**The Neighborhood generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
5 "This should get very interesting, very quickly." Stars
I'd like to preface this review by saying that normally this wouldn't be my kind of story at all what with the love-triangle-esque relationship and even more so, the crazily confused heroine. Yet, Stylo Fantome's unfailing gift for story telling forces you to fall really hard for these characters all over again. Really hard. Again. To the point you're consuming her words late at night in bed when you should be sleeping because you cannot possibly go to sleep when you don't know where Katya, Wulf, and Eden will take you next - you NEED to know.
The story told within The Neighborhood is simply magnetic. I had a strongly vested interest in each character and their plights. Katya Tocci plays with fire in this sequel to Neighbors trying to join a game she's ill-equipped to win. Wulfric Stone turns uncharacteristic realizations into equally uncharacteristic actions. Liam Edenhoff inserts himself into a situation he seemingly feels dire to control. All three come blazing back right where they left us in book one. All three stay steadfast in their quest while providing high entertainment for their readers.
The Neighborhood is an unusual and dynamic game of hearts and fire that's edgy, comedic, and sexy. There's passion abound as the three of them play to win. However, it unfolds that each of them are playing with different motivations and expected outcomes taking readers through some unexpected twists and turns. It's about friendships and the subtle and not so subtle gray areas of relationships, it's about boundaries and testing those limits. It's about understanding who are you and what you want. It's not about emotional taxing angst and unnecessary drama; it's about discovery and friendship and letting loose a little bit. It's simple fun. So much goes into their spicy little game making it simply enjoyable to read.
Stylo Fantome stomped all over my feelings of stories with a young, confused, and naive heroine in a triangle situation. She made it an adventure. She made Katya impossibly human, girly, cute, teasing, and perfect. She gave me two hot, sweet, domineering men that I could fuss and drool over the entire duet. She made them fall for and chase after the pretty girl who has the capacity to make you sigh and smile at the time make you crazy. She gave me one man that I would have worked myself stupid into falling for. She gave me friends. She made me laugh. And ultimately she gave me a story in The Neighborhood that I enjoyed reading immensely and felt completely satisfied with all the good vibes I got while inhaling it. And I really, really, really hope that with how it ended Stylo writes us a novella, like really hope, because that would be plain awesome and even more fun.
Major thanks to my girl, Deanna PinkLady, for the recommendation of this author. It's been nothing but awesome reading from Fantome's catalog since.