Review: Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
Sunday May 1, 2011 at 12:34 am |

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Copyright: 2010
Published:June 1, 2010
Pages: 371
Form: Paperback
Author: Ashlyn Chase
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He’s looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance…
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…

A girl just wants to have fun…
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…

My Thoughts:

I was drawn by the cover of this book and thought that I was in for a great read, but as they say, you should never judge a book by the cover. It took me forever to finish this book because it didn’t really keep my interest. Now I won’t say this book was terrible, but it could have been a lot better than it was. Or maybe my expectations were just too high.

Merry, an adopted girl from Rhode Island decides she’s had enough of small town life and caring for her father and brother, and decides to move to the big city. There she intends on leading a very “Sex in the City” lifestyle with her best friend Roz and stake out her independence from her family. But upon moving into her new building, Merry meets handsome, famous Baseball pitcher Jason Falco and immediately begins a whirlwind romance with him.

Soon Merry find herself surrounded by a whole host of cooky characters and neighbors that have just a little bit more than the usual going on behind closed doors. I think the only thing I really enjoyed about this book was all the Strange Neighbors. The story and plot was just unrealistic to me, even in knowing it was a paranormal, and even trying to suspend disbelief. It was pretty disjointed and incongruent.

There were entirely too many subplots and side stories being told in this book, but I suppose they were there to distract the reader from the fact that the main plot was so boring and unrealistic. The romance between Jason and Merry went entirely too fast. I’ve always been a fan of relationhips that build, a little hemming and hawing, back and forth, and verbal sparring. The dialogue was corny, and it was a bit vulgar at times. There was also way too much inner dialogue. Some thoughts of the characters we just didn’t need to be privy to. It was too much telling in this book and not enough showing. I think a lot of circumstances were too easy and much was taken for granted or assumed.

Despite my gripes about the book, I somehow liked the majority of the characters. Though they were pretty shallow, Chase does somehow make you care for them. Since I already bought the second in this series, I will be reading it and hoping the writing gets better. But the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll get the third book.

Alright effort from Chase, but she needs to keep working. I could see how the story could be good, but it just didn’t deliver.


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One Response to “Review: Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase”

  1. Great honest review. Too many subplots get on my nerves as well. You are a trooper for reading the second.