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Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – First in a yet to be finished series.
Writing – Third Person Dual POV. Some minor errors, editing issues
Main Characters: Jayson Andrews – has thrown herself into her worklife, while nursing a crush on her best friend.
Matt Heart, Policeman and relatively new to town. Nursing a crush on Jay but has never built up the courage to ask her out.
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes
Rating – 3.5
Overall, I did enjoy this story.
I liked the characters. I love a dual POV especially, when the male POV shows he has fallen as hard, or even harder than the female. No denying their feelings to themselves here, even if they deny them to each other.
I just wish, and this is not necessarily an issue with just this book, but others I have read, that a female heroine, who is considered “plus” sized, would for once have some confidence in herself.
Here, she refused point blank to believe Matt could be attracted to her, constantly puts herself down, thinks he has either lost his mind or his eyesight! It got a bit much after awhile.
But, as I say, I enjoyed the story and as a whole like the two main characters.
Saying that, there were times some things just came out of the blue. Like her friendship with Matt’s partner, Nick, that had never been mentioned before, and all of a sudden, they have known each other for years.
Or, how she suddenly turned into a Charlies Angel, and could twist arms and headlock with the best of them, and is thinking to herself good thing she remembered her training! I am like what training!? Same when her brake lines were cut – she all of sudden had been on some advanced driving course and knew what to do, or she shoots someone, and thinks to herself after the fact, good job I went on that shooting course! It was just a bit too neat and convenient that she had been on a course for exactly the situations she had been in.
The writing could do with some editing. Wrong words used occasionally, such as Loose instead of lose. Or a sentence that is oddly structured, for example: “The photo of one of the town’s recreation facilities she was in charge of had been targeted by the graffiti artist” which needs restructuring as it suggests the photo had been damaged and not the building itself.
Occasionally it was a touch repetitive or over detailed, such as I do not need a full break down of how to get a copier unstuck,or make an omelet, or help someone get dressed.
But, it was an enjoyable read and a solid first book. I found the two main characters endearing and likeable (especially Matt, as I say, I am a sucker for a man who falls hard), I do love a friends to lovers story, it is one of my favourite things to read, and I would be interested in reading more from the series, and would hope Nick would get a book.
Amazon Uk Link: Next Door Dreams: A Small Town Hearts Novel