I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Title: The Girl Next Door
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
The opposites-attract, sweet-and-sexy small-town romance you’ve been waiting for.
Iris Turner hightailed it out of Salty Cove, Maine, without so much as a backward glance. Which is why finding herself back in her hometown—in her childhood bedroom, no less—has the normally upbeat Iris feeling a bit down and out. Her spirits get a much-needed lift, though, at the sight of the sexy girl next door.
No one knows why Jude Wicks is back in Salty Cove, and that’s just how she likes it. Jude never imagined she’d be once again living in her parents’ house, never mind hauling lobster like a local. But the solitude is just what she needs—until Iris tempts her to open up.
A no-strings summer fling seems like the perfect distraction for both women. Jude rides a motorcycle, kisses hard and gives Iris the perfect distraction from her tangled mess of a life. But come September, Iris is still determined to get out of this zero-stoplight town.
That is, unless Jude can give her a reason to stay…
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MY RATING: 3.5 Stars
So Iris and Jude pretty much have nothing in common other than the fact that both of them never thought that they would find their way back to their home town and that neither of them want anything serious. That just makes for an interesting read though because as we all know they obviously have to get serious and fall in love otherwise book worlds just don’t make sense anymore.
For what this was – a cutesy contemporary LGBTQ – it was really good. It was sweet, heart warming and just enough grit to keep you from getting tooth ache and throwing in the towel. The characters are both really fascinating even though a little cliche. I had a lot of fun reading it as I could really relate to Iris as when I was her age I also ended moving back in with my parents just as I though I had earned my independence.
And getting to know the two ladies as the book progressed was a constant pleasure. However I would have liked to have a little MORE. Not quite sure what it was missing but at the end I did end up being just a little underwhelmed and felt like I needed just that little bit extra.
If you are in the mood for a feel good, light romantic read this is definitely for you.