How the Other Half Lives

How the Other Half Lives nd EditionCompulsive 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 shoul

2nd EditionCompulsive 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 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 sc2nd EditionCompulsive 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 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.First Edition published by Amber Quill Press Amber Allure, 2011.

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How the Other Half Lives

  1. Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant She s written in many genres and across many settings, with award winning novels and short stories published both online and in print She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she s happy Most of her work features male male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone fuelled family home.All the details and free fiction are available at her website Visit her today and say hello

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  1. It starts so funnyMartin talks to his friend Ethan Russ talks to his friend Don both about the other neighbor The first one is very tidy and punctual the second one totally opposite in every way.They both never met but taking care of each others apartment now and then when one is away for a weekend Not entirely voluntary, imposed by their friends Because both need some neighborhood connection and there was a notice on the communal board downstairs, suggesting a flat sitting scheme, for when ten [...]

  2. Adorable Or should I say a dork able This sweet little story was right up my alley.What a perfect short story, am I right I have a HUGE weakness for opposites attracts and geeky MCs, so this was just right for me I really enjoyed the alternating POVs and the way the story progressed It is hard work creating a well rounded short of 50 60 pages, but Clare London did it with ease Very enjoyable Read for project GRL 2014 My quest to read authors that I ve never tried before

  3. Freakin adorable is what this story is A perfectly posed story about two opposites, a meet cute and falling in love Full review on the blog soon and then here a copy of this story was provided for an honest review

  4. Ooh, I liked this short and sweet story from Clare London about two men who appear to be exact opposites One is neat, the other a slob But, despite the blurb, this ain t The Odd Couple it s so much better Through a nifty plot convenience, Russ and Martin are each other s flat sitters when they are away or on holiday At first, they communicate via notes a careless, cheerful message on the back of a mango chutney label versus Thick, expensive paper with careful script, full of excessive politeness [...]

  5. For such a short read, this novella really pack a punch Not only that it had an interesting plot, its funny, witty and full of charm I didn t know that Clare London had such great sense of humor It only took than an hour to read this and truthfully a time well spent with Martin and Russ.Martin is a neat freak with a flat as tidy and quiet as a museum While Russ is a total slob that makes me think entering his flat is a dead trap What ensure is a bout of hilarity when they sign up to flat sit f [...]

  6. This was pretty freaken adorkable I actually really liked the first half best where the two men had never even met, yet were communicating through home decorating and sticky notes It was interesting to only witness the interactions through their conversations with their respective meddling BFF s.I did like once they finally met, although I was worried the magic would be gone They were cute and a tad awkward but clearly had chemistry I wish we d seen a bit of their developing relationship, altho [...]

  7. I really liked the concept of this story Two men who have a real effect on each other s lives, and yet have never met It happens so slowly over time, that I thought when they did finally meet up it made it that much interesting It was also fun to see their reactions to what the other was doing to their apartment through their interactions with their friends, who were completely baffled by the changes and curious about who this influential stranger was in their friends lives.Both liked the end r [...]

  8. Review for the second editionThis was a cute read I loved how Martin and Russ were absolutely different Martin is anal retentive while Russ is a mess It was adorable on how they slowly integrate each other s quirks to the other s lives Because this is a novella, the relationship progress happens pretty quick but I enjoyed it And I absolutely loved Martin s and Russ friends

  9. This book is totally hilarious Not just in its premise of matching two men who couldn t be different, but in the way it is told, in alternating first person, and with some brilliant tongue in cheek humor But it s so much than romantic comedy as well the deeper truth behind each man s phobias and behaviors is as fascinating as seeing them slowly thaw and mellow to the point where they can meet without killing or at the very least hating each other This process is very cleverly set up and manage [...]

  10. This was a VERY short read I had a few chuckles and liked the plot idea The MCs are not in the same room for most of the storyIt reminded me of one of those 60s romantic comedies where the protagonists keep missing each other, but somehow fall in love It was a bit muddled in the endonce they met.It was funnybut not really much of a romance.

  11. The humor was spot on for me, and I thought the premise was awesome BUT, this book would have benefited from being longer, and exploring the relationship further.Really close to 4 stars from me

  12. Very good short m m romance about two guys, one very tidy and the other very untidy, who exchange flatsitting duties with each other, but never actually meet until they do.

  13. This was a cute and super short novella When I got to the last chapter I was a little confused because how could it be over already Anyway, Martin and Russ are both adorable in their quirky ways They are the epitome of opposites attracting How they live could not be different from each other, but their actual lives are similar They are both independent, freelance workers in their respective fields, they are both comfortable in their lives, they both have strong friendships, and they both took s [...]

  14. 4 StarsReviewed for Just LoveARC received in exchange for an honest reviewWhat an adorable story No, seriously, this novella is the cutest I feel like sprinkling little hearts and exclamation points all over my review, because adorable book is adorable.So here s what I liked about How The Other Half Lives It was playful and witty and used the juxtaposition of the two MCs dueling POVs to great, cheeky effect It read like a cute romcom, and I mean that in the best possible way I tend to be skeptic [...]

  15. Clare London is always a great go to author when you re looking for a little humor with a healthy dose of romance How the Other Half Lives is an Odd Couple story, an attraction of opposites in the fastidious and fussy Martin Harrison, and the scattershot and rather slobby Russ McNeely, and I loved the way London brought these two men together in spite of themselves and their differences.In a short sixty five pages, How the Other Half Lives treats its readers to the buildup of a relationship that [...]

  16. I love a good opposites attract story, and this one hit the spot with its quirky characters, low angst and of course a happy ending The fact that it s a quick read with a little bit of heat makes it even better It was really easy for me to identify with both characters even though they really were total opposites and even given how opposite they were to each other, they actually do have plenty in common as their interactions with their own friends clearly show.Martin is almost borderline obsessi [...]

  17. Review of the Second EditionThis is a cute story of two strangers who couldn t be 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 Th [...]

  18. Thank you Anne for the rec This is a short and sweet story about two guys flat sitting each other s flats in London They don t meet each other until the last 2 chapters, reminds me of Perfect Strangers aka Summer in The City, which I love.Russ is a carefree freelance chef and Martin is an antique art dealer with a slight OCD The story has potential, but the author tend to use the telling narration instead of showing us the story I want this I recall the bold, scrawling script, the signature of [...]

  19. 4.5 stars I don t know how Clare does it, but she has this knack for writing clever little stories that just shouldn t work as romances, yet somehow do In How the Other Half Lives it takes about half the story before the two heroes meet, and before that they only communicate by notes and rearranging each others possessions Then, there s no on page smut, and the last chapter is seen through the viewpoint of their friends so we re distanced from them again.However, despite all these deviations fro [...]

  20. A quick and engaging read about opposites attracting Told in alternating 1st person POV the MCs learn about each other and a little about themselves through a series of weekends flat sitting and an exchange of notes In fact they don t meet until halfway through the story Despite this break from the norm in romance I found this novella a well crafted and enjoyable read The characters were quirky and well rounded, and the dialogue was amusing My only complaint, if I must have one, was that after a [...]

  21. Aww 33 a very quick read.Berharap progress Russ sama Martin lebih panjang lagi karena aku suka Russ tapi tetap saja menghibur setelah kebosanan dan kerutan alis dan perasaan ingin melempar buku di Allegiant oops v dan penyegaran kembali lalu berusaha ga klik epub yang lain karena ketagihan

  22. seriously adorable story about two very opposite men, flat sitting, and the wonderful zany things one can be blessed with, if they open themselves up to new and sometimes exciting and sometimes neurotic adventures The dialogue was witty, the background of the characters was just enough, and the main characters priceless Definitely a re read for me

  23. A very cute short read about 2 men, one messy and the other one over organized and tidy, who flatsit each others appartments and never meet Slowly with little notes, they change each others perspective of things And then they finally meet.Opposites do attract

  24. Very funny short Really Enjoyed the senate however was a little bit disappointed with ending Would love to have read and how these two interesting characters developed and learned to adapt to there differences

  25. I loved this book and like others, I wished it was longer The premise was unique, the alternating views reactions hysterical, and the HEA satisfying Would happily recommend this book to anyone who asked

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