Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that's the way he likes it.
Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He's nosy, over-friendly, and doesn't know when to quit. He's also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.
A fastidious, snarky introvert who hates people meets a lovable, unfiltered blurting social butterfly with zero personal boundaries.
What's not to love about that, right? Well...
I can't really put my finger on it, but somewhere between the fairly quick pacing and the lack of personal history on the MC's, this one only rated as an okay read for me.
I loved the concept, but the execution just didn't provide me with the 'feels' that I had hoped for.
The truly-bitchy, slightly-OCD main character, Anders, kept having these mini-epiphanies all throughout the book:
I hate him.Which was expected and nice; however, the changes were pretty abrupt and without specific reasons, so I didn't find Anders' changes of heart overly-believable.
I don't like him. At all.
I don't mind having him around, sometimes.
It's kinda nice when he's here.
I can't imagine him not being around.
Shit, I think I love him.
It almost felt more like Finch was a pebble in Anders' shoe that he eventually got used to being there. So no, the love aspect didn't really work for me here.
Also, the steam level of the story was fairly non-existent, even after the requisite kiss. There weren't even any looks of longing when the other wasn't looking.
To quote Anders a few times in the story, "Whatever," which is kind of how the romance came across to me here.
2.75 *more-feelz-pleaze* stars this time around.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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