Life Next Door
by J.D. Hollyfield
Love Not Included #2
Publication Date: November 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
There is only one thing in life that professional pastry Chef Priscilla Westcott values more than baking and wine, and that’s honesty. A quality she soon learns that her marriage lacks when her husband runs off with their next door neighbor.
Divorced and alone, Priscilla is determined to make changes in her life. She decides to approach her new goals like one of her beloved recipes. Surely with a little time, a dash of patience, and measured planning she can whip herself—and her life—back into shape.
However, when a new—and utterly delicious—neighbor takes up residence in the house that ruined her marriage, Priscilla worries that her careful world will fold faster than a deflated soufflé.
Trent Walker knows what he wants and his sweet, sassy neighbor is at the top of the list. He’s certain that the chemistry between them would be explosive, but Priscilla fears that an affair with him, however hot, could be a recipe for disaster.
“If I ever lost my eyesight, at least my drinking habits would survive. My body is trained to sniff out wine.”
“We tried to be civil with one another, but having your soon-to-be-ex living next door with your trashy neighbor just didn’t allow for friendly banter.”
“I am going to spend the rest of our lives loving you like you deserve to be loved. And till our dying breath, I will still never be able to show you just how deeply that love runs for me.”
“Then I’ll show you just how lucky of a girl you are by making you scream my name in languages you didn’t even know you could speak.”
My first time reading Ms. Hollyfield’s work, and I want to stalk her, read every sentence she has ever scribbled, and tell her I loved this book from page one. She is wicked funny and not afraid to make fun of anybody or anything. Excellently crafted, entertaining, and keenly insightful about human nature and personal pain. I chuckled aloud while reading and truly just adored it. Our main character has a rough go of it for quite some time, and after divorcing her cheater ass of a husband, has become a bit of a shrew. A funny, wine soaked, talented, bitter, angry, childish, snarky, shrew. Understandable really, I would be her best friend and help her plot his demise while guzzling vino with her any day of the week. When she gets a new neighbor and her world is up-ended, the fun really begins. I will never look at an egg carton the same way. I have since noticed that this book is part of a series, yet each are self-contained stories – and I LOVE that! I have added this author to my watch list and have just put every one of her books on my TBR!