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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.
They both try to maintain the friend boundary. Both are afraid that if something romantic were to happen between them, that it could end up ruining their friendship. Stan decides to put Sage on his rugby club’s annual list of “woman who are off-limits,” hoping to protect her from his fellow rugby players. The plan goes a bit awry when Stan wagers entering into a “fake relationship” with Sage, in order to keep both his and her suitors away. Will they be able to keep their hearts out of it, and remain friends in the end?
This book was so funny. I laughed out loud reading the inner thoughts of Stan and Sage.
“Right now every synapse fires like I’m a twelve-year-old boy again.
This is it fellas.
What we’ve been waiting for!
We’re touching an actual bonafide girl boob.”
“If a bush grows and no one is there to see it, does it really exist?”
You could feel the love these two have for each other, even before it turns romantic. They love each other as friends first. This love for each other as friends made their romantic love deeper in my opinion. I think it also makes the idea that their romantic love would work in the end that much more realistic. I loved that they were such good friends for a couple of years before it ever moved to something else. Isn’t that how the best relationships start anyways?
“You’re hardly the boring type. Don’t settle for average when you’re extraordinary."
One thing I dislike about romance novels is the often ignorant main characters. The misunderstandings that are drawn out for several chapters, keeping our Hero and Heroine apart. I loved that there wasn’t some long overly complicated misunderstanding between Sage and Stan. That doesn’t mean there weren’t trials, miscommunications, or the like. But overall, they were mature, and as open as they could be, while still leaving the big reconciliation to the end.
It was an easy and quick read. Perfect for enjoying during these cold winter nights!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A neighbor to friends to lovers story.
Stan the man bun wearing South African rugby player/model.Read more