{Review} Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor


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{Review} Right Next Door by A.J. PryorRight Next Door by A.J. Pryor
Publisher: Self-Published on June 30, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 276

Our Rating

4 Stars

My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . .

Addison Peacock has been stuck in the same seaside town her entire life. When her college boyfriend proposes the night before graduation, she can finally see the future she’d always dreamt about. But the sudden illness of her father causes her to put that future on hold, and her soon-to-be husband leaves, with nothing but a promise that one day he’ll return.

Now, five years later, he’s kept that promise. There’s only one problem . . . he’s already married. Crushed twice by the same man, Addison needs a distraction, someone to get her back on her feet and mend her broken heart. As luck would have it, Damian Walker has just moved in next door.

Having rebuilt his own life after a drunk driver stole his career, his heart . . . everything, Damian knows what it’s going to take to get Addison’s life back on track. But he’s not going to be anyone’s rebound. His life is complicated . . . there’s no room for one-night stands. Until Addison knows what she’s looking for, neighbors are all they’ll ever be.

One shared wall, two sun-kissed balconies, and a chance at love...a twist of fate. Could the possibility of a future be right next door?

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

TheVerdictWhile it only makes sense that the synopsis is usually what has me itching to read a particular book, it’s certainly rare that I’m hooked by the very first sentence.  My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . .  Seriously, who can pass that up?

Addison has had some hard knocks.  The boy she loved moved away and gradually faded away, despite the promise that he’d be back to marry her.  Since then, her father has passed away, and she’s found herself stuck in the small town where she grew up, and although she’s a lawyer now, she’s not climbing any ladders or living any dreams.

The story starts off with Addison having just seen Matt for the first time in years, and while it initially seemed like a dream come true, the morning after reveals that he’s married.  It’s not just the shock and betrayal you might expect; it also leaves her to question everything she’s done since he left.  Their relationship faded into nothing over time, much like long distance things tend to do.  The phone calls became less frequent, eventually stopping altogether, but with every other wrong turn her life took, the idea of living happily ever after with Matt was something she had a hard time letting go.

Damian is the guy who moves in next door.  He’s hot as all get out, but more than that, he seems to get her.  He understands her humor and can see that she’s still reeling from whatever’s happened with her ex, and while it’s obvious that she’s more than just a little attracted to him, Damian isn’t the type to do casual hook-ups.  He’s a relationship guy, the opposite of everything he saw his father do wrong, and he knows he has to give Addison time to move on and move forward with him.

I loved their banter and the coffee mugs each morning, but Addison’s mixed-up feelings over Matt also made perfect sense.  The author did a wonderful job of putting readers in Addison’s shoes, where even though it’s obvious that Matt isn’t the right guy for her, it’s also really hard to walk away when it seems that everything she’s ever wanted for her future is right there for the taking.  In fact, as much as I hated Matt’s deception and the way he abandoned her all those years ago, I actually felt a little sorry for him. It was obvious that while he made some truly terrible decisions and had the wrong priorities for so long, he really did have deep emotions when it came to Addison.  Leaving her and marrying someone else for prestige and money was absolutely unforgivable, but I couldn’t help but feel a little for the guy who wanted nothing more than to have his first love back.  Damian’s story was pretty heartbreaking as well when it was revealed why he was so hell-bent on taking care of the little girl in the hospital.  That one managed to stay a mystery for much longer than we typically see in books, though I did finally guess the reason there toward the end.

The one thing that really bugged me about Addison and Damian together, though, was how quickly they turned on each other at the slightest miscommunication.  After a few times, you’d think they would realize that staying around an extra five seconds for an explanation was worth it, but they just kept running off and shutting each other out, only to beg forgiveness a short while later.  Still, Right Next Door was a pretty pleasant surprise compared to most romances I read.  The characters had depth and flaws that weren’t just there so someone could think they were cute, and while they may have jumped into things early on, they struggled to make it through their problems as their relationship was building.  The best part, though, was how it all came together in the end.  Whereas many stories line up everything so perfectly that it’s tied up with a big, bright bow, Right Next Door served up a happily ever after that made perfect sense and held to a more realistic resolution.  If this is what I can expect from A.J. Pryor, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
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About A.J. Pryor

A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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