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Strange Neighbors av Ashlyn Chase
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Strange Neighbors (utgåvan 2010)

av Ashlyn Chase

Serier: Strange Neighbors (1)

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"There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field... Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle. Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs..."--P. [4] of cover.… (mer)
Medlem:mesmericrevelation
Titel:Strange Neighbors
Författare:Ashlyn Chase
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2010), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Strange Neighbors av Ashlyn Chase

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    Undead and Unwed av MaryJanice Davidson (Kodibear)
    Kodibear: Similar writing style, funny paranormal characters
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    The Werewolf Upstairs av Ashlyn Chase (Kodibear)
    Kodibear: Each can stand alone, but best if read Strange Neighbors, then The Wolf Upstairs.
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While I found the story quite enjoyable the writing style left me a bit cold. Ashlyn Chase's use of cliches abound in this erotic paranormal romance. Her characters sounded somewhat the same, and some of the action was quite predictable. The sex scenes were trite, and often gratuitous which I found disappointing.



And yet I like this story. While Ashlyn's writing style got in my way, I was able to enjoy the characters, their predicaments and the conflicts that rose up around them. There were some conflict resolutions that were not believable, but then we are dealing with a story about four shape shifters, two witches, a vampire and smart ass ghost. That the story hangs together with such a cast of characters is a credit to the author.



I was disappointed in the ending as it was predictable (no spoilers here, you'll have to read it yourself). I was really hoping to find that Aunt Dottie was something other than she appeared, but she turned out to be quite ordinary in the end. ( )
  gluegun | Jul 27, 2021 |
Ms. Chase is a good story teller but she is in desperate need of a good editor. Overall a fun book, though. ( )
  bm2ng | Apr 9, 2019 |
I wanted to like this book. I really did! It had so many elements that worked for me. Paranormals living together and the shenanigans that might/will happen.

I understand that shifters know when someone is "the one" because mating and stuff but when the female lead isn't a paranormal and feels the same I just couldn't believe in it. It was too rushed, Merry was too happy and rushing into the relationship. Yes, you're in love but you need to be a bit more realistic about getting into a relationship with someone you've only known for 2 months. Especially since the guy is a celebrity and Merry just believed his word a bit too much - yes we as the reader knows he's a great guy, won't cheat etc etc but SHE shouldn't know that and she should be having more dilemma about their relationship.


Underneath will have spoilers that I needed to share because it's part of why I gave this book 2 stars (maybe even drop it to 1.5).


1. I absolutely HATED. I mean HATED WITH A PASSION the lead man's Aunt and Uncle. More the aunt but the uncle later on as well. She literally ruined 50% of the book for me. No joke. Every time she was in a scene I wanted one of the paranormal characters to off her. Why do I hate her so much? A little background is the hero owns the apartment and he hired his uncle to do maintenance and his aunt became self-proclaimed building manager. She was nosy as hell, she was overstepping her boundaries like letting herself into her nephew's home, another tenet's home (WTF trespassing) and listening onto other people's private lives (literally has a cup to their door) and calling the police for every unusual noise that goes on. The worst of it is that the nephew (hero) and the uncle don't punish her other than "you shouldn't call the police" or try to make her feel like she's being silly if she saw/heard something she shouldn't. The uncle had no guts when it came to his own wife. The hero actually said that his uncle just "tunes her out". If you love your wife you don't tune them out, especially if you're a shifter, you're mated for life, you chose this woman and you're tuning her out and everyone is catering to her antics and basically just enabling her behaviour. The uncle has the master keys and just lets her SWIPE IT FROM HIM SO SHE CAN LET HERSELF INTO OTHER PEOPLE'S HOMES!!!

No just no. Kill her, get rid of her, fire her I don't care but not only did she not contribute to the story but she effected it negatively. Oh sorry, she did contribute, she gave the story fewer stars from me. Added senseless drama and craziness that the story didn't need.

2. Ok, I'm done with my rant and it felt a bit cathartic. I can't remember my second point now lol but I do know it had to do with people in the story who are non-paranormal just casually accepting shit like "oh he's a shifter", "oh my biological dad is a vampire". Everything was too rushed and I bet if you took out the AUNT AND UNCLE the author would have made a story with better pacing and relational development.


It's not all bad, there were some characters that I enjoyed greatly and want to read their personal stories but because of this first book I'm not sure if I want to buy more of this series... ( )
  t1774ny | Sep 16, 2018 |
Save yourself the time...don't read ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |


Merry wants independence. She is 25 and have been living with her dad and brother all her life. She wants a bit of Sex and the city, and she has found the perfect flat to start her new life in. At once she catches the eye of the landlord, a certain hunky baseball player named Jason Falco. Perhaps she will get to have a bit of fun after all. Jason on the other hand is not the all American guy that he seems to be. He is a shape shifter, and he is looking for that special someone, and Merry seems to be all that and more.


Merry is sweet, it is hard not to like her. Jason is a hunk, and lusting after her. But who said romance was easy? Throw in a paparazzi in search of a story and their fling can turn ugly. That reporter, grrr, did not like her, and that was the only time I thought Merry was too sweet, at the same time, it was the right thing to do. Do not worry she has got claws too.


Jason wants something more, because he needs something more when he is a shifter, romance can be a bit hard, not to mention sex. He can't fall too hard to a girl, because he, he mates for life. Something you have to love in a guy.


Did someone say sex, oh yes, Ashlyn Chase has previously written erotic romances, and trust me, she knows what she is doing, and there is some mind-blowing passion in here. For a sweet contemporary paranormal romance there is bed action too. Fear not.


Then there are the tenants. Oh they are the best. Jason's aunt who calls the cops all the time, such a busy-body. The scary looking guy in the basement who is obviously a vampire. Konrad, who does seem to have some werewolf tendencies, Nathan who surely has something going on too. Chad, your friendly neighbourhood ghost *coughs* or should I say your annoying neighbourhood ghost who wants to keep his bachelor pad and haunts it. Then there are two witches upstairs who seems to be having mind-blowing sex all the time, or? This is not your average sort of building.


I liked the witches, they were fun. I hope to see Nathan find a girl one day, even if he does not want it, and I have a sneaking suspicion who Konrad might fall for. And there is Chad, oh yes annoying Chad, lol, but have to love him too. He wants to find out who killed him and so this book is also a mystery when they try to find his killer.



Now where was I, yes there is romance, hot passion, an aunt trying to snoop around, fun tenants, and some shocking details about certain persons promised. All is not how it seems, but then by reading about the tenants I am sure you guessed that so far.



Blodeuedd's Cover Corner: It looks cute and fun

Reason for reading: From the publisher

Final thoughts: A fun paranormal with romance, and passion promised. ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
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"There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field... Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle. Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs..."--P. [4] of cover.

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