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Blog Tour + Review: The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford

The Bad Boy Next Door

by Jody Holford 
Publication Date: March 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

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My Review:

This is a fun, light hearted read with a touch of suspense thrown in for good measure. It is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone, too.

Being the youngest sister with three older brothers means that for all of her life Shay Matthews has had them checking out she’s okay, protecting her and she’s had enough. Deciding it is time she took control of her own life and had some freedom, she’s moved to Boston, secretly planning to set up her own events planning business. Brady, the building manager for the building where containing her new flat, seems sweet and caring, ready to help when necessary but he warns her off the neighbour she literally ran into, Wyatt Daniels. Wyatt, however, is a severe temptation to Shay, making her feel things she’d never felt before. He’s a detective returning from traumatic experiences whilst working undercover. He’s still skittish, brooding and definitely not ready for a relationship as he’s struggling to readjust to ‘normal’ life- but fate has other plans for these two!

The story has plenty of drama with a mystery attacker, drug dealer and a diverse group of neighbours. The author sets a steady pace, keeping the action flowing and the reader entertained. Breaking down self built protective barriers is never easy but the rewards of trusting and taking a chance on love can be tremendous. In this story, it can take you to the sun, moon and stars and back but you’ll just have to read it yourself to discover where that reference fits in with the story!

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute, light hearted romance with just a little suspense added for extra taste!

Thanks to the publisher for enabling me to read a copy of this via NetGalley. This is my honest review.

 

An Excerpt to whet your appetite:

When he’d swallowed, he answered her with more amusement than he’d felt in a long time. “No. One, she’s engaged. Two, the last thing I want is a girlfriend.”

A one-night stand? Sure. But nothing with strings or access to his heart. Shay considered that and continued to chew as though she were dining with the damn Queen of England.

“That could be a good thing.”

This time he arched his brow. Why the hell did she amuse him so much? Attraction he understood. Anything else? No thanks.

“Your apartment would probably scare off any potential candidates,” she said.

And again, he laughed. He grabbed them each a soda, cracking the top on hers before passing it.

“Thanks.”

Wyatt nodded. He liked the sound of her voice. It was soft and sweet. Gentle. She’d make a good audiobook reader. His mother was always listening to those. Wyatt didn’t understand why anyone would listen to anything other than music, but if he was going to listen to someone talk, he liked the way Shay’s words sounded.

“Good thing I’m not looking.”

And because he’d missed seeing the way a woman’s cheeks flushed, he added, “You don’t seem scared.”

Lust twisted low in his stomach when her light skin turned pink. Not a good idea. Incredibly bad idea.

She didn’t back down or shy away. “Because I’m not. Scared…or interested, that is,” she clarified, lifting her chin slightly.

He read liars for a living, but he didn’t have time to call her on it. Plus, it was better she keep telling herself that.

Wyatt cleared his throat and looked at his watch again. “I need to go. The door locks behind you. Obviously if you turn out to be a thief, I know where you live.”

She nodded, her lips forming a pout. “If I tried to be a thief, I’d probably mess it up anyway. I do that a lot lately.”

She looked down at her sandwich, and he wanted to push her to tell him more. Which irritated the hell out of him. He didn’t need to know more.

ABOUT JODY HOLFORD

Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

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