Review: The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman


Note: This ARC was provided by Less Than Three Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anders prefer doing things his way but when his new neighbor starts calling him out on it, Anders doesn't know quite how to handle it. Finch is his complete opposite and his sticking his nose in Anders's business is a surefire way to get on Anders's nerves. However, the more intrusive and in-your-face Finch becomes, the more Anders finds himself curious about the man. Can these two find some sort of middle ground in order to get along, and maybe, just maybe, they could end up becoming friends and possibly something more?

The Neighbor is a short story by Bernadette Chapman about Anders and Finch, two neighbors who are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of personality and almost everything else, but can't seem to get enough of each other. Both Anders and Finch push each other's buttons, which can tend to be annoying after the first couple of times. They don't seem to really agree on much of anything, but Finch simply won't go away, and over time, Anders gets used to having him around and they begrudgingly agree to disagree.

The story is short and the basic idea of two people who can't stand each other kinda, sorta, maybe falling in love is cute, but we don't really get to know Anders and Finch other than the adversarial non-relationship that exists between them. Maybe what Finch was doing was some sort of passive-aggressive flirting, but they lacked a certain kind of connection. The idea behind The Neighbor was an interesting one and the writing was good, but the story and characters needed more development. This gets three stars. ♥

Release Date: 04 November 2015

Date Read: 01 November 2015

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