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- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N8ZH4NN
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*** Warning! The rest of the review contains spoilers. ***
So, the heroin of our story, Charlotte, is a shy, but talented graphic designer. She has sold her apartment and given her twin sister almost all her money to help her get away from her supposedly psycho ex-boyfriend. Charlotte is now in hiding from said ex-boyfriend in a crappy apartment in a rough neighborhood. Whilst moving into her new apartment, she bumps into our hero of the story, the very hot, but grumpy, next-door neighbor Jesse. Jesse is an MMA (?)-fighter, who also arranges illegal fights in the basement. He keeps the world at arm's length by not interacting with anyone, or by behaving like a total jerk. Against all odds, Jesse and Charlotte form a bond, and after introducing Charlotte to some kinky sex-stuff, they begin a sexual relationship. As their relationship progresses, Charlotte changes to become a more confident woman, and Jesse starts to realize that he deserves more in life than fighting illegally in a basement under dangerous conditions. However, complications arises when Jesse realizes whom Charlotte is hiding from.
I thought the story was compelling, and the characters very well written. I also liked that it changed between Charlotte and Jesse's point of view. I loved Charlotte, with her insecurities and quirkiness. Jesse is not a typical hero, he is very rough around the edges, and could be a huge jerk sometimes. I definitely did not like the way he used sex as “a weapon” to scare Charlotte away, and I thought the way he treated her with the whole brother-situation was somewhat unnecessary. Still, I thought Jesse was a very compelling character, and I ended up liking him a lot. He had some scars that made him very interesting, and when at his best, I loved the way he made Charlotte more confident and strong.
In the end however, I found the story to be too short to reach its full potential. I ended up feeling a bit cheated, because to me the story almost felt unfinished, as if the author got tired of it and wanted to wrap it up quickly. For example, I thought the whole ex-boyfriend-brother thing, which was the whole premise of the book, wrapped up way to easily. This was disappointing, because I feel that the story had great potential, and if it had been a bit longer, or at least had an epilogue, I could see myself giving it four or five stars (despite the voyeurism).
Jesse Herrera is not my type of hero. I don't go for the brawler types. You know, the kind who get beat up for money in underground fights. But inside of this man is a person who cares about people. When he first met Charlotte, he was a total butt. But he ends doing something nice for her, just because she needed help and he could. He didn’t even wait for her to ask.
Charlotte is naive and not a people person. She’s an illustrator and is more comfortable in front of her computer drawing than interacting with the outside world. When her twin sister gets into trouble, Charlotte is the one who bails her out, which is why she finds herself in a cheap, rundown apartment on San Francisco's South Side.
Jesse and Charlotte are brought together by fate. They have more in common than they realize. They’re like magnets in their attraction to each other. It doesn’t matter how much they don’t want to be together, they can’t seem to bring themselves to leave the other alone.
I don’t want to give any part of this story away because the discovery of all the moving parts in their lives is something to behold. Bad Neighbor has a dirty feel to it. If I’m being honest, there was one scene that I was repulsed by. But again, it goes back to the getting beat up part. Their chemistry is explosive. Jesse and Charlotte are actually good for each other. They push the other out of their comfort zone, forcing them to live a better life. I loved watching them each grow over the course of the book. You get to see what brought their characters to the place in their lives where the story starts.
Bad Neighbor is an addictive read. It has a happy for now ending, moving towards a happily ever after. But there’s another story to be written. The story of who brought Jesse and Charlotte to Shady Oaks in the first place. That story promises to be just as intense, if not more.
M OKEEFE IS AT IT AGAIN! ONE OF MY HOTTEST READS ALL YEAR!!
Welcome to Shady Oaks; where people come to disappear. Except when your next door neighbor is a disturbingly scary-hot and seems to be intent on tempting you into the dark side...it gets a lot harder to be invisible.
Charlotte needed to disappear after her sister's crazy antics go a bit beyond the party girl norm. Next door is one Jesse Herrera; a mouth watering brute that can't seem to keep his eyes or hands off good girl Charlotte.
O'Keefe hooked me with one push of a futon and sunk me before the end of chapter 2.
If I thought Max and Joan from Burn Down the Night were sexy..my GODS is Jesse at the top of the Scollville scale. Jaw dropingly honest and commanding to Charlotte's slowly blossoming secret side; Jesse defines a whole new era of bad boy.
Different from the last book I read from O'Keefe, the relationship between Charlotte and Jesse seems, oddly, healthier. They build each other up in a roundabout way. Occasionally they outright tell the other they deserve more or deserve better but neither believe it is themselves. I loved getting to see Jesse's point of view and how he seemed so much more sensitive to Charlotte than he acted.
I devoured this book in one day and cannot WAIT for more! Check out the synopsis below and order you copy now! Trust me...you won't regret it!
BAD NEIGHBOR IS OUT NOVEMBER 21ST!
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