Monday, March 19, 2018

Neighborhood Watch by Stylo Fantôme Release Blitz

Rules to Join The Neighborhood Watch:

1. If you see something, say something
2. Report all illegal activities to the authorities
3. Do not associate with criminals
4. And certainly don't fall for them!

Tori Bellows is a really good friend. She's always there when a shoulder is needed to cry on, to give dating advice, or for a good ol' time. Now, though, Tori is the one who needs a shoulder to lean on when she's in a tough spot. But all of her friends are too busy with their own lives.

Enter the Twin Estates' resident bad boy, Landon Edenhoff. When he offers her an all expenses paid vacation, she's immediately suspicious - he's rarely nice and his intentions are never good. But she's ready for a change of scenery and knows she can give as good as she gets from Mr. Rude & Nasty himself.

After all, how bad could this neighbor really be?

A Twin Estates Novel – This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and more tacos than is healthy or sane to read about. Reader discretion is advised.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A really strong addition to the series – I would absolutely recommend that you read them in order, to fully appreciate why this is such a good book! It would be good on its own, but with the full story, it is really exceptional.

Landon is the bad twin – although we don't know why he behaves this way until well into this book. We certainly know he has some serious issues, and it is only a few pages in that we can only fear what is going to befall Tori. She has been an interesting character to date, as she has been on the sidelines, missing out, being hurt, but reacting by being brash and lively. She is unselfish and caring and forgets herself by being bold. She is the person who refuses to let you feel sorry for her and does it by getting there first and shrugging it off. The one thing they definitely share is a very healthy sexual appetite – yep, plenty of sharing that!

It turns out that they are strangely suited in other ways too, because whilst "evil" twin is maybe an overstatement (although maybe not), she gets his dark side, just as he gets hers. That said, for a large part of the book I was waiting for the bad to happen, and really, really not seeing how Ms. Fantôme could possibly retrieve what is a pretty dire situation! There were hints, then it went bad again... but of course, an amazingly complex but very satisfying ending did ensue. Redemption, restitution, and reinvention.

This is a really exciting, and unexpected story, both for its plot, its lead characters, and its outcome. I will have to read them all in one go sometime soon, as I am sure there were more hints that I am forgetting from earlier books, but wow, this packs a punch!

4.5 Gut-Punch Stars

Neighborhood Watch can be read as a standalone, but the emotional payoff would be better if the series is read in order.

Tori is suffering from being friend-zoned by Twin Estates owner, Liam, who happens to also be her newest best friend and boss. She felt this was a ‘passing ships in the night’ scenario, only to find out that wasn't the case. First Liam was hooked on Katya, then Tori assumed Liam was leaving her be because she was his employee, only to find out he didn't want her at all when he started dating Wulf's assistant. Emotionally wounded, Tori ends up with the evil twin.

Tori offered many emotional gut-punch sensations for the reader – that twisted-up feeling that connects you to the character, where you feel sick for them. This is something I look for in a novel and hadn't experienced it in this series (as often) since book one. Neighborhood Watch is tied with the first in this series as a favorite of mine by the author.

Tori's a good martyr. She understands that just because she was friend-zoned doesn't mean Liam 'had' to want her back. But the emotions were real, and she doesn't share them with anyone, even though only Landon recognizes this in her. Landon just looked at Tori and began seeing what everyone else failed to see – she is hurting as badly as he is.

Tori is the one everyone thinks is bubbly and has no problems, because they're all being too selfish by telling her their problems to listen to their friend. To me, I felt this in previous installments, how their friendships were one-sided. This meant in earlier books, we (the reader) never got to know Tori as anything but a one-dimensional character who drank and listened to Katya's problems, to learn how Katya felt in any given situation. Finally, we're inside Tori's head (a surprising place to be), and now she's moved on to helping tortured and brooding Landon.

The martyred fixer, and Landon preys upon that early on...

Is Landon misunderstood? No, I don't think so. All douchebags have 'good' parts – they are human beings, after all. What matters is what the bad parts do to everyone around them. An addict doctor with a hero-complex and the need to push people away is the recipe to make panties drop everywhere.

Neighborhood Watch creates many a swooning, frustrated reader, I bet.

Landon heals the body and Tori heals the heart and soul, and they offer a frustrating, gut-wrenching, hotter than hades journey, that has the reader white-knuckling their Kindle. "Oh, no he didn't!" "Oh, yes, he did!"

I was thrilled to see Tori was slightly more mature than I expected. Instead of being the damsel in distress (sometimes you do need help from others), Tori had the propensity to be the one who rides in to save the day. This maturity made it a more enjoyable read for me, as past heroines were too immature for my tastes, especially when taking their age, professions, and educations in account. So, it was a shock and a thrill to discover uneducated party girl Tori was the most mature of them all, both emotionally and in life skills.

I applaud the author for going down a new avenue. Instead of using the need to gain pity as emotional currency, Fantôme has both Tori and Landon being empowered by their choices. While it could easily have gone into woe-is-me, pity me for how people have treated me territory, which is often a place authors go for their martyrs, readers can learn as Tori and Landon help themselves – empower themselves with a little help from each other.

I highly recommend this series, especially to readers who are looking for a hit of that emotional punch-to-the-gut sensation.

Neighborhood Watch is Tori and Landon's story! I've been patiently waiting for Tori to be a main character because she's been a favorite throughout the series.

Tori has been a grounding force in everyone's lives. She's been the shoulder Katya cried on, she's been the sounding board that Liam needed. She's been everything for everyone for so long, that when it's her turn to need someone to rely on, she's left in the dust. Tori is funny, she's strong, but mostly, she feels deeply.

Landon, mmmm bad boy, is known as the "bad" Edenhoff twin. Misunderstood? Yeah, maybe a little. Landon is the "smart" brother, but he's also very closed-off. His walls are so freaking high, a pole vaulter wouldn't be able to get over them.

As per usual, I'm not going to summarize the story. I will say this story involved two very unlikely characters that both need some self-healing. The situations they are placed in are exciting and exotic, scary and exhilarating, sweet and sometimes sexy. They may be opposites that need to learn to love themselves, but man are they HAWT together!

I loved book four in the Twin Estates series!

Also Available in the Twin Estates Series

Book 1
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~ Available on KindleUnlimited ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Neighbors Blog Tour.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~ Available on KindleUnlimited ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on The Neighborhood Release Blitz.

Book 3
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~ Available on KindleUnlimited ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Block Party Blog Tour.

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Neighborhood Watch (Twin Estates #4) by Stylo Fantôme to read and review for this tour.

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