When Lily sends an email to her favorite author, Nick, she never expected him to reply. She also never expected to develop an intimate relationship with him, only for him to ghost her right before they were set to meet. Months later, Lily is living with her sister and unbeknownst to Lily the new neighbor she’s crushing on might just happen to be the author who ghosted her. Nick can’t help but feel drawn to Lily, but when he realizes who she is, he tries his best to steer clear. What better way to convince himself he made the right choice by distancing himself from Lily, than by helping her find a wedding date to her sister’s wedding.
This was such a charming and easy read. The story kicks off with emails between Lily and Nick, as they mutually strike up a virtual friendship. All the emails are at the front of the book and while it was fine to read them that way – I’ve heard they’re a bit hard to grasp if you’re listening to it. From there we experience how their relationship grows, stalls, and starts back up. I liked that Nick realized early on that his neighbor Lily, was the same Lily he was emailing and felt that his reaction was fairly realistic. The BIG REVEAL to Lily also felt appropriate and not OVER done, which I appreciated.
The romance itself was a little slow to deliver but I thought the chemistry between the two was sweet. While they both had some family drama going on, neither side plot overshadowed the romance plot line and overall, this is a cute read. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
I recommend this book for anyone who loved A Cosmic Kind of Love or Got Mail.
The Neighbor Favor comes out February 28, 2023. Huge thank you to Berkley Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.