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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
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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Aubrey’s Thoughts~~

3 out of 5 ‘Did not live up to the hype’ Stars

I was super stoked to read this story. I have never read Ella James before and was excited for this friends to lovers tale. Buuuuuut it really wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.

Amelia grew up next to Dash, the ultimate super sexy boy next door. I didn’t like this story for a number of reasons. I felt like Amelia was a huge fucking doormat that Dash continuously wiped his feet all over. She loved him and he abused every part of that love. Dash repeatedly crushed Amelia over and over—dropping in and out of her life at will. And like the ever faithful doormat she was, Amelia took him back again and again. And there wasn’t even any suffering or groveling on Dash’s side. Amelia was just there with open arms- blah blah blah. Their total lack of respect they had for each other was astounding. It made them both seem like weak people.

And then there was this huge ‘secret.’ The secret popped up towards the beginning of the story and is drawn out and out…….and out. When the secret is finally revealed, I was so frustratingly pissed by being strung along for so long. And it occurred right towards the end of the story. There was no time to process and with such an epic secret…….Amelia surprisingly (not surprisingly) “got over it” and yay!! it’s the happily ever after. Really?!?!? Are you freaking kidding me?!?!? This secret was kept by Dash for YEARS!!! Years people!!!! And then it’s revealed and it’s just okay?? There’s no way I would be able to process let alone get over something of ‘years withholding magnitude.’

OK, so I didn’t like this. But I read the entire thing and that should count for something. Right? Honestly, it doesn’t turn me off from the author but this story just didn’t do it for me.

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Author Bio


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
To find out more about her projects, follow her on Facebook
at http://www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks, 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 rebecca@rfliterary.com.
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