Just Neighbors by Charity Ferrell

 

Title: Just Neighbors

Series: Blue Beech #4

Author: Charity Ferrell
Genre: New Adult/Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

 Release Date: March 26, 2019

Blurb

 

Every day, my neighbor tells me to have a good morning.
Every day, I tell him to f*ck off.
Kyle Lane is the town’s hottest cop.
He’s also the man I’ve despised since high school.
Each morning, he stands on his porch with an annoying smirk on his
perfect face.
He’s made it his life’s mission to get under my skin.
Until one day, he’s no longer on his porch but on mine.
He claims he wants to redeem himself for ruining my reputation.
My instincts tell me to stay away, but with each morning he shows up,
it becomes harder and harder to resist his charm.
I was never supposed to fall in love with my neighbor and once he finds
out my secret, we’ll forever be enemies.

 

My review:

Wow.

Despite what it seems from the blurb and cover, this is not a light, fun read full of flirty banter and enemies-to-lovers goodness. Don’t get me wrong, because there is definitely plenty of that, especially in the beginning, but it has SO MUCH MORE. Chloe and Kyle both grew up in their small town; Kyle is the son of the mayor and Chloe is the daughter of a neglectful drug-addicted mother who grew up in a trailer park on the outskirts of town. We know early on that something happened between them in high school that has led to Chloe hating Kyle with everything she has, and hating the attraction she feels toward him.

But like I said, there is so much more. Chloe’s childhood was heartbreaking. Her mother and sister were terrible people, and her sister is still the cause of most of Chloe’s stress. She followed in their mother’s footsteps and is addicted to drugs and alcohol and horrible relationships, and neglecting her two children, teenage Trey and 4 year old Gloria. Their family has secrets, and when they come to light the whole town feels the repercussions. Then when tragedy strikes, the people affected by the secrets are able to help each other heal.

I fully expected this to be a humorous rom-com, but this book made me cry. Really cry, not just tear up a little. The humor is there, but the pure heartbreak just killed me. Thank goodness we did get our happily ever after to make it a little better but this book will be in my head for a very long time.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Author Bio
Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew
up riding her bicycle to her library and reading anything she could get her
hands on. Angst is her happy place, and she loves writing about flawed people
finding love. She loves the basics—books, shoes, and online shopping.
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Wicked Queen by Geneva Lee

Wicked Queen

 

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A shocking revelation and an unexpected miracle bring darkness to the Royal family’s doorstep in Wicked Queen, the second volume in the Sovereign Series from New York Times bestseller Geneva Lee.

When Alexander’s family discovers his betrayal, he nearly loses everything. But he’s not giving up without a fight, especially when it comes to his wife.
Clara’s own devastating secret places her in unforeseen danger when the unthinkable happens.
​Every family has its secrets. The Royals more than most.

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My review:

Holy mother of cliffhangers! I kept tapping my Kindle, not able to figure out why the page wasn’t turning and finally realized it was the end. Noooooo!
The entire book was totally worth it, though. I just hope book 3 is finished quickly!
We’ve followed Clara and Alexander from the beginning, when they were dating to engaged to a new family who rise to King and Queen much more suddenly than expected. Now with this new series, we get to see them more comfortable in their new roles and yet still coming to terms being a married couple with kids along with ruling England.
I have always loved Clara but she has really come into her own in this book. She is livid, understandably, at this last secret X has been keeping from her and she makes him work for every scrap of forgiveness she may give. And it’s about time. Alexander is still working on the fact that while the weight of the country may rest on his shoulders, he has an equal partner to share ALL his burdens and keeping secrets to “protect” her always backfires. Clara is not a weak woman who needs protecting from truths.
The addition of the family member who was not actually dead adds so much to their story! It was a rocky reentry for sure but at the end things were looking up for her and her place in the family.
Well done, Ms Lee. I can’t wait to read the next installment.

About Geneva Lee

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GENEVA LEE is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including the Royals Saga which has sold nearly two million copies worldwide. She lives in Poulsbo Washington where she co-owns Away With Words Bookshop with her sister.

 

 

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