The Bad Boy Next Door
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"A sweet tale of love, romance and understanding." Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh start...new apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy. She wasn’t expecting to literally run into the scowling, brooding, (and unfairly smoking hot) guy next door.
Fresh off a haunting undercover assignment, detective Wyatt Daniels is jaded about life, relationships, and especially happily-ever-after. But there’s something about the independent and beautiful Shay that makes him want to dig deeper. Or stay away, which is definitely the smarter option of the two.
But the more Shay tries to convince herself that her sweet building manager, Brady, is the guy for her, the more Mr. Completely Wrong-for-Her Wyatt invades her mind and her heart.
Each title in the Kendrick series is a standalone story that can be read out of order.
Book 1 – More than Friends
Book 2- The Bad Boy Next Door
Wyatt is a detective who's just come off of undercover work and he's struggling with adjusting back to society. He's the kind of alpha I like to read about. He's tough, protective but standoffish. He meets Shay and is instantly attracted but doesn't think he's in the right mind to do anything about it. There was a lot of pushing away by Wyatt and he did struggle with communicating with Shay.
Shay is breaking away from her overprotective family to start out on her own. She admitted she's been spoiled her whole life and wants this chance to make it on her own. Despite being spoiled, she came off as responsible and capable but also too headstrong and stubborn. A woman should not complain about her man wanting to protect and care for her. I did like how upfront and honest she was with Wyatt and she didn't become a doormat.
I would have liked Wyatt to have stopped the pushing away sooner in the story and for Shay to be just a bit less stubborn about his protectiveness. Overall, I'm a fan of this author and what I've read from her so far. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.
ARC provided by NetGalley.
Going back to Kendrick Place was great fun and I LOVED Wyatt and Shay's story. With glimpses of Wyatt in the first book I was so excited to see this was his story. Ms. Holford didn't let me down! Wyatt is a bit gruff, grumpy and distracted but when his new neighbor Shay Matthews busts into his life he doesn't stand a chance. She's sweet, kind, and definitely innocent but she has the determination of a bulldog and she slowly wins the tough detective over. Shay knows Wyatt isn't the kind of guy that would be best for her but she can't resist. Besides, she'd always gone with what was best. Maybe now was the time to go with something just a little bit bad!
I highly recommend this one!
This is the second book in the series but definitely can be read as a standalone. I didn't read book one but after finishing this, I need to read Gabby and Owen's story!!
Shay moved to Boston to find her place and stand on her own after a lifetime of coddling by her parents and older brothers. Wyatt is a detective who recently ended an undercover assignment and is having some difficulty readjusting to regular civilian life. The chemistry between these two was immediate but both are doing their absolute best to resist the pull.
This story is told in dual POV. Wyatt wasn't much of a bad boy but I could see how his secrecy could lead the other tenants in the building to thinking that he's not a good guy. Shay was bubbly and tried to make every one her friend. This book had a bit of everything: sweet, suspense, and awesome side characters. I'm looking forward to Brady and Mia's story!!
*This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*