Title: The Next Door Boys
Author: Jolene B. Perry
Published: October 4th 2011 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

I received an eARC from Cedar Fort via Netgalley. Thank you.

I finally got around to reading this book. I was in the mood to read something nice. And glad to say, I was really surprised with this book. I’m expecting it to be kind of a little bit dramatic, heavy with teeny touch of romance. Well…it does have cute romance going on but not really dramatic as I thought it’d be. It was really unexpected that the book turned out as a light, pleasant book. It was really nice.

Leigh Tressman is going off to college after one year hiatus. The reason? She was sick, she had cancer and she’s still recovering. But she wanted to live her life independently not cooped up with her worried parents. So when she was strong enough her parents allowed her. The catch though? She has to move in the same neighborhood as her brother. Not just the same place, living next door to him. There she met Brian, her brother’s roommate and friend. He worked before in the military, divorced and has a five year old kid, Nathan. At first she was uncomfortable with him because he’s older, has tattoos and quite intimidating. But it turns out he wasn’t the guy she thought he was.

Like Leigh, I didn’t warm up with Brian immediately, the tats too gave me a very big ‘NO’ impression. Plus, his very ‘interesting’ history. Well, as they say, sometimes first impression never last. He grew with me. Big time. Especially the meek glances he gave her way. Or the subtle interactions with Leigh. I was rooting this guy from the moment I realized he was the right guy for her. But then Noah happened. I instantly knew he’s a bad idea despite he’s the exact opposite of Brian, outer appearance speaking. He might look the perfect guy but I think Leigh fell in love with the idea of ‘falling in love with him.’ So I liked that she realized her feelings, sorted it out along the way. I’m a sucker for these types of stories—the guy waiting on the sidelines and girl realizes the right guy for her is just around the corner. All they need to do is to notice it, realizes it…then be courageous enough to accept it. And of course, continuously working on it.

I really liked this book. I liked the good vibes surrounds it. I liked Leigh’s attitude. Despite what she’d experienced, she’s fighting head on. Admittedly, I too was worried at first that the book will go all dramatic on me. Knowing the main lead came from a fatal illness, working her way out of it, and the prejudices that comes along with it. But I’m absolutely grateful that it wasn’t. It was more than that. More than I anticipated it to be. I was relieved, then happy and overall satisfied.