‘You stupid bitch! You ruined my life!’ ‘Mrs. Sands, wait!’ Zoe cried, holding her hands in front of her face as she desperately tried to back up in her small cubicle only to bang into the cheap, off-white colored plastic wall, leaving her with nowhere to go and a seriously pissed off woman holding the extra-large iced coffee that Zoe had bought ten minutes earlier, coming her way. ‘Please don’t-’ Her words were cut off by a stunned gasp as twenty four freezing ounces of her much needed caffeine fix hit her in the face, neck, and chest, instantly drenching her.
Zoe’s day is not off to a good start, after finding out her boss’s wife has been embezzling from the company she is fired for ‘not finding it sooner’. To make matters worse when she gets home her neighbor steals her food delivery (he is a Bradford, you will understand if you have read Playing for Keeps) and her day keeps going downhill from there.
‘Hey!’ ‘I need sustenance to deal with this, woman!’ he snapped before taking a huge bite out of her muffin. It took a split second before the taste hit and when it did, he ran past her and headed for the small wicker trashcan by her couch and spit the entire bite out, but that wasn’t enough. The horrible taste was still in his mouth. ‘It wasn’t that bad was it?’ she asked, worrying her bottom lip. He threw her a disbelieving look as he rushed past her into the kitchen. He yanked open her refrigerator and nearly wept with relief when he spotted the full gallon of orange juice.
As they get to know each other they are strangely attracted to one another. Strangely because 1. She can’t cook and he, being a Bradford, never stops eating and 2. Because he is an annoying as hell neighbor (and landlord) she must deal with. From R.L. Mathewson comes another story of how sometimes the one thing that gets on your nerves the most can also lead to finding just what you needed the most.
I gave this book a 3.6 out of 5 stars. You may notice that this book lost some stars when compared to the first book in the series. This happened because for me this book had the same storyline as its predecessor, just with new characters. I didn’t dislike the book or characters, it was just that for me one thing I like about authors is that with each book release they seem to grow and their characters get better. In the case of this book while I still liked the characters and they had different backgrounds, it was just too similar to the first book. I did however still connect to the characters and laugh at Trevor’s antics and Zoe’s reactions. While I was a little disappointed this is still a great read and a standalone (You understand more if you read the first book, but you can get along without it) so check it out and tell me what you think.