Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario

Posted 20 November, 2014 in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie LarioTitle: The Boys Next Door
Author: Rosalie Lario
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: September 1, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About The Boys Next Door:

Life just got a bit more complicated…

After a heartbreaking betrayal, Lexi Ferrell is determined to get as far away as possible from her small hometown. So when she scores a scholarship to a prestigious law school in Miami, she jumps at the chance to live right on South Beach. Sun, sand, and an endless stream of beautiful people: who could resist? But her apartment complex provides far more than she asked for…in the form of two yummy new neighbors.

Matt Eisler and Ben Santos are best friends. Nothing could tear them apart…or so they thought. But when Lexi enters their life, neither one can resist wanting to make her his own.

Torn between the hot surfer boy and his exotic Latino roommate, Lexi vows to stay away from them both. But as she soon discovers, Matt and Ben are impossible to resist. And they’ll take her any way they can get her…even if it’s together. Could the three of them ever make it work? Because now that she’s experienced one night of unforgettable passion, the last thing she could ever do is choose between the boys next door.

My Review:

Wow, totally not what I expected! So here’s how I thought The Boys Next Door would go:

Girl meets bad boy. Girl tries to stay away but has intense physical attraction to bad boy. Girl also meets good boy. Girl is emotionally but not physically attracted to good boy. Girl can’t make up her mind for, like, ever so she stays away from them both and eventually makes up her mind after tons of back and forth.

Yeah. Not very original. But I still wanted to read it! Sun, fun, and a love triangle? Yeah, I’ll sign up for that.

And what I got was so much better.

For people in business school/med school/law school, these kids party A LOT. I actually know someone in grad school in Florida and she says she literally forgets the beach exists because she’s stuck in the library so much.

So, realistic? No. But it makes for a good romance novel.

What I loved about this love triangle was that the back and forth wasn’t just in Lexi’s head. I hate when the main character is so undecided about their feelings for two love interests that they stay in their head and end up avoiding/friend-zoning them both until she makes a decision.

But, no. Not here. Lexi still hung out and had fun with them both, and the book ended in an interesting way. I hope there’s a sequel that follows the future of her relationship.

I will be honest, it started out really slow for me and I was starting to think I wouldn’t like it, but then it really picked up and I ended up loving it. 🙂

About Rosalie Lario:

Rosalie Lario is the award-winning, paranormal romance author of the Demons of Infernum and the Fallen Warriors series. Rosalie double majored in Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate student, and briefly considered becoming an archaeologist before realizing they don’t actually live the life of Indiana Jones. So what was a classical geek armed with a lot of useless knowledge to do? Become a lawyer, of course!

After attending law school in Florida, she practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. She never imagined all the mythology she studied would one day make the perfect fodder for the paranormal romance stories she now dreams up!

When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in their home state of Florida.

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