The Neighbor War by Katie Bailey

It is a cute love story – the trope is old and reused: Frenemies to lovers. Yet, I would say appealing.

If you love cosy romance, this book is for you. It is the second in the Atlanta series better story than the first one, but at specific points, it was dragging. The misunderstandings during their initial phase seemed forced, and in the end, I assumed it would be the same old – girl leaves because she misunderstood, and the boy chases her in his boss’s Ferrari. But to my surprise, it was different. The couple’s maturity was utterly unexpected, considering the misunderstandings and Courtney’s insecurities depicted throughout. That part, in the end, is the show stealer for me.

Some cute lines from the book –

  • The first time I laid eyes on Courtney Turner, my first thought was “I’m going to marry that girl someday.”
  • But, the funny thing is, despite how hard I try not to think about her, the woman lives in my head rent-free. Right next to the “Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife” video.
  • I stick to romance books, live vicariously through the heroines on my Kindle.
  • There’s just one bed.
    Of course there’s just one bed. I’m a romance reader, I know this.
    I should have known this.
  • “Because you are the opposite of ugly, but your stance on animal ugliness is the cutest thing ever.” Aiden smiles softly.
  • All of our usual feisty back and forth is now backed with the stark realization that, for two days straight, I’ve been dying to grab her and kiss her.
  • The thing is, though, every human is made up of both heart and mind. And, when these are at war, there can be no peace. No true growth.
    I want to live life with another imperfect human by my side. I want something real, a relationship that actually means something. Yes, it might be hard sometimes, but I want to be with someone who challenges me, who inspires me to do better. Be better. And, in turn, I want to inspire them.
    I want stormy and chaotic and jumbled and difficult and entirely illogical. Because falling in love might not be logical, but it’s worth it.
    I don’t want perfect.
    I want Courtney.
  • “Love isn’t just about finding the right person, Aiden. It’s about being the best you can be for that person, choosing them every single day when you wake up. Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a decision. Your father and I decided long ago to love each other better, every day.”
  • “You’ve taught me so much, Court, and I know I still have a lot to learn. But I promise, if you trust me with your heart, I’ll take care of it like it’s the most precious thing on this earth. I’ll never use or abuse it, or make you feel like you’re not good or worthy enough. I love you for all the things that make you who you are, not in spite of them. All of your imperfections are perfect to me, because they’re what make you perfect for me.”

Available on Amazon Kindle Edition.


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