adult - 18+ Angst Level Book coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index Less Than Three Press m/m Mild level angst NetGalley Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words)

The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman



Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.



Anders is the misanthropic neighbor of Finch. One day Finch decides to borrow some sugar and from that day forward makes it his mission to rattle Anders out of the rut that is his life.

At first, only for a moment, Finch tries to get Anders to change, but it isn’t long before he realizes that part of Anders charm is his steadfast reluctance to do anything new or different.

Eventually, Anders realizes that Finch is more than a pest – he’s become the love of his life.


This is a short story and not a typical “romance”. The MCs do eventually get together but there is no on page sex. I’d categorize this as a romantic comedy more than anything else. Both Anders and Finch are funny – cariacatures of opposites attracting. Finch is the outlandish extrovert and Anders the grumpy introvert. Finch is wise enough to recognize that Anders is just what he needs to balance his life and though it takes him much longer, Anders realizes that too.

I thought this was really cute and I’d definitely look for this author in the future.

4.25 of 5 stars


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