The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on March 20th 2017
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.
I’m difficult to please when it comes to the alpha male stereotype presented in romance novels, but Holford did a phenomenal job of creating an alpha male without overdoing the trope. I fell easily into the story and finished it quickly.
Shay Matthews was tired of everyone telling her how to live her life. As the youngest and only girl in her family, she was tired of her three obnoxious brothers watching her like a hawk and her parents thinking she couldn’t make it on her own. There were times when her stubborn streak got on my nerves, but I understood where she was coming from. She had to come to terms with herself as a person, and her growth through the book was done well. I liked her as a character, overall, and though the book is told in third person, found her “voice” distinct from Wyatt.
The love interest of the book, Wyatt Daniels, hadn’t wanted to let anyone in since he had finished his undercover job as a detective for the Boston Police Department. They had instant chemistry, but Wyatt didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with his baggage, and Shay didn’t want to depend on a relationship. Strangely, I liked Wyatt instantly. I got where he was coming from, but I knew from the start that he wouldn’t be able to stay away from his neighbor.
I liked reading as they found their way to each other. It was cute and sweet, reading as they broke down the barriers that they had both put up. I wanted them to end up together and was glad that there was not a lot of drama. Sure, they had drama, but it didn’t weigh down the story. They had motivations and careers going on in the background instead of being super obsessed with each other.
The only problem that I had with their relationship was that it happened so fast. The book takes place over a two-week period, other than the epilogue. In a sense, I found it really sweet that they understood what they wanted and that they liked each other enough to want to be together. Then again, two weeks is a short amount of time to drop everything, including your hesitance toward all relationships, and throw caution to the wind.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the writing style and the characters. They all zinged and blended together nicely. If you’re looking for a book with a sweet, fast romance, you can do no wrong downloading The Bad Boy Next Door.
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.