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The Bo(d)y Next Door: An Alison Brown Mystery Paperback – February 17, 2014
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This is one of my challenge books. A book that is a mystery and appropriate for 18+ due to violence. And let me tell you I had no idea whodunit! It kept me guessing throughout. This book is a decent size at just over 250 pages. It was a good debut and I will definitely be reading the next one. I enjoyed the authors straightforward writing. There was no fluff in this book, no side story to bulk up the word count.
Alison: Honestly, I felt a bit of a disconnect with the MC. There was nothing wrong with her. On the contrary, she was smart, not afraid of confrontation and had a great disposition. It has to be me. I just wasn't feeling her that much.
Dex: I love him! He was confident and protective but not cocky or arrogant. He also had a vulnerablity about him I found endearing. And he was a gentleman through and through.
I enjoyed their easy back and forth banter. Nice American Pickers reference. I watch that show sometimes too! On the whole this story had a great plot and kept me interested. I would recomend this book to others.
"You look beautiful, Sugar."
"I've been meaning to ask you," I said.
"Why do you call me Sugar?"
"Because the first time I met you, you came down the stairs with a sparkle in your eyes. It reminded me of light shining on sugar....and because you're sweet," he replied.
With the way the main characters in this story was introduced, I think the author succeeded in that department pretty well. Who could forget a hero who invaded the heroin's cookies even before he got to know her name? It was such a hilarious introduction that I know in an instant that this will be a good one. ilI'm happy to say that the author did not disappoint.
I love how this story was built on the premise of suspense rather than romance. It gives more impact on how they got to know each other. I'm usually not the type to like whirlwind romance but setting characters in events that tested both their personalities made it feel like they went through a lot together it's not even important if they'd known each other for days or years.
Going through tough times made a falling in love more realistic and easier to relate and believe in. I also like how the romance aspect of this book got a touch of class and 'old fashionedness' that rarely happened (even in books) these days. I think that was what made me fall in love with the characters in this novel. Self respect, self preservation as well as chivalry is proved to be not dead in this novel. And for someone who is definitely born in the wrong era, I appreciate reading it very much.
The events was very well foreshadowed it does not feel like everything was set up by the author. They feel like real events happening and being written. You could make a guess through the way it was foreshadowed and be right but still played the mystery well you can't guess everything. In that aspect, I'd say the author was smart to not make the reader a fool by going with the 'this is fiction it's okay to do it this way' without a sense of reality which often happened with novels like this one. I seriously hate when authors do that for it's lazy. So I commend the author because as you read along you can see and feel that everything was well researched and thought through.
In relation to that, something about the reason for the conflict was something I didn't expect and I was glad about it.
I only wished that the romance between the main characters was developed more and maybe more of scenes where sexual tension between the two is more apparent - and I don't mean love scenes but you know more scenes where the characters get to question their feelings and act on it.
all in all, this was a great read for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. I'll definitely read the next one.
Poindexter Jones literally walks into Alison Brown's apartment and her life. Before Al can decide whether she wants him to stay, things go sideways and they are thrown together into a murder investigation.
Dex is absolutely perfect. Like perfect-perfect, and his intensely protective nature is so sweet you can't help but fall a little in love with him. Al is independent and self-confident, which Dex figures out in hilarious ways.
The mystery unfolded a piece at a time, and I enjoyed the journey the author took to get to the bottom of the who-done-it.
If you're looking for a clean, sweet romance with a lot of mystery and a bit of mayhem then this is your book.
I give it 5 stars and would recommend it to 17+ due to some clean but highly suggestive scenes. Great book!
Al's introduction to Dex might not have been very auspicious, but it was hilarious. I love the way Denise Malone used that first encounter to show us that Alison is strong but not perfect. Along with Al, I had to discover more about Dex before I could form a real opinion but now he is one of my heroes.
I hope that this is the beginning of a series at the title suggests. I have no doubt that I will be following it as far as it goes.
Thanks to Denise Malone for this copy of her book!