The Cul-de-Sac War
10th November 2020
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
All’s fair in love and prank wars.
Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for one full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls.
And then there’s Chip McBride—her next-door neighbor.
Chip just might be the only person who can match Bree’s stubborn streak. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast.
Bree isn’t the only one who’s a tad competitive, and Chip is more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur—and their heated rivalry threatens to take a hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic new turn.
It’s funny, clever and heartfelt.
If you know me you know I love a good enemies-to-lovers book so I was ready to dive right into The Cul-de-Sac War and it did not disappoint in sating my trope cravings.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and kept grinning at how far Bree and Chip would go to annoy each other. They wound each other up, but still, when it all mattered, they were there for each other and could be serious when it came down to it.
It’s exactly the kind of rom com you’d want to be reading on a Sunday afternoon. You’ll be finished before you know it and is left
wanting craving more.
Despite really enjoying this book, there were times where I didn’t quite like Bree as a person. I feel like she was being unnecessarily mean and unkind towards Chip, like not wanting to answer the door right away, blasting music outside to not just annoy him, but the entire neighborhood.
Thankfully it wasn’t all the time I felt this way, but had it been worse I may have struggled to finish this book.
I did enjoy Bree and Chip’s interactions because you just knew how it would all end so it was fun to watch them struggle, or well, watch Bree struggle, because Chip was kind of interested from the get-go, despite having a girlfriend.
The setting looked gorgeous in my head, with the mountain range in the backdrop and a quaint little town. I think this book could easily be turned into a cute movie and in ways it had the feels of a Hallmark movie (in the most positive of ways, because I am a sucker for Hallmark movies!)
All in all it’s a cute and fun read that I think many would enjoy and wishing for a hot neighbour themselves (I know I do).