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Perfection (Neighbor From Hell #2), by R. L. Mathewson

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Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn’t expect it to get any better. She certainly didn’t expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn’t expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.

Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that’s about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she’ll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he’s thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He’ll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.

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Gosh how I love the Bradford men! Great read, just as great as the first book of the serie. I think I loved the characters in this book just as much as Jason and Haley.

“I like her,” Brad said, chuckling.
“For a Red Sox tee shirt wearing woman I guess she’s okay,” Jason grumbled.
“Does no one care that she just manhandled me?” Trevor demanded, facing the men who should be properly outraged on his behalf.
Jason snorted. “A s long as she brings me food she can bitch slap you and call you spanky.”
Trevor narrowed his eyes on the men who dared laugh at his pain.
Betraying bastards.” 

It was once again an easy, quick read, very funny and sweet. I always have a good time reading R. L. Mathewson’s books. I love the banter between the characters, their voice as they tell the story, and the many, many funny situations they get themselves into.

Zoe was a great character and I really enjoyed her parts. As for Trevor, I loved him too but I think it probably because he’s a Bradford. Well, like most of them, he took a little time to see what was right in front of him, but you gotta be patient with a Bradford. They often get distracted. By food mainly.

“The Bradford appetite was a disability, damn it and should be treated as such.” 

They take their food very seriously in this family.

“We all fuck up when it comes to our women and you will too. The key is to make her love you more than you piss her off,” Jason added. “It’s a very delicate balance.” 

I loved how their relationship developed. Like in book #1, it is very well paced. You never get bored and don’t feel like things are rushed either.

The NFH stories are mainly about two characters falling in love and how the get there with the added bonus of a HEA and a fluffy epilogue. So if you’re looking for angst, drama that never ends and complications, you’re really not looking in the right place. Those books are feel-good books, with no complications. Just a love story with a lot of sweet moment and humor.

Ex: here Trevor (the big hunky hero) is asked by Zoe to find a big spider in her bathroom that he didn’t think was there…

“I knew she overre–holy shit!” he yelled, falling back on his ass and scooting away from the largest spider he’d ever seen. When it decided to come after him he was left with little choice but to grab on one of Zoe’s magazines off the neat pile near the toilet and beat the shit out of spider as Toby barked encouragingly. Even after he was pretty sure it was dead he kept up the attach, afraid that it was just a trick and the spider was buying its time before it attacked him and dragged him beneath the sink.”

I just couldn’t stop laughing while reading this. Anyway, it was exactly what I was looking for at the time and I always enjoy myself reading about the Bradfords. I can’t wait for the third one!

“Oh my god are you talking about stalking me?”
“yes, but if it comes before a judge we’ll just call it a little misunderstanding,” he said with a shrug.” 

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