Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

The Particulars: Paranormal Romance, Sourcebooks, available in print and as e-book.
The Source: Purchased at Allromance
The Grade: C+
The Blurb:

He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...
There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...
A girl just wants to have fun...
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.
Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs...

The Review:
This is another unread book that I decided to read on a whim. I am glad I did. This wasn't a perfect romance, far from it, but it made me laugh and smile.

  In many ways, this book felt like I was dropped into the house, and could follow Merry's life there. From the moment she met Jason, to the first tentiative steps through their romance.  Their arguments, their first kiss. Her interactions with the odd neighbors.  Dealing with what it meant to be dating a celebrity.    
Merry wasn't the only one struggling. Jason had his own reasons to worry.  He knew that if she reacted badly, he would be in a lot of trouble.

And then there are the neighbors. I loved the neighbors.  From the snarky ghost, to the phone sex actress witches, the vampire squatting in the cellar.  Oh, and did I mention the Werewolf in the cellar? 

One important subplot in the book was the search for the ghost's murderer. I loved how all the tenants tried to help and solve it, in the best way they could.

The biggest problem I had with this book was ironically enough with the romance.   I never doubted their HEA, no matter what life tossed at them.  And it tossed a lot of them.  Jason's secrets, nosy paparazzis, nosy family.  And honestly, a part of a good romance is the feeling of satisfaction, that despite everything they end up together.

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