Release Blitz & Review: THE BOY NEXT DOOR

Title: The Boy Next Door

An Off-Limits Romance Standalone
Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2017

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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I went back and grabbed book 1 in the series before I jumped into this one.  Not necessary, but I like to read in order.  Ella James is a new to me author.  I absolutely fell in love with the first book.  The synopsis here also held promise.  

I should know better than to go in with expectations.  I was hoping we would get mostly forward progress in the story line from book 1.  This story actually runs parallel with some flash backs to when Dash and Amelia were younger.  I didn't get that sense of friendship development in this book like the first had.  I felt Ammy and Lucy would have been having LOTS of conversation about this whole relationship.  

That said, the story is ok.  Childhood friends to lovers.  I felt that Dash really fought what they could be together.  Clearly there was attraction and in his heart he always loved her.  The walls seemed too high at times for me.  I also though the big secret/mystery was just a tad unresolved.  Honestly, in this day and time, what happened to him is not tolerated and to think he was so naive that there was NO one he could have turned to for support.  It wasn't believable to me.  

Love meeting new authors.  I really am interested in the other two friends and where their stories will lead.  I hope to see more of Lucy and Amelia and their loves in the next books.  

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review. 
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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, tweet her at author_ellaj or follow her on Instagram (authorellajames).

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