A satisfying category romance from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint…
He's designed for delicious trouble...
Interior designer Nikki Norris is at the end of her rope. She's lost her business, and her fiancé who called off their engagement. Now she's broke and on her own, living in a loft apartment she can barely afford. But something in her feng shui must be working, because her new neighbor across the hall is a sexy Brit fashion photographer...and he has just the thing to turn Nikki's bad luck around.
Dallas is tired of stick-thin fashion models with no personality. So when his curvaceous new neighbor, Nikki, seeks his help in making her ex jealous, Dallas is only too happy to oblige the woman who sets his libido on fire every time she walks into a room. Dallas, not being one to make commitments, thinks all he wants is a little taste of Nikki. But will it be enough?
Just as Nikki and Dallas hatch their plan, the wicked chemistry between them—growing more irresistible by the second—complicates things. Now the lines between make-believe and making love blur. Have Nikki and Dallas found a perfect arrangement... or have they designed the perfect plan for disaster?
About the Author
Sophie Wintner was raised in the Midwest and attended Kent State University where she studied communications and writing. Though she'd always dreamed of writing a novel someday, life took her down a slightly different path. After college and a brief stint in New York City, she returned to her Midwest roots and began her professional writing career working in advertising where she soon became an award-winning copywriter. Though she enjoyed doing print, radio and TV campaigns, she never forgot her dream of writing a novel. Always a voracious reader, one day she stumbled upon a romance novel and has been hooked on them ever since—hooked on reading them and eventually writing them!
Sophie is a certified hopeless romantic and eternal optimist when it comes to love. When she's not writing, Sophie who is a budding gourmet cook, can be found in the kitchen experimenting with exotic new recipes.
She lives in Chicago where she is working on a new novel. You can find her online by following her on Twitter at twitter.com/SophieWintner or on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophie-Wintner/209969979013884 or by visiting her website at www.sophiewintner.wix.com/lovethyneighbor
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Love Thy Neighbor
An Unexpected Love Story
By Sophie Wintner, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Sophie Wintner
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Nikki Norris shut the door behind the movers and looked around the new loft filled with items from her previous life. Storage boxes created a haphazard pathway, and throw pillows were tossed on the leather Belgravia sofa she'd gotten for a steal at a sample sale. The armoire, her pride and joy, lined the far wall. Everything looked cramped and out of place in the unfamiliar surroundings. But this was home for the foreseeable future. All seven hundred square feet of it.
She'd been through some rough times before, but nothing had prepared her for this. First her interior design business went under, and six weeks later, Matthew, love of her life, called off their wedding. But despite the recent turmoil in her life, she was determined not to curl up in a ball and sulk.
She picked up a box and hauled it to the armoire. Opening it, she pulled out a framed photograph—her engagement photo. Staring at Matthew's handsome, boyish face, she remembered the day he dropped his bomb on her.
He'd walked into their fabulous condo on Lake Shore Drive, plopped down on the sofa with the force of a man twice his weight, and said, "I can't do this. I can't marry you."
Opening the bottom drawer of the armoire, she laid the picture facedown and piled linens on top of it. It was time for a fresh start. Time to pull her life back together.
Gazing out the window from her third-story loft, Nikki noticed an impossibly long leggy thing with equally long, flowing hair pull up in a cab and enter the building. She realized this was the second such creature she'd seen in her building that day when the buzzer sounded.
"Hey kiddo, let me up. These bags are freakin' heavy."
"Jenna, what did you do?" Nikki pulled open the door as Jenna tumbled inside with two bulging grocery bags.
Jenna's blond hair was windblown and strewn across her face, strands hanging down in her enormous blue eyes. "I knew you probably didn't have time to go to the grocery store so I picked up the essentials." She pulled out two bottles of Cabernet, a hunk of Havarti, a baguette, and some Greek olives. "And of course we have the basics: milk, coffee, orange juice, bread, and eggs."
"You're the best." Nikki gave her a hug. "What would I do without you?"
"Well, you need to eat, sister. You're starting to get too skinny."
"Yeah, right." Nikki laughed. "That's something I'll never have to worry about." She'd battled with her weight all her life. From Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig to protein shakes, cleanses, and fat-sucking herbal remedies. She'd drop a few pounds and then yo-yo back up to where she'd started.
"The trick is finding where I packed the wineglasses," she said, searching through a box on the counter marked KITCHEN. "Not to mention the corkscrew."
"No worries. Ta-dah." Jenna produced a sleeve of plastic wineglasses and pulled a corkscrew from her back pocket.
"You thought of everything, didn't you?"
As Jenna uncorked the wine, she said, "Have you met any of your neighbors yet? I passed a real hottie in the hallway."
"Male or female?"
Jenna jutted out her slender hip and gave her long, blond hair a coquettish flip over her shoulder. "Now what do you think?"
"I'm only asking because I saw a couple of really gorgeous—I mean stunning— women here earlier today."
"Well, he was pretty stunning himself, whoever he was." She handed Nikki a glass. "Here's to your new place and to a new beginning."
They made the first of countless toasts that night, and before the evening was through, Jenna, with her type A personality, had half the boxes unpacked. No wonder she was such a good video producer. She knew how to get things done. Nikki called her the miracle worker.
With Jenna's help, Nikki painted one wall a deep burgundy that instantly transformed the sterile-looking space. From there, they hung pictures on the other walls, arranged her oversize furniture, lined her bookshelves, and set out her knickknacks while they worked their way through the second bottle of wine.
The next morning, Nikki woke up in an apartment that, aside from the collection of boxes hovering near the door, looked as though she'd lived there for years. She made a pot of coffee, curled up in her favorite tufted chair, and opened her laptop. She decided that today was the day she'd send an email to all her old vendors, architects, and real estate people, everyone in the business she could think of. She would let them know that she had just opened her own firm. That was the plan, only she couldn't get past the first line:
I'm pleased to announce the formation of my new design firm, Norris Interiors.
Looking for anything that would distract her, Nikki decided to take a few boxes down the hall to the trash. She opened her door and found yet another box waiting for her. Ah, my letterhead and business cards are here.
She brought the box inside and tore it open, anxious to see her new logo embossed on the linen stock she'd selected. Feeling through the packing paper, her fingers landed on something silky. What the ... She held up a black satin garter belt and lace bustier. There was more lingerie in there, but she didn't dare look. She closed the box and glanced at the mailing label. Oh, shit. It was addressed to T. Dallas in apartment 301. That was the unit across the hall. Great way to make a good impression with your new neighbor. Nothing like riffling through their deliveries.
She sealed up the box and drew a deep breath to psych herself up before she went back out in the hall. She tucked the box under one arm and was about to knock on number 301 when the door opened. With one look, Nikki's pulse took off as she came eye to eye with the most gorgeous man she'd ever seen. This had to have been the guy Jenna was talking about.
God, he was spectacular. Tall, dressed in a pair of faded jeans and a loose, unbuttoned white shirt. She was so taken with him she almost didn't notice the box he had resting on his hip.
"Good morning," he said.
"Morning. I, ah—I was just coming to drop this off," Nikki choked out, indicating the box.
"Looks like they pulled a switch on us. I received your parcel by mistake, too. I was going to drop it by your place. You must be Norris Interiors and this"—he hoisted the package a bit higher—"would be your stationery."
Oh good Lord, the man had an accent. English, Australian, South African—wherever it was from, it was amazing and every bit as sexy as the rest of him.
Nikki giggled nervously. "I'm so sorry. I accidentally opened your—your stuff." She was too embarrassed to say lingerie. Who'd he buy it for—his wife? Girlfriend? She could feel her cheeks turning red.
"Just moving in, are you?" he asked, running his free hand through his wavy brown hair. "Welcome to the building."
"Ah, yeah." Nikki could hardly speak, suddenly aware that her hair was in a lopsided ponytail, her oversize slippers were covered in paint, and she had on a pair of disgusting sweatpants and an old football jersey that had belonged to Matthew. And not a stitch of makeup.
"This is a little heavy. Let me help you," he said, swapping boxes with her.
"No, I'm good." She collected the package in her arms. "Got it. Really—I'm good, thanks."
"You sure now?"
"Oh yeah. I'm sure."
"All right then. I'm Troy, by the way. Troy Dallas, but everyone calls me Dallas. If you need anything, give a knock."
"Troy. Dallas." She sighed. She heard herself actually sigh.
"And what do I call you other than Norris Interiors?"
"Oh yeah. Sorry. Nikki. I'm Nikki Norris—your ah, neighborhood postal inspector."
"Well, all right then." He smiled, and of course the man had perfect teeth. "Good to meet you, Nikki Norris."CHAPTER 2
Cute girl. Very cute. Troy Dallas smiled as he closed the door behind him. He set the box down without bothering to open it. He knew what was inside—all the pieces for next week's lingerie shoot. He could only imagine what his new neighbor must have thought when she accidently opened the box. He looked around his loft filled with cameras, tripods and backdrops, wardrobe racks, sandbags, and lighting equipment. He had work to do, but it could wait. He was more interested in reading the newspaper than editing through the hundreds of photographs for the fall fashion spread.
Heading toward the couch, he heard a ruckus out in the hallway, followed by a woman saying, "Shit. Goddammit. Sh-it—tt." Dallas laughed to himself. That had to be his new neighbor Nikki Norris.
He opened his front door and saw her standing before a tumble of moving boxes at her feet. She looked up, red-cheeked. Although embarrassed, she was adorable. A natural beauty. Skin white as porcelain, huge brown eyes, and lustrous dark hair. The girl was a knockout, and he itched to photograph her just as she was. Even clean-faced, she was gorgeous. He'd seen top models without any makeup, and it was scary what lurked beneath all that pancake and powder.
"Here," he said, stepping out in the hallway. "Let me—" They both leaned forward at the exact same time and bumped heads.
They laughed. She playfully rubbed her forehead, and as she straightened up, her body brushed against his, sending a rush of heat straight to his groin.
She apologized—as if he'd minded one bit.
"Let me get those for you," he said, wrangling up the scattered boxes, unable to think clearly as his eyes rode up the length of her body. He tried to imagine what she had going on underneath those baggy sweat pants. Her football jersey hinted at her nipples, and gave him an excellent idea of what she had on top. Man, it was rare to see a woman with real curves instead of those straight-up-and-down stick figures he was used to.
He realized he was staring and getting a bit turned on. He scooped up the boxes, tucked several under one arm, and grabbed the rest with his free hand, using them to camouflage the bulge in his jeans.
"Trash is down at the very end," he said as he showed her the way. He broke down the boxes and stuffed them in the chute marked RECYCLE.
"Thanks for helping," she said. "Moving is such a pain." She rolled her spectacular dark eyes. She seemed a bit nervous, a little awkward. She hadn't once looked directly at him.
"Well, with any luck," he said, bending slightly, forcing her to finally meet his gaze, "you won't have to do this again for a long, long time."
"Ah, yeah. With any luck."
He could have sworn her cheeks were turning red once more.
"Well, um, thanks again." She turned and put her hand on her doorknob.
"Any time, Nikki Norris." He smiled and winked at her just as she closed her door.
Very, very cute girl. Definitely not the model type. Thank God. Between the lip implants, cheek implants, and chin and breast implants, it was hard to find anything real about them. Men always gawked at those women, but Dallas knew that if any of them ever tried to sit down and have a conversation with those wax figures, they'd walk away sadly disappointed.
But as for his neighbor, now there was nothing put-on about her. If anything, she was a bit self-conscious and shy. He found it refreshing. It was good to know that there were still real women out there in the world. And especially one living right across the hall from him.
His friends thought he had a dream job, shooting beautiful models all day long in swimsuits and lingerie, slinky dresses and trendy tight jeans. The women came to his loft and pouted their synthetically plumped lips, and posed and flirted with him and his camera. And in exchange, he was handsomely rewarded. The pay was phenomenal, and occasionally he got a cover shoot or a decent editorial spread that brought him a modicum of satisfaction, but it would never be the kind of work he really wanted.
He leafed through the newspaper, turning to the world news section, and lost himself in an article about the disappearing Andean glaciers in South America. He shook his head. Yeah right, there's no such thing as global warming. Bloody idiots.
A knock sounded on his door. Nikki flashed through his mind. She needed his help with something. Dallas perked up, striding across the room. He pulled the door open and his heart sagged. One of his models stood in the hallway. He'd forgotten some of the girls were coming by to have their head shots taken. Although she was stunning, he was disappointed. He forced a smile and welcomed her inside. He'd been hoping it was little Nikki Norris knocking on his door.CHAPTER 3
"And tell me again why you're whispering?"
"Because, Jenna," Nikki said in a hushed voice, her hand cupped over the mouthpiece on her phone, "he's right across the hall."
"My gorgeous neighbor. The guy you saw in my building. I've seen him twice already this morning."
"Really." Jenna giggled. "Tell me more."
"I told you so, didn't I?"
"Oh God, he's very, very hot. And he has an accent. English or something sexy like that. I could listen to him recite the phone book—it's that good."
"Wow. So what'd you two talk about? What's his deal?"
"I don't know. I got so nervous I can't remember what he said. I could barely speak myself. I opened his package by mistake."
"His package? What do you mean you opened his package?"
"Not that kind of package, silly. A delivery kind of package. As in a box. And it was full of lingerie."
"And so I went to return it and apologize for opening it, and it turned out he had my box of stationery."
"So what happened next?"
"I was so nervous I ran back inside my place. Then, a few minutes later, I tried to throw out the moving boxes and I dropped them all over the hall and he came out to help me. I was a total klutz. Plus, I looked like hell. No makeup. Sweat pants and a grungy top. And get this—he lives right across the hall from me. Oh no—wait a minute, I hear someone out in the hallway—" Nikki tiptoed over to her peephole. She peered out.
A tall, leggy brunette in a pair of skintight jeans and a halter top knocked on Mr. Sexy's door. A beat later the door opened up and Nikki saw him flash that killer smile as he ushered the brunette inside and closed the door.
"Ugh," Nikki groaned.
"What? What happened?"
"One of his goddesses just showed up."
"Crap. Is it the same girl you saw yesterday?"
"Nope. Someone else."
"Damn. So he's a playah."
"Okay, maybe he's not. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt."
"I bet he bought the lingerie for her."
"Sit tight. I'm coming over. We need a strategy."
"Strategy? For what?"
"For you and your sexy neighbor."
Nikki shook her head. "Jenna, that's crazy."
"Listen to me. This is the first man you've even noticed since your breakup with Matthew. I'm coming over."
"C'mon over, but I'm telling you right now, it's a waste of time."
"And why is that?"
"Because (a) I'm not his type. Clearly. Men like that do not go for women like me. And (b) even if I was his type, I'm not ready. It's still too soon after Matthew."
Jenna sighed into the phone, exasperation evident.
"I'm sorry, Jenna, but I'm not over him yet."
"You know what they say—the best way to get over someone is to get under someone new. Stay right there. I'm on my way."
Fifteen minutes later, Jenna arrived with bagels and cream cheese. They sat on the area rug and got down to business.
"Did you see him when you came in?" Nikki asked.
"No, and let me tell you, I did some serious loitering out in your hallway."
"Well, another bombshell showed up. A blonde this time."
"I wonder if he's a pimp. Or maybe he's running some sort of upscale prostitution ring or escort service."
"I hope not. He's too beautiful for something sleazy like that. But you should have seen that lingerie."
Jenna took a bite of her bagel and in between chews she said, "Okay, we need more information. Do you think he's married to one of them?"
"Didn't see a wedding ring. But then again, I was too busy looking at his amazing abs."
Jenna stopped chewing. "Wait—You saw his abs?"
"His shirt was unbuttoned. God, the man's got great abs. Solid muscle. He's beautiful."
"Okay, we need to find out if he's attached."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nikki and Dallas meet when she moves across the hall from him. Dallas is a photographer and Nikki is an interior designer. Nikki is getting over a bad breakup with her ex-fiance' Matt, who left her devastated when he implied she was boring and not enough. Dallas sees Nikki and instantly falls for her. He has definite commitment issues and struggles with his feelings for her. They both come up with a plan to go to her friends' wedding together to make Matthew jealous. Both of them think the other one is just going along with the ruse and not really interested. When they finally explore their feelings for each other an unfortunate incident causes Dallas to misconstrue what is happening and he makes a last minute decision that causes both of them to suffer needlessly. Overall a quick, easy read and perfect if you are looking for a light, neighbor to lover romance with a good HEA.
My Thoughts: This new imprint from Entangled has it all--great stories and characters and the perfect mix of romance. The second I started reading this one, I was hooked. Dallas and Nikki were irresistible together. You've got to love those tropes where the girl's trying to make the ex jealous. Unfortunately for Nikki, using Dallas is the best and worst choice possible. The best because, well, SWOON; the worst because...well, SWOON. Dallas is obviously better for Nikki than her ex, but she's determined to get the ex back. Even though that's her main goal, there's nothing wrong with a little flirting and kissing with the sexy British neighbor, right? But the moments they share together are blossoming, and they don't have much time left before everything changes. Love Thy Neighbor was the perfect love story. The best part to me--aside from the kissing--was how the story developed. It wasn't this whole insta-love or even insta-lust. Time went by, thought went into their actions. It was just a lovely mix of romance and finding ultimate happiness. I am really anxious to see what else Sophie Wintner has in store! My Rating: Exceptional
Nikki Norris hit a rough patch on her road to success. Her partner in their interior design firm ran off with all their money. Then her fiancée said he didn't want to marry her. She's due for a break. When she's forced to move, she learns that her next door neighbor is Troy Dallas, a very sexy fashion photographer. He's attracted to her and she to him. Good things are going to happen. Right? This is such a humorous and sensual story. Nikki and Dallas make such a perfect couple. It's too bad that he doesn't do forever. The characters are charming and their chemistry is so hot. I love when they are together. Her ex, Matthew, is so wrong for her. I didn't understand why such a kick-ass woman let a man like Matthew destroy her confidence. I wanted him gone. Dallas is so much better for her. He wants her to be happy. I understood his insecurity and was glad when he finally faced his past and moved on with his life. Sophie Wintner did a great job! Her plot was solid and her characters were well written. I was immediately pulled into their romance. I couldn't put down Love Thy Neighbor. I wanted a HEA for Nikki and Dallas.
I enjoyed reading this book. I loved Dallas even with all his insecurities. He helped Nikki find herself again and regain her confidence. A true nobleman. I loved the way he made her feel, treated her and just got to know the real her. Nikki was such a relatable character for me. Someone who doesn't always feel beautiful or think she is up to par so to speak. But I truly felt her transformation and it was heartwarming. She deserved to be treated special because that was how she was to others. This was just a great feel read with a little frustration and a whole lot of hotness thrown in. The chemistry between Dallas and Nikki was combustible. I was very pleased with the ending of this story and with the resolution of the conflicts. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This book is a great read. Nikki and Dallas story is when your not looking for love and finds you it's worth the wait.
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neighbors to forever-love the slant-plus a neighbor who is British.Yummy!! ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** This is the story of Nikki Norris and Troy Dallas. Nikki is an interior designer while Dallas is a photographer. Nikki has had a horrible run of bad luck. Her fiancée called off the engagement, her business went bust, she is living in a loft she can’t afford and is about to lose. Nikki thinks she has been jinxed when she meets Dallas, her sexy British neighbor. Nikki is just trying to put herself back together and start anew... But she still has a feeling that the fiancé should come back to her because of all the time they were together & she is the only one right for him, etc.... As she starts to figure out her where she is... she has an episode of “being stuck in an elevator” with sexy British neighbor. And oh my, the chemistry is off the charts. When they finally get out of the elevator, Nikki’s ex sees her being friendly with Dallas and lets her know that he is taking his new, barely legal girlfriend to the wedding of a friend that they both know. More of a “rub it in your face” move designed to hurt Nikki. Nikki acts like its no big deal but its killing her inside. Dallas finds out and offers to take her – BUT he tells her, “he does not do relationships” ever. Now they do the dance around each other, trying to avoid the relationship that they know they want , instead just take it one day at a time and go for friends route and fight deeper meaning. I enjoyed the chemistry between these two. Seeing them try to avoid the all out heat between them , knowing how there is true chemistry, and they are fighting it. What I really appreciated was eventually every one took responsibility of who they were and what they wanted out of life. This also had secondary characters I liked and I hope those characters get their story someday. My rating : 4 stars ****
4.5 Hot Guy with English Accent and Rocking Abbs Stars *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* It was hot. It was romantic. It was sweet. This book was just great and lovely. Dallas has all kind of intimacy issues with women… not so much with their intimate parts, hehe. But being a super hot, fit, gifted photographer with a British accent made things more than easy for him. Nikki is an interior designer that had some very nasty things happening to her, starting with a crook for a business partner and a deprecating and unskilled jerk for a fiancé… needless to say, she finds herself in a new apartment after the fiancé called off the wedding because he was bored and the partner forced her into bankruptcy after hightailing it with all her funds and clients’ money. Thank the Lord karma compensates her with the hottest neighbor in the story of time. They meet, sparks fly, pulses jump. The hot bits were scorching, I would totally let Dallas do anything he wanted to me…whenever, wherever. It was lovely to see Nikki get back into her own, after her inner strength was crushed by years of an emotional abusive git for a boyfriend. Dallas gives her the boost she needed to be confident in her own skin. Nikki made Dallas realize all he had been missing and needed in his life. Sophie Winter is going into my “I’ll definitely be reading everything she’s ever written” list. This book was fun, sexy and sweet all at once, and I had a wonderful time reading it.
Nikki moves into to her quaint apartment. All she can think about is that her fiance broke up with her and called her boring. She knows she can do whatever it takes to get him back. Then she meets her sexy as hell next door neighbor Dallas who is a very well sought after photographer. She knows Dallas could possibly have no interest in her, since he looks at gorgeous models all day, but maybe he can help make her ex jealous. Dallas thinks Nikki is sexy, honest, and natural. All the things he didn't know he was looking for in a girl. Dallas doesn't do commitment, but maybe he will just change his style. Dallas agrees to help her make her ex jealous, but realizes nothing Nikki is wrapped up in her ex to much. He isn't going to change her mind. Great book. Awesome ending. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
3.5 SOLID STARS Nikki Norris has just gone through hell and back! She has been dumped by her fiancé and swindled by her business partner. Starting over means a new apartment, a new go at a business, new hobby(running, of course) and ……….of course a new guy. She’s the ugly duckling that has somehow turned into a beautiful/graceful swan (I KNOW, I KNOW!!! You’ve already read this!)….bahaha. Hang on though! Don’t give up! Troy Dallas aka Dallas is a professional photographer, constantly surrounded by fake breast, fake women, fake lips, fake personalities (ROUGH LIFE, RIGHT?!) He has abandonment issues (bc who doesn’t), but of course is now wanting to be saved! If it sounds like this is all clichéd………honestly, some of it was. I won’t lie to you. However, I will tell you what worked. I enjoyed that both characters were really likable. The story line would have worked a little better without all of the predictability, such as the elevator scene and the “pretty woman” qualities of the story. I enjoyed the design aspects of the story, as I am a professional HGTV watcher. Dallas’ interest in the environment, and the way that the author added it to the story, was pretty fascinating. I wish that would have been explored a little bit more. My final thoughts…….it was cute. I didn’t feel like rolling my eyes at every page, and I honestly devoured it…..cheesiness and all. This would be a refreshing reading something super emo. Add it to your too read for when you need something light yet enjoyable.
ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing This is the story of Nikki and Dallas. Nikki is a interior designer who is coming off a 5 year engagement. Her fiancé left her, because he claims she is to "boring". She has not only lost her fiancé, but also her business partner who did a runner by taking all their clients money with her. Now Nikki is staring over in a new condo where the handsome Dallas a photographer just happens to be her neighbour. She is still in love with her ex fiancé, but she cant help but admire all that is Dallas. Dallas photographs beautiful and sexy models all day long. Except he is tired of it. They are all just fake and phony and his heart is not in it. He wants to photograph more than just models. He wants to go to Antarctica and photograph the glaciers there. When he meets his sexy new neighbour, he cant help but be attracted to the curvy sexy brunette, who is like a breath of fresh air. Problem is he does not do relationships and she is still hung up on her ex. When he agrees to attend a wedding with her, to help make the ex jealous all thoughts of not having a relationship and her ex go out the window for both of them. This is a sweet, quirky little romance about falling in love
I really enjoyed this book! Nikki is an interior designer who recently got dumped by her fiance. Her business partner ripped her off and she is completely starting over. She has confidence issues and is insecure. She moves to a new apartment and meets the sexy photographer across the hall. Dallas is a fashion photographer who is so hot he should be in front of the camera instead of behind it. He doesn't do relationships. Dallas has his own insecurities and isn't really happy with his current profession. Nikki and Dallas have immediate chemistry. This book is steamy hot! I loved how these characters meet and the friendship they develop. I was slightly annoyed with Nikki (especially any situation involving that dirt bag Matthew) and how insecure she could be at times but I get it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it was hot, sweet and romantic. I look forward to reading more by this author!
4.5 Stars! Wow, another great book from Lovestruck, the newest imprint from Entangled Publishing. Love Thy Neighbor is both a hot and imaginative read from debut author Sophie Wintner. The plot captures your attention right from the start and continues to entertain until the very last written word. The two primary characters, architectural interior designer Nikki Norris, and fashion photographer Troy Dallas, have tremendous chemistry and their Cinderella story is replete with kindness, yearning and love. Ms. Wintner is an wonderful storyteller and I can't wait for her to write another book. After her business partner steals all her money and her fiancee dumps her, Nikki is beginning a new life. Starting a new business, living in a new place and meeting Dallas, the handsomest neighbor of all time, takes some getting used too. Nikki is a very sweet woman, and Dallas helps her get over her various insecurities as well as teaching her a few things about pleasure. Dallas is gorgeous and the models that he works with are constantly throwing themselves at him. He has never experienced true love, because he has never found the right woman and he is afraid of making a commitment. Dallas finds Nikki to be like a breath of fresh air, and as a result, he finally experiences the love that everyone talks about. I really liked this book. It is fun, flirty and engaging. The only thing missing is some background information about Nikki's childhood, and her relationship with her family. I really liked Jenna, Nikki's best friend because she is spunky and adds just the right amount of humor when it is called for during an emotional situation. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
This debut novel is the story of Dallas and Nikki. When Nikki moves in to her new apartment, she never expects to meet such a handsome neighbor. Dallas is a fashion photographer and has a steady stream of beautiful women coming and going from his place. Nikki can't believe he would be interested in her, but when he does her a favour to make her ex jealous, the lines of friendship and lovers get crossed. Can these two neighbours find true love together? I liked the premise of this story and it started off well but Nikki's character started to wear on me. Her lack of confidence in attracting a gorgeous man like Dallas was constantly observed in her own internal monologues and I found that frustrating. Dallas's character was interesting and I appreciated that he was attracted to Nikki for her personality and her interior design skills as well as her looks. I also liked the fact that the story was told in both points of view, as I always appreciate being shown what both main characters are thinking and feeling. There was definite heat in the story and the love scenes were well written. Overall I thought it was a good effort for a debut and I'll be interested to see what this author will write next. 3 stars.
Fantastic story! Loved Troy Dallas and Nikki Norris. He has a hard time letting go of his heart. She has a hard time holding on to hers. Together they are magic!! The characters are amazing, the writing is top notch and the story is amazing. All in all, a must read. I highly recommend it.
Complimentary copy kindly received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Nikki Norris, babe stars Nikki Norris is an interior designer, who now finds herself jobless, single and moving into a new apartment. Not in the best frame of mind, she reflects on her defunct 5 year relationship, having been almost dumped at the altar by her bored fiancé. Troy Dallas is a renowned photographer, who uses his apartment to conduct his shoots, current ones being lingerie laden. Nikki spots the handsome Brit, Dallas, and is immediately smitten. Their interactions verge on gentle flirting, until Dallas decides that he may be able to help Nikki Norris out in more ways than one. I enjoyed this light read, especially Dallas, the Brit who didn’t sound like one! It was fun to watch them both overcome their insecurities, whilst slowly realising the effect they had on one another. This was a first read for me from this author, and I found her voice an easy, humorous one.
Love Thy Neighbor is a good debut from Sophie Wintner, who has brought us a cute, sexy romance containing a likeable lady and a British man, a Manc to be precise - as a northern British woman, this is always appreciated. New neighbours, he's a commitmentphobe, she's just out of a broken engagement. She wants to make her ex jealous, he's happy to help. And it's not long before feelings are thrown into the mix. "Oh Nikki Norris, I want you, I do. But I don't want to hurt you". I loved Dallas. He was a complete sweetheart. But, (and it's not a bad but, it's just the slightly moaning Brit in me making a fleeting appearance), his name was a bit of a sticking point for me...Troy Dallas. LA yes, Droylsden, not so much. In the grand scheme of things though it's minor and irrespective of what I thought of his name, the man made me swoon. He may be living the high life photographing models in his condo, but he's grounded, patient and doesn't half know how to say the right things. "I would love nothing more than to turn you on. I would show you how exciting and sensual you really are. I’d want to please you, make you feel good about yourself again. You deserve that..." For the early part of the book Nikki frustrated; she has blinkers on, thinks the right man for is her ex and she's lacking self-confidence. Yet there were parts of her I could empathise with - in some respects I've been in her shoes. But she surprised me and her chemistry with Dallas burnt bright and brought the hot and the heartfelt. And with an ending that left a huge smile on my face it was a sexy, easy-read romance, fitting to the Lovestruck imprint. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.