The Stranger Next Door

Chastity Bush
The Stranger Next Door
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
April 2012
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

The last thing Officer Tess McCoy expects is to meet her sexy new neighbor wearing nothing but her birthday suit, but since her partner's death six weeks before, nothing seems to go the way she plans.

Despite his incredible good looks, Tess needs to keep her distance from the sexy stranger. The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, and the man living across the street looks like he could be a very big, very sexy complication.

But her life takes a startling turn when Jack rescues her from would-be kidnappers in the dead of night. Now, she needs Jack's help to stay safe and find out who wants her, and why.

Sparks fly high as things between them heat up, and Tess can only wonder if she'll escape the ones attempting to kill her, only to fall victim to Jack's killer charm.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Aug 15, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
235 people found the following review helpful
Who knew that the neighbor next door could bring such emotional feeling? Not only for one but both of them. They are both on a needed vacation from their job to see what their next step is in life. For how long can they reprise the sexual chemistry they have and will it be a mistake?

Who knew seeing a naked woman out on her front lawn would begin some kind of friendship? Jack felt a connection to Tess and could not explain his feelings, but he knew that it could not be love. Maybe lust. So when two incidents happened in her home, he finds himself keeping guard. They find themselves sneaking passionate kisses and he is so tempted to make love to her, but they can't seem to have a minute alone. Not only that, but Tess also withdraws every time they come close to making love. When they finally did it, it seems everything comes apart, and there is a chance he has just lost the love of his life because he did not trust her.

Tess is still trying to deal with the death of her partner when she meets Jack. Just one look into his eyes and she knows that there is something about him that makes her knees weak. Then his kisses are scorching hot but there is no way that there can be anything further than that. She later realizes that maybe she just needs to let this feeling run its course, but she can't risk his life now that someone has tried to kidnap her.

Once she believes the coast is clear, she seeks his passionate kisses and caresses but it all ends. Not only that, but she finds that secrets were kept from her, secrets that pertain even to herself. When the secrets are finally revealed, Tess finds herself tied to a chair with lots of questions for her captor.

THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR is intensely thrilling with so much suspense that it leaves you wanting more. I appreciated how the relationship started and how they got to know each other as they went further in their relationship. My heart went out to Tess because she was totally clueless about her surroundings but most of all for the torture she goes through. I was a little upset with Jack because he actually thought of snooping on Tess instead of telling her the truth, but it was only his Private Investigator instincts that were kicking in. The chemistry that both characters shared was sizzling that it amazed me that they were able to wait so long before they did anything else besides kiss.

I really loved this book! It was filled with suspense and romance, this story has everything that it should have to bring two people together. I recommend this great book for everyone to read.
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Book Review by Betty Fokker (author,reviewer)
Feb 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
205 people found the following review helpful
I originally picked up this romantic suspense because of the author's pen name; who wouldn't want to read a book by a woman bold and funny enough to call herself Chastity Bush?

The story involves a cop with trust issues and a sexy PI not quite taking a break from his work. The heroine, Tess, is the antithesis of a girly-girl but the hero is manly enough to deal with it without being an overbearing alpha-jerk.

The book was well-written and I mostly enjoyed it, but there were a couple of things that bothered me.

First, the author was a bit heavy-handed with the "these are not the droids you are looking for" aspects of suspense plotting. Secondly, most of the significant characters had at least one moment of stupidity in order to further the narrative. I'm not crazy about a cop thriller novel that requires cops to occasionally be thick as a yard of lard (even when they are otherwise intelligent) to try to make a twist ending.

In spite of these issues, the book was a satisfying read overall with enough humor and hot sex to make it likable. It was a bit like a trout stream--not particularly deep, fast moving, and provides the pleasant occupation one looked for.
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