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The Neighborhood (A Twin Estates Novel) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 4, 2017
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"He may have lost the first battle, but he wouldn't lose the war"
What I loved about this book was that I got to see a lot of growth with the characters. They have changed so much from the first book. Katya struggles so much through this book. Deciding with what is right and wrong. What I loved so much is the self discovery each character had in this book. Katya realizes that she isn't either the old Kat or the new Kat, but a blend of the two. And I loved that. We finally learn what makes Liam and Wulf tick. Finally see the insecurities that both Liam and Wulf have. Why they are the way they are. How they have and plan to overcome it. But I did end up feeling sorry for these boys which was shocking. They deserved what they got.
"Because you're still thinking of it as a game, and regardless of what she said tonight, she stopped being a game to me a long time ago"
Katya was hurt tremendously so she wanted to take revenge and make those boys feel how they made her feel. She struggled with this as well. She felt as if she was doing wrong and yet she felt she was doing right. She wanted to do what would make her feel better and at the time, it was making those boys pay. And yes, how they acted made them boys. Throughout the revenge scheme, Katya became more confused with her feelings for these men. She wanted to forgive. She wanted her best friend back. But one of the guys hurt her the most and she didn't think she could ever forgive him. Katya was so much stronger in this book. She stood up for herself.
"I'm here with you in the dark. You never have to be scared with me"
Wulf we get to see his vulnerable side a lot more in this book. His insecurities. He always thought Katya would make the right decision, and yet at times, he was concerned that she would make the wrong decision. Loving Katya was a new experience for him and he fought so hard for her. Played her games. Did whatever she asked. He always stayed the same though. Always brooding. In this book we see how selfless Wulf truly is. What he has done for his family.
"You said you would fight for me. You said you would believe in me. You said you would bring me back from hell. Time to get to work, Tocci"
"What is good or right isn't an option anymore. It's moved into the realm of need. I need her, so much. She belongs with me, we belong together. So however long it takes, that's how long it takes. I can play the part of a stone and wait her out. It's what I was born to do, after all."
Liam has so many insecurities. Everything is a game to him and he always has to try to win no matter what. He has always felt second best so he wasn't going to lose this game. He put all his cards on the table and fought for the girl he wanted as well or so he thought. I loved the friendship that he had with Katya. I loved how they were when they were together.
"Don't ever tell me I can't do something, because then I will do it better than it's ever been done before."
Things really take a change when something tragic happens in Katya's life. That event starts them on the path to where and who they end up with. And OH-MY-GOSH!!!! The scene with Katya professing her love for the chosen guy at the end in the fountain made me swoon and cry. It was just so beautiful, and I was so happy.
"Having a good neighbor is nice, but having one that loves you and takes care of you and makes every moment feel like it's catching fire? Well, that's just the best neighbor ever..."
The Neighborhood was a beautifully written story full of love, regret and forgiveness. I LOVED everything about this book. I truly felt for these characters. I was very happy about how everything turned out. DEFINITELY happy!!! I am really hoping Stylo writes a novella on Katya and her man. I would love to see them again!! I can't wait to get the next story though!!!
Picking up two weeks after the first novel ended, Katya is still reeling and hurt by Liam and Wulf’s deception. In spite of her sexual adventures, she’s still very much the old Katya - a little naïve, a little bit of a pushover – and I couldn’t help thinking that the baker wanted to have her cake and eat it, too, and her current situation was as much her fault as the men’s.
While Liam and Wulf scramble and plot individually to win her back, Katya decides to dish out her own brand of punishment, stringing them along and putting the guys into an awkward situations. She’s playing a game of her own with no intention of choosing either one. However, she didn’t count on her own heart and feelings getting in the way.
“You were so into Wulf. From the beginning. And that was my fault, it was all a game to me, so I never really tried for you.”
Liam is ever the goofball, extremely competitive, and determined not to be second best for once in his life. He thinks he needs her in his life but he still sees Katya as a prize to be won in a game.
“I need her, so much. She belongs with me, we belong together.”
Wulf NEEDS her. He wants a future with her. He can barely function without her. He’s willing to play by her rules, as well as pushing things along by making his presence in her life known. However, he’s also hoping that her feelings for him will persuade her that she belongs with him.
I loved the first book – the excitement of Katya’s adventures, the mystery, the sexual tension. This sequel, although enjoyable with a satisfying ending, I found Katya somewhat annoying. However, I liked that she realised what she was doing was a little shameful and somewhat idiotic – it made her almost as bad as them. She just needed to realise that her true feelings for each guy, and just be honest with them both.
It was exactly the ending I wanted and I’m looking forward to the next novel in this series.
There is still a good amount of witty banter between all three characters and that helped with all the hurt they continued to inflict upon each other. My heart was as tangled up in both Liam and Wulf just as Katya's was and I still don't know if I could have chosen between the two. However as time passes and with the help of important secondary characters like her bestie Tori, her parents and Wulf's sisters, Katya does figure out what she needs and who might just be able to make her world complete. It's a long journey that only spans a few months but so much happens in such a short period of time. It was exhausting at times just trying to keep up. But I am happy I stayed the course and saw this story to its conclusion.
If you enjoyed Neighbors, I encourage you to read this book since you know you need to find out how it all turns out. I admit I hesitated in wanting to read The Neighborhood but I sit here now completely satisfied and hopeful for more of this engaging crew.
A solid 4 stars!!
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