A Neighbor from Hell novel #2
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.
Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.
*sigh* This is my second Mathewson and again, and, like the first, it starts off strong and then ends up disappointing me. Granted, Perfection didn't disappoint me as much as Playing for Keeps did.
So - I loved Zoe and Trevor and I loved them so much more than Haley and Jason from Playing for Keeps. Perhaps I was a little biased because Zoe is a big girl and so am I *grins*. Aside from that, however, I enjoyed the sarcastic humor between her and Trevor, the running joke that the Bradford men eat A LOT (like, seriously, I hope no one really eats like that), and I felt that Zoe's weight loss was treated very well. Zoe cuts her calories way too much and Trevor is worried about her. She gets yelled at by her boss because of this and Trevor makes her eat and tells her that she doesn't have to starve herself to lose weight. Because of this, Zoe gains some healthy weight back and Trevor finds that he likes her with her natural curves. I believe this was treated very nicely and better than the alternative that I usually see of the protagonist losing the weight and staying a stick. As a sidetone - this is why I detest the cover of this ebook. The woman on the cover should have some more weight to her - more curves.
The disappointing part of this book was that, of course, we have an unexpected pregnancy and a sudden proposal. It didn't annoy me as much as it did in Playing for Keeps mostly because I wanted Zoe to have a family of her own. I just don't know why I need to read about pregnancies and proposals in stories I would otherwise really like.
Oh! Haley and Jason are in this story and I rather enjoyed them being there. Perfection, however, made me realize that Jason was REALLY annoying toward the end of Playing for Keeps. He was much more like the original Jason in Perfection.
I will probably read more of Mathewson's books, but I'm pretty much expecting to love the story and then slowly start to dislike it.