Neighbors With Benefits

Neighbors With Benefits

by Marissa Clarke

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ISBN-13: 9781943336555
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Neighbors With Benefits (Entangled Lovestruck) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Michael and Mia don't start off on good terms. He's constantly calling the manager about issues he keeps having with her. In her defense, he's the one who makes all the noise first--what else is she to do but to make it clear that he's interrupting her life? Sadly, though, thanks to all of his phone calls, Mia gets kicked out of the apartment. Michael feels guilty about what happened because if it weren't for him, she'd still have a place to stay. So he offers to let her stay with him. And in return, he'll pose as her fiancé. They realize that this is all only temporary, but their first impromptu kiss keeps them from acting rationally. Neighbors with Benefits was an adorable fake engagement and enemies to lovers story! I loved Mia--I mean she blasted Weird Al Yankovic to drown out the noises in the other apartment. What's not to love about that? I also really enjoyed how Michael grew throughout the story. The fact that he's pet-sitting Clancy, his therapist's dog, added to the change in him, not to mention had some pretty hilarious moments. All in all, I'm very pleased to see the Anderson Brothers series continue and can't wait to see the next one by Marissa Clarke! My Rating: Very Good
ShereadsALOT More than 1 year ago
Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint is all about finding love where you least expect it, with hilarious “meet-cutes”. For me, when I think of Lovestruck, I think of tons of laugh out loud moments. Neighbors with Benefits has that in spades. I seriously had a smile on my face the WHOLE time I was reading the book. To me, that’s just unheard of. Michael Anderson and Mia Argaropolis are two opposites who shouldn't want anything to do with each other, but burnt bread, an overflowed bathtub, an uncontrollable dog and a jerk of an ex bring these two together. Michael is all about control and order. He’s the CEO of Anderson Enterprises and his first day off in over a year is about to change his life forever. Mia is a free-spirit. She’s a talented artist who lives a nomadic life by housesitting for various people. She’s also a little flighty. This flightiness actually causes her to meet Michael. The two have this love-hate relationship with amazing chemistry and playful zingers. I found the second book in Marissa Clarke’s Anderson Brothers Series to be just fabulous. Michael is still a little of a mystery to me, since I don’t understand why he had to live such a structured life, but I loved watching Mia turn his world on its axis. I’m now rushing to read the first book, Sleeping with the Boss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars for a classic case of opposites attract with this being the second book in the Anderson Brothers Series it can be read as a stand alone. Mia Argaropolis is a beautiful artist who flits from place to place but just happens to be house sitting next to a stuffed shirt. Mia is the definition of a free spirit not really caring too much where she ends up and slightly flighty. Mia has this outward persona that speaks of goofy/nutty behavior but that is far from the truth. Michael Anderson is the CEO of his family business and is literally all business all the time. He knows how to relax with a woman for the night but that's all it will ever be because Michael doesn't have the time or the inclination for a relationship. Michael hasn't had a day off in forever and once he finally does the noisy neighbor changes his life forever. Instant attraction and combustible chemistry come together to make this a fast paced and minimal angst read that I enjoyed in one day. I will definitely look for more from this author.
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
You know when they say, "it's always the quite ones"? The same goes for the ones that hold on to their control the tightest. When they lose the long-held control, they do it spectacularly. In the second book of the Anderson Brothers series, the oldest brother, Michael, is about to spiral out of control. He is fostering a dog for his therapist, working on the biggest deal of his career, and not getting anything done in the bedroom (sleep or otherwise) due to the house sitter in his neighbor's apartment. Mia is a nomad, moving from one house sitting job to the next, with only one real constant in her life, the group of ladies she instructs in an art therapy class at the local retirement home. She does not realize that her way of life is more about protecting herself from heartache than being able to make connections with people. After Mia and Michael have a terrible first meeting, Michael feels horrible when Mia's ex shows up and says some of the very same things Michael did. Michael butts in hoping to help the situation and ends up declaring himself Mia's fiancé. From this point on, I did not have any idea how Marissa Clarke was going to spin this story. The couple's explosive attraction was evident from the first touch, but I never guessed Mia would be the one to hold back. Clarke surprised me at every turn and thrilled me with every kiss. Each kiss was like an event. Some authors get to wordy and descriptive about kisses, passion, and sex. Clarke did not do that here. The couple's first three kisses were like a getting pulled onto the dance floor when your favorite song begins to play, completely spontaneous and uninhibited. Michael's carefully planned life gets upended and, in the long run, he begins to love the mess. I haven't read the first book in the series, Sleeping with the Boss, but if it is anywhere close to the phenomenal caliber of writing that Neighbors with Benefits is, I will move it to the top of my TBR list. Thanks so much to Marissa Clarke and Entangled Lovestruck for granting me with a copy of Neighbors with Benefits in exchange for an honest review.
Shawnao-Of-The-Dead More than 1 year ago
Michael Anderson is one sexy “control freak” I wouldn't mind controlling me. The second installment of the Anderson Brothers series shows the story of Michael,a sexy CEO, and Mia, a free spirited artist. They are completely different, but yet almost the same. It's true what they say about opposites attract but I think the addition of the cute little doggy Clancy that brought these two together. This is a great read and I love the humor that comes from these two butting heads and fighting their feelings. The whole book flowed so well I couldn't put it down. Marissa Clarke is a great wordsmith and knows how to tell a compelling story that makes you want to go on the journey of the characters she creates. I'm telling you that this is a must read.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke was definitively the funniest Book I have read in a long time – adding the fact that when read the Blurb I expected it to be “just” a “powerful-man-falls-in-love-with-different-than-usual-woman” – I have to admit I was totally surprised by this book. In addition, I can honestly state that it was (at least for me) a very unusual approach to a very often used theme – which makes it unique in my world and a lot of fun to read. Any further explanation would give away too much on the story – so just be warned to read it some place where your laughing will not disturb anybody else. God – I am actually still grinning P.S. it might be the second in that series - but it can be read as a standalone without any problems > > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. > > In exchange, I promised an honest review.
Nigelgirl More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC for my honest review. This is the second book in the Anderson's series. I have to say Marissa did not disappoint me in this book. Michael Anderson is your typical CEO corporate, control freak and playboy. Mia Argaropolis is your typical free spirited and flighty women. Or are they? When these two meet up it is not a match made in heaven. It is quit the opposite. These two are so far from the same and yet they have compassion even if one hides it. This books is good read and I would recommend it to my family and friends. It is about growth and love and learning who one is. Two people balancing the other out and ultimately seeing beyond the surface. I loved the dog in this book he plays a big part in this book. Clancy has a huge part in this book. He helps in more ways than one to bring these two together. Buy he is also good for the soul. Thank you Marissa for another great read. I can't wait for the next installment of the next Anderson brother.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It was a super fun read with interesting characters that made the story come to life. Free spirited Mia was perfect for the always serious business minded Michael. She brought a side of him to life with her snarky banter and quick wit. Michael was good for her too! Building confidence and a desire for a full life for herself is just what Mia needs. This is one you will want on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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this is the first book I have read from this author. could not put it down till I finished it. enjoyed it
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Tipsy-Ink More than 1 year ago
Squeeee! Yup, I've been reduced to a giggling and giddy fan girl. That is a pretty hard task to accomplish. This was a really fun and flirt read and devoid of anything sinister. There are no 'bad' guys save for a douchey ex-boyfriend that is so unimportant you kinda forget he exists until he is mentioned. It's a light read that is perfect for a day on the beach and a quick read to boot. I literally finished it in under 3 hours with a short interlude for food. The Great (Pros): The romance. It was steamy, enlightening and fun. Everything a reader looks for in a good romantic pairing. The chemistry is on point and the evolution of Mia and Michael as a unit as well as separate entities is perfect. The Queen Bs. I loved those kooky old ladies. The scenes with them were some of the funniest. Clancy. He's fluffy and adorable. What's not to love. His antics had me thinking about some of my pets and giggling at the memories. Subject matter. I really liked that although Mia is 'beautiful' this book touches on some insecurities that have nothing to do with physical appearance. I really enjoyed reading about Mia learning to respect and appreciate herself as well as Michael reinforcing that she is a somebody and worthy of love. It made their relationship that much more beautiful. The Not So Great (Cons): Pace.It felt a little rushed at times and too slow at others, but all in all its not anything too serious and doesn't draw away from the story. Mia's Friends. Sure they aren't bad people, but I felt like they should have been a little better to her or at least a little more apologetic. “I received a free copy of the book from the author/publisher for my honest opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own”
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Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian *I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Reads in exchange for a fair and honest review.* I really enjoyed this book. I am a sucker for a book that has a sassy female lead and a bull headed male lead. This book definitely has just that! What makes it even better is what you learn about the characters as the story unfolds. It eases some of the harshness on the exterior of each character and makes them quite lovable. I think the dialogue that was written between these two characters from start to finish was perfect and on point. It felt like it flowed naturally between the two and didn't feel rushed or pushed. I could define it as the relationship you had with your significant other right away, or at least it's similar to mine in so far as the banter, the wit, and the attitude. You feel there is something more there and the conversation feels natural as if you've known the person a long time. I give major props to the author for this as this, to me, seems to be an area that so many fall short. This is the type of book you would want to read if you're looking for a happy, pick me up, kind of book. Pick up your copy, you won't regret it!
mignon-mykel More than 1 year ago
Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review. Add one part, control freak, to one part free spirit, and what do you get? A fun, cute novel featuring Michael (said control freak) and artist Mia (that free spirit). Let's be honest -- control freak may even be too light of a term for Michael. His therapist wants him to "open up" and "loosen up" and oh, maybe you can watch my dog for a few days. Michael is gruff and annoyed, but he takes the dog (who's name is... well, who's gender is... yeah, he didn't bother to ask) and heads back to his ritzy condo, a condo that people spend money on for the seclusion and the idea that you won't be bothered by your neighbors, but oh yes, that's right -- There's a house sitter next door and the person plays music way too loud and Michael's perpetual headache just gets worse and worse -- the icing on the cake? The smoke detector is going off. The last thing Michael expects to see when heading to the next door over is a pretty woman in barely there gym clothes. Mia is everything Michael is not. She lives in the moment and finding this house sitting gig was a blessing in disguise -- with it, she's close enough to the art galley she wanted to be at, and the space, the light... everything is perfect for her own light. At first she wants to like Michael, the man who comes blazing in to help her turn off the alarm, but quickly she learns what a... stick in the mud, he is. These two were SO MUCH FUN to read about. This was such a laugh out loud type of romance. I don't do a lot of giggling when reading so-called comedies, but when I actually do? The author has for sure hit the mark. The chemistry, the fighting, the making up... it all worked for me. The 'big bang' moment has more to do with Mia not trusting her free ways could ever be enough for stuffy Michael. Mia needed some order in her life, and Michael needed some looseness; Marissa Clark did a fantastic job with these two, and I'm excited to go back and read William Anderson's book but really, I'm excited for the upcoming release of baby brother Chance's book!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract on steroids. That is the phrase I would use to describe Mia and Michael. These people are so incompatible that it's hilarious. Uptight (stuffed shirt), organized and reliable business man Michael and flighty, free spirited, fly by the seat of the pants Mia. A relationship between these two people doesn't make sense. Yet Ms. Clarke's story and her vision does. In theory they may not make sense but as you delve deeper into Neighbor's with Benefits you start to see that Micheal helps to add structure to Mia's life. Mia helps Michael to relax and enjoy life. I receive a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Absolute delight. I had a feeling I would like this. It was pretty PG but sexy nonetheless. Michael was honorable and actually pretty adorable once he lets go a little. I think the author went a little overboard with the heroine's character. I don't think the clothes all over the floor or a sink full of dirty dishes was necessary to be portray her as flighty. The chemistry this couple had was sizzling for sure. I adored "Sleeping with the boss" and am looking so forward to Chance's story as well.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS is not just a story of opposites attracting but also of opposites being alike where it matters: on the inside. Rigid, uptight and stuffy are words that can be used to describe Michael Anderson. Michael is a man who loves to be in control of himself, his image, his surroundings and even his relationships so his disruptive neighbor from hell and his doggy charge are sure to strain his control. Artist Mia Argaropolis is having the time of her life doing what she loves, working as an art therapist at a retirement community and house-sitting but it would even be more fun if her neighbor next door played nice. Michael and Mia's first meeting is less than ideal and every subsequent meeting after that does not improve on the first. So why does Michael find himself stepping in to defend her from her ex-boyfriend? Why does he invite her to stay in his apartment when she loses the house-sitting job? And why is he pretending to be her fiancé at an out of town event to protect her pride? For a man who thrives on order, Mia is like a tornado, setting his world on its ear but he can't stop wanting her in spite of their differences. He's structured, she's free-spirited. He's grounded, she's flighty. He's reserved, she's open and fun-loving. However Mia and Michael begin to discover what's special about each other as they spend time together. They both see that beneath the surface, they are both afraid to open up to another person for fear of being hurt and those quirks that used to drive them crazy become something to love. Initially I was not a fan of both characters and could not see how they would work with all the differences between them, but slowly and surely, Michael and Mia found middle ground and I really liked the positive effects they had on each other. Michael became less rigid and more spontaneous and Mia found herself being more organized and selflessly putting Michael's needs ahead of hers. Ms Clark could have made this a just fluffy, lighthearted, feel-good story (not that there anything wrong with that) but she took it further by taking the characters on this some-times discomfiting, sometimes challenging but ultimately liberating journey of self-awareness and I loved reading it. NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS is fun, sexy, emotional and worth reading. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable short story. The sparks will fly and emitions will flow. Can't wait for Chance's story.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**CEO and control freak Michael Anderson likes his life in perfect order with perfectly aligned decisions. Then why does he need a shrink to tell him how to loosen up and get his drive back? And why does he agree to her sticking him with her dog? On top of that, the house sitter next door keep banging loud music, wrecking his exact night's sleep. After she sets off the fire alarm and he sees her for the first time, for once his head and body aren't exactly in perfect alignment over the free-spirited Mia. Especially when his common sense gets over-ruled and he rescues hers, leading them to some complicated circumstances.This book was really cute. It was like watching one of my favorite RomComs, predictable (as are most contemporaries), but had me totally drawn in and cheering at the end. The two main characters kind of reminded me of a Sheldon and Penny (from BBT) colliding, total opposites whose worlds would be totally changed. I now want to find Gladys and the Bs and hang with them for a few days. I really liked it and can't wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes this genre.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Michael Andersen is the CEO of Andersen Enterprises. He is very rigid in how things should be done. He has a routine he follows to the T and everything must be in order. The only thing he lives for is his business. He has no other interests. His life changes dramatically when he meets the person living next door when the fire alarm goes off. Mia Argaropolis is an artist who is house sitting for his neighbor. Mia is fun and flighty but has a hard time keeping focused. She forgot she was baking buns so she set the alarm off when she forgot about them. She also overflowed the tub because she forgot she left the water running. Michael and Mia had never met but knew of each other because when Michael would have women over for sex, Mia could hear them through the wall. This prompted her to play really loud music to drown them out and to annoy Michael. They didn't like each other without even having met. I loved this pair. Mia, not so much at first because she was just too flaky. She had low self-asteem and didn't think anyone would want to be with her. But she tried to convince herself that was okay. Michael was such a control freak that he had no fun in his life at all. He didn't see anything wrong with that though. When they finally meet, they are instantly attracted to each other but fought it because they didn't like the little they knew of each other. The little Shih Tzu, Clancey, is so much fun in this story. Michael had been seeing a therapist for several years and she suggested he look after a dog all on his own for 3 weeks to help him loosen up and care about something other than his business. It took Michael a long time to actually call him by his name because he thought the entire idea of caring for the dog was ridiculous. Much to his surprise he eventually began to little the little dog. This is a well written story that progresses smoothly. When Mia gets evicted from her house sitting job, Michael convinces her to move in with him to help with dog care. She agrees and it doesn't take long for them to see through each others personalities to the better qualities they have. Mia is to be the maid of honor at her friend's wedding and her ex is the best man. He goes to see Mia to talk her out of going to the wedding but when Michael heard the shouting, he wanted to help so he approached Mia and pretended to be her boyfriend. Continuing to help her save face, he went to the wedding with her which was good. But the accommodation was terrible! I highly recommend this fun story and am so glad I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
4.5 Sweet Stars This is the second book in the Anderson Brothers Series by Clarke, but luckily as this was the first I have read, it can easily be read as a stand alone. Michael is used to order and control at all times. Work has always come first for this brother who was groomed early on by the father to take over the helm of the company visit. He is really being pushed by the noisy house sitter currently living next door. He is thrown when Mia literally falls into his arms while trying to dismantle the fire alarm. The instant attraction almost has him off his game but Mia seems to be equally annoyed by Michael. Not long after a run in with her ex, Mia finds herself out of her apartment sitting job, and now with Michael offering a sofa to crash on and his services as a fake fiancee for an upcoming wedding, all in exchange for dog sitting at night. Just a simple business deal, nothing else, until the couple finds themselves battling the chemistry that runs thick between them. While there is a little angst due to misunderstandings, this book is not filled with unnecessary drama. It is a cute read that will have you smile and laugh multiple times. The ladies at the nursing home are a hoot and the relationship Michael has with his brothers is great. This is definitely a fun read that is great if you are spending a little time at the beach or on vacation. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This book was ok for me. I guess after reading a book by another author that was really, really good this one kind of disappointed me or I missed something. The two main characters just got on my nerves a bit and since it involved a dog, I thought it mind be kind of a cute story. Eh no. Michael is a uptight CEO and Mia is an artist that helps out at a retirement home and is a messy and loud neighbor to Michael. It takes awhile to get into the story and then it starts to flow.