Review: Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
June 1st 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Jason Falco
Kick Ass Chick – Merry MacKenzie
“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…”
I love reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels — that’s no secret. The stories are inventive and exciting. But more often than not, they deal with assassins, slayers, wars between species, ect… Sometimes after reading a few of those books, you need to find something light and quirky where the evil adversary is just some crazy aunt or some over-ambitious photographer. You need a funny read full of attractive characters that’ll keep you giggling. “Strange Neighbors” by Ashlyn Chase is such a book.
The story is more contemporary with a paranormal twist. Okay, a lot of paranormal twists, but still… In the same apartment building you find four shape shifters (three birds and one wolf), a vampire, two witches and a ghost. I didn’t really quite understand why the ghost’s plot line was important, but he was very funny. I also didn’t quite get why there was some paparazzi chick there (her plot line also seemed kind of ineffective) but I guess the hero and heroine needed an obstacle other than the ‘obvious’ one. Jason and Merry were lovely, but the real scene stealers were the other tenants — they were just silly! I continuously wanted to smack the aunt, but I think that was the point. The story jumps from one story line to another, but the author’s transitions are written with such ease, you don’t feel annoyed or like you have to read ahead to see what’s going to happen next.
This book was quite enjoyable. Will I read it again? Most likely not. But I really enjoyed it while I was reading it. It was quick and easy and I looked forward to picking up again when I had to put it down. I am curious as to where the tenants of this building will be headed next and I am definitely going to pick up the next book from this series due out February 2011.
Giggle worthy quotes
“So long.” Sly waved. “Oh! Before I forget. You know there was someone else skulking around out there in the bushes right?”
“There was? Why didn’t you say anything?”
“Because the person took off as soon as they nabbed me, and if I said ‘Oh, it’s not me…it’s the other prowler you want,’ they’d buy that sometime after they bought the Mass Avenue Bridge.
“She opened the top and gasped at the sight of a two-carat diamond solitaire in a gold setting. ‘Holy crap!’ she exclaimed. Then she clapped a hand over her mouth and giggled. ‘Sorry. That wasn’t a very romantic response, was it?’”