Review: My Beautiful Neighbor by Piper Rayne

My Beautiful Neighbor
(The Greene Family #1)
by Piper Rayne
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Feb. 23, 2021
Genre: Romance

Who’s the mystery woman who just walked into my brewery?

I’m not the only one from my Alaskan small town asking themselves that question. But I’m positive, I’m the only one in Sunrise Bay undressing the pretty blonde in my head. Everything about her, from her make-up to her high heels says she’s a fish out of water.

Whispers and speculations run rampant until the secret of who she is gets uncovered. Then the rumor mill goes into overdrive when she announces she’s staying to open a bookstore in the building next to mine—throwing a big wrench into my plans to buy that empty building.

I quickly find myself in a tug-of-war since my business partner/brother is upset she’s ruined the opportunity to expand our business. I try to keep my distance, but I’ve got one sister with a gossip column on the local radio station and two meddling grandmas setting me up as a tour director.

And now I kind of like the idea of our new neighbor staying. But small-town life isn’t for the weak—time will tell if she has what it takes to be one of us.



When Presley shows up to hear the will of her biological mother, she is not prepared for what comes next. Expecting to get a trinket or maybe a letter explaining why her mother gave her up, sure… but given half ownership of her biological mother’s sewing shop, no. Apparently, she is now part owner of a sewing shop with her sister, who she never met until the day of the will reading. What a way to meet a sibling. However, Presley is ready to set down roots and start her life, so why not take this opportunity to do her own thing?

I liked that this had a small town feel. Everyone knows everyone and looks out for each other. So when Presley shows up, they all notice the newcomer. When it’s revealed who she truly is, they all circle around Clara (her biological sister) to protect her from the newcomer. I just like that the town had each others backs. Sure they were a little distant towards Presley, but as Presley worked on her new store and started setting down roots, they welcomed her with open arms.

The other half of the story is told in Cade’s perspective but I don’t feel like we get too much from him. He’s kind of a closed book and like any guy, has a one track mind. He also has that typical “don’t want a relationship because I’ve been hurt before” thing going on and it was a little annoying. He could be totally sweet sometimes, but only when they were alone. He would be upset about not being able to hold her hand in public but then when she starts to catch feelings, he bolts. It just rubbed me the wrong way.

This story had a lot of good parts to it. The Greene family is huge and everyone pops in from time to time. Which made the world feel much larger than just the two main characters. However, the story just seemed to skim the surface. I always felt like I was getting a glimpse of these characters rather than actually being part of them and their world. The story was entertaining, and I will definitely be picking up the next book because Adam intrigued me the moment we met him. So, the fact that his book is next has me ready to dive in.



2 Thoughts on “Review: My Beautiful Neighbor by Piper Rayne

  1. Great review you have of this one here. It looks like it was a solid read despite your issues with aspects that rubbed you the wrong way.

  2. I like small town stories like this. Sounds like a good story, thanks for the great review.

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