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Innocent Next Door

(Military Men #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Adventure is Summer William's mission!

Life in a small town is comfortable, but living with her loving and overprotective family means it lacks adventure. And forget romance with two interfering army brothers around. It's time to leave the cozy nest. Her grandiose plans come to a grinding halt when she becomes innocently involved with a crime boss, then she bumps heads an
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published July 25th 2015
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Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Felt more like a tourism brochure for Auckland than a novel...well a tourism brochure with intimate scenes. It was an interesting read, but because of my ignorance of New Zealand culture and social norms I can't really make an informed decision about the quality of the book. Enjoyed the read regardless. ...more
Eva Millien
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Because Nikolai Tarei owes a favor he is now scrambling to protect a virgin with a brazen disregard for safety without compromising his own battered heart in this exciting contemporary romance.

Summer’s mission is to have an adventure and a little fun and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as this firecracker keeps Nikolai on this toes. The chemistry is hot and the sex scenes are steamy but really it’s the flying sparks that that have this story blazin’ hot, not only does Summer
Standalone/Cliffhanger: Standalone
Ages of H and h: Summer is 22 and Nikolai is 30
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Descriptive Sex &/Or Drama Between H/h With OW/OM: (view spoiler)
>>If So, Before or After H/h Hookup: (view spoiler)
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HEA/HFN/etc Endi
Sep 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Life in a small town is comfortable, but living with her loving and overprotective family means it lacks adventure. And forget romance with two interfering army brothers around. It's time to leave the cozy nest. Her grandiose plans come to a grinding halt when she becomes innocently involved with a crime boss, then she bumps heads and lips with her uncle's sexy but very bossy neighbor.

Special Air Services soldier Nikolai Tarei owes his neighbor a favor, bu
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She wants to live her own life but she has overprotective family. She ends up with him who is to keep her safe as a favour to her family. There may just be sparks between them. Will they get together? Will he be her first time? See how she gets on

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Selina Durio
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this story as part of the boxed set Field Stripped. While different from her Middlemarch books, this was a good read. Summer was the not so innocent next door. She was struggling to exert her independence from over protective parents and brothers. Her uncle asked his next door neighbor Nikolai to keep an eye on her while he is away. Summer literally walks in to trouble and then gets herself, Nikloai and his friends deeper into it. This was a good, action packed story.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers Over 18 Only Please
Recommended to LMR by: Shelley Munro & Booksprout
Innocent Next Door (Military Men, #1) by Shelley Munro Innocent Next Door (Military Men Book 1)
By : Shelley Munro
She May Be The "Innocent Next Door," But Look Out SAS Man, Cuz She's Ready To Reach Out & Explore!
He's an SAS Officer...
Not a BabySitter Extraordinaire,
But it seems that's what He's been Tasked to DO,
By Fellow Officer & Neighbor while he's gone on Honeymoon!
He's unpleased, to put a Fine point on the Situation,
Especially after seeing the Subject in Question...
She's a HOT Li'l Package,
With Abundant CURVES in All the RIGHT Places,
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
I am partial to Shelley's shifter stories, but she brought the same heat and snarkiness to this romance. Summer has finally managed to escape her small town and her overprotective family by coming to stay with an uncle in Auckland while she takes a six month course. When her uncle finds love and is ready to depart on his honeymoon, he enlists his neighbor and military friend Nikolai to keep an eye on Summer for him. Summer does not appreciate the insinuation that she needs anyone looking out for ...more
Whispers From
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book

Summer is a librarian and goes to her Uncle’s for extra classes for six months. Her uncle is leaving for his honeymoon and asks his neighbor Nik to keep an eye on her. Nik is a hunky SAS agent on medical leave. He was married before and doesn’t think he deserves a relationship. But Summer doesn’t want a babysitter, she’s had enough of that at home and wants to live a little.
Summer accidentally gets the wrong books and takes them to the owner Dare, a restaurant owner with suspect
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer works as a librarian and when she gets the chance to go out of town for some training she jumps at it. Her family is overprotective of her and she wants some freedom. However her uncle is siding with her family and has asked his friend to watch over her while he is gone. Nicholai doesn't want to be a babysitter but he owes his friend and reluctantly agrees. Sparks fly between him and Summer and he tries to keep away from her but when she brings trouble to her doorstep he knows he has to h ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer is in Auckland City for six months while she gets further training as a librarian. Her family has sheltered/smothered her ever since she had asthma as a child. She's feisty and is determined to gain some independence even though she is living with her Uncle while in the city. Her Uncle is headed out of town for his honeymoon and has asked his neighbor and Special Air Service member, Nikolai, to watch over her. Nikolai is home recuperating from a service related injury. and isn't happy to ...more
Marilyn Smith
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer is a 22 year old librarian and wants to live a little but has two over protective military brothers that watch her. She goes to her uncles for six months of classes but doesn’t know the he had asked his neighbor Nikolai to watch on her. He’s a SAS agent on medical leaves and doesn’t want a woman in his life but he realizes that he’s got his hands full with Summer. She accidentally returned some books to Dare at his restaurant and he asks her out. She accepts and thinks go wrong from there ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book review for Innocent Next Door (Military Men Book 1)

I really enjoyed this book. I laughed. I cried. And I fell in love with the main male character. He is what men should be.
Strong when needed to be. Soft when needed. But not a pushover.
The main female character was funny and lovable. She was the perfect woman for this man.
She lets no one push her around. She take no arguments from no one.
She likes to be asked not ordered to do something.
If you love a book that will make you laugh, cry and m
Chiquita  Bee
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular Read

I loved this book by Shelly Munro. It had a wonderfully rich storyline and cast of characters. I devoured every word and wanted more. There are laughs, romance, intrigue mystery to pull you in as Nikolai is asked to do this next door neighbor a favor by watching over his 22 year-old niece during the summer while her uncle is away on his honeymoon. What transpires when Summer intercepts some library books that contain secret information and they lead her in to harms path with loca
Sassy Angel
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It was fantastic! I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I love really anything by this author.

Summer wants to experience life. She believes she has the chance when she visits her uncle. He goes on vacation and asks his neighbor, Nikolai to look in on her. Nikolai doesn't want to 'babysit' anyone. He is still recovering from an injury that has benched him from SAS. Summer ends up getting into some trouble by accident and needs Nikolai to help her
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summer is only 22 and has been overprotected by her family due to childhood asthma. Managing to get a job in Auckland gives her a chance to spread her wings and live a little.
Whilst coming across as a naive young woman I loved her vivacity and her way of standing up for herself against all these tough military SAS men, her brothers included but with a big smile on her face.
Nikolai is pushed to babysit Summer as a favour for her uncle. We get bits of Nikolai but I am not sure we really meet the r
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this fun, steamy and sweet romance. I liked both characters. Nikolai carried some pretty heavy baggage. It was easy to feel sympathy for him and I really wanted him to let go of the past and find some happiness. Summer, was a split decision for me. I really liked her determination and her feistiness. She was only twenty-two, innocent and overprotected but I really wanted her to be savvier. I mean she was a librarian and supposedly a master researcher. So even without street smarts I di ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Nikolai and Summer's story which had some suspense and laugh out loud moments. Summer is trying out her independence away from her over protective brothers. Unfortunately, Nik is from the same mold and tries to keep his distance while watching out for her. Summer has stumbled into a gangster war and is caught in the middle until the alpha men of the SAS come to her rescue. I loved Summer trying new things from her research, but sometimes it was over done with the sex toys at th ...more
Lisa Bing
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written story full of humour, danger and steam

This was a really fun read and I enjoyed going the adventures that Summer managed to find herself on. She put a lot of research into what she wanted while away from home and you can't help but cheer her on, while finding yourself giggling over her banter and inner racy thoughts. Nik had no idea what he was in for but he soon found out - and found himself unable to resist her openness and drive to experience, not just great sexy times, but life a
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer is staying with her uncle in Auckland while she completes her librarian qualifications. When her uncle goes away he asks his neighbour, Nikolai, to keep an eye on her. She is unimpressed with this, but then someone breaks into their house, and she escapes to Nikolai. They start a whirlwind effort to find out why someone is after her. Nikolai can't let himself be attracted to Summer, but that would break his military code.

Summer is a feisty young woman who is a delight to read about. This
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowsa! This is one action-packed romance! 💞❣️💞

I adored this romance between Summer and Nikolai! 😍

Summer has been the sick one in the family with her asthma and now that she's got it fairly controlled, she is ready to get out there and live her life. However, Summer has the weirdest luck and now she's in danger over a mixed up book order. Nikolai is a widower who isn't looking for a relationship because he doesn't think he is good with them. But he promised Summer's uncle, Henry, to watch over he
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with all Shelley Munro books, this book did not disappoint. Shelley is an amazing writer and this book was great to read. The story of Nikolai and Summer is a fun love story with a bit of suspense. You can’t help but fall in love with both of these characters. Summer is witty with a yearning for adventure and Nikolai is the more serious one to make a perfect for each other couple. A truly enjoyable read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer was staying at her uncle's house while doing a course at the library. When he went on his honeymoon, he asked his neighbour Nikolai to keep an eye on her as it was her first time away from home. Not only were Summer's two brothers bossy and overprotective, but so was Nik. Summer gets herself into a world of trouble and needs Nik's help to keep her safe. I loved the banter between these two and Summer's sexual awakening in Nik's more than capable hands. Very highly recommended as a book to ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well I'm in love! With Summer and Nikolai and Jake and Louie too! I have laughed and smiled throughout and did not want to stop to put my child to bed! There have been funny moments, tense moments, sad moments, innocence, experience, crime, suspense, family issues, pasts to deal with and some great dialogue. This is going on my to read again list as I have enjoyed it so much.
A new author for me and the start of a series which has me eager for the next one...Louie's story!

I received a free copy o
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have this book with the box set which includes the first three books, so I took the opportunity to read further into the series. Summer is spreading her wings or she was trying until things went wonky. The hot neighbor next door wants to put restrictions on her that she was trying to get away from with her family. What was an innocent date may have just led to happenings that put her babysitter at risk. This book has sass, attraction, intrigue and so much fun to read again.

I received a free co
Debra Richardson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for something good to read that is full of action, intrigue, sass, humour, mystery, suspense, and a satisfying HEA, look no further this is the book for you. It is well written and a great start to the new series ‘Military Men’. The characters are well-developed and strong; I love watching Summer and Nikolai’s story unfold; their chemistry is sizzling hot and off the charts. Definitely recommended.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer has come to Aukland to stay at her uncle’s house while she gets more training as a librarian. When her uncle goes off on his honeymoon he asks his friend and neighbor Nikolai, an SAS member, to keep an eye on her. Sparks fly immediately although Nikolai thinks Summer is too young and innocent. Summer manages to become involved in a disagreement between two criminal organizations and Nikolai and his friends must try to protect her. Nikolai and Summer make a very cute couple and their inter ...more
Toni L
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love being able to enjoy a story in more than a single way. I love the romance/relationship side, but I also love being able to laugh & enjoy the read. This was a fun read with great characters that I enjoyed reading about. It introduced a range of characters that are free to enjoy their own story in the future without overloading on so many characters so it becomes confusing. Does not end in a cliffhanger. It's a great start to a new series from this author. ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Special Air Services soldier Nikolai Tarei gets stuck being librarian Summer's bodyguard and she tests his patience to the limit. Summer meets Dare but he is not really a good man he ends up have Nik beaten. This story has suspense, drama, danger,evil. twists, turns,a villain,kidnapping, a woman who gets herself into trouble without trying, and romance. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Ann Holden
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story is good, but the characters are over the top. Summer is always talking about being an adult then acts like a teenager. There are too many “macho” men for my taste. Alpha males are okay, macho isn’t. I usually like books by this author but I can’t say this is one of my favorites.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
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USA Today Bestselling author, Shelley lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and a rambunctious puppy.

Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak - big overseas experience). A year long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world. Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain

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