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Stanley “Lee” Barnard is a club rugby player and bartender in Aspen, Colorado. When he trips while skiing and breaks his ankle, Stan has to depend on his pretty neighbor and friend, Sage, to help him get around. Stan likes Sage and feels protective of her. That must be why he insisted she be added to the rugby clubs’s “off limits” list right?
Sage Blum (real name Gertrude!) has always appreciated her friend Stan’s good looks but her feelings have never gone beyond that. When Stan strangely suggests that they pretend to be a couple in order to insulate themselves from hoards of admirers, Sage finds herself agreeing and the stage for their romance is set. It is a slow and endearing romance and I found myself grinning often along the way.
Next to You is a sweet story. Yes, it’s somewhat predictable but I don’t care, I really enjoyed it. Stan and Sage are lovely characters with big hearts who are a little lost and really funny. I loved the setting in Aspen, home to the rich and fabulous, except in the off-season. I also really liked that Sage and Stan both came from money. In real life there are many kind and fun rich people and so often they are portrayed only as jerks. It was refreshing to read about trust fund kids with their heads screwed on mostly straight.
This is a great book for the beach or poolside this summer. Sometimes you just want a fun read about nice people who fall in love and Next to You is just that.
I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. Stan/Lee and Sage have been neighbors and best friends for two years. Both have been fighting an attraction to each other. When Lee proposes they embark on a fake relationship, he finally initiated his plan.
"Me wanting to talk about my feelings is a sign of the apocalypse. Or the reality I'm falling in love with my best friend."
What I liked:
* I really liked Stan. He seemed like he had it pretty good. Great looking model, star of his rugby club, but what he wanted was so simple. Most of all, he was looking for someone who loved and cared for him.
* Stan and Sage together were a lot of fun. They had the banter and the camaraderie that I wish I could find. It was apparent they had a strong friendship, and their love and affection for each other was smile inducing. These two also had chemistry. The tension was high, but well worth it when they finally got the release.
* Sage's family was pretty awesome. I really enjoyed the time in Chicago, because I got to be part of the Blum family. Talk about family goals.
* I enjoyed the peeks of life in Aspen. Some of the descriptions really made me want to get out and explore the mountains with them.
There really wasn't a lot that I didn't like. Mostly, I wish it was a little longer. There were a few parts of the story I wish were more developed, but that could just be because I liked the idea so much, and wanted to know more, rather than it hurting the story.
Overall: fun romance with happy feels.
We get to watch as Stan, the man bun, and Sage take their status from neighbors and besties to sudden lovers, never really knowing whether or not it's just for show. With plenty of miscommunication and a hesitancy to put their true feelings on the line, this could have turned into one big mess. But what I love most about Daisy Prescott's story-lines is that she offers just the right amount of angst without either character having to resort to running away or having endless fights without saying what is inside their heads.
There is genuine affection between Stan and Sage and a tender love emerges that takes both by surprise. There are plenty of bumps and detours along the way together with the signature humor that is always under the surface in the author's books. I found myself chuckling many times throughout and loving the smart comebacks, especially from Sage, with Stan clearly holding his own. In addition, there is wonderful support in the form of close friends and family, who also provide plenty of comic relief, that make this book complete.
I'm hopeful we hear more from this crew in the future. They are certainly worth many more adventures.
5 solid stars!!
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