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The Bad Boy Next Door (Kendrick Place Book 2) by [Holford, Jody]
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"A sweet tale of love, romance and understanding." Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh 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.

Each title in the Kendrick series is a standalone story that can be read out of order.
Book 1 – More than Friends
Book 2- The Bad Boy Next Door

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (20 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Suze Lavender TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 March 2017
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Shay wants to make it on her own. Her family is protective and they like to do everything for her, but she wants to prove she can also achieve something without them. That's why it's time for a new beginning. She's started a business and she's moved into her own apartment. She wants to be carefree and isn't looking for a relationship, but when she meets her neighbor Wyatt she can't help but feel something for him. He isn't the lighthearted fun type of guy though, will Shay follow her heart or are her dreams for the future standing in the way?

Wyatt works for the police. He accepted an undercover job that went wrong in many different ways and his confidence has taken quite a blow because of it. His heart has been bruised and he isn’t looking for either friendship or love, but then he meets Shay. She’s a ray of sunshine and that appears to be exactly what he needs. However, there’s someone else in the building who likes Shay as well and Brady is Wyatt’s exact opposite. Brady seems so much better for Shay. Will Wyatt have a chance and is he prepared to go after a woman again after having his heart broken so badly?

The Bad Boy Next Door is a great romantic story. Even though Wyatt doesn’t seem like Shay’s type he’s perfect for her. He’s thoughtful and grounded and under a broody exterior he hides an adorable sweetness and wonderful generous personality. I loved him from the start, he’s a troubled man with a good heart. Shay brings him the happiness he needs so badly. I loved her determination to be independent. She’s trying to survive on her own and her friendly character makes it easy to like her. She’s had a protective upbringing, but she wants more for herself than just being coddled and helped with everything. I admired that about her.
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Being the baby of her family hasn't been easy for Shay Matthews, especially considering her three overprotective brothers. Needing her freedom and a chance to see if she can be more independent, instead of relying on her family so much, she moves to Boston. She never expected to meet a man that could convince her to take a chance on love again, but her smoking hot next door neighbor, Wyatt Daniels, manages to get under her skin. Will they both risk their hearts for the chance at happy ever after, or have their past relationships left them too afraid to take a chance on each other?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Holford, but after finishing this story, no way will it be the last I'll read by this talented author. From the start to finish, this story mesmorized me with its charming characters, well-written dialogue and a fast-paced plot that I couldn't put down because the hero is dreamy, despite his scowling and brooding ways and I couldn't wait to read more about him, especially once he meets Shay.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and what happens to Shay that makes Wyatt realize that there's no possible way he can keep his distance from the heroine. Both Wyatt and Shay have every reason to want to avoid relationships with both being betrayed by the ones they cared for. It made me feel sorry for the two of them, but I'm glad that Shay didn't give up on Wyatt, even when he kept pulling back from whatever was happening between them. However, in saying that, I loved every moment that Shay and Wyatt conversed, as they have such strong chemistry that spilled over onto the pages so sweetly and behind closed doors.

Both the main characters were highly entertaining, and I loved both their back stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want to get to know this bad boy! 21 March 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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If you are looking for a new book boyfriend to fall in love with, then this is the book for you. This story was hot, sweet, and charming all rolled into one. It easily made me lose track of time as I got lost in the romance. Looking forward to reading more from this amazing and talented author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted romance with a touch of suspense! 20 March 2017
By Splashes Into Books - Published on
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Rating 4.5 stars

This is a fun, light hearted read with a touch of suspense thrown in for good measure. It is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone, too.

Being the youngest sister with three older brothers means that for all of her life Shay Matthews has had them checking out she’s okay, protecting her and she’s had enough. Deciding it is time she took control of her own life and had some freedom, she’s moved to Boston, secretly planning to set up her own events planning business. Brady, the building manager for the building where containing her new flat, seems sweet and caring, ready to help when necessary but he warns her off the neighbour she literally ran into, Wyatt Daniels. Wyatt, however, is a severe temptation to Shay, making her feel things she’d never felt before. He’s a detective returning from traumatic experiences whilst working undercover. He’s still skittish, brooding and definitely not ready for a relationship as he’s struggling to readjust to ‘normal’ life- but fate has other plans for these two!

The story has plenty of drama with a mystery attacker, drug dealer and a diverse group of neighbours. The author sets a steady pace, keeping the action flowing and the reader entertained. Breaking down self built protective barriers is never easy but the rewards of trusting and taking a chance on love can be tremendous. In this story, it can take you to the sun, moon and stars and back but you’ll just have to read it yourself to discover where that reference fits in with the story!

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute, light hearted romance with just a little suspense added for extra taste!

Thanks to the publisher for enabling me to read a copy of this via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted romance with a touch of suspense! 21 March 2017
By PamD - Published on
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Shay is determined to start over, away from her overprotective family & her past mistakes. She jumped on the opportunity to move without having a job lined up. She has a fairly nice apartment lined up that seems safe, until she's knocked out by the storage units.

Wyatt is tired & jaded. He's just come off an undercover operation where he was almost taken advantage of. He thought she wanted out of the life but instead, she wanted to use him. He doesn't want to connect with society & isn't even sure he can - until he meets Shay. She's managed to get under his shell & leave him wanting more.

I really enjoyed this one. It was a lighthearted romance with a touch of suspense. Shay & Wyatt are attracted to each other but are both trying to fight it. The characters are well developed & their descriptions are detailed enough that I was able to picture Wyatt in my mind. The supporting characters add dimension & depth to the story. I didn't read the first to this series & was not lost so I feel it can definitely be read as a stand alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The bad boy next door 20 March 2017
By Sofia Lazaridou - Published on
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4.5 stars

I can't tell you how excited I got after I realized that I had already read the first book in the series and I could actually remember what happened and how shady Wyatt's character seemed to be. The two books are connected in some ways, but I don't think anyone will have a problem if s/he tried to read the book as a stand alone. I hope Brady and Mia's book is next even though I didn't like Brady from the moment I met him. He and I made progress in the end, so he might be redeemable. I loved the way Wyatt tried to fix things in the end. My feelings for Shay weren't either warm or cold. Sometimes I liked her and some others I didn't. At least I glad she gave a chance to grim Wyatt and didn't date Brady. I was very happy to see Jake's plotline ending with this book, but I would have liked to see Wyatt working and find out what happened to his other case. The story was good and light hearted. Nothing serious went on and in the end, I don't feel like I had wasted my evening. It's a short, but not underdeveloped read if you ask me.
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, light romance with just a hint of danger and mystery 29 March 2017
By ysar - Published on
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The Hook: Shay’s starting over, and she’s determined to show her parents and overprotective brothers that she can do it all on her own. Moving into her own apartment in Boston is the first step, and then she’s got to get her event planning business off the ground. But even as she stays on task and takes care of things herself, she’s distracted by the hot, brooding neighbor, the one she’s been warned to stay away from. If only she didn’t catch glimpses of kindness behind his distant attitude…

The Awesome: Despite the trite title, The Bad Boy Next Door isn’t about your stereotypical bad boy. In fact, aside from Wyatt’s stand-offish demeanor and issues adjusting to normal life after having been undercover, he’s not really a bad boy at all. He’s more of a hard-to-get-to-know boy, a mixed-signals boy, a not-very-outgoing boy. If a 30 year old man can be considered a boy, that is. But that’s actually a good thing, straying from the overdone formula that so many other romances rely on. If anything, Wyatt is a good guy that no one really knows all that well, and Shay’s one of the few people to see past his social issues and just reach out to him.

Shay is very much Wyatt’s opposite. She’s friendly and engaging, outgoing and receptive, and even though she’s had some bad luck with men in the past, she’s trying to put herself out there again. She’s also not so awestruck by Wyatt that she doesn’t at least try to date someone more in tune with her. Of course, that doesn’t ever really get off the ground, and with a little danger lurking, Shay soon brings out Wyatt’s protective nature.

The Not-For-Me: Shay’s got a lot of growing up to do. As with almost all good romance novels, the relationship begins to get good, there’s some conflict or drama that gets in the way, and then everything comes back together for an HEA. The conflict, in this case, was just Shay’s inability to see past herself, and that’s never a good trait in a main character. She saw what I first assumed was your typical “it’s not what it looks like” that the women in romance novels always read wrong and freak out over. But while she initially tried to reason with herself, she then asked Wyatt about it in a very roundabout way, and when he didn’t give her the detail she needed/wanted, she kind of lost her mind. And then later that night, she went totally off the deep end, put herself in danger, and then avoided him like the plague because… Well, I’m not really sure why because none of it was logical. Someone really just needed to slap her.

Also, partway through the book, I began to suspect I was missing something, like there was an earlier story I should have been privy to. When the feeling got too nagging, I went looking, and sure enough, this isn’t the first book in the series. It definitely works as a standalone, but I wish that had been clear before I requested it. I sooooo hate reading series books out of order.

The Verdict: Despite my irritation with Shay, The Bad Boy Next Door turned out to be a pretty fun read. I kind of expected a formulaic plot, but story didn’t fall victim to all the usual romance novel cliches. Wyatt wasn’t overly angsty, Shay was pretty forthcoming about her feelings, and the straightforward honesty they both gave each other as their relationship was beginning was something readers just don’t see often enough. I loved that even though both Shay and Wyatt worried a bit about putting their hearts on the line, neither was so afraid that they held back who they were or what they wanted. The cast of characters around them was also interesting, and I’m really curious about what’s in store for Brady — pretty sure it’s Mia. Overall, it was a fun, light romance with just a hint of danger and mystery to keep things interesting.

*FicCentral received a free copy of this book from IndieSage PR.

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