Title: The Bad Boy Next Door
Author: Jody Holford
Series: Kendrick Place #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 20th March
Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh start…new apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy. She wasn’t expecting to literally run into the scowling, brooding, (and unfairly smoking hot) guy next door.
Fresh off a haunting undercover assignment, detective Wyatt Daniels is jaded about life, relationships, and especially happily-ever-after. But there’s something about the independent and beautiful Shay that makes him want to dig deeper. Or stay away, which is definitely the smarter option of the two.
But the more Shay tries to convince herself that her sweet building manager, Brady, is the guy for her, the more Mr. Completely Wrong-for-Her Wyatt invades her mind and her heart.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley
While I enjoyed the first book in this series (More Than Friends) and was intrigued by some of the other characters living at Kendrick Place, this book didn’t work for me. Once again the criminal subplot felt really tacked on, seeming like it was going somewhere at some point, only to fade away until it was needed to give Shay a reason to overreact. But it was the main characters and their lack of chemistry that really spoilt things for me.
Shay is ridiculously immature. It is kind of understandable, up to a point, considering the way her family has always babied her, but her every reaction to Wyatt was so overblown it made it hard to believe she was in her mid-twenties. The guy is a cop, he has to work, sometimes he won’t be able to tell you about his work – stop pouting and grow up! I also wasn’t fond of the way she was with Brady. She definitely uses him, or intends to, until things with Wyatt get more involved.
Speaking of Wyatt, the man is an emotional flip-flop. I didn’t blame Shay for backing off at first when he couldn’t make up his own mind about what he was doing. The guy’s a mess and while I could see why he couldn’t tell Shay everything, there were times when I think he could have handled things better than he did. Having said that, it irritated me that he was the one who had to apologise for what was essentially Shay’s childish overreaction.
All throughout this book I struggled to believe in these two as a couple. Their attraction is superficial at best – Shay represents lost innocence for Wyatt, while he is bad boy danger for her – and I never felt much chemistry between them. The idea that they could have formed anything lasting was doubtful – it’s not just that they’re different, but Shay’s immaturity would surely cause a rift when Wyatt is so invested in his job. They’re at such different stages of their lives that the idea of them settling down to a HEA is plain daft.
Overall, I guess this one just didn’t work for me.
The Bad Boy Next Door is out 20th March.
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