Review: “How the Other Half Lives” by Clare London

TITLE: How the Other Half Lives
AUTHOR: Clare London
SERIES: London Lads
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 65 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book


Compulsive 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 more 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 neighborly 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.

This was a joy to read. Set up like a modern-day pen pal with the pairing like the Odd Couple. Martin is a very neat and organized guy who’s rather set in his ways. Russ is basically a slob who gets easily distracted. Thanks to Martin’s friend Ethan and Russ’s friend Don convincing them to flat sit, their lives are totally changed.

What was most enjoyable about this book was the way the author took you on their journey. You get to see how Martin and Russ felt through each step. I really loved their first impressions of their flats. I practically felt Martin’s shudder and Russ’s sensory deprivation. When they first meet is reminiscent of a blind date. Each turn at flat sitting brings a little more of the characters to life.

The interactions between Martin and Ethan plus the ones between Russ and Don not only open up the characters for us, but also, give Martin and Russ insight into each other. These guys are characters you would love to come back to again. The way they learn from each other and grow made this a pleasure to read. Clare London has done a wonderful job at putting a new spin on an old theme.

This is the type of story that invites the reader in and makes them want to read the whole series. I can see me coming back to read this book and the rest of the series again and again. The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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