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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 stage 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 a full year, and they 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 stage 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 a 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 handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor.  Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. 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.


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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 stage 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 a full year, and they 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 stage 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 a 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 handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor.  Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. 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.

30 review for The Cul-de-Sac War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is definitely lighthearted and entertaining romcom! But I still feel like some romance parts are missing and till I reach the last third of the book, I actually decided to stop reading it but thankfully conclusion of the story was more satisfying even though epilogue was a little bit confusing. Let me tell you more about the story and the characters so you may understand the reasoning of my complex feelings about the book. I liked the beginning of the story. Bree is an ambitious stage act This is definitely lighthearted and entertaining romcom! But I still feel like some romance parts are missing and till I reach the last third of the book, I actually decided to stop reading it but thankfully conclusion of the story was more satisfying even though epilogue was a little bit confusing. Let me tell you more about the story and the characters so you may understand the reasoning of my complex feelings about the book. I liked the beginning of the story. Bree is an ambitious stage actress who gets ultimatum from her parents to have a steady job at least for one year and she gets a small part at the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” but during the live production, she dodges outdoors and her dress falls apart. Luckily Chip who is there to take videos , helping her to solve her problem, saving the day. She gets attracted to him but she finds out he is already taken by a gorgeous girl! Sorry Bree, it seems like you’re having a hard day! As she drives back to her house, she realizes she’s followed by the most irritating truck gets in her nerves. They both drive to her cul-de sac. And guess what? Truck driver was also Chip. She gets pissed off and of course Chip’s dog Russell’s attack her as if she is T-bone steak, increases the tension. Bree declares war and two adults start to act like second grades pulling so many pranks on each other. After so many pranks later, they finally understand they actually fall in love in! I don’t know about that part because so many pranks later I think frenemies theme a little lost its magic! Chip seems like he always has a crush on Bree but I had hard time to see the reason why Bree declared war and started hating the guts so intensely of the guy after getting attracted at the first sight! Their worries about their jobs and family problems also took more place than their so slowly blooming romance. But I actually liked the last third. I couldn’t connect with Bree so much, I found her dramatic, annoying. Chip was more likable hero but I wish the author named him different. Overall: I’m giving 3.25 stars! It’s still above the average. There are some real great and entertaining dialogues and I enjoyed beginning and frenemies theme but I wish the storyline may have been executed better. I liked the previous work of the author more but I still enjoy her writing style and like to read more of her future novels. So many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A fun feel-good story! Bree is a free spirit currently acting as a fairy at the local theater. Chip is a little more buttoned up trying to branch away from the family business. Bree and Chip’s pass first cross when Bree is having a costume mishap during her performance and Chip comes to her rescue. Their paths cross again later that night when Bree is followed home by an obnoxious driver in a big truck just to find out it is Chip and he is now her new neighbor. A broken waterline and an overly z A fun feel-good story! Bree is a free spirit currently acting as a fairy at the local theater. Chip is a little more buttoned up trying to branch away from the family business. Bree and Chip’s pass first cross when Bree is having a costume mishap during her performance and Chip comes to her rescue. Their paths cross again later that night when Bree is followed home by an obnoxious driver in a big truck just to find out it is Chip and he is now her new neighbor. A broken waterline and an overly zealous dog leads to a succession of somewhat neighborly pranks. An easy breezy read packed with folly, whimsy, animals, Family, laughs, and heart. This was an engaging squeaky clean slow burn romance. Both Bree and Chip were likable characters and I found myself laughing several times throughout the story. Kate Rudd does an amazing job narrating this audiobook. She is such a tremendous voice actress and gave each of these characters such a colorful recognizable voice. This is the perfect book to pop in your ear and escape into for the afternoon. This book in emojis 🧝🏻‍♀️ 🐶 🪣 🔨 🎭 *** Big thank you to Thomas Nelson for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    The Cul-de-Sac War is a light hearted, humorous and highly entertaining romantic comedy. I adored Bree and Chips characters. The back and forth between the two of them with their pranks was priceless - and the final prank had me laughing out loud. Oh the shenanigans, haha! Plus Russell, Chips dog was too much. I enjoyed his mischief! I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a light, clean rom-com :) Great big thank you to Uplit Reads and Melissa Ferguson for my copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tahera

    I really, really enjoyed listening to this cute contemporary romcom. I had earlier requested for an e-Arc of this book which didn't get approved so when I saw that the audio was up for request as well I took my chance and was so glad to get it. I feel listening to the book was a better option for me because I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I have enjoyed listening to it. Voice actress Kate Rudd has done a very fine job narrating this entire book, all characters incl I really, really enjoyed listening to this cute contemporary romcom. I had earlier requested for an e-Arc of this book which didn't get approved so when I saw that the audio was up for request as well I took my chance and was so glad to get it. I feel listening to the book was a better option for me because I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as I have enjoyed listening to it. Voice actress Kate Rudd has done a very fine job narrating this entire book, all characters included. My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Thomas Nelson and the author Melissa Ferguson for the audio ARC of the book. The audio book will be released on 10th November 2020.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. ***AUDIO BOOK VERSION*** The Cul-de-sac war is a fun, lighthearted,quirky read with a light storyline of neighbours/frenemies to lovers with a slow-burn romance in between. This book was just what I needed to cheer me up and had me giggling afew times through the story. Bree and Chip meet at the beginning of the book. Bree has a wardrobe malfunction whilst on stage at the theat I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. ***AUDIO BOOK VERSION*** The Cul-de-sac war is a fun, lighthearted,quirky read with a light storyline of neighbours/frenemies to lovers with a slow-burn romance in between. This book was just what I needed to cheer me up and had me giggling afew times through the story. Bree and Chip meet at the beginning of the book. Bree has a wardrobe malfunction whilst on stage at the theatre she performs at and Chip saves the day. They meet again later that same day when Bree finds out her new neighbour is no other than Chip! The story unfolds from here with a series of neighbourly pranks between Bree and Chip. I really enjoyed Chips character but wasn't as keen on Bree at times I bordered on dislike for her but I did enjoy the book despite this. The narrators voice was relaxing and I enjoyed how she changed her voice smoothly for Bree and Chips characters through the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me. I listened to part of this as an audio book and read part as a print copy. The narrator of the audio book was good and she definitely kept me engaged in the lightheartedness of the story. To start with, the book just didn't match the synopsis. I thought from the narrative that Bree had inherited half of the house? The synopsis seems to indicate that there was a bargain worked out with her parents, but I didn't get that at all. Maybe Bree was flig Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me. I listened to part of this as an audio book and read part as a print copy. The narrator of the audio book was good and she definitely kept me engaged in the lightheartedness of the story. To start with, the book just didn't match the synopsis. I thought from the narrative that Bree had inherited half of the house? The synopsis seems to indicate that there was a bargain worked out with her parents, but I didn't get that at all. Maybe Bree was flighty when it comes to jobs, but I also didn't get that from the plot. She was acting from the first page, so I never saw evidence of previous jobs. Also, in what universe would a bit part at an out of the way theater support a person? I want to live there! And I thought Shakespeare was public domain for theaters, so I didn't buy that suddenly this theater company doesn't have the rights to perform Much Ado About Nothing after the cast had been hired (and why didn't they have contracts and how were they getting paid if they didn't?)--my logical brain just couldn't make sense of all of these seemingly large holes. The love story just didn't ring true. Admittedly, once the relationship between Bree and Chip developed, it was cute and their banter was endearing. However, it took most of the book for that to gel and for me it was too little, too late. I was so angered by the dog basically attacking her and holding her hostage and his attitude of both thinking it was funny and not a big deal that I almost quit reading right then (and it was nearly at the beginning of the book). The pranks got really old and I found myself rolling my eyes far more often than chuckling at their adolescent behavior. Overall, if you light light romantic comedy, you might enjoy this one. It just wasn't the right book for me. I voluntarily reviewed complimentary copies of both the print and audio versions of this book. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    I just finished The Cul-de-Sac Wars in one day. I mean when you read it I guarantee you will do the same. The book is first hilarious. Chip and Bree are one of the best characters I have ever read. Both hating living next to each other and trying to out do each other with the pranks they pull. I have to say my favorite is the dog. Every time Bree is around the dog it tackles her. I hate to say I looked forward to that dog getting Bree each time! I have no idea how Melissa Ferguson came up with t I just finished The Cul-de-Sac Wars in one day. I mean when you read it I guarantee you will do the same. The book is first hilarious. Chip and Bree are one of the best characters I have ever read. Both hating living next to each other and trying to out do each other with the pranks they pull. I have to say my favorite is the dog. Every time Bree is around the dog it tackles her. I hate to say I looked forward to that dog getting Bree each time! I have no idea how Melissa Ferguson came up with the pranks but each out did the other. When you read the book and will see Bree last prank, you will agree it was classic!! I can relate to Bree, not being able to keep jobs long enough, because that is me. I can really relate to her and the author did such a great job making these characters relatable. There is a storyline that is more emotional too. Again it is relatable. This book was priceless. I loved it from the first page to the last. If you are wondering to read this book do, and don't worry if you haven't read the first one because you don't need to read the first book to understand this one. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. This will go down to my favorite Rom Com of the Year!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Is there anything better than fiction that makes you feel happy, laugh and is a blast to read? Talk about the perfect escape from reality and I think The Cul-de-Sac War accomplishes this very well! A fast read, you'll spend all your time jumping from one snappy dialogue bit to the next, caught up in the banter (and possible hatred) between two feuding neighbors. The plot keeps hopping from one get-back scenario to the next with both Chip and Bree loving to hate each other and pull pranks on the o Is there anything better than fiction that makes you feel happy, laugh and is a blast to read? Talk about the perfect escape from reality and I think The Cul-de-Sac War accomplishes this very well! A fast read, you'll spend all your time jumping from one snappy dialogue bit to the next, caught up in the banter (and possible hatred) between two feuding neighbors. The plot keeps hopping from one get-back scenario to the next with both Chip and Bree loving to hate each other and pull pranks on the other that is always sure to ruffle feathers. Not all fun and games, both Chip and Bree are faced with their own set of challenges with work, love and family, all while slowly, possibly, maybe? falling in love with their next door neighbor. A delightful read from beginning to end, I loved the escape from life this book so easily and charmingly offered.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    I am always down for a good enemies to lovers and Ferguson's inherent personality blasts through the page! The same winsome voice that hooked so many readers in Ferguson's debut is as sparkling here. Balancing humour with warmth and featuring a unique hook and premise. Perhaps what I most enjoyed is that the romantic elements are a little bit stronger. Both leads explode on the page with authentic banter ad intelligent dialogue. Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Sally Thorne have found their clean r I am always down for a good enemies to lovers and Ferguson's inherent personality blasts through the page! The same winsome voice that hooked so many readers in Ferguson's debut is as sparkling here. Balancing humour with warmth and featuring a unique hook and premise. Perhaps what I most enjoyed is that the romantic elements are a little bit stronger. Both leads explode on the page with authentic banter ad intelligent dialogue. Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Sally Thorne have found their clean reads match!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I listened to the audio version of this story. The narrator did a very good job and I enjoyed her narration style. It was lively and entertaining. It took me awhile to get into the plot of this book. The misunderstandings and pranks between Bree and Chip were definitely juvenile and that had me on edge for a bit. However, I lightened my grasp on reality and decided to just enjoy the silliness of it all and began to enjoy the story much more, including many moments where I laughed out loud. The lat I listened to the audio version of this story. The narrator did a very good job and I enjoyed her narration style. It was lively and entertaining. It took me awhile to get into the plot of this book. The misunderstandings and pranks between Bree and Chip were definitely juvenile and that had me on edge for a bit. However, I lightened my grasp on reality and decided to just enjoy the silliness of it all and began to enjoy the story much more, including many moments where I laughed out loud. The later portions of the book had some really good, heart-tugging scenes between the main characters, making them much more likable to me than earlier in the story. I especially liked the epilogue. I couldn’t really find much of a faith thread in this book. Just a mention of characters going to church. I would, personally, call it a clean read. I could see this book being enjoyed by Christian fiction readers as well as by general market readers. I received a complimentary copy of this audio book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    Readers looking for a fun and lighthearted romantic comedy will certainly want to read this latest from Melissa Ferguson. This is one romance that will have you laughing throughout the book. The story centers on Bree and Chip, who have a pleasant first meeting that seems as if it will be one of those instances where people meet and never cross paths again. As luck would have it, Bree and Chip meet again under some not so pleasant circumstances when they discover that he has bought the house next Readers looking for a fun and lighthearted romantic comedy will certainly want to read this latest from Melissa Ferguson. This is one romance that will have you laughing throughout the book. The story centers on Bree and Chip, who have a pleasant first meeting that seems as if it will be one of those instances where people meet and never cross paths again. As luck would have it, Bree and Chip meet again under some not so pleasant circumstances when they discover that he has bought the house next door to Bree’s and has plans for a renovation. To add to their issues is Chip’s dog Russell. Russell is a large mastiff that has taken a liking to Bree and loves to show her some slobbery love, along with a few unexpected tackles to the ground. I’ll admit, this story was highly predictable, but it was lots of fun following the relationship and the pranks the characters pulled on each other. I highly recommend this to readers who need a fun rom-com to lighten things up in their life. Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for allowing to read an advance copy and give an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Looking for a squeaky-clean romcom with a "friendly" neighborly rivalry? This new release will fit the bill. I found the feud between Bree and Chip to be an amusing plot device that propelled the plot along while our main characters dealt with their family baggage. Both are from supportive families and I especially enjoyed Bree's parent visits and their love affair with Russell, Chip's dog. BTW, that Russell needs his own book! Anyway, this is an uplifting story with a testament to the power of Looking for a squeaky-clean romcom with a "friendly" neighborly rivalry? This new release will fit the bill. I found the feud between Bree and Chip to be an amusing plot device that propelled the plot along while our main characters dealt with their family baggage. Both are from supportive families and I especially enjoyed Bree's parent visits and their love affair with Russell, Chip's dog. BTW, that Russell needs his own book! Anyway, this is an uplifting story with a testament to the power of prayer and a reminder to love your neighbor. Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for a audio ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    I absolutely loved “The Dating Charade” and was counting down until I could read book two. It is so perfect for a relaxing, hilarious, and light-hearted read. The cause-and-effect of this book is hysterical and just when you think things are resolved, it all gets worse. But in that way that makes you go, “Oh no, this didn’t really just happen... but it did. And... it’s kind of believable.” So yes, I loved this book when it comes to that note. The style is funny, but not a forced funny. Just a nat I absolutely loved “The Dating Charade” and was counting down until I could read book two. It is so perfect for a relaxing, hilarious, and light-hearted read. The cause-and-effect of this book is hysterical and just when you think things are resolved, it all gets worse. But in that way that makes you go, “Oh no, this didn’t really just happen... but it did. And... it’s kind of believable.” So yes, I loved this book when it comes to that note. The style is funny, but not a forced funny. Just a natural, full-of-wit funny that I can fully appreciate. It is, of course, a romance. That being said, it really did not focus on the lustful side of romance or even on the physique of others, which I do appreciate. It was a totally plausible haters-to-lovers plot. The one downfall I see with this book is the Christian element. There was pretty much a conversation about where Chip went to church and then one heart-to-heart scene with a good moral lesson, but not really much about God Himself. In my personal opinion, a strong faith element would have made this the perfect weekend read. As is, it’s clean and moral, but not as strong in the faith element. *I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    The narrator of "The Cul-de-Sac War" by Melissa Ferguson is brilliant! I love the way she pulled you into the story right along with the actual words, I highly recommend the audiobook for those that listen to books or like me rarely listen to an audiobook. Plot review: This'll be a quick review since I may come back once I have a paperback. All right, I loved The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson, it was witty, humourous, romantic, and completely needed right now. The way this rom-com ended was ab The narrator of "The Cul-de-Sac War" by Melissa Ferguson is brilliant! I love the way she pulled you into the story right along with the actual words, I highly recommend the audiobook for those that listen to books or like me rarely listen to an audiobook. Plot review: This'll be a quick review since I may come back once I have a paperback. All right, I loved The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson, it was witty, humourous, romantic, and completely needed right now. The way this rom-com ended was absolutely adorable. You must order it right away! I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shaylan

    4 stars! In this cute romantic comedy Bree and Chip are next door neighbours engaged in a prank war with each other. As the pranks escalate so do their feelings and this makes for a fun and sweet enemies to lovers romance. This one was a bit slow to start and I spent a lot of the book wanting the pranks to get more out of hand but the final prank played was very over the top and I loved it. The pair have some sweet moments throughout the book, which they spend hating each other and playing prank 4 stars! In this cute romantic comedy Bree and Chip are next door neighbours engaged in a prank war with each other. As the pranks escalate so do their feelings and this makes for a fun and sweet enemies to lovers romance. This one was a bit slow to start and I spent a lot of the book wanting the pranks to get more out of hand but the final prank played was very over the top and I loved it. The pair have some sweet moments throughout the book, which they spend hating each other and playing pranks. As they play more pranks and annoy each other their relationship grows until they call a truce and have their happily ever after ending. I enjoyed the characters in this novel and felt there was good chemistry between Bree and Chip. The supporting characters added to the story and Bree is best friends with Cassie, the main character in Melissa Ferguson's other book, The Dating Charade. I liked the overlap and now want to read this author's other book that focuses on Cassie because I enjoyed the Cul-de-Sace War so much. There was a great ending that really wrapped everything up nicely and it was just a happy book full of funny moments and misunderstandings. Bottom line is this book is a cute romantic comedy with an enemies to lovers trope. If you like this genre, you should add this book to your TBR! Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vishnu Chevli

    I was going through English Audiobooks available for review on Netgalley when I saw the title "The Cul-de-Sac War" by Melissa Ferguson. The very first thing I checked was the language settings in Netgalley. Then I google the word "Cul-de-sac", what I gauged from the title was the book must be around neighbors. And that was described in the blurb. Based on these few things, I applied for the review copy in exchange for an honest review, and luckily I won it. So here I am discussing the sweet love I was going through English Audiobooks available for review on Netgalley when I saw the title "The Cul-de-Sac War" by Melissa Ferguson. The very first thing I checked was the language settings in Netgalley. Then I google the word "Cul-de-sac", what I gauged from the title was the book must be around neighbors. And that was described in the blurb. Based on these few things, I applied for the review copy in exchange for an honest review, and luckily I won it. So here I am discussing the sweet love story. Written in settings of a cure rom-com (you may say sitcoms), the story revolves around the personal & professional lives of Bree & Chip. I don't want to discuss the plot once again as the blurb is more than enough. Let me talk about things I liked about the story 1. Pranks between Bree & Chip 2. Gentleness of Chip in all situation never losing his temper 3. Characters of the girlfriend of Chip & boyfriend of Bree. Both were caring and marriage material. 4. Fun-filled incidents ( I know the very first point was a prank, but I feel I should mention it) Coming towards good points about the book 1) Light read 2) Language is easy and age-appropriate 3) The pace of the story is fast and will maintain 4) To the point story Overall I enjoyed listening to this book. The book deserves 3.75 stars out of 5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauren James

    [Gifted] A fun, almost slapstick-humorous romance about two neighbours who keep making each others lives difficult. This was so comedic, especially the audiobook - the narrator's dialogue had the funniest intonations, it made it all ten times funnier. A thoroughly enjoyable escapist read. [Gifted] A fun, almost slapstick-humorous romance about two neighbours who keep making each others lives difficult. This was so comedic, especially the audiobook - the narrator's dialogue had the funniest intonations, it made it all ten times funnier. A thoroughly enjoyable escapist read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natasja | natasjalovesbooks

    1.5 stars Well, this wasn't for me. The premise sounded fun and lighthearted - a neighborly war that would most likely end in romance, I'm there for it! But the story was mostly just Chip and Bree doing their jobs, worrying about their jobs, coming home from 12 hours on the job and then doing something ridiculous to each other. I didn't buy the animosity between them and I definitely didn't buy the love either. I didn't particularly care about any of the characters. Both Chip and Bree were annoyi 1.5 stars Well, this wasn't for me. The premise sounded fun and lighthearted - a neighborly war that would most likely end in romance, I'm there for it! But the story was mostly just Chip and Bree doing their jobs, worrying about their jobs, coming home from 12 hours on the job and then doing something ridiculous to each other. I didn't buy the animosity between them and I definitely didn't buy the love either. I didn't particularly care about any of the characters. Both Chip and Bree were annoying and rude and they didn't treat their significant others very well, which did not endear me to them. Also, I love dogs, but it's really rude letting your dog - nay, encouraging your dog almost - to trample your neighbor so that's she's almost afraid of leaving or entering her own residence. And that happened several times the first, what, week of their acquaintance? Can you really blame Bree for thinking you're a disrespectful jerk then? I also felt it dragged a lot. Maybe it was just my disinterest in it, but according to my kindle, it could be read in about 4 hours. It took me 10 days instead. Okay, that might just be my disinterest. I did end up finishing it in the end, though, so I'm also a little miffed that the ending was so ... underwhelming? So yeah, this wasn't for me. I received an e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Melissa Ferguson has an uncanny knack for choosing premises that make me nervous about whether I will enjoy her stories. Two people dating but keeping a big secret from each other (The Dating Charade)? Yep, pretty nervous. But I took a chance and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Next door neighbours who are determined to one-up each other in a prank war? Again, more than a little nervous. And as it happened, I didn’t enjoy this story as much as her first. However, there were defini Melissa Ferguson has an uncanny knack for choosing premises that make me nervous about whether I will enjoy her stories. Two people dating but keeping a big secret from each other (The Dating Charade)? Yep, pretty nervous. But I took a chance and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Next door neighbours who are determined to one-up each other in a prank war? Again, more than a little nervous. And as it happened, I didn’t enjoy this story as much as her first. However, there were definitely things I did enjoy, too, so let’s start there. Firstly, I enjoyed Ferguson’s writing style; it’s engaging and well suited to the rom com genre, and the back-and-forth between Chip and Bree was entertaining. She also has a varied cast of characters to round out the story. I’m not generally a fan of pranks (hence the nervousness), but these ones were creative and relatively harmless, even if they did become a little over-the-top—the last one in particular. That said, Chip’s 230-pound English mastiff named Russell and his literally overwhelming love for Bree brought forth the most laughs from me. No pranks required! There were other elements that didn’t work for me, however. The events that brought the turnaround in Chip and Bree’s relationship were believable, but I thought things progressed too quickly after that. I was also creeped out by the fact that these people apparently didn’t close their curtains at night time and could see into each other’s bedrooms (and yet managed to avoid any embarrassing moments). And there were aspects of their working lives that seemed a bit far-fetched as well. Would Bree really be able to support herself financially as a member of the local theatre troupe? I risk going into some spoilers if I mention too much about Chip’s situation, but suffice to say I wondered about his business sense and the plausibility of him getting a $2million line of credit in order to bid for the job he wanted. And yes, I realise these are pragmatic quibbles and this is a rom com and “COME ON! It’s not supposed to be 100% realistic,” but everyone has their areas where they’re happy to suspend disbelief and areas where they just get stuck, and those were mine. That said, I can see this story appealing to readers who aren’t concerned about those kinds of details in their rom com reads. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    3 1/2 stars. I almost gave up on this one, but I'm glad I stuck with it. When Bree and Chip meet, there are sparks between them, but things take a different turn when she discovers he's the new neighbor. I wish the first 2/3 of the book were as cute as the last 1/3. Their "pranks" got old and I couldn't see how they'd redeem themselves to the other. Fortunately, they did, even if it almost too late. It kept me reading and I enjoyed the ending and the epilogue. I received a copy from the publishe 3 1/2 stars. I almost gave up on this one, but I'm glad I stuck with it. When Bree and Chip meet, there are sparks between them, but things take a different turn when she discovers he's the new neighbor. I wish the first 2/3 of the book were as cute as the last 1/3. Their "pranks" got old and I couldn't see how they'd redeem themselves to the other. Fortunately, they did, even if it almost too late. It kept me reading and I enjoyed the ending and the epilogue. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    While I was intrigued enough by the plot to finish the book, there wasn't anything particularly sparkling or fantastic about this book. I'm not sure it's a story I'll even remember in a few weeks. The plot did get me a little invested in the lives of Chip and Bree, the two main characters. They were each working through their own problems and trying to figure out what the future held for them so it was interesting to see how they moved forward. Now onto the topic of romance. I appreciated that thi While I was intrigued enough by the plot to finish the book, there wasn't anything particularly sparkling or fantastic about this book. I'm not sure it's a story I'll even remember in a few weeks. The plot did get me a little invested in the lives of Chip and Bree, the two main characters. They were each working through their own problems and trying to figure out what the future held for them so it was interesting to see how they moved forward. Now onto the topic of romance. I appreciated that this book was very clean. It's difficult to find adult romances without explicit sex scenes every couple of chapters so I was happy to find this book. However, there was a lack of many things in the romance department. I just wasn't particularly invested in the romance. Chip started the book with a girlfriend and Bree had a lovely man interested in her. I just wasn't feeling the spark. It heated up a bit towards the end, but even then I wasn't completely on board. Moving onto characters, a lot of them kinda threw me off, even the main characters. I was most confused by the relationship between Evie and Bree. It seemed like they weren't really friends, but also they were? Evie was kinda annoying and I definitely wouldn't have been able to have her as a roommate. I'm not really sure what she contributed to the story either. She was in or mentioned in a lot of the scenes so I'm just confused about her purpose in the story. Overall, I'd give this book a 2.5. I was interested enough to want to know how the book ended, but also, not very impressed with the story in general. I'd probably still read another book by this author though. Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Cul-de-Sac War made me laugh so much. Bree was beyond hilarious and I absolutely fell in love with her pretty early on. From talking about pencil skirts being a thigh corset or thinking a dog is out to murder her. I just laughed so much while listening to this book. Plus the bantering between Bree, Chip, and his dog Russell were the highlight of my life. The whole war between them had some pretty funny moments that I was I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Cul-de-Sac War made me laugh so much. Bree was beyond hilarious and I absolutely fell in love with her pretty early on. From talking about pencil skirts being a thigh corset or thinking a dog is out to murder her. I just laughed so much while listening to this book. Plus the bantering between Bree, Chip, and his dog Russell were the highlight of my life. The whole war between them had some pretty funny moments that I was crying from laughing so hard. I think my stomach even hurts from all of it as well. Then there's the whole frenemies to lovers. It was just really cute. Yeah, they were both sort of seeing someone when they first met but they weren't happy one bit. Until they started their little prank war and got to know more about one another. In the end, I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely find another one by Melissa soon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily P

    Another adorable read from Ferguson! The Cul De Sac War is lots of fun and I can see it being turned into a movie. Great characters with heart, a fun side detour into the world of live theatre and some stubborn enemies turned lovers--I don't think there's much more you could ask for in a Romance! I love the fact that this story is set in an area I have actually lived near before...Ferguson did her homework and knows what she's describing. Don't miss this second charmer--I can't wait for the next Another adorable read from Ferguson! The Cul De Sac War is lots of fun and I can see it being turned into a movie. Great characters with heart, a fun side detour into the world of live theatre and some stubborn enemies turned lovers--I don't think there's much more you could ask for in a Romance! I love the fact that this story is set in an area I have actually lived near before...Ferguson did her homework and knows what she's describing. Don't miss this second charmer--I can't wait for the next story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Words With Rach)

    In The Dating Charade, we meet Cassie and get to see her fall in love. The Cul-De-Sac War is all about her best friend Bree. The overlap between the two books is very small. Cassie is not a main character in this book at all, and it can easily be read as a stand-alone. It is always fun to get the backstory on characters from previous books though. I loved this one. If you are a fan of romantic comedy, you won’t want to miss this book. It is perfect if you are looking for a light and clean read. I In The Dating Charade, we meet Cassie and get to see her fall in love. The Cul-De-Sac War is all about her best friend Bree. The overlap between the two books is very small. Cassie is not a main character in this book at all, and it can easily be read as a stand-alone. It is always fun to get the backstory on characters from previous books though. I loved this one. If you are a fan of romantic comedy, you won’t want to miss this book. It is perfect if you are looking for a light and clean read. I know I may be in the minority, but I am not a huge fan of “steaminess” in books. It was refreshing to read a rom-com that is fun without all of the steamy scenes. This one is marketed as Christian fiction, but that wasn't really necessary. This book is perfect for any lovers of clean romance. ...And this book was SO FUN. It made me laugh out loud over and over again. It was a fun and sweet story that, in my opinion, topped her first book. I think this is strange because I think I am a lot more like Cassie's character. Bree’s boldness and humor are so different from my own personality, but she still had me cracking up. I tend to be more of a serious person, so I love it when a book can make me laugh. I am thrilled to have discovered @melissafergusonauthor and I cannot wait to read more of her books in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. This story was the fun, lighthearted read I needed this week. It was a quick read that was laced with humor and quirky events. I liked that the leads were a stage actress and a construction worker. These roles paired off well and played against each other beautifully. I was disappointed that there was zero faith thread. The characters solved all their problems themselves and didn’t turn towar FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. These are my honest thoughts. This story was the fun, lighthearted read I needed this week. It was a quick read that was laced with humor and quirky events. I liked that the leads were a stage actress and a construction worker. These roles paired off well and played against each other beautifully. I was disappointed that there was zero faith thread. The characters solved all their problems themselves and didn’t turn toward God at all. I found this odd in a Christian fiction book. Still, it was an enjoyable story, even if it didn’t go as deep as I would have liked because this thread was absent. Another disappointment was that one character used bad language in the only scene he appeared in. The thing about this was that the bad words were bleeped out (“bleepity bleep,” for example). While I appreciated that the author did not use the vulgar words themselves, the usage of bleeps made it feel like the character was being censored. Thankfully, this only happened in chapter two, so it was easy to move forward from this moment and enjoy the rest of the book. While the war itself felt quite immature at times—and was admittedly an “adolescent war,” as the leading lady said once—it was creative and fun to read about and definitely entertained me for hours. The farm animals were an especially funny surprise. The banter between Bree and Chip was phenomenal. This was, perhaps, my favorite aspect of this story. The author definitely has a knack for creating witty characters who interact in believable ways. This was what kept me interested in this story and cruising through the chapters. My favorite moments, though, were the ones that pinched my heart. The road trip late in the story. The creepy-children-wallpaper experiment. The duct tape dress straps. These and other heartfelt moments made me sigh and smile, and they were what truly endeared this book to my heart. The neighbor’s dog was fun, and his interactions with Bree were some definite highlights for me. I was a little surprised the bumper sticker never came up in the dialogue between Bree and Chip. I thought for sure it would be a bone of contention between them, but it faded as fast as it popped up. Featuring Singin’ in the Rain was an added bonus. This is one of my favorite musicals, and I was glad to see that it was highlighted in this book. The written-out tap dance moves were fairly easy to imagine in my mind as I read. Content: bleeped-out bad words, tobacco, alcohol, three or four sexual terms/comments Recommended for 18+ because of the sexual terms/comments

  26. 4 out of 5

    Purabi

    Neighbours who are "Enemies" to lovers with prank wars and a guaranteed HEA? Melissa Ferguson had my heart from the premise and I'm so happy this book was everything I was expecting it to be! Funny and engaging and wholesome and feel good and truly delivering on a happy ending! I would've loved the final chapter to have been at least 30 more pages long, it was too early to say goodbye to Chip and Bree! The book had several laugh out loud moments and it just filled my heart with a lot of joy!! Tha Neighbours who are "Enemies" to lovers with prank wars and a guaranteed HEA? Melissa Ferguson had my heart from the premise and I'm so happy this book was everything I was expecting it to be! Funny and engaging and wholesome and feel good and truly delivering on a happy ending! I would've loved the final chapter to have been at least 30 more pages long, it was too early to say goodbye to Chip and Bree! The book had several laugh out loud moments and it just filled my heart with a lot of joy!! Thankyou to the publisher for the e-ARC!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I think throughout our lifetime, everyone has that neighbour. You know, the one whose dog barks all day, or doesn't rake his leaves, or plays music really loud or maybe places his fence on your side of the property line. Well, in this story, Bree Leake ends up with a neighbour that seems to cause her a lot of grief. Chip McBride lives next door and is a thorn in Bree's side. If she wants to become the owner of her grandmother's cottage, she has to stay put in Abingdon for one year. Her plan is t I think throughout our lifetime, everyone has that neighbour. You know, the one whose dog barks all day, or doesn't rake his leaves, or plays music really loud or maybe places his fence on your side of the property line. Well, in this story, Bree Leake ends up with a neighbour that seems to cause her a lot of grief. Chip McBride lives next door and is a thorn in Bree's side. If she wants to become the owner of her grandmother's cottage, she has to stay put in Abingdon for one year. Her plan is to drive Chip out of the neighbourhood, instead of her leaving, thus begins the pranks, or the Cul de sac war. This is a lighthearted, entertaining and clean romcom. Both Bree and Chip were likable characters and I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the story. It is hard to dislike a guy that your parents love, especially when they talk to one another on the phone, or get advice about different things. You've got to love a dog that goes crazy for Slim Jims. The scene where Bree and Russell meet for the first time is hilarious. Bree and Chip had some good chemistry, even though they spent a lot of time fighting against it. With the right mix of humour and warmth, this novel was enjoyable, funny and sweet. I will warn you, it does start slow, but keep with it as the pranks alone are worth it. If you are shying away because this is labeled as Christian Fiction, don't worry. It is a clean romance and there is mention of attending church, but that is about it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kate Rudd. She did a great job using her expression and tone to give each character their own voice. I enjoyed listening to this one and will not hesitate to listen to other books performed by this talented voice actress. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    This rom-com, emphasis on the comedy, is an excellent audio to laugh your day away with! Seriously, this book had me laughing inappropriately loudly and disrupting my entire household! The dual narration is excellent as it really helps bring the characters to life, but the plot and antics of the main characters makes this a solid choice any day, any time, just maybe not in public unless you are ok with people staring at you for disrupting them. I enjoy listening to audio books at the coffeeshop This rom-com, emphasis on the comedy, is an excellent audio to laugh your day away with! Seriously, this book had me laughing inappropriately loudly and disrupting my entire household! The dual narration is excellent as it really helps bring the characters to life, but the plot and antics of the main characters makes this a solid choice any day, any time, just maybe not in public unless you are ok with people staring at you for disrupting them. I enjoy listening to audio books at the coffeeshop while I enjoy a mocha and more than once found myself the victim of the not so subtle side eye by those who felt I was disruptive with my guffaws. This is my first experience with this author and I must say that I will be eagerly searching for more material from her to read in the near future. I absolutely recommend that you read this or rather listen to this book if you like strong characters, with strong opinions and a tendency towards outlandish pranks on each other!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A fun lighthearted romance with lots of laugh out moments for me. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud while listening to the story. The narrator of the audio was very good and made the listening aspect very enjoyable. The end was cute and overall I enjoyed the story. Some of the pranks they pulled on each other was a bit over the top but that's my only minor complaint of the story. This a great story if you are looking for a quick, funny and light romance. A fun lighthearted romance with lots of laugh out moments for me. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud while listening to the story. The narrator of the audio was very good and made the listening aspect very enjoyable. The end was cute and overall I enjoyed the story. Some of the pranks they pulled on each other was a bit over the top but that's my only minor complaint of the story. This a great story if you are looking for a quick, funny and light romance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    Actual Star Rating - 3.5 I was longing to get a physical copy of this book because I adore the cover and thought the synopsis sounded really cute. And WHO DOESNT NEED A ROM COM every once and a while? That is pretty much where my love affair died with this one unfortunately :( Sharing some honest thoughts: -This is a "clean" romcom. I happen to enjoy a little sweet with spice (ok a LOT of spice), so this felt a bit boring for me. There was literally NO ACTION and it took 93% of the book for somethi Actual Star Rating - 3.5 I was longing to get a physical copy of this book because I adore the cover and thought the synopsis sounded really cute. And WHO DOESNT NEED A ROM COM every once and a while? That is pretty much where my love affair died with this one unfortunately :( Sharing some honest thoughts: -This is a "clean" romcom. I happen to enjoy a little sweet with spice (ok a LOT of spice), so this felt a bit boring for me. There was literally NO ACTION and it took 93% of the book for something romantic to happen. This was simply too long for me. To be fair, if you love a book focused more on the enemies to lovers trope (with literally ZERO spice), this may be perfect for you! -The book description and the actual book didn't really match and that was a big let down for me. I actually had to rewind some of the chapters on audiobook because I was confused to exactly what was happening. I think the book had a lot of promise, but I was personally uninvested in the characters and their wellbeing. -Sometimes, I don't want complete predictability in a book. From the beginning, I felt like I could already guess the ebbs and flows of their relationship and didn't really feel satisfied when this one ended. There were some tender moments between Bree and Chip which made me appreciate the "cleanness" of this one, but I just wanted more - I wanted a spark, I wanted a heart flutter and I JUST WANTED 1 KISS!!! Not upset that I listened to this, but I won't likely recommend to others.

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