The Boys Next Door
by Jennifer Echols
pub date 6/26/2007
product description from goodreads.com
Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori's always been one of the guys.
But while Lori and the "baby" brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can't deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean's been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.
But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she's girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girlfriend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard....
This is the third Jennifer Echols book that I've read and I have to say, it delivers! The Boys Next Door is a fun, quirky, humorous and sexy look into the life of Lori and her summertime job at a southern marina. Filled with great writing, great characters and some steam-inducing scenes, this one is not to be missed!
Lori is an excellent character in that she is strong and independent and comes into her own with a bit of humorous style. The one drawback I see in her is that sometimes...she's totally blind! (Can't tell you how, just read the book to find out!). But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed going along on her journey of discovery, laughing at her humor and cringing at her blatant ignorance to things right in front of her...haven't we all been there?! :-)
And in true Echols style, there of course are boys, boys, boys. The main one being Adam, who happens to be Lori's bff (love when they do that!). Adam is the youngest of the three Vader boys, so Lori relates to him the most (their bdays are only weeks apart), and the two grow up being super close. But things change the summer they turn sixteen, and seeing that play out was such fun!
I am happy to give The Boys Next Door 5 stars, and to say that if you're looking for a great time in the balmy Alabama heat, then you need to pick up this book!