Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: How the Other Half Lives by Clare London

How the Other Half Lives 
(London Lads #2)

by Clare London
Goodreads

Compulsively 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 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.




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 more more 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 for each other without meeting the other person. 

Okay, there is a lot of time jump throughout the story, but I have an active enough of an imagination to fill in the gaps for myself. I find them both to be interesting and their POVs totally hilarious. The relationship development is swift, filled with time jump to make it sounds solid. The sweet epilogue gave a good indication that Eric and Russ is going to go the distance.


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 the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with 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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