Review Request Sign up for Newsletters Tips and ideas Write for us

Follow by Email

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Bad Boy Next Door by Jody Holford - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book review
Amazon USA Amazon UK Goodreads
Review by Suze

Shay wants to make it on her own. Her family is protective and they like to do everything for her, but she wants to prove she can also achieve something without them. That's why it's time for a new beginning. She's started a business and she's moved into her own apartment. She wants to be carefree and isn't looking for a relationship, but when she meets her neighbor Wyatt she can't help but feel something for him. He isn't the lighthearted fun type of guy though, will Shay follow her heart or are her dreams for the future standing in the way?

Wyatt works for the police. He accepted an undercover job that went wrong in many different ways and his confidence has taken quite a blow because of it. His heart has been bruised and he isn’t looking for either friendship or love, but then he meets Shay. She’s a ray of sunshine and that appears to be exactly what he needs. However, there’s someone else in the building who likes Shay as well and Brady is Wyatt’s exact opposite. Brady seems so much better for Shay. Will Wyatt have a chance and is he prepared to go after a woman again after having his heart broken so badly?

The Bad Boy Next Door is a great romantic story. Even though Wyatt doesn’t seem like Shay’s type he’s perfect for her. He’s thoughtful and grounded and under a broody exterior he hides an adorable sweetness and wonderful generous personality. I loved him from the start, he’s a troubled man with a good heart. Shay brings him the happiness he needs so badly. I loved her determination to be independent. She’s trying to survive on her own and her friendly character makes it easy to like her. She’s had a protective upbringing, but she wants more for herself than just being coddled and helped with everything. I admired that about her. Wyatt treats her with respect and kindness and she brings him warmth, lightness and cheerfulness. They perfectly complement one another and are a really cute couple.

Jody Holford writes about a lively building with interesting people. Kendrick Place is an amazing setting for a series. It was fun to read about the building itself and its inhabitants. Jody Holford’s detailed descriptions make it come to life very well. There’s quite a bit of drama going on in the basement and it was fascinating to see where it would lead. I enjoyed reading about the intrigues in the lives of the main characters combined with true love. The Bad Boy Next Door is a lovely charming read with endearing main characters.
The Bad Boy Next Door is the second part of the Kendrick Place series, but can easily be read as a standalone. If you like reading about interesting neighbors and true love this series will be a great choice.

Wyatt frowned at her as she started to remove the long coat she’d worn over the dress. “How can you scowl when you’re looking at a beautiful woman?” Brady nudged Wyatt in the arm, then removed his own jacket.

Shay had a feeling she knew exactly why he was frowning. She shook her head and handed the coat to Brady.

“Stop it. You’re looking at me like my brother Simon did when he picked me up at a party one night. I’d borrowed a dress from a friend, and he lost his mind.”

“Did it look like what you’re wearing now?” Wyatt’s voice was strained. He passed his jacket over to Brady, who looked back and forth between them.

“Why don’t I help you, O? These two need a minute to discuss their wardrobe,” Brady said.

Owen laughed, and he and Brady left them alone. Wyatt closed the distance between them.

He put his hands on her hips. “Did it?”

“Did what?”

“Did the dress your brother didn’t like look like the one you’re wearing now?”

Amusement and frustration crowded each other and Shay sighed. “You don’t like my dress?”

Wyatt’s eyes widened. “What? Are you nuts? That dress is killer. I love it. I’d just love it more if you were only wearing it for me,” he said, pulling her close.

His fingers grazed the bare skin on her back and Shay shivered. She wound her arms around his neck and went up on tiptoes. Her heart was skipping just from the sound of his lips saying the word “love.” Twice.

She kissed his cheek then whispered in his ear, “I am wearing it only for you.”

Wyatt growled with pure male appreciation and tightened his hold on her. “You sure you don’t want to just go home?”

She smiled and pulled back, taking his hand. “No way. I want to socialize and meet people. I want to look at art, hold your hand, and drink champagne.”

The affection in his gaze as they walked toward the curved staircase made her breath catch in her throat. He squeezed her hand in his own. “Partway there. Let’s get something to drink.”

About Jody Holford

Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Newsletter | Amazon Author Profile



  1. This is a very well written post, my compliments. It has a lot of key elements that truly makes it work.Thanks for writing this in depth post. You covered every angle. The great thing is you can reference different parts. I love reading blogs.Good one, and keep it going. Check for essay writing service reviews

  2. I really like stories that contain multi-faceted story lines that are connected by some commonality, in this case the building they all share.