Title: The Boy Next Door
An Off-Limits Romance Standalone
Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2017
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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OMG. I could not put this down last night. I stayed up way too late reading and I LOVED everything single word. Every single one.
As soon as I read the description, I knew I had to have this book. And once I started it, I didn't put it down until I was finished. The writing was as exceptional as the story. My heart raced, my face flushed and my head questioned everything. With Ms. James' signature ability to write a suspenseful and angsty story with a "twist" I never could have predicted, this book will sit proudly on my favorites shelf.
Dash and Amelia have known each other since they were young kids. Growing up together they had a special bond. Best friends and confidants. Until Dash left for college. That year everything changed. Now years later, Amelia is an intern working on the writing team for a short film and her new coworker is Dash. Their chemistry is still there and completely undeniable. But they aren't the same people any more. Amelia was hurt beyond repair by Dash and Dash knows it. He can't fully explain himself and so begins their back and forth. Letting each other in just a bit and then pushing away. But secrets never stay secret and what unfolds puts their whole history in a completely different perspective. While Dash and Amelia would love to pick up where they left off, it seems constantly out of reach.
Ella James has the unique ability to write stories that captivate me from the very beginning with the slow building burn that seeps through the pages. I could *feel* the connection between Dash and Amelia from the very first time they met. And as their relationship built, I made every guess under the sun to explain away Dash's behavior but I was so so wrong. And I LOVED that. I loved that I couldn't tell what was going to happen from one page to the next. I loved that love/hate relationship that sizzled between these two. Their chemistry was off the charts and their pain was just as palpable. This story was an intricate web of different moving parts that made me fan myself because of the absolute sexiness and clutch my chest in the heartbreaking hurt. By the end I fell head over heals in love with Dash. And his and Amelia's story. Perfection.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 5 "Dash-ing" Stars ☆★★
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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.
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