Title: How the Other Half Lives (London Lads, #2)
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Expected Publishing Date: February 15, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance
Page/Word Count: 65 / 20,000
Rating: 3 Stars
Compulsive neat freak meets chaotic slob: Can their living space survive the conflict?
Martin Harrison keeps himself to himself and his Central London flat as neat as a new pin. Maybe he should loosen up and enjoy more of a social life, but in his mind, that’s tantamount to opening the floodgates to emotional chaos. He agrees, however, to join the flat-sitting scheme in his building and look after another tenant’s flat in exchange for a similar watch over his when he’s travelling for his work.
A floor away in the same building, Russ McNeely is happy with his life as a freelance cook and a self-confessed domestic slob. He also joins the flat-sitting scheme, both to be neighbourly and to help keep his flat in order, as Russ also travels for his work.
For a while, the very dissimilar men never meet. Martin is horrified at the mess at Russ’s flat, while Russ finds Martin’s minimalist style creepy. But in a spirit of generosity, each of them starts to help the other out by rearranging things in their own inimitable way.
Until the day a hiccup in the schedule brings them face-to-face at last.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Review of the Second Edition
This is a cute story of two strangers who couldn’t be more opposites from one another. Prodded by their concern friends, Martin and Russ took part in their apartment’s community scheme and ended up flat-siting each other. Neat and slob (although, Russ would probably prefer the term organized mess) collided. Both were likeable characters with equally charming friends.
How the Other Half Lives is the second entry of London Lads series, although it could be read as a standalone. This is a short story and – with alternate POVs shared between Russ and Martin – making it appears shorter. I wish it were longer as to making the development of good rapport to more than friends between them could be be felt and not too abrupt.
Considering more than half the story Russ and Martin hadn’t even met in person, the jump in the last pages was way too forward to my liking. And personally, it felt questionable how the same concerns from friends were ignored but NOTES from strangers change a person. But overall this is a cute read in an easy, lighthearted, you-don’t-need-to-think-too-much-just-feel-and-enjoy sort of things!
Copy of this book is kindly given in exchange for an honest review.