What It’s About:
McKenna Prescott is the queen of picking the wrong men. When her latest boyfriend dumps her, she decides to devote her time to “exploring herself” (read: drinking wine and ordering sex toys online) and starting her freelance makeup business. That is, until an embarrassing delivery mix-up puts her sexy, gruff neighbor in her path…
Beckett Walsh is married to his job…which is a deal-breaker for the woman he’s supposed to be marrying. Even worse, his would-be father-in-law has pulled support from Beckett’s startup and now Beckett stands to lose everything. But the gorgeous, crazy makeup artist from down the hall has an equally crazy but mutually beneficial idea: if he convinces his sister to hire McKenna for her high-society wedding, McKenna will teach him about what women want so he can get his fiancée back.
All he has to do is make sure he doesn’t fall for the wrong girl.
When a package is delivered to the wrong home, it could lead to mystery, mayhem, or hilarity. Stefanie London’s latest contemporary romance, Trouble Next Door, is a light easy read. The premise is fun and the plot is highly predictable, however, Ms. London has added a few interesting twists that make her story an engaging read.
The highly sensitive contents of the package in question should have led to a lot more awkward embarrassment and laughs than it did. When McKenna retrieves her package of sex toys from her hunky neighbor, Beckett, he is surprised but rather stoic. McKenna in her embarrassment gives up the whole story behind her purchase. While I found that odd, I guess amicably living across the hall from one another does lead to some sense of familiarity for an outgoing young woman like McKenna.
The characters are highly likeable and have great chemistry. McKenna—with purple hair and bright pink lipstick—is vibrant and gregarious, however when it comes to her life and love choices, she is filled with doubt. Her bad choices in men and her family’s strong judgment have paralyzed her emotionally. Beckett, who has an adoring mother and sister, feels the strain of needing to take care of them. His need for a well-planned, controlled life makes some of his choices questionable. However, McKenna absolutely slays this drop-dead gorgeous geek. Can he learn to compromise in order to keep this woman in his life?
The premise is fun. The plot is well paced. The secondary characters are great additions to the story, and the HEA is believable. Overall, Trouble Next Door is a fun read that left me smiling.