Title: The Neighborhood
Series: Twin Estates #2
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Things a bad neighbor can do to you:
1. Have loud parties late at night
2. Refuse to mow his lawn
3. Steal your newspapers
4. Rip your heart out and walk all over it
Katya Tocci is willing to admit that she may have bitten off more than she could chew.
Liam Edenhoff showed her a side of life she'd been missing out on - sex and friendship and tacos. But then he betrayed her.
Wulfric Stone taught her that big surprises can come from unexpected places - like from a surly, aggressive, withdrawn bastard. But then he broke her heart.
Now one of them wants forgiveness, and the other wants forever. And Katya? She just wants to forget.
Who knew neighbors could be so difficult?
This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and quite possibly enough confusion to drive a normal person insane. Reader discretion is advised.
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Review by Anessa Renee
So I have to say this book starts off on a slower roll than the neighbor. But don't let that deter you because of course the story explodes and I loved it. The writing style and the story itself for both books is unique and I love how realistic the push and pull is. It's not a fake and unrealistic give in. When you've been hurt like Kayta was there is a lot a person has to go through to find themselves and to eventually find what they want in life and that is what I loved about this story. So if you haven't read the neighbor you must go read that so you can finish off with this one.
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Review by Becky Rendon
I straight up Facebook stalked Stylo and demanded to know when book two would be coming out. She responded with soon and the title...The Neighborhood. I think I squealed for a full hour especially when she mentioned we didn't have a terribly long wait. (Though it felt like forever)
I love that Katya had the same exact hurt and revenge inspired reaction I contemplated at the conclusion of Neighbors. Though I was pretty sure what was going to happen in book one, the ending was like watching a train wreck. No way to take your eyes off the tragic event but hoping all the way through for the best. Then we start The Neighborhood...
Welcome to The Neighborhood! Super "friendly" neighbors, lots of people with boundary issues, competitive natures...
Ok, let's be real. This is a sexy neighborhood with too much potential. I need to ask the author if I can move in here. Wulf and Liam may have bitten off more than they could chew when the decided to play games with Katya. But neither would have guessed how she decides to make them pay.
Friends, lovers, enemies- all titles that fit depending on the chapter. This trio has some serious issues that need to be worked out. It might take some time with trust being an imaginary concept or maybe time will tell them how wrong it all is?
I loved the emotion pull and complete confusion. You will always pick someone to route for- whether they are the "one" or not. I chose right because, well, I'm always right- ok, it's because my opinion is truly the only one that matters...
Whether you're Team Liam or Team Wulfy, you know that Team Katya is the deciding factor and that ship has already sailed.
I am desperate for more tales from The Twin Esates. Hey, I'm greedy- I know it.
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Review by Sam Lewis
This review of The Neighborhood (Twin Estates Book 2) by Stylo Fantome is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog. I give it 4 Stars.
It is the highly anticipated continuation of Neighbors. Neighbors left Katya reeling from the betrayal of both Liam and Wulfric. The Neighborhood picks up 2 weeks later. Katya decides to turn the tables on the guys. Can either one win back her heart or will Katya just move on?
Although The Neighborhood supplied some comedic relief, the book as a whole seemed to fall a little flat. I was hoping that Katya would become a stronger character after the heartbreak in Neighbors, but that didn't happen. Her character is so wishy-washy back and forth. I think this is what caused the book to drag on in places. I think Katya needed to find herself before anything else. I did love that we are introduced to Liam's twin brother Landon and Wulfric's little sisters Genevieve and Brighton.
I will forever be Team Liam and can't wait to see what the next Twin Estates book has in store for us.
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Review by Becky Grover
I'm really bummed to rate this book on the lower side. I absolutely loved Neighbors (book 1), but this book just did not do it for me.
The story does start out at a slow pace but for me, it continues to be slow and indecisive all the way to about 77%, where finally there's some action and some things begin make a turning point.
Katya was not a likable character for me throughout the entire book. Her inner narrative is back and forth and constantly making excuses for her decisions. I thought her initial decision to toy with the guys was an opportunity for some comedic relief, and maybe, a chance to bring down Wulf's walls. I didn't get either. It was just the same thing over and over with each situation she put the guys in. When one man would upset her she would run to the other, but then push him away too. It was just a frustrating read and without the big emotional climax that I was hoping for. I will definitely still read the next book. I just wasn't thrilled with this one. I just couldn't connect to the characters emotionally at all.
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Review by Anne Milne
I loved book 1, it was a 5 star read for me and I wanted to love this one, but unfortunately I didn't.
We start where the previous one left off with Katya dealing with the betrayal of both Liam and Wulfric. I get her feeling how she does, but I felt that for a good 60-70% of the book that's all we got from her. I loved her in book 1, she was funny, adventurous, and gave as good as she got, but it felt like her whole personality changed and I really didn't like her. At times it felt like she was toying with both guys, if one upset her she'd run to the other one and vice versa and it went on too long for me. Maybe I had been spoilt by all the action in the previous book, but this one just didn't do it for me.
I'm a fan of this author and will continue to read her books.
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"Have you eaten?” he asked.
“How did you get in here?” she ignored his question and asked her own.
“I have access to the keys for every building we manage. Are you really meeting that thing for dinner?” he asked again.
“Okay, first of all, 'that thing' is a seriously good looking, very successful, and ridiculously nice man – a man who has yet to lie to me and use me,” she pointed out.
“Key word being 'yet'.”
“And second of all, I know for a fact my lease states you have to give me twenty-four hour notice before you just barge in here. If you come in again without my permission, I'm gonna file a complaint,” she warned him. He laughed. Actually laughed. Something Wulfric Stone didn't do very often. She took a deep breath and looked away from his broad smile.
“Please do. I'll direct my HR department to hand deliver it to my desk so I can deal with it
“Are we done here? I have things to do today that don't involve dealing with you,” she snapped. He stepped closer to her.
“You might be even funner now than you were before.”
“That's not funny, and if you can't realize that, then there is literally no hope for you.”
“Ah, implying there is hope.”
“Feisty. I love it.”
“I talked to Vieve,” she blurted out. That finally stopped him.
“Oh, really,” was all he said.
“Yup. Went to your place, had a cup of coffee with her,” she said. That seemed to actually surprise him.
“You were in my home?” he checked.
“Yes. Apparently, I could've been spending lots of time there. Very generous of you to give me complete access,” she said. He didn't react, though she noticed the tendon in the side of his neck was taut and straining.
“Yes, well, I've met you. I knew if you ever showed up, it would be a huge hassle with the front desk calling my office and you calling my cell phone and me having to drive across town.
Was just easier that way.”
“And how was the coffee? I have it imported.”
Katya stared at the tight tendon for a moment longer. He was so good at putting on a false front, she knew. Looking calm and collected. After all, this was a man who ate million dollar real estate deals before breakfast.
But it was all fake. He was nervous. Deep down, she could tell. Being forceful was just his way of barreling through a problem he didn't actually want to deal with – he could just strong arm her into doing what he wanted. No unnecessary awkwardness. That was Wulf's M.O.
Yeah, well, my M.O. is to make him feel as awkward as humanly possible.
“I can't go to breakfast with you,” she stated, brushing past him and heading down the hallway. He didn't hesitate to follow behind her.
“No shit, it's afternoon – it's too late for brunch, even. But that Brazilian food cart is open for lunches now, we're going -” he started, but she waved her hand over her shoulder as she moved into her bedroom.
"I can't, I'm busy this afternoon. I have to go shopping for a new stove – don't worry, I'll have the bill sent to you,” she joked, turning around and standing in the doorway to her room.
He glared down at her.
“Don't be ridiculous. I'll talk to maintenance, we can get a new stove in by the end of the
week,” he assured her.
“Whatever. I have other plans.”
“Tocci, I'm not -”
“But how about dinner?” she offered.
That seemed to shock him. He stood still for moment, his eyes wandering over her face.
Obviously trying to figure out if she was lying. She offered him a big smile, and that just seemed to throw him even more off guard. He finally narrowed his eyes.
“If I make reservations, you'll be downstairs on time?” he checked.
“No,” she shook her head. “But I can meet you there.”
“Bullshit. You'll stand me up, and I'm not wasting my time, sitting around like an asshole waiting for you,” he said.
“I won't, I promise. I have … a client I'm dealing with this afternoon. I don't know how long it will take,” she told him.
“What about your dinner date with your darling handyman?” he asked. She shrugged.
“I'll figure something out, don't worry about it. I'll have dinner with you.”
“You promise?” he checked, still glaring down at her. She nodded and ran her fingers across her chest in an X motion.
“Cross my heart.”
“Fine. But don't fuck with me, Tocci. You won't like it if I have to come and find you. We have a lot to discuss,” he informed her. She nodded.
“I'm sure we do. What's the dress code?” she asked. Wulf was a 3-Michelin-stars kind of restaurant goer when it came to dinner dates.
“A dress,” he informed her, and then his gaze wandered over her shoulder. She had some clothes laying around on the floor, littered about on the bed. She was gearing up to do laundry. “If you'd like to try on some options, I'd be more than happy to sit and help.”
Katya laughed and slid her hands up either side of the door frame. Wulf followed the motion with his eyes, which grew wide when she leaned towards him.
“Mmmm, that would be fun, wouldn't it?” she chuckled.
“And it's been a very long time since you've been in my bedroom,” she reminded him. He nodded.
“And we never got to have any real fun in here, did we?” she sighed, glancing back at her bed.
“No. No, we did it not.”
“It must make you wonder, though,” she said, dropping her hands and stepping back into the room.
“What kind of fun Liam and I used to have in here.”
There was a split second where she got to see equal parts anger and shock ripple across his features.
Then she slammed the door in his face.
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Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.