Tuesday, May 26, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron


The Girl Next Door
by Chelsea M Cameron


The opposites-attract, sweet-and-sexy small-town romance you’ve been waiting for.

Iris Turner hightailed it out of Salty Cove, Maine, without so much as a backward glance. Which is why finding herself back in her hometown—in her childhood bedroom, no less—has the normally upbeat Iris feeling a bit down and out. Her spirits get a much-needed lift, though, at the sight of the sexy girl next door.

No one knows why Jude Wicks is back in Salty Cove, and that’s just how she likes it. Jude never imagined she’d be once again living in her parents’ house, never mind hauling lobster like a local. But the solitude is just what she needs—until Iris tempts her to open up.

A no-strings summer fling seems like the perfect distraction for both women. Jude rides a motorcycle, kisses hard and gives Iris the perfect distraction from her tangled mess of a life. But come September, Iris is still determined to get out of this zero-stoplight town.

That is, unless Jude can give her a reason to stay…
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Momma Says: 3 stars ⭐⭐⭐

The Girl Next Door was somewhere in the fair to middlin range for me. I didn't exactly dislike it, but I didn't love it either. It's one of those books that enjoyable enough if you're looking for something quick to read that won't require too much of an emotional attachment from you. Jude and Iris are both likable, and their attraction is instant - one half of them doesn't readily admit it, but the author does make it pretty clear. The reason for that hesitance is also pretty clear from early in the story, but we aren't given the details until almost the end. The book isn't particularly long, but to be honest, it felt longer than it actually was, and I think a big part of that is because the whole story is basically on an even keel from start to finish. There really aren't any surprises, good or bad. Instead, it's predictable as it moves along. There's really no question about why the attraction isn't acted upon sooner just the same as there's really no question about whether or not Iris is going to stay in town or why that might be. In the end, I'd have to say that this one is just an okay read. It was a sweet romance with a bit of steam between two likable enough characters. It wasn't bad, but it's not something I'll be thinking about later either. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press




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