Series: Twin Estates
on Spetember 25, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Things a good neighbor can do for you:
1. Give you a cup of sugar
2. Let you borrow his lawnmower
3. Water your plants while you're on vacation
4. Make your eyes roll back in your head with his tongue
Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door - her career always kept her too busy. She's a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco.
But even a good girl's gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she's ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined.
Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down.
Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?
I went into this book blind, and was blown away. This story was sexy, intriguing, and so unique, with an ending that left me salivating for the next book.
“She felt like a prisoner of her own inhibitions, her own naivete.”
Katya Tocci is a young woman on the cusp of her sexual awakening. She doesn’t want to be boring and dull any longer. To that end, she makes a profile on a dating website, which is quickly hijacked by her roommate. To say that the new additions are wildly outside of her comfort zone is putting it mildly.
Her sexy neighbor, Liam Edenhoff, sees her new profile and is curious about this heretofore “good girl”. Has he had her pegged wrong all this time? Wanting to know more, he asks her on a date to his club, his sex club to be exact. Surprising them both, Katya accepts. If she wants to change her life, she has to be willing to go the distance.
After her encounter with Liam, her old childhood crush, real estate developer Wulfric Stone, appears at the bakery where she works. Wulfric is the complete opposite of Liam. He’s closed off and cold in demeanor. Katya desperately wants to get through to him, finally, after all these years.
“So many moments. Moments with Wulf. Moments with Liam. So different.”
I loved Katya as a heroine. She goes through tremendous growth throughout the course of the book, and really starts to own who she is. Her interactions with both men really help her discover what she wants. The juxtaposition between Liam and Wulf, and their relationship with Katya, was refreshing. I was glued to every word, desperate to find out what would happen next, but dreading the end.
While this is a love triangle, Katya is honest with both of them about her relationship with the other. This gave each of their relationships a finite time-frame, and I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. How long would each of them be satisfied with the arrangement? Who would Katya choose, if put to the test?
“Tell me, Tocci. Who’s got the better dick? Who makes you come faster? Better? Harder?”
Overall, this was a fantastic story with some twists, and an ending that is quite the jaw dropper. There are so many ways the series can go, and I’m excited to see where the author takes these characters next.
It was no joke.
Liam had been waiting in the lobby for her at nine o’clock, sharp. Liam Edenhoff – “but everyone calls me Eden” – he’d introduced himself again to her before guiding her out to a taxi he’d had waiting.
She felt a little nauseous. She’d chugged down another half bottle of wine, and some crème de menthe, before heading downstairs to meet him. She’d almost talked herself out of going, but she’d made the mistake of telling her roommate Tori about the whole fiasco. Apparently, Katya owed it to women everywhere (and Tori in particular) to explore this opportunity to its fullest. She’d all but been shoved out the apartment, the door slammed and locked in her face.
“Nervous?” Liam Eden-whatever-his-name-was asked her as the cab slowed to a crawl.
“Nope,” Katya’s voice sounded overly loud.
“Liar. Tonight is gonna be an interesting night, angel cake.”
“Stop calling me that.”
“What’s your last name?”
“None of your business.”
“Okay then – when the gang bang starts, I’ll tell them to call you Katya X.”
She couldn’t stop the blush from happening that time. Liam burst out laughing, then soothed the sting by grabbing her hand.
Even when they got out of the cab, he didn’t let go of her. Normally, she would’ve been uncomfortable with a stranger assuming such a familiarity with her, but this time, she was thankful for it. She held onto him tightly as they walked down a crowded street. Then they turned into an alley, and his gang bang joke didn’t seem so funny. He led her to a plain door, above which a simple, small, neon sign spelled out “The Garden”. Outside were several small groups of people, chatting and smoking. Some of them called out greetings to him, all of them using his nickname, but a large and scary looking bouncer addressed him very properly.
“Hey, Mr. Edenhoff, wasn’t expecting you in tonight. Any problems?”
“Nope, just bringing a friend to show her the place, let her see what I do for a living.”
All the blood was quickly rushing from Katya’s limbs, pooling somewhere in her stomach. None of this was a joke. He really did own the place, that much was obvious.
As Liam led her through the door, though, Katya actually felt a surge of confidence. She was still nervous, still more than a little scared, but she was okay with it. Liam seemed like a nice guy, he wasn’t going to take her into some dark room and insert foreign objects into her orifices. She could leave whenever she wanted to, whenever it got too uncomfortable. Everything was fine, and for once, she was doing something exciting. She’d een have something interesting to talk about at work the next day.