The Boy Next Door (Off-Limits Romance #2) by Ella James

The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.

No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.

Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.

He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.

I’m guarding my heart this time.

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

Pet’s $0.02

I’ll freely admit that this book had me so twisted up it was silly.

I had so many theories about what was going on and Ella James did a fantastic job of throwing out just enough information to hook you into a new one. None of which were right… There is no way I can even pretend that I saw the ending of this story coming.

Dash kills me in this book. You can just feel the sorrow rolling off him. His sister Lexi was also a tragic girl, but I have to say I did not like her. She seemed like a serious bitch and it’s obvious that she knows what’s going on with Dash but has not said anything to the girl who was her best friend before their senior year began. I felt like there was a lot more to Lexi’s story than we were told and I would have loved to get more of her background.

As much as my heart hurt for Dash and the obvious pain you could tell he was going through, I felt like Amelia was kind of weak. I know she was in love with Dash, but the man left her high and dry twice. Yet, she continues to go back to him. And, she keeps poking at him attempting to get a response, when it’s obvious he’s trying to keep things platonic between them.

Put the two of them together and the attraction is undeniable and hot as hell. I was torn between wanting them to reconnect, wanting Dash to spill all his secrets to Amelia or wanting to tell Amelia to run fast and far and forget about learning what Dash is hiding. I didn’t see anything good coming out of a relationship between the two.

History has shown they’re not going to have a smooth road to happiness and when the secrets are exposed, someone’s going to get hurt.

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