The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us, one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.
No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.
Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.
He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.
I’m guarding my heart this time.
But Dash has secrets that could break us both.
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The Boy Next Door is a standalone novel by author Ella James. It is part of a series, but you won’t get lost reading this. I haven’t read the rest of the series myself. The book switches between past and present and the story is told from the POVs of both the main characters. There is an HEA and no cheating.
I have to admit, I’m really on the fence with this one. I wanted to like it more than I did. I’ve read other Ella James books in the past and loved them so I’m not sure if it was me, or what it was exactly. I can’t pinpoint it and that’s why I hadn’t written the review yet.
The two main characters, Dash and Amelia have a lot of chemistry between them. They’ve always had it in one form or another. There is an age gap here that when younger makes it eyebrow raise but older it’s just a few years. You realize and see this a lot in the book. Sometimes I just felt like “Okay, that’s too young.” even with the maturity level.
While I enjoyed the writing and the characters, the story overall, I wasn’t blown away with the plot. I went into The Boy Next Door extremely excited for it. The more I kept reading the more I was sort of like “Meh”. Again, I’m having a really hard time pinpointing that exactly. It may be that I had the plot figured out early on. So that took away from it for me.
Now then, the characters themselves and the interaction between them gave me the feels. Which is why the book is a 4 star for me and not a 3 star. I loved them, certain parts of the story made my heart melt. They get a second chance and I liked that they got to know each other as more mature people.
There is an underlying plot, the one I figured out, but I don’t want to say anything on that because it will give spoilers. I will just say it may cause triggers in some people. If you want the spoilers, I’m sure other reviews have them.
So, overall, 4 star read for me. I’d recommend it but selectively.
**ARC was provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**