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Strange Neighbors (Strange Neighbors #1)

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He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...

There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...

A girl just wan
Paperback, 354 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published May 7th 2010)
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An Abundance of Books
Nov 08, 2010 An Abundance of Books rated it did not like it
I will preface my review with saying that I understand that every book is an author's baby. They invest so much time and energy, working hard to create the best story they can.

I saw this book awhile back on Book Chick City's wish list post and thought it had a neat premise. The whole book had so much potential. Unfortunately the heroine was wishy washy, jumped to ridiculous conclusions, the hero needed to grow a backbone, too many supporting characters, the side stories overwhelmed the main stor
Laurie Garrison
Nov 25, 2010 Laurie Garrison rated it really liked it
This is erotic author Ashlyn Chase first book in her new light paranormal romance series. I found this a good start for sexy humors series. Life is never dull in this apartment building full of paranormal creatures. You get one noisy Aunt, one nasty ghost or I should say one ghost that may get on your nerves and more. Then you throw in one snoopy reporter that could spell disaster for the whole building.

Merry never knew what she was getting into when she moved into her new apartment. She not onl
Aug 24, 2011 Vivian rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011, freebie
I was thinking earlier that I should finish this book, but I realized it wasn't on my Currently Reading shelf. It took me a minute to think about what happened in the second half, that's how much of an impact the book had on me.

This book had so much going on, with multiple different plots involving several different supes, none of it left an impression at the end of the day as the "main" storyline. I guess it is supposed to be the romantic angle between the two lead characters, but that was lik
Sep 06, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it
Laugh if you want (and roll your eyes, too) but I expect a little less lameness in my supernatural romances, thank you very much. Suspension of disbelief isn't hard when a book is well-written or, at least, entertaining. This was just...bad. For so many reasons. Lame, repetitive dialog that doesn't move the story forward. Flat characters, and far too many of them. Sex scenes that come out of nowhere and seem to be added simply because the author doesn't know what to do next. A bunch of story lin ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Mistresslala rated it did not like it
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Merry wants independence. She is 25 and have been living with her dad and brother all her life. She wants a bit of Sex and the city, and she has found the perfect flat to start her new life in. At once she catches the eye of the landlord, a certain hunky baseball player named Jason Falco. Perhaps she will get to have a bit of fun after all. Jason on the other hand is not the all American guy that he seems to be. He is a shape shifter, and he is looking for that special someone, and Merry seems
May 29, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it
'Strange Neighbors' was totally fun, witty, and hot! I really enjoyed this one!
Ashlyn Chase created a cast of characters from every walk of "life" if you want to call it that LOL! It was a light hearted and fun paranormal romance that totally sucked me in and kept me wanting more. The main character, Merry, was great. I loved that she was a woman about my age, thrown into this freaky world, and managed to find love in strange places. (ha! get it? Strange places....yeah, I'm a dork!)
Anyway, I als
Merry MacKenzie has finally--finally!!--moved out of her overprotective father’s house and into an apartment in the big city. On her first day in Boston, she meets her landlord, ace pitcher Jason Falco, who helps her move in. Intrigued by a gorgeous woman who isn’t impressed by his fame, he asks her out, and they start a sweet romance. But Jason has a secret, and between a nasty, alcoholic paparazzo trying to save her flagging career, and someone from Merry’s own past, their relationship might b ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Jadaloves rated it it was ok
I was drawn by the cover of this book and thought that I was in for a great read, but as they say, you should never judge a book by the cover. It took me forever to finish this book because it didn’t really keep my interest. Now I won’t say this book was terrible, but it could have been a lot better than it was. Or maybe my expectations were just too high.

Merry, an adopted girl from Rhode Island decides she’s had enough of small town life and caring for her father and brother, and decides to mov
Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Heat Rating: 4 out of 5

The Title: The title of this book just says it all for strange neighbors are what Merry gets when she moves into her new apartment.

The Cover: The cover artist for this book did a superb job! The swirls easily convey the whimsy that is contained in this story. I just love the eyes along the right border. If you look closely you can see a witches hat as well as some fangs. Very cool!

The Story: Merry MacKenzie has finally left the nest to live on her own. Too
Jun 02, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Merry MacKenzie to prove to her overprotective father that she is not his little girl anymore. She moves out and into an apartment building. It just so happens that Merry’s land lord is Jason Falco. Jason is a pitcher for the Boston Bullets.

The first time Jason lays eyes on Merry, he is speechless. He asks Merry out on a date and is turned down. No one has ever said no to Jason until now. Jason is impressed by Merry. She does not seem to be interested in Jason for his celebrity status but for h
May 28, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Merry's living situation is exciting to say the least. She moves into a home that is owned by a baseball player names Jason. Merry's got a major crush on her new landlord. She had never heard of him before, but she must admit that she is now a fan of this yummy pitcher. The most intriguing part about Merry's new living space is the Chad, a ghost. Surrounded by vampires and witches is a bit of a new experience for Merry. Who said change had to be bad, especially when it includes a romantic partne ...more
May 27, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Merry has just moved out on her own for the first time. She loves her new townhouse apartment. Her new landlord Jason is very easy on the eyes. Jason himself hopes to snag some alone time with his new tenant. But throw in a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost, two witches and a nosy aunt and craziness is bound to ensue.

I loved the premises of this book. Paranormal creatures as neighbors- talk about never having a dull moment. Strange Neighbors was a light enticing read. Funny, romantic with healthy dos
Jun 03, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, own-it
I honestly don't know why I read this all the way through. It was quite silly. Even the 'sexy times' were silly. Not sexy at all. Maybe I was hoping it'd get better?

The entire thing about the ghost was weird. And switching up POVs every so often was kind of annoying, especially from the ghost's side because he was just annoying. Flat out annoying. I skimmed his parts as much as I could.

I guess it was supposed to be funny, but I don't remember laughing. Just thinking 'this is silly, why am I read
I know it was supposed to be funny, but I just thought it was badly written.
Oct 15, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing
Merry McKenzie Always Knew She Was Adopted With Her Dark Latin Looks A Dead Giveaway. When Her Adopted Mom Died She Took Over The Duties Of Cooking And Looking Out For Her Younger Brother, But After Finishing College To Become A Nurse, It Was Time For Her To Have A Place Of Her Own. She Saw An Ad In The Boston Paper And Immediately Rushed To Get Her Apartment And Leave Rhode Island And Her Over Protective Father.

Jason Falco Was Very Private About His Life And As A Pitcher That Signed A Ninety Mi
Jun 28, 2010 Melindeeloo rated it liked it
2.5 stars - New neighbors - some 'strange', some annoying

Asserting her independence after helping her father to raise her younger brother, Merry's finally moving into her own apartment. Merry's 'new start' in the big city seems to be starting out pretty darn good since Merry has caught the eye of her hunky neighbor/landlord baseball star Jason Falco. But everything is not going to be that easy for Merry, a close call in a mugging, dealing with Jason's fangirls and stalker paparazzis, and an ov
* Disclaimer * I don't really read romance novels, I mean I read one Nora Roberts book, and some of the paranormal novels I read have romance elements or sexy times within the story. So I don't have a whole lot to compare this to thematically.

Now having said that, I was thouroughly unimpressed with this book, the overarching story and outside conflicts to the romance were less than compelling. The main character had ridiculous mood swings which she attributes to PMS, which I hate as an excuse. I
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 26, 2010 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was ok
I decided to read this book because I was looking for something a little lighter than my previous reads. Higher on the chick-lit and lower on the gore. This novel definitely fits the bill. There are a few paranormal elements in the story but they come across as quirky personality traits as opposed to an alternate reality. Sort of like if a friend of yours has a larger than average nose. Yes it's noticeable but you won't not be their friend because of it. Vampires, shifters, witches and other par ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Terree rated it it was ok
The concept of this book is great. I loved the idea that the apartment building seemed to attract kindred souls, even if some of them didn’t realize the others were there. However, the execution of the story fell short in my estimation, but I’ll save that for later. Let me share a little about the eclectic assortment of inhabitants so that you can get to know them.

First, there’s Jason Falco, All-Star pitcher for the Boston Bullets. He just bought an old brownstone apartment building and remodel
If it ain't good I don't read it !


I'm sorry but this book just wasn't for me and I'm being legit it was just to to boring the hole thing was just I don't know just wasn't what I expected. okey here is what I thought

What I expected :
Action packed, humor , some buffy the vampire slayer shit , and some Bella swan on the side, with some huger games attitude going on , maybe some Tyler swift to lol Jk but still you get the picture I wanted
Mar 20, 2011 Aymee rated it really liked it
**Four and a Half Stars**

Merry is one of those characters who can either be very endearing and relatable, or such a complete hot mess that you just want to slap. See, she’s never been out on her own, having taken over the running of her family after the death of her mother. While not very worldly, she’s not exactly naïve either, which is refreshing. I loved Merry to no end, I was happy to see that she was not the kind of first-time-in-the-city girl that has no clue whatsoever. Her innocence and
I have something to confess. Something dark. Something that stains my soul. I'm not a big fan of chick lit type books. You might be thinking, "Well, duh, Kelly. We've seen the type of books you read and, anyway, this isn't chick lit." Well.... no, this isn't chick lit. It's like paranormal cuteness. You know what I mean? It's funny. I don't always do well with funny. Is that weird? Don't answer that. Anyway. The point I'm trying to make is that this isn't my usual type of book. Yet... Yet, I lik ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Strange Neighbors is a fun, romantic romp that passes an afternoon wonderfully. I was engrossed in this apartment complex and it's inhabitants from the beginning. Merry is just out on her own and she's been thrown into a building with a lot of interesting characters. The most interesting of which is Jason Falco, a great baseball pitcher. The sparks fly between Jason and Merry from the beginning, but with strange happenings and even stranger events going on, it feels like things may never click b ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Jan 12, 2013 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this series. Heck, I bought two of the books and got them signed when I met the author at RT 2012. I sadly just could not get past the bad dialog and somewhat robotic characters.

"In that case, I apologize for my fan-boy brother. It's weird, but even though he has Attention Deficit Disorder, he can remember all kinds of trivia about things that interest him, like sports."

"He behaved himself in front of you. If I don't call him tomorrow, he'll be all over my case and ch
E.J. Stevens
What happens when a bunch of hot paranormals end up living in the same apartment building? Loads of hilarity and lots, and lots of sex! Strange Neighbors is a fun romantic comedy with a few paranormal twists. Some of the characters seem a bit shallow, but not every paranormal can be a brooding philosopher. The humorous elements were a nice touch. The phone sex witches in apartment 3B had me laughing out loud. Everyone has to make a living, right? Strange Neighbors is a light, yet steamy, paranor ...more
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This ended up being only a 2 1/2 star read for me. Initially, I was really enjoying it, but then it started to putter out. I wanted Merry to be more reasonable, but she had some moments where I just didn't like her. I think it started when she overreacted during the bachelor auction.

Besides that, I just happened to have a difficult time getting invested in the story. I did find the idea of a bunch of paranormals living in an apartment building interesting. Especially since not all of them realiz
Jaime Huff
Strange Neighbors was a fun and entertaining read. Not a lot of depth or really much of a story line. I really am not sure WHAT the point of the book was... Jason & Merry's relationship which went from landlord to sex to "I love you" within 4 meetings (rolls eyes), solving the ghost Chad's murder, Merry's biological father coming out of the woodwork (literally), Jason's "secret" or Merry's independance. Still haven't figured it out. There were some funny moments (the witches are phone sex op ...more
To be fair the book is a fun read. The lines are quirky and cute but if you ask me what it was about ...not real sure.

Like somethings happened but the book had so many points of view the writer never really got around to why. For example Jason and Merry went from hello landlord her is hot, to random sex to I love you and outside of they are each very beautiful you do not know why. I mean Jason is a bit to consumed with his privacy finding a mate and baseball then Merry is consumed with being in
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Ashlyn considers herself lucky. Her degree in behavioral sciences is a combination of psychology and sociology, so she has worked with and studied people most of her life. She never ha
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“Jason is explaining the ins and outs of being a bird shifter to Merry.

She says:

"Sheesh. Okay, I think I only have one more question."

"Shoot. No, don't shoot, but ask away."

"If someday I get pregnant, will I lay eggs or have babies?"

He burst out laughing and didn't stop until she hit him.”
“Merry has just found her bio dad Sly and is meeting him for the first time (as her dad) and her beau Jason is confused:
Jason scratched the back of his neck. "Does someone want to tell me what's going on here?"
Sly lowered his voice and breathed heavily a couple of times. "Luke, I am her father."
"No, really," Merry said, wide-eyed. "It might be true.”
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