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Friday, February 5, 2010

No Strings Neighbor by Tricia Jones

No Strings Neighbor by Tricia Jones
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (262 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Can a no-strings fling with her sexy, laid-back neighbor take a workaholic accountant’s mind off impending financial ruin?

Faced with losing her home, her job and the stability she’s craved since her nomadic childhood, the last thing Ellie Winters needs is an irresponsible new neighbor whose intentions are far from honorable. But as her situation deteriorates, Ellie needs a distraction. Soon she's in danger of adding another loss to her list—her heart.

Veterinarian Greg Buchanan is finally on his way to Africa to fulfill his dream. He’s sold his partnership, applied for his visa, and when his house/dog-sitting stint is through he can wave goodbye to the responsibilities that have tied him down. But one night with his sexy neighbor and Greg realizes that his problems have only just begun.

No Strings Neighbor is a story with witty characters, tons of emotion, and a heaping portion of sensuality. Author Tricia Jones has written something romantics with devour, with two likeable protagonists who lust for, yet annoy, one another.

I love when a story starts with a bang and sets the tone, which No Strings Neighbor manages to do in the first scene. Ellie is at a bar discussing her financial woes with her sister -- while fiddling with her pesky thong. Her squirming has gotten the attention of the luscious bartender, who looks yummy enough to eat. Annoyed by his attention, Ellie soon leaves, and has a minor accident with the parcel of food bestowed by her sister. As she’s retrieving cans of peas the oh-so-delectable bartender, aka Greg, arrives to lend a hand. From this moment forward, their conversations border on friendly bickering and sexual innuendo, and just when Ellie makes it home and you think our would-be lovers won’t meet again, Ellie is banging on the door to her neighbor’s house to request he or she silence their barking mutt.

I’ll give you two guesses as to who answers her knock, and the first doesn’t count.

Ellie and Greg are fantastic characters who are wonderfully developed and impossible to dislike. Yes, there were times when Ellie’s fear of closeness and Greg’s refusal to commit are grating, but that’s what makes No Strings Neighbor impossible to put down. Will Greg commit to Ellie, forgo his trip to Africa, and try to make it work? Will Ellie trust Greg, allow him into her heart, and stop comparing him to the absentee father who has ruined her perception of men?

This is well written and plotted work, with a pace that reveals things just as the reader needs to learn them, including a subplot that offers elements of danger and suspense. Fans of a tempestuous romance, with loves scenes that sizzle and burn, don’t want to miss out on No Strings Neighbor. This isn’t the first story I’ve enjoyed by the indelible Tricia Jones, and it certainly won’t be the last. If you’ve not read her work, this is a perfect way to introduce yourself.