The Boy Next Door by Ella James


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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The Boy Next Door is deep, and almost a second chance romance. Dash and Amelia have known each other from the day that Amelia’s father moved them in next door to Dash and his family. Amelia immediately became friends with Dash’s younger sister, and they stayed friends through adolescence. Dash and Amelia were friends as well, but never really got close until before Dash left for college. This story takes place once they meet again.

Amelia is a great heroine. She is chasing her dream, and unexpectedly gets thrown together with Dash after years of no contact. She’s a strong woman, she tries to keep it professional, but the pull between the two cannot be denied. Dash is messed up, but manages to hide it, to a point. He functions, but has issues. You can feel the push and pull in his head while you’re reading. It’s confusing, but in an exciting way. A way that keeps you interested and unable to stop reading until all the secrets, along with Amelia and Dash’s fate, are revealed.

The Boy Next Door is well written and while it felt a bit slow at points, it fit the story very well. The characters are developed and have multiple layers. I would recommend this to the reader looking for an angsty romance, that makes you think and feel.

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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, 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
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