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How the Other Half Lives by Clare London

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Book Series
London Lads #2
About the Author
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.

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Publication Date
February 15, 2017
Available Formats
epub, mobi, pdf
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 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.

Editor review

1 review
Awesome and adorable
It starts so funny...
Martin 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, more 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 tenants go away.
Martin is a grumpy man, very neat and when he sees Russ his apartment he is stunned by the disorder.
Russ is frivolous, sloppy and messy and when he sees Martin his apartment he is stunned by the mausoleum before his eyes.

But somehow despite all the differences they miraculously fit well....very well :) 
Martin makes a big shift from mop a sweat drop... to lick it....

Absolute adorable read. I was reading curled up on the couch and enjoyed it very much.
The vivid way of writing is absorbing. It's utterly funny, (I laughed out loud and smiled constantly) it's endearing and realistic, it felt amazingly like 'home'
Hooray to this story.... I couldn't get enough <3 
Highly recommend 
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