Musing About Things: Neighbourly Love trope


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Today’s topic is: The neighbourly love trope!

So usually in the month of February for Valentine’s day, I love sharing all the reasons why I love (and don’t love) romance novels, from favourite books, to favourite genres, to recommendations!

I’m a little late but I wanted to share a few of my favourite books from one of my favourite romance tropes: Literally Loving thy Neighbour aka. the neighborhood love interest! I have a soft spot for stories where the H/h are sorta forced by proximity to be near each other, usually leading to lots of cute/hilarious/sweet/weird moments that allows the relationship to develop. And for some reason the enemy-to-lovers trope is usually mixed into it too, which makes it even more fun and shenanigan-y.

Neighbour from Hell Series by R.L. Mathewson
Count: 7 (and counting)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Find on: Goodreads

This series so so funny to me. Though at some point, the things those guys say really need to be taken with a grain of salt, it’s usually quite hilarious. Be warn though, it’s also pretty raunchy. That being said, this series is the pinnacle of neighbour/enemy-to-lover romance! So much shenanigan! Also, all the Bradfords are food fiends which also results in crazy and rowdy moments.

Book 1 and 2 (Playing for Keeps and Perfection) are probably my favourites. Truce (book 4) is actually a historical romance (it’s the background story to why the Bradfords always need so much food), ha.

Oh and there’s cute bromance.

“What would my little grasshopper like?”

She glared over her shoulder at him. “I’m not going to call you Mr Miyagi you know.”
“Yes you will, but that’s not important at the moment.” (Playing for Keeps)


“It’s nice to have eye candy around for my enjoyment.” He looked Brad over. “It wouldn’t kill you to pretty yourself up if you’re going to be in my presence.”

“Yeah, I’ll get right on that,” Brad said wryly.

“See that you do.” (Playing for Keeps)


Jason felt all the blood drain out of his face. He stood there as the reality of Mitch’s words hit him hard. One day it would be another man Haley would talk to, watch games with, or just sit in absolute peaceful silence while they worked or ate, and worst of all it would be another man holding Haley in his arms at night.

“Fuck…,” he gasped.

“Oh great, you broke him! Are you happy now?” Brad demanded. “Come on, buddy, we’ll get you fixed up with a cold beer and a plate of hot wings. How does that sound? Does that sound good?” Numbly, Jason nodded.


Wallbanger (and series) by Alice Clayton (review)
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Series: Cocktail (Goodreads)
Count: 4 + 1 novella
Find on: Goodreads

This one seriously just cracks me up. A wild romance full of innuendos, baked goods and a cat name Clive basically sums it up. But if you want to know more, it’s a hilarious, world-wind love story with that touch super sweet to boot. The crazy antics and misunderstandings between Caroline and Simon really give us some seriously hilarious moments. And the romance is actually pretty sweet in the end.  (It’s also kinda raunchy.)

Wallbanger actually made my Top Ten Reads of 2012, Best Couple and Best Book Boyfriend (:

Oh the rest of the series is also kinda neighbourly love trope too! I’ve actually only read Screwdrivered, but it ‘s pretty cute.

“I leaned back against the door, hugging the sweatshirt in my arms. I’m sure I had the goofiest grin on my face, as I remembered the feeling of his fingertips. And then I remembered I was hugging a pee-stained sweatshirt”


“He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.”


“And Caroline? Speaking fo thin walls?” he said, as he opened his door and looked back at me. He leaned in his own doorway, thumping his fist on the wall.

“Yes?” I asked a little too dreamily for my own good.

His smirk reappeared and he said, “Sweet dreams”.

He thumped the wall one more time, winked, and went inside. Huh. Sweet dreams and thin walls. Sweet dreams and thin walls…

Mother of pearl. He’d heard me…


Suddenly One Summer by Julie James (review)
Publisher: Jove
Series: Spin off of FBI/US Attorney (Reviews)
Find on: Goodreads

So I’ve recommended this book as part of my book recs of Contemporary Love. It actually kind of reminds me of Wallbanger. It starts off with Ford and Victoria ending up being neighbours for the summer and of course they can’t stand each other at first but after some bickering, and flirting and sweet moments, we get our HEA!

Audrey’s head spun. “You puked in the alley? Wow. You must really like him.”

“Oh, God. Don’t say that.” Victoria bent her head over her knees and took slow, deep breaths.

“The vomiting seems to be her way of expressing her feelings toward Ford,” Rachel told Audrey.

“Aw. And they say romance is dead.”


“Hands hovering over the keyboard, he paused and looked over. “I’m going to begin typing now, so you might want to brace yourself for the onslaught of sexiness.”


“Victoria turned and got her first look at the shower-fresh version of Ford Dixon. Gorgeous as ever; six-foot plus inches of incredibly blue eyes; wet, mussed hair; low-slung jeans; and a T-shirt stretched across his broad, solid chest.

And bare feet.

She heard the tiny cry of a hundred unfertilized eggs as one of her ovaries exploded.”


The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot 
Publisher: Avon
Series: Boy (Goodreads)
Find on: Goodreads

An oldie, but a goldie! I love this Meg Cabot book (and whole series!). It’s just adorable chick-lit. I mean this

“Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she’s bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered.
Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door?
Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer?”

just screams fun and shenanigans!

In the second grade, when you are a boy who likes a girl, you give her your best Pokemoon card. Or you pull her hair. Not hard enough to make her cry, though.

Or you can ask her to roller-skate backwards with you, and them hold her hand so she doesn’t fall down.


Friend Tim shakes hands with Perfect Specimen of Mankind. Will never wash right hand again.


“Honey, You ain’t a hundred dollar bill, not everyone is going to like you.”


& for fans of young adult:

Lola and the Boy Next Door for your neighbourly love interest!


Are you a fan of the neighbour romance trope? What about it is it that you like about!

Or do you hate it? What annoys you about it?

What are your favourite neighbour romance! I’m always looking for more!

PS. Other book recommendations you  might be interested in:

Heroes Who Are Hilarious Drunks | Contemporary Romances | Queen of Romance Nora Roberts | Romancing Historicals

Author: Cyn

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13 Replies to “Musing About Things: Neighbourly Love trope”

  1. Great examples…although I don’t read much romance….unless it’s romantic/suspense.

    I might have to check some of these out, though.


  2. You had me at enemy-to-lover romance! It has been so long since I’ve enjoyed this trope and I miss it. Thanks for all the goodies for me to check out and probably add to my TBR pile, Cyn!!

  3. I love the neighbor trope..especially when combined with the friends (since childgood) to lovers trope.

  4. I really enjoy Stephanie Perkins, especially Anna and The French Kiss! And Meg Cabot was one of my go to authors growing up. Great list, Cyn. 🙂

  5. OMG I LOVE THE NEIGHBOR ROMANCE TROPE!!!! I feel like I haven’t read a lot of them recently though. Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan was SOOOO good and involved the neighbor trope. I want to reread that one now… also, Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert features the neighbor romance trope too, I believe! (I haven’t read it yet.)

    Thanks for the recs, I’ll note this down! Great post, Cyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. Wait – Wallbanger and the Julie James book are neighbor love stories?? How did I not know that! Must read them! This is one of my favorite tropes too. It’s almost like the stranded together trope but not quite as unrealistic.

  7. Don’t think I’ve ever read anything with the neighbour trope! But it got me thinking of dorm-neighbours for some reason which I think could be an interesting sub-genre and does probably exist haha.

  8. Fantastic examples of this trope. Lori Fosters’ Don’t Tempt Me is another good one. I always have fun with this type of setting.

  9. I do like neighbor romance, I have not read a lot of them, they can be so awkward, funny and interesting

  10. You’ve put it perfectly, Cyn: the forced proximity of being neighbours is just rife with potential for bickering, bantering, and of course falling in love….after a healthy dose of warring over shrubs, fences, and loud music. 😉

    Any time enemies to lovers is on the table, I’m on board! I haven’t read Suddenly One Summer but I’ve loved Julie James’ other stuff, so looks like I’ve gotta pick that one up now. Thanks for the rec!

  11. Oh, Cyn! This trope is one of my favorites. It also goes along with the friends to lovers trope as well as the enemies to lovers trope…

    At the moment, I can’t think of any book rec right now with this trope, though! haha but this trope reminds me of my own HEA 🙂 In my case, we didn’t know each other growing up but we have been neighbors since forever… *wink

  12. Yes! This is such a fun trope. I haven’t read any of yours but I do enjoy running across them in my reads 🙂

  13. I’m reading a book that fits in this trope at this very moment, actually—London Bound by C.J. Duggan. It’s about a young Aussie woman who moves to London to be a caregiver for her cantankerous grandmother and ends up falling for the sexy next door neighbor. I’m a bit past halfway, and I’m hooked! 🙂

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