I don’t know how The Boy Next Door wasn’t on my radar. I do love Ella James (Author) books and some how missed this one and the rest of the series (Reviews to follow on the rest). The first book Crown Jewels was good, but I do feel The Boy Next Door was more my cup of tea.
This story follows Dash and Amelia and just like my favourite kind of story, its told in the past and the present. So we get to find out why things are the way they are now. Being an Ella James book I know there will be plenty of secrets, drama, angst and not forgetting some very hot scenes too. Ella is great at writing a story that really pulls at you and The Boy Next Door does just that.
I wasn’t sure whether Amelia/Am/Ammy was my type of leading lady at first. She came across as a little reserved and I’ve read too many of those characters and admit they aren’t my favourites. Still as the book went on I loved her sassiness. The pencil drop was hilarious and really made me have more respect for her. I felt her depth of love for Dash and Lexi when she was younger too. Dash was great too in that he had a lot of drama and it took time for me to see what it was. I loved that he was hot but also smart. I also loved that he was an artist. Usually for some reason its the women in these books that are creative.
The story has the perfect pace. I would say as much of the book is set in the past as the present. So you really do get a good feel for the characters and the journey. You are rooting for them, you feel their pain, their disappointment and also their happiness. The Boy Next Door obviously has a HEA, that goes without saying. I did think it was a little too sweet with a dash of rainbows and unicorns. But if you have read Crown Jewels you will know that’s the kind of ending that Ella has in mind.
Over all this was a really good read. Plus being a Kindle Unlimited book its also a free read if you subscribe, so even better! I give this book 4 stars, it was only just a 4 star read though and in a different frame of mind I may have given it 3.5. I think that because I had the whole ‘big secret’ with Dash slightly wrong it surprised me. So this book did deserve that extra .5 on there. I recommend this book if you like a New adult romance with a lot of angst but a sweet hea.