Neighbors and Favors Release/Review Blitz (June 9)

★★  Neighbors and Favors by Kate Davis is LIVE! ★★

New apartments should come with a trial period…

I’ve just signed a two-year lease on an apartment I can barely afford.
My job hit a brick wall so I need the place to be perfect to help me get my life back on track. But the first night in, and I already know my neighbor isn’t going to make it easy on me.

Tall, sexy, irresistible (and did I mention the British accent?), Shane Logan likes his nightly activities…a lot. I can hear everything through the paper-thin walls. I’m about to tell him that in not-so-friendly terms when I realize he isn’t just sexy, he’s also friendly and eager to be of help.
Maybe having a neighbor like him isn’t such a bad idea.
I’m a writer in desperate need of inspiration. Shane so happens to turn into mine. With a deadline approaching fast, his offer to do me a favor turns into two and three. Before I know it, he’s forced his way into my life with the tenacity of a whirlwind.

I can deal with the fact that he’s far too loud and far too sexy. But when my dog likes him more than me, I start to get a little suspicious. Soon it becomes clear Shane Logan has secrets.
Plunged into the suspicions surrounding my neighbor, suddenly the only thing I can be sure of is that Shane is fiercely determined to hide the truth about himself.

Remember when I said the lease should have come with a warning?
Well, mine should also have come with a big, red, flashing signal.

Author’s note – Neighbors and Favors is a full-length romantic comedy with no cliffhanger. 

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EXCERPT

“Well, hello, neighbor.”I stare at the six-foot-three British guy, taking in his lopsided grin and the cleaning gloves and garbage bags in his hands. He’s wearing a white, snug T-shirt and jeans that hang low on his hips—nothing remarkable, really, but for some reason, he looks like he’s stepped straight out of a fragrance advertisement—you know, the expensive kind.And for some reason, the realization annoys the heck out of me. No one looks so good in the middle of the night. I know I certainly don’t.“What do you want?” I squeeze through gritted teeth. My good manners have apparently deserted me.“Ah, now that’s neighborly friendliness if I ever saw some.” His lips stretch into a stunning smile with perfect, white teeth and two little dimples.I suck in my breath as another wave of annoyance hits me.Dimples.Does he have to have a perfect pair of those?I mean, why toss him a good thing or two from the genes pool when he can win the whole darn lottery?I bet his personality sucks.Apparently, Sammy doesn’t think so because she’s instantly stopped her barking and is now making those tiny wailing sounds that signal elation and are usually reserved for her best friends.Aka me.“Like I said, what do you want?” I really want to slam the door in the guy’s face but that goes against everything I stand for. So, I take a deep breath and begin my inner chant.Patience. Forbearance. I treat my neighbor as I want to be treated.“Anyone ever told you not to open the door to strangers when they come knocking in the middle of the night?” The guy’s grin widens.

AUTHOR INFO
Kate Davis is a real-life coffee lover with her very own Pomeranian who was her biggest inspiration for this book. Yes, Sammy is real and her favorite command is “cheese.” In fact, it might just be the only command she obeys. Kate loves to play matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where her bold heroines have endearing flaws, the men are fierce and protective, the world isn’t always a safe place, and chivalry is alive and thriving! You can visit both Kate and Sammy online at katedavisauthor.blogspot.com or connect with her on Facebook. 
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My review of Neighbors and Favors

Neighbors And Favors by Kate Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Christian prodigal daughter story and romance!

I don’t generally like Christian based books and movies. Mostly because they are a bit too preachy and also they always have some moral and many even have some sort of miracle occur. I suppose that isn’t any more far-fetched than your standard romance where a plain jane or curvy girl ends up with a smart, awesome looking billionaire with tight abs and huge hands.

This book did have all of the above but what I had the most problem with was the fact that I didn’t know it was going to be so much about Church, God, Jesus, Praying, and all the Christian talk until I began reading it. I would have liked to know that going in so I wasn’t surprised. I had a feeling there wasn’t going to be a lot of hot steamy intimacy because of the cover, since it is a rom-com cover and they can go either way with the steamy scenes. So it didn’t bother me that it was a romance without any heat. There was still attraction and growing feelings.

I have to say, I really did end up enjoying this book quite a bit. The author did a great job with the world building and the character development and I was laughing out loud through quite a few parts. Especially scenes with the main character Samantha (a.k.a. Sam) and her mother, and Sam and her dog Sammy.

“That’s the problem with my parents. They’re so sweet you can’t help but trust them with your most private stuff, including your social security number and the state of your dating life. And before you know it, they’ll have you registered on Tinder and Jake from the market booth down the street will be offering you free eggplant in exchange for going out with you. Never mind that Jake’s barely eighteen and his idea of a dinner invitation is splitting the bill at McDonald’s.”
“True story.”

The story centered around Samantha and her dog Sammy. Sam needed some independence from her overly loving Christian parents and got an apartment in New York City. Sam had lost her way and wasn’t sure she believed in God anymore. The apartment is small and the walls are very thin and she was told the building was very quiet. However, her neighbor was always making a lot of noise which sounded like he and a girl were having a good time over and over for long periods.

Sam confronts the neighbor and they end up getting to know each other a bit. His name is Shane and he keeps turning up wherever Sam is, or coming over and doing things for her. Sam is a writer and has been procrastinating on her novel for which she got an advance. Shane offers to take Sammy for walks and give her time to write. Shane does some things that seem sketchy and won’t always answer Sam’s questions so she doesn’t know what to make of him and why he is always around.

I won’t go into more detail because I don’t want to give away any more of the story than the blurb. However, I did enjoy the story overall. It was unpredictable in parts, and I didn’t guess what was going on with Shane until it was revealed, so that is always a plus in my book. The mother was hilarious, especially in text messages. So I would give this a solid 4 stars.

I probably would have given it more if I had known what I was getting into before starting the book. However, then I most likely wouldn’t have read it, because I know what my relationship with God is and I don’t like to hear about christianity outside of church. Though that is just me.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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