The Boy Next Door
When Lowell moves back to his hometown to take care of his ailing mother, the last person he expects to see living in the house next door is his childhood friend Jase, grown up now and more attractive than ever. Jase had starred in many of Lowell's teenage fantasies, but Lowell is convinced Jase is straight. And yet, as they rekindle their friendship, it...more
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 141
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When Lowell moves back to his hometown to take care of his ailing mother, the last person he expects to see living in the house next door is his childhood friend Jase, grown up now and more attractive than ever. Jase had starred in many of Lowell's teenage fantasies, but Lowell is co...more
Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!
I tried to read this book once before. It wasn't too long after I first read Kindling Fire with Snow, which I really liked. And… I couldn't make it through the book. Ultimately, I DNFed it and went on. I think, though I remember little of the reason now, I didn't have any real hangups with the book, I just couldn't get into it. And now that I've read all of Kate's backlist, I was eager to try it again. Chances are ...more
This is the kind of story I enjoy ... I love how "down-to-earth" it is. This kind of setting can be boring, becau ...more
It's a book about family, about coming out, about coming home, about hard decisions and falling in love. The characters are real and distinct but allow a reader to insert herself into the scene a little and feel resonances in her own life. The situ ...more
Katie McMurray is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style enjoyable to read, but found a few scenes redundant in nature, slowing the pacing down to a crawl at a few parts.
Lowell buys a new home in his hometown to be near his ailing mother, only to discover he inadvertently moved in next door to his childhood friend. Lowell and Jase’s friendship had fallen apart in junior high, with Jase moving toward being jo ...more
Lowell returned to a city which was basically a great big closet full of skeletons for him. Primarily, he’d escaped an abusive father who beat him, and his mother. But he also escaped a town not so open-minded about gay people. And perhaps, h ...more
The Boy Next Door is a sweet romance with the familiar and well ...more
Lowell loves living in the city but has to move back to his home town to care for his mom after his father's death. The town is very small and conservative, not extremely gay friendly. The house he buys just happens to be next to his childhood friend and crush.
Jase married his college sweetheart because he thought that's what was required of him as a man. After having a daughter and trying to make the marriage work, he ...more
Jase was the loved jock and after college got married and had a child. Jase knew all along he was gay but one night hook ups was all he wanted. Lowell moves home when he dad dies and he needs to take care of ...more
I wanted t ...more
A fairly straightforward tale of Lowell returning home after his fathers death to find his mother changed. His neighbour is a childhood friend and crush but recently divorced with custody of his child - and a neurotic ex.
The story proceeds as expected - they dance, the ex gets made then even, there are recriminations, words are said, fri ...more
Lowell feels almost resigned to the next stage of his life. The one where he returns to a previous phase and revisits those haunts of his childhood home, along with ...more
Jason is gay, but he's not happy about it or willing to come out of the closet anytime soon, especially considering he has a 6-year old daughter and a homophobic ex-wife to put first. His attraction to Lowell i ...more
Now Jase is divorced, but forced to stay in the closet or risk losing his daughter to his evil ex. Lowell wants to be with Jase, but can’t be forced into a secret relationship.
Jase has to decide – seemin ...more
Lowell return to town after the death of his abusive father so he can help take care of his aging mother. He buys a house right next door to his elementary school friend Jase.
Jase is recently divorced, raising his daughter on his own because his ex-wife is a flake. Their marriage ended because Jase couldn't hide the fact ...more
I was completely captivated by this book. From the very beginning of Lowell and Jase's reunion all the way to the end. These two men feel so much for one another from almost the beginning of their reunion and more time is spent together I believe it gets harder and harder for them to deny those feelings. But as with any good book their are major obstacles standing in their way. The main two being Jaces ex wif ...more
I liked t ...more