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The Boy Next Door Paperback – October 30, 2014
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Lolli Powell lives with her husband, four dogs, and two cats on private land inside Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. She divides her time between writing mysteries (under the name Laurel Heidtman) and romances.
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Laney is instantly affected (who wouldn't be? The man is yummy!) But she keeps up a mature wall between them, the age difference of eleven years causing her to question his sincerity and the appropriateness of the mutual attraction.
Bryce is nothing if not persistant. He begins a pursuet of Laney that had me yelling at my kindle; just do it Laney! For all the cougars in the land, grab him!
I connected instantly with our leading lady. I am the same age, I too suffered through an unfaithful marriage and in the end found true love with my own sexy leading man, though he is not younger than me, if he were I would have still fallen for him. It was wonderful to take the journey with mature and sexy Laney as she came into her own late in life. But not too late!
A successful business owner, a divorcee of three years from a man with questionable values, Greg, Laney begins to realise that with their daughter grown and off to college, their business about to sell giving her financial freedom, that although she has skipped past forty, her life and libido are fare from fizzled.
Bryce has had a crush on Laney since he was four and Laney used to babysit him. Now a grown man, he has returned to sell his grandparents house after the passing of his grandfather. Discovering his first crush still lives next door he is determined not to let their age difference or Laney's hesitation stand in the way of what he is sure could be a first love rediscovered.
I loved the humor, the very real characters and as always, the skilful writing of Ms. Powell. This is the third book I have read by this author and she has already become a favorite. I look forward to her next book and what fun and exciting characters she brings to life next!
She is 41, and he is 30. He is mature and not a boy toy. I love that she also meets an attractive older man who is into her. And then her ex wants her back. Sometimes when I read books where there is an older heroine, it's as if she has only one option or only unattractive other options. Here she had two sexy options and a jealous ex. At the party with the mounting tensions, multiple dance partners, and her daughter's flirtation with Bryce... drama, drama, drama. There was the fallout from a very drunk Dee and accusations from Greg. Dates with Rex, fun with Greta, and Bryce doing his thing.
I liked that Laney took care of herself and was part of the success of Bodies, a gym. This gave her and the story depth for me. Her marriage had ended, but her life was beginning to be hers to shape, to enjoy, and to make new choices. I also liked that Laney was fairly independent and would be financially secure if the sale of the gyms went through. I have read quite a few books where the mature heroine either doesn't have much after a divorce; she doesn't have many skills; she uses inherited money to be independent, etc. Laney was smart and a major part of the business. She was also ready to redefine herself.
There were romantic and sexy scenes that I enjoyed in this story. The romantic scenes, the buildup made the sexy scenes that much more sexy. I like that there were kissing scenes, touching, and the seduction prior to the sex. It worked with who Laney was. Not just having jump right into sex had me anticipating when they would. It was worth the wait.
Note: I originally read this from Kindle Unlimited, but I enjoyed it so much and it was on sale for 99 cents, so I 1-clicked it. It is my first from this author. I am looking forward to more.
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This is a tricky one. For one I liked Laney…most of the time. She grew in the book and I liked her much more by the end of the book than I did at the middle.Read more
Bryce Adams is the hottie next door. Laney Mitchell is his former babysitter from over twenty years ago.Read more