Series: Neighbor from Hell #2
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.
Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.-Goodreads
Review: Unlike the first book in the series, Trevor really is a neighbor from hell. He takes his neighbor (and tenant) Zoe's parking spot, steals her newspaper, muddies up her welcome mat and has no qualms about using her laundry detergent. He thinks he is God's gift to women and strives to find the 'perfect' woman he can show off. I wish I could say he was endearing or funny in any way, but he's a total and complete jerk. Zoe was more likable-she's a hard worker with body image issues and in desperate need for a job. Trevor gets her a job working for his uncle and pays her to essentially be his maid (cook, clean, go shopping). They quickly move from a friendship to a friends with benefits situation.
I didn't care for Trevor for the majority of this book. He slightly redeems himself at the end but I never warmed up to him. Because I couldn't stand him (there are several instances were the guys he works with make comments about Zoe's weight and he never sticks up for her), I really didn't care for Trevor and Zoe as a couple. Trevor (and Jason in the previous book) are from a family where the males eat a crazy amount of food and are banned from several all-you-can-eat restaurants and delivery places. This was a little funny in the first book but so over the top in this book it was ridiculous. There was also a *spoiler alert* pregnancy story line that was frustrating. Zoe is having constant sex for months and when she starts to experience all the early signs of pregnancy she writes it off as being sick from being on a low calorie diet. Come on woman, use some common sense.
This was not my favorite romance but I will give the next book in the series a chance.