Review: This Time Next Door by Gretchen Galway

Posted May 21, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: This Time Next Door by Gretchen Galway
This Time Next Door
by Gretchen Galway

2 Stars


Released: 2 July 2012
Series: Oakland Hills #2
Published by Self Published
Pages: 380
Format: eBook


I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was okay it also wasn’t awful. ~ Under the Covers

Rose Devlin has moved to California to start a new life and help her best friend through her very unexpected and very unplanned pregnancy. However, her new life in California isn’t going as well as she hoped and so she takes up her geeky and socially inept neighbour-next-door, Mark’s offer of finding her a job in the technology company he works for. But Mark seems to be getting under her skin and the neighbour she though of as a massive geek, is turning into the man of her dreams. 

I normally love a book with a plus sized heroine in it, it gives me hope that my sexy geek next door is just waiting to pounce on me, alas this book did not give me that waiting-to-be-pounced-on feeling. Instead, I was hate that vaguely-confused-and-irritated feeling. 

The romance between Mark and Rose was okay, I never really felt they had much chemistry but it wasn’t awful. Individually, I didn’t mind Rose or Mark. I especially liked Mark, particularly at the beginning of the book, he was sweet and dorky, but through out the book he just seemed to morph into a typical romance hero, which was a shame, I preferred him as sweet ‘n shy. 

Honestly, I am having trouble writing a review for this book, as although I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was okay it also wasn’t awful. I found it a little bit boring and I found I was reading this just to reach the end, rather than because I was getting any enjoyment. 

This book wasn’t for me, I was expecting this to be funny and romantic, but unfortunately, for me, I found it neither of these things and instead found it to be a very forgettable kind of read.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review – it is what it is – sometimes a book just doesn’t live up to our expectations or hopes:)


Thanks for the review Suzanne


Think I’ll pass then…thanks suzanne