Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genres: Alpha Guy, Neighbors, Contemporary Romance, MMA, New Adult, Romance
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He's sexy... He's dangerous... He's right next door.
I gave up everything to save my sister from a monster, and now I’m lying low in this rundown apartment so I can stay out of danger. Hiding from everyone.
Except for the guy in apartment 1A.
He’s rude. Silent. Muscled, mysterious, and hot as hell. I don’t know if he likes me or hates me, but the more time I spend with him, the less it matters.
I want him.
And for the first time in my life I'm going to go after what I want.
She doesn’t belong in my world.
From the second 1B moves in, I know she’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t belong here, much less with a street fighter like me.
But that doesn’t stop me from craving her. Her softness and sweetness. She’s a drug, and suddenly I’m addicted.
I know someone is going to try and hurt her and I can’t let that happen. But unless I push her away and get her out of my world, that someone could be me…
I have to admit, I stalked this book, I’m not at all ashamed, I woke up every morning and checked to see if it came out yet (I’m terrible at paying attention to calendars). And the second it arrived on my kindle I sat down and read it from beginning to end. It was like the exact right book came to me at the exact right moment, I had been thinking about trying to find a book where the main character was in hiding.
I also really like books where the main characters are neighbors (I’m thinking Neighbor Dearest right now). Anyway when we meet our leading lady she is in the middle of moving into a super sketchy apartment, having given all her money away to her sister and sold everything she owns. So basically she is poor, starting over, and hiding from her sister’s psychotic ex. Charlotte is really easy to like, I mean she gave up basically her whole life to make sure that her sister would be safe. It’s no surprise that she would be a good person. She’s sweet and nice, and a good neighbor. She works from home, has some serious artistic flare, which I appreciate, and she tries to make her life as cheerful as possible, and I liked that about her. Even though life had decidedly taken a turn, she still tries, even though its clear in several instances during the book that she is nervous that her sister’s ex is going to track her down.
Now Jesse, oh Jesse. He’s, let’s go with abrupt. When we first meet him he help Charlotte move into her apartment, not really out of the kindness of his heart but because she was blocking his way. He doesn’t exactly inspire the warm and fuzzies. He does have some moments where he is a decent guy, but he kind of fades back into the abrupt jerk guy really easily. He’s also a bit more kinky of a guy than I was expecting. This guy fights in the underground fight scene, which does have it’s moments of hotness, but I did wish that he warmed up a little quicker maybe.
I like the book overall, I liked that the heroine was in hiding (although it actually isn’t much of a plot point until the end of the book) and I liked that she falls for her jerk neighbor. I have to say I was really surprised by some of the bedroom scenes, I really expecting things to be more vanilla, so when they weren’t I have no problem admitting I was a little shocked. That being said it was nice, I’m not sure it fit 100% with Charlotte’s personality, but it definitely fit Jesse’s so it worked enough for me. I liked that this book was a little bit more on the gritty side, and I hope that the author continues writing in this kind of tone, it was really enjoyable for me.