Saturday, March 18, 2017

seriously romantic: the bad boy next door by jody holford

the second novel in the kendrick place series, the bad boy next door, follows brooding detective wyatt daniels, who we met in the first book in the series more than friends.  as suspicious as ever, he somehow gets tangled up with shay matthews, the new tenant whose moving into the apartment occupied by the previous apartment manager.

shay is finally getting her life together. she's the baby of her family and has been coddled and cared for her whole life. even though she keeps making stupid mistakes requiring her family to bail her out of. so she wants to stand on her own two feet. except that she can't seem to shake her run of bad luck. nor can she escape the friendly (maybe that's not exactly the right word) detective who keeps coming to her rescue.

wyatt is actually quite grumpy about it. but he also just spent a long period of time undercover and is trying to settle back into a normal life. and he wants to be around shay. he finds her irresistible. and he wants to protect her, because you protect the people you love. and what shay and wyatt ultimately need to work through is his desire to protect her and her desire to stand on her own.

this shouldn't be as complicated as they make it, but when in the midst of an operation he doesn't disclose everything to shay, it ends up landing her in the line of fire. if you ask me she overreacts to his lies of omission, especially given his occupation, but i guess we needed wyatt to grovel for forgiveness. (okay, pet peeve, i prefer when the hero and heroine of romance novels don't have ridiculous arguments in the last 10% of the novel that are resolved by the last 5%. i prefer them to behave like actual adults who understand the basic principles of interpersonal communication, but we all have different tastes and this is my only issue with these novels because the same kind of blow up argument happened in more than friends and i didn't love it then either. otherwise, i love the characters, the setting, the writing, it's all good.)

**the bad boy next door will publish on march 20, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.

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