Strange Neighbors

Strange Neighbors

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by 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

Overview

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.

Strange Neighbors Series
Strange Neighbors (Book 1)
The Werewolf Upstairs (Book 2)
The Vampire Next Door (Book 3)

Praise for The Werewolf Upstairs:
"Witty and wonderful...the entertaining plot, humor, sizzling sensual scenes, and romance make this story unforgettable."-Romance Junkies
"Original and full of laughs, steamy sex, and madcap mayhem."-Night Owl Romance
"An entertaining, funny read." -RT Book Reviews
"Delicious romance...The Werewolf Upstairs seduced me!"-Sparkling Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When nurse Merry MacKenzie rents an apartment in a historic Boston home, she's taken with her new landlord, sexy baseball pitcher Jason Falco, and intrigued by the possibility of a ghost on the premises. It doesn't take long to figure out that her neighbors are an odd bunch: a couple of witches who run a phone sex business, several shape-shifters, a werewolf, and a vampire in (of course) the basement. The scariest entity by far is determined reporter Lila Crum, whose pursuit of Jason knows no boundaries. Add in Jason's snoopy and decidedly nonsupernatural aunt and the good-natured fun never stops. Chase (Vampire Vintage) brings on plenty of laughs along with steamy sex scenes as Merry and Jason bewitch each other amid the supernatural mayhem. (June)
From the Publisher
"A cute quirky romance full of eccentric characters." - Night Owl Romance

"A sweet and playful romance, Strange Neighbors tosses an ostensibly unsuspecting human into a supernatural scenario. " - Romance Reviews Today

"[A] humorous lighthearted romp. " - Romance Reviews Go Round

"Totally fun, witty, and hot!" - Cajun Book Lady

"A delightful shock to the senses. " - The Long and Short of It

"Such a delight to read! I was laughing throughout the book and loved each of the characters. " - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"A laugh out loud tale of love, acceptance and just plain wacky characters that I couldn't put it down." - Book Junkie

"A light enticing read. Funny, romantic with healthy dose of the paranormal." - Anna's Book Blog

"The romance in this book kept me sweating... the plot built up perfectly." - Readaholic

"A riot a minute... Very unique with the perfect blend of serious and hilarious." - Coffee Time Romance

Night Owl Romance
A cute quirky romance full of eccentric characters.
Romance Reviews Today
A sweet and playful romance, Strange Neighbors tosses an ostensibly unsuspecting human into a supernatural scenario.
— Kathy Samuels
Romance Reviews Go Round
[A] humorous lighthearted romp.
— Harriet Klausner
Cajun Book Lady
Totally fun, witty, and hot! I
— Kris
The Long and Short of It
A delightful shock to the senses.
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Such a delight to read! I was laughing throughout the book and loved each of the characters.
— Amy
Book Junkie
A laugh out loud tale of love, acceptance and just plain wacky characters that I couldn't put it down.
— Brande
Anna's Book Blog
A light enticing read. Funny, romantic with healthy dose of the paranormal.
— Anna Vivian
Readaholic
The romance in this book kept me sweating... the plot built up perfectly.
— Bridget
Coffee Time Romance
A riot a minute... Very unique with the perfect blend of serious and hilarious.
Best Fantasy Stories
The quintessential supernatural romance.
— CJ Harris
Fang-tastic Books
Witty and funny with laugh out loud parts- this is a book you won't want to put down.
— Roxanne Rhoads
Luxury Reading
I will be keeping my eye on further titles from Ashlyn Chase.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Mind-blowing passion... a sweet contemporary paranormal romance.
— Blodeuedd
Cheryl's Book Nook
Ashlyn Chase scores big... Strange Neighbors is a must read.
— Cheryl
Smexy Books
Romance, humour and the quirky paranormal in abundance.
— Amanda
Romance Junkies
A hilarious, yet sexy, paranormal romance, which readers will find hard to put down until they finish reading the very last page.
— Dottie
Revenge of the Book Nerds
A fun and entertaining read.
— Jaime
My Reading Room
A fun, romantic romp.
— Crystal
Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks
Light and quirky.
— Julie
Thoughts in Progress
Romance, suspense, intrigue, and a lot of laughter to keep you spellbound from beginning to end.
— Mascon Canyon
One Literature Nut
A really cute escape read.
— Becky
I Heart Book Gossip
Chase did a spectacular job incorporating zing into the romance.
— Cindy
Books 4 Moms
Cute, quirky and fun.
— Christine
Wendy's Minding Spot
A light-hearted romp that romance and paranormal lovers are sure to enjoy.
— Wendy
The Book Lush
A quirky little story wrapped in a light-hearted package .
— Wendy
Debbie's Book Bag
[Ashlyn Chase] uses humor and the abnormal or strange to really showcase her talent as a writer.
— Debbie
Psychotic State
A lighhearted, fun read - absolutely perfect for summer!
— Lori
Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
A very fun and fast paced read!
— Razlover
Fresh Fiction
Dynamic, steamy, and hilarious!
— Heather Lobdell
Loving Heart Mommy
You'll definitely want to read more from Ashlyn Chase.
— Kristinia
Sizzling Hot Books
Strange Neighbors has strong enough romance for grown-ups, full relationship with family and each other, and the humor had me laughing through out

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402254277
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Strange Neighbors , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
8,962
File size:
875 KB

Read an Excerpt

From Chapter 1:

A hand reached out to her. "Would you like to dance?" She followed the line of a crisp white sleeve and looked up into the sparkling eyes of her mystery man. He had to be a GQ model to possess a face and body like that.

"Merry? What on earth are you doing?"

*Poof*

And just like that, Merry MacKenzie's daydream evaporated.

"Dad, I'm exhausted. I have to rest."

Merry collapsed on the worn leather sofa sitting in the middle of the sidewalk in front of a beautiful antique townhouse. She yanked an inhaler from her denim jacket, shook it vigorously, and squirted the mist into her mouth. Inhaling a deep breath, her constricted lungs eased. Ah, relief.

"We're almost done. But while you're resting, let me say this again—if you ever need or want to move back to Rhode Island, you can."

She rolled her eyes. "Fine. But right now, I'm still moving into my apartment. How about letting me unpack before you make me feel guilty for leaving you?" She reclined on the sofa so she could expand her diaphragm and rest.

"Come on, Merry," her father said as he loomed over her. "One last push."

"No. I'm tapped... Gonna die now."

"I know you're tired. We've been moving your stuff into your new apartment all afternoon. Or, I should say, new to you, old by any other American's standards."

"Well, I happen to love it. Jeez, did you look around? Did you notice that thick, solid mahogany banister? I don't know how you could miss it. It practically blinds you, gleaming in the light of the crystal chandelier," she said. "Everything is in really good shape. Apparently the landlord lives in the building and made sure it was all replastered, but kept the period details like the wide crown moldings. And while you're noticing, check out the marble stairs. The elevator is all mahogany and brass inside."

"Why do you care about the elevator? You live on the first floor—thank God. I can't imagine carrying all this crap up to the second or third floor."

"And moving in is only part of the fun! I'll be up half the night unpacking. Who knew I had so much stuff?"

"That's the way it is when you move. You always have more than you thought you had and it always takes longer than you think it will."

"I've never moved before, so how could I know?" Mr. MacKenzie frowned. "Merry, Matt and I have to get going soon. It's getting dark. Are you okay?"

"Just one more minute, Dad." Merry glanced around at the lengthening shadows, wondering where west might be and if she'd have a sunset view. She looked up at tree limbs silhouetted against the twilight sky. Dry leaves rattled in the autumn breeze, and for a moment she thought she saw...

Great. First night on my own and already I'm seeing ghosts.

Then she spied a man with long, dark hair leaning against the wrought iron fence that surrounded the brownstone's small lot. Dressed all in black, he almost disappeared into the shadows, and she might not have noticed him at all except for his pale skin and intense eyes.

Something about the way he cocked his head and stared at her caught her attention. A shiver rippled up her spine.

"You can rest when you're inside. It's getting darker by the minute and you know my eyesight's no good for night driving."

"Have Matt drive home. Where is he, anyway?"

Her father peered toward the heavy oak and beveled glass front door of the building. They'd left it propped open with a marble pedestal from the foyer. "I don't know. Last I saw, he stopped to talk to someone. Must have been the landlady."

A second later, her younger brother raced down the steps babbling, "Dad, did you know Jason Falco owns this building? Do you believe that? Jeez, I'm going to have to visit Merry every chance I get!"

She groaned. "You'd better not, pickle-head. And who's Jason Falco, anyway?"

"You're kidding!" he shouted. "You don't know who Jason Falco is?"

Mr. MacKenzie folded his arms. "Calm down, Matt. It's a fairly common name. It could be anybody. Come on, Merry. Get up."

"Can't... too tired."

Some kind of secret signal passed between father and son. The next thing Merry knew, the couch tipped and they unceremoniously dumped her onto the sidewalk.

Oomph.

"Hey!" She scrambled to her feet while her brother continued chattering as if nothing had happened.

"He's the lefty pitcher for the Boston Bullets! I swear. I was just talking to his aunt. Oh—she wants the door closed, by the way. It's getting cold in there." As if to illustrate the point, a chilly October breeze blew crisp, brown leaves around their feet.

"Why didn't you say so in the first place?" Merry admonished. "Do you want my neighbors to immediately hate me? Get on the other side of the couch with dad; I can't lift another thing."

Merry marched into her new apartment building, hoping to find the landlord's aunt so she could apologize. No one seemed to be about, but she heard voices from the second floor. As her father and brother staggered and grunted through the front door under the weight of the leather sofa, a young man appeared at the top of the wide, curving staircase.

Long muscular legs in jeans and sneakers had come into view first. Then Merry saw his flat abdomen and broad shoulders under a navy blue knit jersey, and then finally his face.

"Whoa, let me help you with that." He jogged down the steps and grasped the side of the couch her brother had left teetering.

Oh, my lord! What a handsome face it was. Dark, thick brows stood out against his light skin and clear blue eyes. She couldn't identify his hair color easily, since it barely showed under a blue baseball cap. Maybe milk chocolate brown. Merry thought the style was called a buzz cut. The length nearly matched the brown whiskers of the five o'clock shadow on his strong jaw.

"Thanks, man." Matt did a double take and grinned. "I can't wait to set this couch down so I can shake your hand. Believe it or not, my sister's moving into your building and didn't even know who you were."

The handsome hunk just laughed.

Merry put two and two together and decided this must be the famous Jason Falco. Not bad. Not bad at all. On the other hand, if her brother insisted on embarrassing her in front of her hottie landlord by pointing out what a baseball fan she wasn't, she'd have to have a little "chat" with him before he left. A slap upside the head ought to do the trick.

She stepped back in order for the three men to pass her as they carried the heavy piece of used furniture into her tiny living room.

Her father surveyed the polished hardwood floor already covered with boxes. "Where do you want this, honey?"

"Um... I'm not sure yet."

"Well, hurry up and decide before I get a hernia."

"Sorry, Dad. Just put it down where you are. I'll figure it out later."

Her landlord straightened to a full six feet tall. "I can help her move things around once she knows where she wants them." And then he winked at her.

Be still my heart!

Meet the Author

A multi-published eBook author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire.
A multi-published eBook author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire.

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Strange Neighbors 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 240 reviews.
MelWell More than 1 year ago
To sum up my review of Strange Neighbors: The characters were unique and endearing. The love story was amazing. The plot was interesting. The plot twists were creative. Strange Neighbors is a fun, easy read. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more books from Ashlyn Chase!
SarahLauren More than 1 year ago
What a cute cozy paranormal mystery! I loved this book and so look forward to reading the others in the series. What I really appreciate is that it seems as if the others in the series go through stories of different characters. Of course, this is not what I would call a "great work of literary fiction" like something by Larsson or Dickens, it was a nice, easy fun read. I highly recommend!
meggerfly More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 Stars Heat Rating: 4 out of 5 The Title: The title of this book just says it all for strange neighbors are what Merry gets when she moves into her new apartment. The Cover: The cover artist for this book did a superb job! The swirls easily convey the whimsy that is contained in this story. I just love the eyes along the right border. If you look closely you can see a witches hat as well as some fangs. Very cool! The Story: Merry MacKenzie has finally left the nest to live on her own. Too long had she lived with her extremely overprotective dad, taking care of him and her little brother after her mother passed away. It was time for her to be out on her own so she could spread her wings (are you getting the aviary imagery?). She was so pleased with her apartment and even more so with her hottie landlord, star baseball pitcher, Jason Falco. The only thing was, her neighbors were kinda... strange. The building had a residential ghost, two witches, a vampire and shapeshifters. How was it that all of a sudden she found herself surrounded by the supernatural? Shapeshifters and witches and vampires, oh my! Ashlyn Chase's writing is delightfully witty and I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. I laughed so much that I had members of my family questioning my sanity because they could hear my laughter rooms away! I have only one complaint about this book and it's this: the POV was constantly shifting. While in itself this isn't a really big deal to me, it seemed that it also bounced from first to third person and back again. It made my head spin but I can only take a little away for this because I enjoyed the story so much. This story was light and fun, the sex steamy, and I had a hard time putting it down. The secondary characters were a hoot (especially Gwyneth) and they rounded out the storyline nicely. This apartment building is full of all sorts of possibilities. I can't wait to read more! Funny line... “I do declare! I'd rather jump barefoot off a six-foot step ladder into a five-gallon bucket full of porcupines than see anything bad happen to you." "I don't think that's necessary, but the situation scares me a little”
Kenabug25 More than 1 year ago
Got pg 170 of the book and just couldn't go any further. I hate a bought book number two in advance. Maybe I'll finish it one day but the characters really just irritated me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refreshing, fun, sexy romp. Vampires and Werewolves and Witches have never been so much fun as they are in this series. A little bit of everything for the adult paranormal reader with a sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this sounded like a fun book but man what a let down. First of all, I found Merry whiny and indecisive. she had no problem accepting that the apartment building had a ghost, two witches, and her vampire father, yet she had a major freak out when she discovered her boyfriend was a shape shifter. The way she acted most of the time, I could have sworn she was a spoiled sixteen year old. I wanted to slap her. As for her boyfriend--Oy. Jason was a hottie and that's about all he had going for him--oh and the money he made in baseball. He was a wuss. It was so irritating that he and Merry fall in love in practically the first chapter--and so unbelievably--and they spent the rest of the book waffling. The secondary characters weren't all that fascinating either. Her biological father was not the brightest light bulb on the family tree. His whole story of his wife's death and how he became a vampire was pitiful. Add that to the fact that he's living in the basement and you got to wonder about the lack of intelligence in that family. The ghost was boring and his insistence about finding his killer was understanding but that whole thing kind of fizzled out. By the end I didn't care and I knew he wasn't going anywhere. The witches were interesting but wholly one dimensional. Oh and Aunt Dottie was a walking cliche. This whole book was a mishmash of uninteresting characters and plots sandwiched between the sex scenes. I wanted to like it--it had a good premise but in the end I felt ripped off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and this was such a disappointment. I didn't even finish reading it and that is almost a first for me. I am sorry this is even in my Nook. I would not recommend this book nor will I be interested in reading any other book by this author.
LadyDragonRider23 More than 1 year ago
Loved the twists and turns in this book & could not stop reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Mindy_Lou More than 1 year ago
The book was light and funny.. I liked the fact that when you were for sure something was going to happen or go down the book changed on you.. It was a good read.. Happy Reading
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I could not finish this book. It was trully ridiculous. Merry acted like a teenager most of the time. Between being whinny and dumb, I just couldn't like her. Sorry, but I really feel like I wasted my time reading as much as I did. The sex was a little much, but I guess the author thought it might save the book. I don't think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a cute book but definitely not for everyone. The detailed description of the sex act between the characters is unnecessary and has nothing to do with the story. I would not let my mother or teen-age daughter read this book; too bad; as it said it is a cute story until someone told the author to add in some trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book. I even tried reading it at two different times and both times I could not get through it. The story jumps around too much and after 89 pages there is no clear plot. I can guess what is going to happen, but even that isn't enough to hold my interest to continue reading. What I find most frustrating is the characters and premise isn't bad, but what is missing is a clear story to drive this forward. I am missing a reason to continue reading.
readragon More than 1 year ago
Really good story with lots of places to go with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and light paranormal romance. The writing was a little awkward at times, but keep reading because the storyline is a good one. I love the neighbors and can't wait to read more about all of them! The incredibly amusing scenarios and dialogue kept me hooked. The details and scenarios were quite unpredictable, and the intimacy wasn't over the top. I recommend that you give this story a chance.
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I cant wait to start the next book!
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ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun book. It had me laughing at unexpected moments. I have to admit that at times I found Merry a bit frustrating when she was so indecisive, but everything worked out in the end. I recommend this book it was an enjoyable read.