Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blog Tour: Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

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NwB_1600Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) 
by Marissa Clarke   

About the Book:  
CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything―especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace—and his dates—with the worst possible music at the worst possible time… every time.   

Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig—housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall.   

Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.   

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Excerpt: 
Mia felt Michael before she saw him. Like the ripples across the lake below, the air seemed to vibrate with his energy. And then he was close enough to see clearly. Not mad, thank goodness, but intense. Eyes narrowed, gaze never leaving her face, his intent was clear. She had no doubt in her mind what he was going to do. And while her ever-elusive shred of common sense squealed, “No,” every thing else in her shouted, “Bring it on.”

And bring it, he did, backing her up against the railing and taking her mouth with his before she could get a word out, not that she would have been able to string a cohesive sentence together after seeing that expression on his face. It was a look of desire, hot and insistent, just like his kiss.

The kiss in front of Jason had been toe curling, but this was something completely different. Overwhelming. Everything melted away—the bridge, people in the park, even where he ended and she began—as he stroked her back with his talented hands, coaxing her passion with his lips and tongue. When an involuntary moan escaped her, he answered with a groan and deepened the kiss.

This was the real Michael Anderson, not the calm, calculated one he’d chiseled from cold, analytical clay and wore like a mask to hide the real man.

My Review:
I read Sleeping with the Boss last year, so I was thrilled when Marissa Clarke released the newest addition to the Anderson Brothers series, Neighbors with Benefits.

This second book is Michael Anderson's story. Michael is a CEO control freak who is slowly beginning to spiral out of control with the weight of everything on his shoulders. Not only is he fostering a dog that his therapist asked him to, he is also working on closing the biggest deal of his life. Now he can't get any sleep - or anything else for that matter - done when it comes to the neighbor's house sitter.

Mia is the complete opposite of Michael. Whereas Michael is a control freak, Mia is a free-spirit who drifts through life. Mia is a house sitter, pet sitter, and artist. She moves from one job to the next, happy to be free. The only thing that remains steady and consistent in her life is the group of women who she teaches art to at the retirement home.

When Mia is left in a situation where she needs somewhere to stay, Michael makes her an offer. From that point on these two begin to understand one another and appreciate each other's differences and quirks.

I loved the fact that due to the situation they were in, they were able to take the time to appreciate the little things that would normally annoy them about one another while at the same time getting to know each other better.

I loved how Michael met his match and instead of an organized control freak like himself, Mia is free-spirited and gets Michael to relax and embrace life. Also, the attraction and chemistry between these characters is not forced, but is immediately there between the two.

Marissa Clarke once again exceeded all my expectations and blew me away with Neighbors with Benefits. With her cast of wonderful written characters, including some great secondary ones, humor and sexy times, Clarke shows how talented an author she is. 

★★★★★

About the Author:  Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.   When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.   Prior to attending University of Houston Law School, she received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Drama from the University of Houston. She has taught drama and playwriting in a large public high school and English in a private school.   Currently, she serves as Vice-President of Programming for the West Houston RWA Chapter, and is a founding member of Houston YA/MG Writers, and the QueryTracker.net Blog.   Marissa also writes young adult novels for Penguin USA under the name Mary Lindsey. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.   Marissa Clarke's conference, signing, & event schedule can be found here:  


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