Sunday, 28 May 2017

REVIEW: The Boy Next Door by Ella James

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The Boy Next Door - ABOUT BOOK 


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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Before this, it feels like I haven’t read an Ella book in a long while, which was a shame because I’m a fan of hers. Last one read was Sloth which gave me such a #bookhangover. If I take pause, even now, I can still clearly remember how Sloth made me feel. On that note, I hate to say this but I think that kinda’ tinged how I feel about this one.

I’ll just lay it out there. I think some people will still really enjoy this one, but sadly, not so much for me *sad face*

The 2nd standalone book in the series, it’s, um *reads blurb again*… yes, Dash and Amelia’s 2nd chance story. They grew up together, were friends, but something happened, lost touch, and eventually found out that they’ll be working together.

While I don’t have complaints about Dash and Amelie, individually and together, I had a hard time matching the pace that Ella put these characters through. Just when I think Amelie has decided to pull away, her actions said otherwise. Then it made me question Dash’ actions. He almost became this passive participant. Just when I think Dash has decided to let go, he actually held back. Waah… And the ending just felt lackluster (see, I can hardly remember and I just read it a day or so ago only at the time of writing this, yikes)… And for some odd reason, for the first time ever, I noticed the tense used. Could that have been it?

A real shame as I thought they had good chemistry even when things were not going right.

Not a fave Ella read… (sad sigh)... 


The Boy Next Door - ABOUT AUTHOR 

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.
To find out more about her projects, follow her on Facebook at, tweet her at author_ellaj or follow her on Instagram (authorellajames).
Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at

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