Author: Bernadette Chapman
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Page Count: 61
Published: Less Than Three Press, November 4, 2015
Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.
Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.
It was difficult writing a review for this one. Not only was the story so short that there was no room for details at all, but also I think the author could’ve used her existing number of pages a bit better to give us a chance to get to know the characters more.
THE NEIGHBOR was a short story of two very different people who are neighbors-duh- who I suppose will form some sort of romantic entanglement in the end. While Anders was a control freak with what I assume is an obsessive compulsive disorder, Finch, his new neighbor, was an outgoing, careless-and sometimes a bit thoughtless- person who didn’t know and care much about personal space.
Generally speaking, I think this was a good idea for a story. Such polar opposites, though some character attributes could’ve been toned down, is a perfect idea for a romantic couple, but in this one it backfired. The biggest reason for this might be the length. It was such a short story, the number of pages were not nearly enough to tell anything about characters such as Anders and Finch. I loved the idea of Anders, but with his obsessive ways he was a challenging person to begin with, imagine writing him into a story with a romance on the way. More was the magic word here I think. He needed more page time, more depth, more details. Finch, being the relatively easier one to describe, still needed more than what was given for him.
A good idea of a story, but this one seemed rushed. What I liked most about this story was its cute cover which also promised more potential, but in the end it just didn’t satisfy me.
I’m adding one spoonful of this story into my hodgepodge and wish the author would’ve at least made this a longer novella. I think Anders and Finch would make an entertaining couple with their clashing personas.
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