The Voyeur Next Door by Aricka Phoenix

TVND(1)Title:  The Voyeur Next Door

Series:  N/A

Author:  Aricka Phoenix

Genre:  Romance, Erotica

Blurb:   He lived next door.

Alison Eckrich was an expert at being invisible. Having been raised by a mother who saw only flaws, she had learned long ago to watch and never participate. Until him. He was gorgeous from what little she could make out through his bathroom window and he awakened things inside her she had always been told was wrong. But she didn’t care.

She was addicted.

Gabriel Madoc was no stranger to the cold sting of betrayal. His broken heart had left him hard and bitter and that was how he liked it. Until her. She was a vision in the soft twilight. Everything about her called to him. It didn’t even matter he couldn’t see her face.

He wanted her.

The rules were simple: No names. No faces. No attachments. They both had what the other needed so long as they never broke the rules. But what will happen when the mystery is unveiled and they both come face to face with the truth and each other? Is what they shared in the cloak of darkness enough to keep them together, or will reality tear them apart?

Thoughts:  I have to say, I was excited about this book – I mean, just the title has you thinking romance with a lot of naughty thrown in! Reading it, though, left me a little disappointed. It just was not what I was expecting in many ways. First off, I hit an issue with the two main characters (Alison and Gabriel) taking turns with each chapter, telling it from ‘their’ viewpoint. I’ve never much cared for altering POV’s in a book. I’m not saying it’s a deal breaker for me when it comes to reading a book, but its not my favorite POV overall, and just a number of books/authors that I think pull it off really, really well. Additionally, I had a problem connecting with the characters….they just didn’t ‘feel’ real to me. The writing just came across as really…well, distant. It had it’s moments though….For one, Aricka was funny and snarky at times, albeit a little unusual and eccentric. And the fact that they didn’t recognize each other was just a bit farfetched.  An okay read, but not my cup of tea (so to speak), however, if you are looking for something a little different it might just be what you are looking for.

Rate:  C

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