When it comes to Ella James’ The Boy Next Door all I can say is “wow, wow and WOW!!!!”
This friends to lovers romance had me on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded. I rooted for Amelia (Am/Ammy ) and Dash’s love to blossom and reach its fruition from the very first chapter. Their childhood interactions are beyond adorable and served to highlight the strength of their bond and solidify their connection as they grew into adulthood. However, it is the tension that occurs as they encounter each other after a nearly unforgivable betrayal that had me spellbound and eager for more Dash and Amelia time!
Ella James has certainly provided a joyous, heart-warming read that focuses on the power of childhood crushes, the bonds forged through adolescent camaraderie and how the trajectory of platonic relationships that are fostered during times of innocence can take on an entirely different meaning over time.
As this novel progressed, I towed the line between fury, frustration and incredulity. I yelled, wanted to throw things and nearly damage my Ipad as I struggled to explain WHY Dash was being such a “so and so!!!” I wanted answers and that kept me turning the pages into the early morning hours when I should have been sleeping! However, I was NOT prepared for the final answer!!! That is when my heart plummeted into my stomach and EVERYTHING that I thought that I knew about this novel officially changed.
BRAVO Ms. James!!!! BRAVO!!! *APPLAUSE*
At that point, I was DONE. This author EXPERTLY revealed each and every layer of this jaw-dropping tale of love, betrayal and redemption at the same time that she focused on the damage that can result from secrets and lies. The fact that I was so emotionally invested in this work of art is a testament to how deeply The Boy Next Door drew me in, held my emotions hostage and refused to let me go until the incredibly gratifying conclusion!
And when it was over….my, my, my…
I was so profoundly affected that I literally shed tears over the way that Amelia and Dash’s complicated, yet immensely gratifying love story concluded! It made my heart sing!!! The Boy Next Door is the essence of what romance novels are made of; it is full of surprises but that is not even the best part! The ending is too beautiful for words!!!!
You have never read friends to lovers romance like this!!!
YES!!! Please read it!!!
That is this Naughty Girl’s final word.
Overall: 5/5 Fulfilling, wildly satisfying stars!
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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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.
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