Thank you to Lauren Blakely and the team at Candi Kane PR for the advance reader copy of The Dream Guy Next Door, releasing on March 7th.
I am a member of Lauren’s review team, but I stand by my reviews remaining honest and true.
The single British dad next door! I am such a sucker for all those tropes, so I was super pumped to see Lauren take up this story. In super exciting news this story is free up until its release day, so pick it up guys!
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“A sexy, swoony falling-for-the-neighbor standalone romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely!
Just my luck – my new next door neighbor is a unicorn.
Yep, the British hottie is clearly a mythical man because – get this – he’s a sexy, witty, charming, big-hearted single dad.
Who, wait for it, wants to find Mrs. Right and get hitched.
He’s a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of man, and it’s a darn shame I’m not on the market. If I were, his accent alone would melt me. Add in the fact that he’s a veterinarian, and my animal-loving heart would be flip flopping.
But my heart’s on the mend. I’m a single parent like him, and raising my teenage daughter is my top priority. Plus, falling for a guy who shares your property line is a line you shouldn’t cross.
Still, I’m an outgoing gal, so I do the neighborly thing and offer to be his dating insider.
Surely, I can help this small town’s most eligible bachelor ever navigate his way through all the fantastic single ladies eager to make his acquaintance.
What could possibly go wrong in helping the dream guy next door find his one true love?
So I set him up on one date, two dates, three dates — and I’m about to find out exactly how dangerous my offer is.“
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Meet our heroine, January she’s 37 and the mother to 15-year-old Wednesday. She’s a carpenter and small business owner. Meet our hero, Liam the hot single dad who becomes January’s neighbour. Liam is a vet who had been living in New York City for the last decade, with his son Ethan. Liam’s parents, sister and her kids live in Duck Falls so he returns to live closer to them. Liam is a Brit who moved to America at the age of 16. Having been uprooted from Surrey he was quite disappointed that he had to move to America for his father’s new job. They were both strong characters who I feel were underserved by the plot.
- Pacing: I read this story at a pretty good pace. It is a relatively fast read. Nothing really stood out in the plot as revolutionary or gripping so I found myself wanting to skim through this and move on.
- Setting: The story is set in Duck Falls, along the California coast. It is a small town of around 15,000 residents. The town is full of nosy single women who can’t help but eye the eligible bachelor who moves next door to January on Mallard Lane.
- Romance: January and Liam feel an immediate attraction. January sees him as a “hottie” who lives next door. While Liam refers to her as the “foxy” neighbour. January uses her carpenter status as an entry point, as she offers to hang pictures in his new home. Their first interactions are natural as they discuss that his bachelor pad furniture needs to be replaced and decide they will go to Ikea the next day. This starts off their witty banter, cute dates that are not dates, and the ease they feel with each other. What keeps this from getting out of the friend zone, Liam is fearful of getting too attached to January because of his son, Ethan. Plus January is more than happy with Wednesday and makes it clear that she does not see an expanded family in her future. This tomboy and geek romance had so much potential but this story fell short. It felt just a bit plain, bland, and it was missing much of the emotion and intensity that Lauren’s last few releases have had.
The Dream Guy Next Door receives three out of five stars.
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