Elle’s life seems like one joke after the next.
Blindsided by a cheating husband? Check.
Ex-friend knocked up by said husband? Check.
Moving herself and two kids into a home willed to her by her estranged father? Check.
Disease infested fence separating her home from her neighbor’s? Check.
That’s the first thing to go. If only the gorgeous neighbor didn’t rile her up every chance he gets and now with the fence gone she suddenly finds herself facing a new joke – that stupid heart of hers racing whenever he’s close.
But one stolen kiss leads to a number of stolen nights leaving Elle with the choice of ending the fling off before she gets hurt or checking another box off her “jokes on me” list – heartbreak.
Hot Neighbor Alert!!
"I have two conditions. First, I want to think about it, okay? Maybe we can try and keep it to ourselves because I don't want to get the kids attached or anything if we mess it up."
"And second, how many condoms did you bring?"
You know the saying "good fences, make good neighbors"? Well, in this case, no fence made steamy neighbors! Holy Hannah, these two were like fireworks - both the kind that burn you and the kind that make you look in wonder and say "Oooooh, Aaaaah"!
Jackson Divers has a new neighbor. She's a ball buster. A thorn in his side. She does nothing but push his buttons and start an argument every chance she gets. And she's sexy as hell. He shouldn't want her. He's not interested in a relationship, let alone a ready-made family. But he just can't help himself. After coming to her rescue, and seeking repayment in the form of one kiss, he can't hold the fire inside any longer. She took down the fence separating their houses, but can he take down the fence around his heart and take a chance? Is what he never thought he wanted, be the one thing he can't live without?
Elle Knight has been through the ringer. Not only was her ex-husband cheating on her with her best friend, but now that ex-friend is having his baby. As if that isn't bad enough, now she has to move herself and her kids to a new house that needs some TLC. Add to that the tall, sexy, tattooed neighbor that makes her irritable, angry, frustrated, and.... aroused. Him and his stupid fence. She's had enough to deal with - her ex, her business, the house - the last thing she needs is a boorish yet delicious neighbor. Or, maybe that's exactly what she needs. Maybe taking down that fence started them off on the wrong foot. But maybe, taking it down was the best thing that ever happened to her.
I absolutely loved the banter between these two. Each one needing to have the last, and the most stinging word. As quoted in Hamlet, "the lady doth protest too much, me thinks". Elle tries her darndest to keep her distance, calling him every name in the book and denying her attraction. The two of them reminded me of Iris and Gilbert in The Lady Vanishes when Iris says "You're the most contemptible person I've ever met in all my life!" and Gilbert replies "Confidentially, I think you're a bit of a stinker, too." All that friction creates one heck of a fire!!
I loved Jackson. I could tell right away that below that tough guy look, there was a teddy bear. And every girl needs a teddy. Loved it!
Hot Must Read!
Wow, what a hot read! I’ve never read an entire book cover to cover solely on my phone before but with this one I couldn’t waste time switching back and forth to my kindle. I felt for Elle, after the deep betrayal she went through. Her children quickly stole my heart and I just wanted to pull the entire little family into my arms. Her love hate relationship with her new neighbor Jackson was hilarious and heart warming to watch. The chemistry between them was so hot, and it wasn’t the heat from Elle’s oven! I hope we get more books out of this one, there are a few secondary characters that have background I NEED to know about. Definitely a must read!