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. Wyatt treats her with respect and kindness and she brings him warmth, lightness and cheerfulness. They perfectly complement one another and are a really cute couple.
Jody Holford writes about a lively building with interesting people. Kendrick Place is an amazing setting for a series. It was fun to read about the building itself and its inhabitants. Jody Holford’s detailed descriptions make it come to life very well. There’s quite a bit of drama going on in the basement and it was fascinating to see where it would lead. I enjoyed reading about the intrigues in the lives of the main characters combined with true love. The Bad Boy Next Door is a lovely charming read with endearing main characters.
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. It made them the interesting and attention-grabbing characters that they were, because it wasn't easy for either of them to trust again after the disasters made by the last person of the opposite sex that they trusted. Wyatt being a cop is naturally suspicious, but his past makes him more so, because of what happened during his time doing undercover work. Can Shay show him that not everyone is out to deceive him? Moreover, Wyatt is hard-working, very good at his job and I liked how protective he is of Shay, especially because of what happens to her. But what I liked most of all about the hero is how he finds it hard to stay away from Shay.
While Shay, she's strong and brave by finally making the move away from her family. She needs her freedom after feeling smothered for too long, and I liked that she fought for her independence not just with her overprotective family but with Wyatt too. Indeed, she provides a good challenge for the hero by fighting him every step of the way, when he becomes too overbearing in trying to keep her safe. Moreover, she's smart and I liked how determined she was to prove she can make it on her own, and certainly the quick success she has in her event planning business proves her drive to succeed.
Overall, Ms. Holford has penned a fantastic read in this book where the secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main ones. Especially when the secondary characters are offering sound advice or when Wyatt's jealousy shines through because he thinks he's competing for Shay's affections against another man. The way this story ended had me smiling, because of the way Wyatt made things right between him and Shay. Who knew event planning could be used for the greater good in convincing the heroine how right they are for each other and that they shouldn't allow anything to keep them apart. I would highly recommend The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford, especially if you enjoy the sexy protector trope or if you enjoy books by authors Coleen Kwan, Victoria James or Sonya Weiss.