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Monday, June 21, 2010

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase (Book Review)

Title: Strange Neighbors
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My synopsis/thoughts: After years of taking care of her father and brother after her mother died, Merry is finally moving out on her own and into the city.  Little does she know how unusual her new neighbors are going to be.  Her landlord, the handsome baseball player Jason Falco, is not just her landlord, but quickly becomes her boyfriend.  But he has a rather large secret that might send Merry 'flying' in the other direction.  Then there is the vampire in the basement who seems to be keeping an unusually close eye on Merry's business.  Combine that with the ghost that lives in the vacant apartment and his quest to discover who killed him and the 2 attractive 'witch' cousins who have there own phone sex business and you can bet that there is usually something unusual afoot. 

When I first started reading this book, to be honest, I thought it was a little juvenile in it's references to the attraction building between Merry and Jason (like Jason thinking with his little head or the ghost being horny), but it started to grow on me.  I sort of took it to be a tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance so all the little cliches started to bother me less.  When you have shapeshifters, witches, vampires and ghosts all living together in the same apartment building, there has to be some humor.  It was a quick book to read and I started to get invested in the characters, in that I would like to learn more about their back stories and how they all arrived at this apartment building.  I am not sure that I would ever re-read this book, but I would read other books about these characters.  It looks like she has one coming out in 2011 called Strange Confessions or The Werewolf Upstairs about Roz, Merry's girlfriend who is a lawyer and moves into the building. . .

~I received this book in exchange for my review from Sourcebooks.~

Strange Neighbors
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, June 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3661-7
354 pages

2 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad the story grew on you - I don't think it's for me though.

Steve Capell said...

I have read other reviews of this book and it does sound interesting. Thanks for your review.

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