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The Boy Next Door: A Standalone Off-Limits Romance Kindle Edition
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For some reason, and I don't know where I got that, this was comedy, it was anything but, Ms James packed a whole lot of emotions into this one.
Dash and Amelia are for neighbours from a young age and they grow up together, they are more than friends, they're best friends until Dash leaves for college, that's when their relationship breaks down. When Amelia finds Dash home they find the need to be friendly still there, but then promises are broken and their relationship seems unfixable due to all the hurt and anger.
So when Amelia turns up as a intern at Dash work they find the chemistry is still there, burning more and unforgettable passions within, but with old wounds still gaping, will Dash's secrets make or break their relationship.
I loved that you got the insight into their past, but how the book kept you on edge with the twists of anticipation and what was going to happen and that it was easy to figure out. You can forgive Dash's behaviour, but it still didn't mean you didn't hurt for Amelia. I really loved their story.
The Boy Next Door isn't at all what I expected. It makes you view societies attitudes to different genders in a whole new light.
The idea that a man is a stud for being promiscuous or dabbling in what would be considered a taboo relationship has them portrayed in a positive manner. What it doesn't take into consideration is the psychological aspects of dealing with the emotional ramifications of such behaviour when they haven't been able to mature into the consequences on their identity as a result. There are even certain relationships where a man would be praised for undertaking while a woman in a similar situation would be viewed as a victim of manipulation, grooming and coercion. The flip side of the double standard we as a society uphold.
Amelia is a children's writer for screen rather than print, in her last year of college she has an amazing opportunity to work with a top animation company. The downside of her internship, she has to work with the boy who broke her heart as a teen. The quintessential boy next door and best friends older brother, Dash.
Although Amelia has not had a relationship beyond friendship (and one night) with Dash, her heart has always been his. She has a deep emotional attachment to Dash that hasn't diminished over the years even though he cut ties with her when he left for college after promising to keep in touch.
Amelia and Dash have harboured an attraction to each other for most of their lives but events prevented them from revelling their true feelings. Brought together for their project explodes the chemistry between them, yet they are both unwilling to hope for more due to their shared past and the secrets that linger between them.
There are a lot of clues to Dash's emotional state during the time he has been away from Amelia. Hints as to a traumatic experience and the resulting emotional damage he sustained. While I did think the ultimate revelations were obvious to those able to pick up on the clues within the narrative, it is the contrasting principles regarding the incident that make the story. I admired Amelia for the way in which she matured through the plot and how she was able to see beyond the initial reactions to the underlying truth of the situation.
There are a lot of additional revelations within the narrative padding out the story but I did feel as if some aspects were superfluous, especially those regarding Dash's sister.
On the whole The Boy Next Door is a passionate second-chance romance that will challenge your perspective.
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