Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: How To Love Your Neighbor, by Sophie Sullivan

Enemies-to-lovers meets HGTV in this frothy, effervescent romantic comedy from Sophie Sullivan, author of Ten Rules for Faking It.

Interior Design School? Check. Cute house to fix up? Check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis has it all figured out. In between finishing school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree and her dream job. Most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her harsh mother could never make. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—a little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. As a real estate developer, he knows when he’s found something special. Something he could even call home. Provided he can expand by taking over the house next door–the house with the combative and beautiful woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can show you that home is always where the heart is.

“This is a novel you’ll want to read over and over again.” – USA Today


Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3.5 Stars

How to Love Your Neighbor is a fun, enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine romance that will definitely keep you entertained. Grace and Noah’s romance is a slow simmer, and their story is full of snarky barbs, sizzling chemistry, and tender moments.

But for an enemies-to-lovers romance, I was hoping for more of an explosion between Grace and Noah once they finally got together after all of that tension and the build-up. But when they finally got together… it was a fade-to-black scene that fell flat for me. I honestly felt like I was ripped off or something, and the story dragged out in parts, and that made the difference for me in this being a 4-star read.

Noah is Chris’ brother from Ten Rules For Faking It, so it was nice to get those cameo appearances from Chris and Everly and catch up with them! But in the same way that I thought that Ten Rules was lacking a zing between the main characters, I felt the same way between Grace and Noah in How To Love Your Neighbor.

I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press and voluntarily left a review.


SOPHIE SULLIVAN is a Canadian author as well as a cookie-eating, Diet Pepsi-drinking, Disney enthusiast who loves reading and writing romance in almost equal measure. She writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. Ten Rules For Faking It is her romcom debut novel, but she’s had plenty of practice writing happily ever after as her alter ego, Jody Holford.

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