by being wishy washy, and basically just running around in circles completely unsure of herself and of them for the first HALF (maybe more) of the book. She was indecisive and immature, and she had turned bitter and resentful toward them. While her bitterness was certainly justified, she wielded that as a weapon against them for far too long. Therefore, the romantic dynamic never really progressed.

Liam: I will admit that I was #TeamWulf from fairly early on in book one, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like Liam. I actually LOVED Liam. He is a large part of the reason book one was so successful. It was filled with fun and light moments of cuteness by Liam. I would love to have Tacos and Margaritas with Liam on the Roof! However, I didn’t enjoy the direction in which his character was taken in this book. It felt forced in order to provide justification and blame. Frankly, it was very disappointing, and it kind of sullied the entire series for me.

Wulf: Wulf is a domineering egomaniac, but it works well for him. Katya was bespelled by him and so was I. There’s just something sexy about a man who knows exactly what he wants and will stop and nothing to get it. However, would it kill these people to have an adult conversation? He spent three quarters of this book loving Katya, but never actually telling her that he felt ANYTHING for her. We could have cut 2 hours of reading time with one honest conversation, but that didn’t happen until the last couple of chapters of the book. There were just too many long expanses of reading time when nothing was actually happening. The romantic dynamic never progressed…nothing really at all progressed.

Basically, I felt that the book was overly long with too many moments of inactivity and filler. I would have liked to have seen more of the witty and fun banter and definitely more romantic chemistry. It felt as if the storyline just fizzled out. I am still a huge Stylo Fantome fan. Her work is pure brilliance. “The Neighborhood” just missed the mark for me and that truly pains me.

My Rating –

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Review – Jail House Rock by Liberty Laine

Jail House Rock by Liberty Laine

“I get the strangest feeling that maybe Millie knows she is a little crazy and has absolutely no fucks to give about it. And that thought only makes me like her more.” – Jake Blackwood

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Bounty Hunter/Aspiring Popstar
  • Novella
  • Heat Level 3

Jail House Rock was a short, over-the-top novella about bounty hunter Jake Blackwood and aspiring popstar Millie Coletrain. The blurb warns that this book is “laught out loud ridiculousness, insta-love” and it definitely was. The novella starts with us meeting Millie right before she is about to perform at the local bar. She is quirky, witty and crazy. Just before she is about to take the stage to entertain her 10’s of fans, Jake Blackwoood, a new local bounty hunter, shows up and cuffs her.

“I need a shower and something to sleep in. You got any spare shirts lying around? Or have you Hulk-ripped them all apart in fits of rage whenever criminal masterminds slip away into the night?” -Millie Coletrain

Jake and Mille ended up in the fastest insta-love relationship I have ever read. I’m honestly not against books that have insta-love stories. I believe in love at first sight and believe you can recognize the other half of your soul in a short period of time. When it’s right, it’s right. This was a little more than that, it was pretty much ridiculous. I feel like a lot of people might say that I was fairly warned, so my review and rating shouldn’t reflect my feelings on the speed that their relationship developed. Maybe that’s true, but it still affected my overall feelings on the novella.

Jail House Rock was a quick, funny, escape from reality novella. There were some really good things about it. I highlighted quite a few passages throughout it because of their cleverness. I would recommend it if you are looking for this kind of read in between some heavier titles. I will give this author duo another shot.

“No, Jake Blackwood. Never Christina. Never! It’s Britney, bitch,” – Millie Coletrain. Millie, I completely agree. It’s ALWAYS Britney, bitch. 

My Rating –

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I was provided a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Review – Twisted Palace (Royals #3) by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”

  • Contemporary Romance
  • High School
  • Third In A Series
  • Heat Level 2 Out Of 5

“These Royals will ruin you…” This is the tagline for the series, and with the first and second book, it was totally true for me. I DEVOURED Paper Princess and Broken Prince. I couldn’t do anything besides read until I finished them. Broken Prince was even in my Top Dirty Dozen of 2016! Reed and Easton made me wish I went to their high school! I wish I felt the same about Twisted Palace…

The book picks up right after the major cliffy we were left with at the end of Broken Prince. Ella is distraught at the Royal mansion, Reed has just been arrested on suspicion of murder and Steve is wandering around the house, a real life ghost from the past. I was hoping that the excitement would continue on from this point. Instead of the action picking up… the story began to just meander on.

I struggled with the pacing of this book. It felt like nothing happened, beyond them going to school and people talking shit. The other thing that just didn’t connect for me was Ella’s character. I felt like we lost the strong, independent girl that was awesome in the first two books. All together, I just felt letdown after the amazingness of books one and two. This author duo has a new book coming out, and I’m planning on reading it. I loved ⅔ of this series enough to read more of their work. 

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