Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Salon: Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

All Merry MacKenzie wanted was to move to the city and be independent after caring for her father and younger brother since her mother’s death.

What Merry got was more than she ever imaged. Moving into her new apartment, Merry learns her landlord is hunky baseball superstar Jason Falco. The two seem to hit it off immediately.

Merry meets her neighbors and discovers each one of them has their own dark secrets they are hiding.

STRANGE NEIGHBORS has new meaning when it brings together a couple of witches who work from home as phone sex operators, a number of shape shifters, a ghost that haunts his old apartment, and a vampire that lives in the basement. Throw in a nosey alcoholic reporter looking for a juicy story, Jason’s busy-body aunt, and Jason’s own deep, dark secret and the mix gets zanier.

Author Ashlyn Chase puts a spin on all the craziness that will have you laughing from beginning to end. Along the way she peppers it was a little mystery (the ghost is looking for who murdered him), a good dose of romance, and a barrel of high jinx.

A bit of warning to those who are fainthearted when it comes to sex scenes. The intimacy between Merry and Jason is quite detailed at time, but tastefully done. Sparks fly between the couple and sizzle on the page.

With Jason in the limelight, Merry soon realizes she has to control the green-eyed monster of jealousy. She feels her self-doubt and self-confidence being tested. Searching to uncover the truth behind a newspaper article of Jason‘s misdeeds, Merry stumbles across a secret that could alter her life completely.

STRANGE NEIGHBORS combines romance, suspense, intrigue, and a lot of laughter to keep you spellbound from beginning to end. With each turn of the page, you’ll be drawn in a little more until you won’t be able to leave.

For more on Author Ashlyn Chase and her writing, check out her website and she also blogs occasionally at Casablanca Authors.

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase, Sourcebooks Casablanca, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-4022-3661-7, Paperback, 384 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


  1. Life can be funny, if we look at it that way, then we have material for our writing.

    Great review, Mason.

  2. Ooh, this sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the great review, Mason. Hope you're having a nice weekend!

  3. Mason - Thanks for this fine review. I'm not normally one for the paranormal, but these sound like some deliciously quirky characters : ). I like that. And the idea of a ghost hunting for his killer? Intriguing...

  4. I could use some laughter right about now, so this sounds good to me!

  5. Teresa, thanks. Sometimes life is funnier than anything we could possible makeup. :)

    Talli, this is a fun read. Hope your weekend is going good.

    Margot, these are some very quirky characters that will keep you laughing. The ghost is also a hippie which adds a little comedy to the plot.

    Kathy, this book will have you laughing at some of the stunts they pull.

  6. I love a comic novel. I do think it is harder to write that tragedy. Do you think Shakespeare was two people?

  7. What a great review, Mason. You make me want to go out and get the book!

    Straight From Hel

  8. This sounds like a delightful read and not something I would have picked up on my own. Thanks for the great review!

  9. The book sounds like a great read, thanks for the review. The cover reminds me of the books by Madelyn Alt.

  10. Humor is important to me, love it in a novel. Thanks for this review. :)

  11. I love "genre-benders" - this sounds like fun!


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