How to Love Your Neighbor Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 18, 2022
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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"Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk
Enemies-to-lovers meets HGTV in this frothy, effervescent romantic comedy from Sophie Sullivan, author of Ten Rules for Faking It.
Interior Design School? Check. Cute house to fix up? Check.
Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.
Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.
Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he's found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door--the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.
With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.
“This is a novel you'll want to read over and over again.” - USA Today
I don’t read a lot of romantic comedies, so the few I pick up usually are enjoyable for me and have enough twists to make the read engaging. In this one, we have a grumpy rich neighbor who wants to enlarge his empire, and we have a young woman who is just embarking on her interior design career. So, of course, at the start of the story, Grace meets her soon-to-be neighbor comically while she is walking multiple dogs, and he gets out of the water all handsome looking.
Grace inherited a house from her grandparents and soon moved into it with big dreams of making it her own home. But unfortunately, her neighbor, the guy she met earlier, has bigger plans for his home right next door, including buying Grace’s home. The comedy inside this story is hilarious from design competitions, a magazine article, and the fact that one is a grumpy guy and the other wants to live her best new homeowner life.
I loved both MCs with parent issues and an eye for design, but one done it herself, the other higher a team, and how they fell for each other as they learned to love their neighbor.