- Karla Doyle
- Release Date
- February 2014
- Book 1 of Close to Home
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Nia has one rule—don't date neighbors. Simple, except the guy next door is single, handsome, and not inclined to close his blinds while naked. When her car dies, Conn takes "being neighborly" to a new level by offering a ride to her long-distance destination. Nia has resisted his looks and charm for months. Surely she can handle a few hours in his truck…
For months, Conn has blatantly put himself on display, hoping his pretty blonde neighbor would tire of secretly watching and come knock on his door for a cup of sugar—or more. No such luck—until an unusual opportunity arises. After a six-hour drive turns into a sweet-and-sexy weekend, Conn wants more than neighborly status with Nia. To get it, he must convince her to break the rule protecting her heart—by putting his on the line.
Mar 25, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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She has a rule against dating neighbors, but the man next door would really like to get to know her.
Hotel restaurant manager Nia Chambers got a peep show every time her next door neighbor took a shower, but she'd made a rule to never date a neighbor after her last relationship had soured and she'd had to move. So, Conn Lawler could flirt all he wanted to, but the steady stream of women to his door and Nia's ban on dating a neighbor put him squarely on her peep but don't touch list, that was until Nia's car wouldn't start.
Carpenter Conn Lawler had been trying to get to know Nia Chambers for eight months. He found everything about her appealing, but Nia had ignored every neighborly overture he'd made towards her. Offering her a ride when her car wouldn't start was pretty much a dare for her to interact with him. He never expected a routine six-hour road trip in the snow would lead to overnighting with Nia in a motel and one of the hottest nights of his life. But Nia's clear that their night of passion won't lead to anything more; things will go back to the way they were when they return to their respective homes because Nia refuses to date a neighbor.
But it's hard not to break the rules when the neighborly man next door is sweet, thoughtful, and nothing like the impression she'd formed of him. But Nia's looking for a man to marry and settle down with and Conn's not sold on happy ever after, even if his head and heart tell him the woman who refuses to date him is worth the fall.
With the push and pull of attraction and the theme of commitment setting the tone, author Kara Doyle has penned a pleasing romance about two neighbors who have very different reasons for being gun shy with regards to the subject of love. Conn and Nia make a well-crafted and likable couple and are joined by a cast of equally likable secondary characters that bring added depth and insight to the evolving relationship dilemma. While readers can easily predict Conn and Nia will find their happily ever after, the getting there is the best part.
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