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

The Neighborhood (Twin Estates #2) by Stylo Fantome

BLURB

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Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places – like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard.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

rating3

jilltemp

ARC Provided in exchange for an Honest Review

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31939200-the-neighborhood

99c on Amazon for a limited time: http://bit.ly/TNAMZNUS

Free on Kindle Unlimited

Click here for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card!

Jill & Rebecca’s 2017 Bookish Challenge

As a reader, I find that sometimes I get comfortable in a genre, and then realize that I haven’t read anything different in ages. I have my little comfort zone, and quite honestly, somebody may have to drag me out of it kicking and screaming. But, if you’re always comfortable, then you aren’t actually growing, and you might just miss the beauty of the unknown.

So Rebecca and I decided that this year we will broaden our horizons, but we both accept that it won’t be an easy task – I may need more than a small push to get started. In order to challenge ourselves and keep focused, we crafted our goals into a challenge…

Jill and Rebecca’s 2017 Bookish Challenge

1. A book written by an author from the state in which we live

I am a firm believer in supporting local artists. During our travels, we always strive to find something from a local artisan to bring back into our home. We should seek to nurture the art-form of local authors as well. Rebecca will be looking at local authors in Utah – Rebecca Ethington (I’m going to exert my influence here!) – while I will be on the search for a fellow Alabamian.

2. A classic

High school and College Lit covered many of these, but there are still many waiting to be discovered.

3. A book recommended by a librarian or book seller

Librarians and book sellers have a veritable fountain of information that is often overlooked. It’s also a good way to meet new people with common interests – because I excel at introverting!

4. A book that has been made into a movie

Ok, I will admit it…I am a book snob. My husband loathes watching movies with me if I have read the book. Apparently, I like to point out exactly where the movie-maker totally screwed it all up. So usually, I either avoid the movie or don’t read the book. I guess it’s time for me to open my heart to all forms of artistic interpretation. *insert heavy sigh of resignation here*

5. A biography or autobiography

I am a lover of fiction so this is a genre that doesn’t come up (in my comfort zone) much. I can see where this genre could be very interesting, and quite possibly as entertaining as fiction.

6. A book recommended by a friend that we wouldn’t have chosen ourselves

While I do have my beloved book comfort zone, there are also some genres that I consciously avoid. My overactive imagination tends to shy away from True Crime, Horror, and Criminal Suspense, but this year we will embrace our book fears!

7. A book written by an author that we haven’t read before

As we step out into the world of the unknown, this challenge will probably take care of itself easily. To a book junkie, finding a new author to love is kind of like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

8. A book recommended by one of our favorite authors

I stalk my favorite authors on social media like any good fan-girl should, and occasionally they mention other books that have impressed them. I’ll be grabbing one of those up.

9. A book that has been on our Kindle for over a year

This challenge should be cake because my TBR is OUT OF CONTROL…

10. A book chosen without reading the blurb and based on cover appeal alone

I am guilty…I judge books by their covers. I understand this isn’t reasonable, but I can’t really help myself. Covers are IMPORTANT! However, I always read the blurb to see if it sounds intriguing. This challenge might actually be more interesting to go in the other direction entirely. Maybe I should choose a book with a cover that is unappealing to me – because most times I don’t even give them the fair shot of reading the blurb. I just move right along. Hmm…maybe I’ll do this challenge both ways and test my “cover appeal” theory!

Do you have your own challenge planned? We would love to hear about it. We also welcome you to follow along with us during our challenge. We will need new book recommendations for some of our challenges as well. Do you have a book that you think we should read?

jilltemp

Jill & Rebecca’s Top Dirty Dozen Books Of 2016

This is both of our Top Dirty Dozen Books of 2016 combined into one post. Let us know what you think and post the link for your Top Books of 2016 in the comments!

 

#12

27467426

Jill’s Pick – The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

gravewitch

Rebecca’s Pick – Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

 

#11

51jutzevhdl

Jill’s Pick – Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack Series #1) by Suzanne Wright

51F1OGAP+sL.jpg

Rebecca’s Pick – The Pursuit (Fox and O’Hare #5) by Janet Evanovich

 

#10

517xog09il

Jill’s Pick – Sugar Daddies by Jade West

51hismy0lbl

Rebecca’s Pick – Idol (VIP#1) by Kristen Callihan

 

#9

41ifwvwc9fl

Jill’s Pick – The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

51xlofrfwel

Rebecca’s Pick – Bossman by Vi Keeland

 

#8

41wpp8rj6yl

Jill’s Pick – Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig

51f8-nteujl

Rebecca’s Pick – Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

 

#7

51llewuxkxl

Jill’s Pick – Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

518ibbtuml

Rebecca’s Pick – Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

 

#6

51soamxhafl

Jill’s Pick – Seducing Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #4) by Amelia Hutchins

51plvphxuxl

Rebecca’s Pick – Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

 

#5

51pwbp8tswl

Jill’s Pick – A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

51bnmosjf4l

Rebecca’s Pick – Kyland by Mia Sheridan

 

#4

31363762

Jill & Rebecca’s Pick – Neighbors (Twin Estates #1) 

 

#3

41sbmt0wbol

Jill’s Pick – The Saint (The Original Sinners #5) by Tiffany Reisz

51nn11cjdol

Rebecca’s Pick – Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott

 

#2

17927395

Jill’s Pick – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

517xog09il

Rebecca’s Pick – Sugar Daddies by Jade West

 

#1

51beqeermel

Jill’s #1 Pick of 2016 – Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

17927395

Rebecca’s #1 Pick of 2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

 

There you have it! Our Top Books of 2016. Here’s to a great New Year!

Cheers!

T5W – Characters We’d Invite To Our NYE Party

Top 5 Wednesday

Characters We’d Invite To Our New Year’s Eve Party!

 

Liam Edenhoff – Neighbors (Twin Estates #1) by Stylo Fantôme

He owns a sex club! How could he NOT be fun at a party? Liam is the guy that we all want to be around because of his infectious positive attitude and sexy charm. He will woo every woman at the party, including our very own Mistress. Maybe she would be willing to moonlight at his club?

31363762

Nora Sutherlin – The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz

Our Mistress in red leather with her red riding crop is a necessity for any good party. She can punish the naughty and reward the good in a very naughty way. We think she would have Liam kissing her boots by midnight. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that room in his club.

the-original-sinners-series-sbc

Rhysand, High Lord of The Night Court – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

Dark, brooding, killer smile. Rhysand will be the mysterious man in the corner, surveying the party. Once he realizes that it’s safe for him to drop his evil persona, his warmth, kindness and smile will light up the room. Back away, ladies! Jill and I get him at midnight for our kisses. Now we just need to figure out who goes first…

17927395

India “Indy” Savage – Rock Chick (Rock Chick #1) by Kristen Ashley

Always one to come to the aid of her friends, regardless of the circumstances, Indy excels at landing herself into trouble. However, she always does it in style. With her classic Rock-N-Roll T-Shirts, flashy belts and cowboy boots, Indy exudes cool. Her over the top personality will make her the life of the party. The fact that she owns an old, retro, cool book store is just icing on the cake.

rock-chick_1400

Mal Ericson – Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Mal is easily one of the most over the top and ridiculous characters I’ve ever read. He is loud, nonsensical and takes almost nothing seriously. I love him. At our NYE party he will be leading the countdown, at the top of his lungs, while standing on a table. Maybe we can talk him and his band mates into putting on an impromptu concert for us!

51-l-jtz-el

Who is on your NYE party list?

Cheers and Happy New Year!

jilltemprebeccamerged

T5W – Fictional Items We’d Give As Gifts

Top 5 Wednesday

This week, in the spirit of Christmas, our Top 5 Wednesday is…

Fictional Items We’d Give As Gifts

1. Kate Daniels’ Saber, Slayer 

Kate Daniels is the bad ass heroine of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series of books. Kate doesn’t ever need anyone to fight her battles. She’s independent, courageous and completely fearless, and she doesn’t go anywhere without Slayer. Vampires beware; Slayer will melt your flesh.

And because every girl needs to be able to defend herself from paranormal dangers, Rebecca and I are just going to gift each other with Slayer this year.

Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

 

2. Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

Rebecca and I both thought of Harry’s cloak immediately. We can think of a few times that an invisibility cloak would have come in very handy to both of us, especially during the teenage years! I just need to be certain that it remains out of the hands of my children!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

3. Nora Sutherlin’s Little Red Riding Crop

Nora Sutherlin is known as Mistress Nora, Red Queen in Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. She’s the most feared Dominatrix in New York’s BDSM Underground.

All of our girlfriend’s are getting one of these! What woman hasn’t fantasized about being a crop wielding femme fatale at least once in her life?

The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz

 

4. Isabelle Lightwood’s Electrum Whip/Serpent Bracelet

Isabelle is a character of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Her primary weapon of choice is her Electrum Whip that is disguised with Glamour as a Serpent Bracelet so that Mundanes are none the wiser. We can think of a few friends that would enjoy a piece of jewelry that transforms into a deadly weapon when needed.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

5. Bella Swan’s Chevy Pickup Truck

I’m not certain who we’re going to gift it to because Rebecca and I both want it for ourselves. We both love old trucks!

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

jilltemp