Series: Anderson Brothers #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Love thy sexy jerk of a neighbor…
CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything, especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace-and his dates-with the worst possible music at the worst possible time… every time.
Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig-housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall.
Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.
This book was an absolute delight to read! I read it without having read the previous book (both can be read as standalones) but now I’m thinking I should go and read that one too! I was a huge fan of the humor and the charming characters in Neighbors with Benefits – this book had me smiling nearly the entire book. For those looking for a fun, sexy, romantic read, I definitely recommend Neighbors with Benefits!
Michael Anderson is kind of a stuck-up control freak. To get him to loosen up, Michael’s therapist gives him the responsibility of caring for an adorable dog named Clancy. Michael detests the dog, mainly because it’s the one thing in Michael’s life he can’t control. Actually, it’s one of two things – his sexy next door neighbor is the other.
Mia Argaropolis is the complete opposite of Michael – she’s free-spirited, messy, speaks before she thinks, an artist. She loves messing with Michael, getting his uptight panties in a twist, but even though they get off on a rough start, he comes to her rescue when an ex-boyfriend of hers starts harassing her. One thing leads to another, and Mia has a fake fiancé in Michael and Michael has a dogsitter in Mia.
I loved the hilarious, witty banter between Mia and Michael, especially since you can tell there’s some hot chemistry going on underneath it all. These two characters could not be more different, but together, they worked. Mia brings out a lighter side in Michael, and Michael protects and believes in Mia when no one has for her before. Their relationship is so sweet and genuine, if a bit rushed. The book is pretty easy and quick to read, so their relationship wasn’t as fleshed out as I would’ve liked.
Still, Friends with Benefits is a fun, quick read that I enjoyed so much. I was charmed by Michael and I adored Mia’s character. They made such a sweet couple (and there are definitely some sexy moments between them too). If you’re a fan of the ‘opposites attract’ phenomenon, Neighbors with Benefits is perfect for you!
Reading Order: Anderson Brothers series
#1 ~ Sleeping with the Boss: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Neighbors with Benefits: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Chance of a Lifetime: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke”
While the cover doesn’t do much for me and I wouldn’t really decide to read based on that fact alone the story does sound pretty good. Glad you enjoyed the story!
If you love romantic comedies, I highly recommend this book! I hope you give it a try (PS: I loved book 3 even more than this one!) 🙂