Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Release Blitz: The Boy Next Door - Ella James




Title: The Boy Next Door
An Off-Limits Romance Standalone
Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2017

Blurb

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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Review

When a book combines two of my favorite tropes, I tend to get pretty excited.  I love second chance romances and best friend’s brother stories.  And while I hadn’t read any of Ella James’ works yet I had heard good things.  So I was highly anticipating that I would enjoy The Boy Next Door.  And I’m a little disappointed when I couldn’t.  It was sort of like I was a deflated balloon.

Amelia is sweet but too forgiving and a bit of a doormat.  This could work if the hero helps build her up and she gains her confidence.  This isn’t what happens.  Dash is a bit of a sad sack.  He’s got a secret he’s afraid to tell and he’s been fighting his attraction for Amelia because of it.  I did see a bit of a connection and there are definitely some steamy sex scenes.  I just felt like their whole thing was a bit toxic.  He tore her apart but in the end she’s the one propping him up.  It just didn’t work for me.  And when Dash’s secret came out, I had zero sympathy for him.  He just needed to own up to his own mistakes.

There is definitely drama in this book.  It flows throughout the story but isn’t too over-the-top.   If you’re a fan of second chance stories and best friend’s brother ones, this might just be a good one to try.  I’m just going to have to pick up another Ella James book to really see what she’s capable of.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J


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Author Bio

Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

To find out more about her projects, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks, tweet her at author_ellaj or follow her on Instagram (authorellajames).

Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at rebecca@rfliterary.com.

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