You might think I’m biased since I already think Sarah Smith is a walking, writing, tweeting, picture-taking goddess and all around awesome person. This is true, however, besides the fact that I already heart Sarah more than a Taylor Swift song circa 2008, I think she’s a kick-ass, fearless writer with her oh so steamy romances. I’ve been following Sarah on her blog Sarah Writes Smut for a long time now. I had no idea how much I could enjoy smut until I started following Sarah Smith. In truth, they still make me blush, but they also take me to places that I didn’t even realize I wanted to go!
In Practically Neighbors, Ava is waiting for a guy to text her. Ladies…we’ve been there. Ava is stuck wondering when the guy she’s supposedly going out with that night will text. In true guy form, she hasn’t heard a peep from him. She does what any sensible single woman would do in this day and age- she goes back on a dating app to swipe-swipe-swipe in the hopes of finding a guy who can string a couple of sentences together and not send her any pictures of his anatomy. Hopefully, someone attractive and charming?
Just when she’s swiped through all the slim pickings in the dating app world…Harker. He had me at Harker. And to top off that beautiful name, he bakes and fosters dogs! And did I mention his “deliciously broad chest?” Yes! He’s got that going for him as well and a smile that looks like he’s “mid-laugh.” For single women, this is the guy we want to stumble upon when we’re swiping. Thank you, Sarah, for giving me a delicious specimen to picture. Where was I?
What I like about this story and all of Sarah’s stories really are how relatable they are. When Ava is swiping and pondering her dating life, I was thinking, “Yeah, me too!” the whole time. Sarah pulls me in with how relatable her characters are. I see myself in them, and then all of a sudden, just when I’m thinking I’m totally on the same page with the character, something shifts. All of a sudden we enter this titillating fantasy world, a place until we arrived, we didn’t realize we’d want to be.
Wine! I recommend wine while reading. Night time preferably. Not in a public place. Ya know what I mean? No? Me either!
Definitely read Practically Neighbors if you haven’t already. Prepare yourself for lots of smut!😍
And of course, my latest tour is inspired by Practically Neighbors. Since it’s so easily accessible, for the first time ever, my tour will definitely have spoilers. After all, I have to have a talk with Ava about online dating safety.
Read it here:
In other awesome Sarah Smith news, she’s got her debut novel, Faker, coming out this Fall! To learn more about Sarah Smith and her new book, check out her author’s website:
As always, here’s the sneak peek into my Literary Date inspired by Practically Neighbors:
For more from this tour, make sure you’re following me on Instagram!
Thank you all for reading! My full tour will be soon! What will happen? Will Ava inspire me to let go of my inhibitions and meet a hunky stranger for the night? Hmm? I won’t say! You’ll have to stay tuned!
In case you’re wondering, my ultimate goal is to be more consistent. Thank you all so much for your patience and for sticking with me. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!
While you patiently await my Practically Neighbors tour, feel free to check out my other two & a half tours that were also set in Brooklyn:
Reconstructing Amelia Tour, book set in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Great book!
Modern Lovers Tour, which is set in the sleepy Brooklyn neighborhood, Ditmas Park. P.S. I didn’t reveal this in my tour post, but I will now, this is my current neighborhood. It was funny because when Sarah first reached out to me about this collaboration, she said she wanted to set the story in my neighborhood. Sooo I had to come clean and tell her that I’ve already done a tour in my neighborhood. But I totally miss my old neighborhood so it worked out for the best!
Finally, my tour based on the book YOU was partially in Brooklyn in the neighborhood we Brooklynites call Bed-Stuy.
See you back here soon!