Book Review: The Boys Next Door

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Endless Summer CoverTitle: The Boys Next Door (Endless Summer #1)

Author: Jennifer Echols

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Cute, available, and one cabin over….

Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the guys.

But while Lori and the “baby” brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can’t deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean’s been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.

But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she’s girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard….

My Review:

Talk about the perfect beach read! Light and fluffy, this was just the thing to get my summer “started” (though really, it was already halfway over by then).

The story is set on a lake, really just a summer tourist trap. Lori is working her usual summer job at the marina, but this year she’s determined to do what she’s always wanted to do for years – catch the eye of the boy next door. Having just spent the day at Put-in-Bay (our closest equivalent) I found this sort of behind-the -scenes look at the people who make sure all those tourist attractions work fascinating. I would love, just for one summer, to work at a touristy place – I’ve always thought the camaraderie of us vs. them between the employees would be a fun experience!

Then, of course, there’s the romance story. I always find these types of contemporary “fluff” romances a little predictable, but that’s a good thing. I spend so much time trying to figure out all the other stories that when I pick up a beach read, I don’t want that. The Boys Next Door asks nothing of you but to come along for the ride. And boy what a ride it is! For all his faults, Adam is one of those quirky but lovable characters you can’t help but fall for. All through the book I was mentally yelling at Lori for blindly insisting on Sean when Adam is clearly the better catch (but, really, if she doesn’t want him, send him along to my place!)

In the end, I am really glad I chose to do my “read something by Jennifer Echols” with this book. It wholly satisfied my craving for a good beach read and left me eager to dive into more of Echols’ work!

*Version reviewed is part of the Endless Summer omnibus. Review of book 2 coming soon.

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7 Responses to “Book Review: The Boys Next Door”

  1. I’ve heard so many good things about Jennifer Echols! And this book looks very cute. :) I think I should try it out!

    Great review, Anne!

    • Anne says:

      Yes you should try it out! I mostly have to be in the mood for this kind of book, if I’m not, they go over like a lead balloon lol. Anyway, I’d heard lots of good things too, and I’m sooo glad I tried it!

  2. Have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? This book sounds a lot like it (the love triangle part), and I LOVED The Summer I Turned Pretty! I may have to give this a try once I’ve read the 3rd book in the Summer series.

    • Anne says:

      I haven’t, but that one’s on my list as well! I tend to space these kind of books out – my first love will always be fantasy, and I tend to stick to that most of the time. I’ll get there though!

  3. Alexa says:

    This sounds like those cute fluffy contemps that were really popular several years ago before a little thing called Twilight took books in a darker and paranormal direction. I miss the days of these light fluffy reads. Seems like most contemps now are always trying to have strong emotional breakdowns that can get tiring after reading too many “issue” books. I’m glad you really enjoyed this one!

    Thanks for the great review.

    • Anne says:

      I miss the light contemps too! Some days you just want a light and fluffy rom-com, you know? We still get them in movies (She’s Out of Your League comes to mind, or 10 Things I Hate About You, for an older one) but we rarely get these fluffy fun ones anymore!

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