Review: The Neighbor Favor

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Pub Date: 2/28/2023

Thank you to Berkley Romance for the free book and PRH Audio for the free audiobook copy in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

GoodReads Synopsis: Shy, bookish, and admittedly awkward, Lily Greene has always felt inadequate compared to the rest of her accomplished family, who strive for Black excellence. She dreams of becoming an editor of children’s books but has been frustratingly stuck in the nonfiction division for years without a promotion in sight. Lily finds escapism in her correspondences with her favorite fantasy author, and what begins as two lonely people connecting over e-mail turns into a tentative friendship and possibly something else Lily won’t let herself entertain–until he ghosts her.

Months later, still crushed but determined to take charge of her life, Lily seeks a date to her sister’s wedding. And the perfect person to help her is Nick Brown, her charming, attractive new neighbor, whom she feels drawn to for unexplainable reasons. Little does she know that Nick is an author–her favorite fantasy author.

Nick, who has his reasons for using a pen name and for pushing people away, soon realizes that the beautiful, quiet woman from down the hall is the same Lily he fell in love with over e-mail months ago. Unwilling to complicate things even more between them, he agrees to set her up with someone else, though this simple favor between two neighbors is anything but–not when he can’t get her off his mind.

Review: The Neighbor Favor is Kristina Forest’s adult romance debut. Lily Greene feels inadequate compared to her accomplished family and dreams of becoming an editor of children’s books, but she finds solace in corresponding with her favorite fantasy author until he ghosts her. Months later, she has a bet with her sisters to find a date to her sister’s wedding and turns to her hot charming new neighbor, Nick, who is actually the same fantasy author she fell in love with over email. Their simple favor of setting her up with someone else becomes complicated when they can’t stop thinking about each other. This contemporary romance novel is set in New York and explores themes of family dynamics, career aspirations, and self-discovery. The author has done an excellent job of creating complex characters, each with their own subplot, and building the chemistry between the main characters, Lily and Nick. The audiobook narrators also did a phenomenal job of bringing the story to life and capturing the emotions of the characters. I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Lily and her sisters’ tight-knit relationship as well as Nick’s contrasting family dynamic and how it affected him. Overall, I found this to be a well-written debut novel from Kristina Forest. I can’t wait for the next book in the series featuring Violet!

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