Next to You by Daisy Prescott
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
“If you want to date me, all you need to do is say the word. I’d never let you go.”
I added Sage to my rugby club’s annual list of women who are off limits thinking I could protect her from the gorillas I play with. Aspen's a small town in the off season when the dating pool shrinks to the size of a melted snowflake. Never did I think I’d be the one to break the code and date her.
Even if it’s all for show. A wager between friends. An excuse to hang out with her more.
Nothing more than that.
Who agrees to date their best friend over a green smoothie? Apparently this girl right here.
Now the man-bun-sporting South African rugby god next door is my fake boyfriend. I need to rebuild my confidence after some poor dating decisions. Who could be better to fluff my ego than Aspen’s hottest bachelor?
This situation is a win-win.
Not having read another other books by Daisy Prescott before, I was impressed with her latest book, Next to You. From the cover to the synopsis, the story had me hooked from the very start.
At the beginning of the book we get to meet Stan, a rugby player/model, who has recently had an accident while playing that has left him unable to play for the season. Now at home without having much to do he relies on his best-friend/next-door-neighbor, Sage, to keep him company. They have grown close for the last two years, and it is during that time that Sage has seen just about every girl that Stan brings around. Not only is Stan handsome, and kind, but he is also Sage's secret crush. Although Stan could get just about any women he wants, he has also been secretly overprotective over Sage, and whoever gets close to her. But now that he is injured, Stan needs to stay home in order to get better, and that's when after sudden events that gets him to propose some sort of wager between friends. They would pretend to be dating in front of the whole world, and as a result they would each get people off their backs. This was only just an arrangement, but soon they started seeing each other in a different light and wondered if they might have a future together or not.
I really enjoyed reading Next to You, it was a fun and romantic story between two best-friends who discovered that they might just be perfect for each other. Though they have different backgrounds, they have pasts that have interfered with their current lives as well. We don't just get a story of their relationship, but their relationship with their families and friends too that helped me be more invested in the characters' story. There were a couple of scenes that just felt extra to me, but other than that I liked the overall idea of the book, and the ended as well. I would recommend it to those that are looking for a romantic story filled with sweet and hilarious scenes. :)
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Before writing funny contemporary romances about adults, I dreamed of being an author while doing a lot of other things. Antiques dealer, baker, blue ribbon pie-maker, fangirl, freelance writer, gardener, pet mom and wife are a few of the titles I’ve acquired along the way.
Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat who remains nameless.
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