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Just Out of Reach

(Just Series #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  121 reviews
From best-selling author Xavier Neal comes a slow-burn romance that's full of the unexpected...

They say all the best things in life are free.

I say all the best things in life are easy.

That is until easy gets me put on house arrest where I'm stuck with an estranged aunt, a needy cat, and drinking lemonade instead of tequila.

Easy suddenly becomes hard.

I basically have to
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published September 15th 2016
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
It’s been too long since I read one of this authors books and now after reading Just Out of Reach it has all come back to me with how much I adore her writing.

Theo and Lane.. I really liked both these characters. Lane is one of those characters I’d love to be friends with :) Some great secondary characters added so much to the story.

A beautiful well written story with plenty of feels.. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
abbey willcox
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Theo & Lane 😫💖

I absoloutley adored this story and I loved both Lane and Theo. I literally read this book in one go, xavier neal sure knows how to keep you gripped from the start. It really is a bitter sweet love story, with all the angst mixed in. It tugs on your heart strings at times 😫 but its also full of humour and I loved the back and fourth banter between the two. They really are a perfect match... don't you just love finding new book boyfriends? Theo is for sure added to my never ending
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm glad for this re-release or I would not have read this one. Theo and Lane's story captured my all attention. I didn't want it to end. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Theo at first. But he definitely redeems himself. He just needed to go through some hard stuff before and for Lane to be with him. ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been hell bent on exposing myself to new authors and this one is going to make me break the "no duplicate author" streak I’ve been on.

First, this author is hilarious. The humor flowed effortlessly; it didn’t waiver or fall flat once for me. I was constantly giggling. It didn’t feel forced or make me roll my eyes sarcastically.

Now, when I began reading, the characters' personal thought processes caught me off guard and it did feel a bit cheesy. But it didn’t take long for me to adjust and ap
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Just Out of Reach is a neighbors to lovers standalone romance which is the first book in the Just Series by a new to me author Xavier Neal. Reading books like this makes me so happy to be in the book space because you uncover new authors you never would otherwise.

Just Out of Reach has a very unique plotline as the hero is on a one-year house arrest, living with his estranged aunt due to being arrested for a DUI. Theo, our hero, at first came off entitled as he did after all commit a serious cri
Jamie Stahl
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I know it is going to happen each time I pick up one of her books, and I tell myself, no, I'll stop and go to sleep. SPOILER ALERT I do NOT stop and go to sleep, I read straight through to finish the book.

Theo made a stupid mistake he is now stuck paying for. Silver lining? The beautiful next door neighbor who live just beyond the reach of his electronic tracker.

Lane is a hopeless romantic so terrified of being alone that she stays with a lying, cheating, abusive boyfriend longer than she shoul
Bookish Barbi
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just out of reach is being Re-Released and true to Xavier Neal’s form she delivers a book with an entertaining plot, great characters with the best banter and don’t forget the cherry on top, the steam.

Theo, after experiencing a great loss, ends up turning to the bottle as his friend. This leads to a DUI and house arrest with an Aunt he hasn’t seen in forever. But hmmm what’s that he sees, the neighbor is looking kinda hot!!

Lane, the gal next door. She’s going through it. She’s keeping a loser ar
Laura Horne
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Xavier has done it again! I’m honestly such a fan of her writing style and just love everything I’ve read by her. She’s so good at writing low angst, super steamy, humour filled books!

This book is a re-release for her and I can’t recommend it enough.

The characters were so sweet and just perfect for each other. Theo was just the sweetest loveliest man who was going through a hard time which had landed him in trouble with the law but you just wanted him to do and be better and you couldn’t help s
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! I loved this book so much! An ex con on house arrest and the girl next door with the crappy boyfriend. It was so good!! It was sweet and funny and sexy AF!! Xavier Neal can sure write a steamy scene! I loved the way she wrote this book. The characters are talking to you, the reader. It was like an inner voice where the writing style changes so you know when they’re talking to you. It’s really cool! I’d definitely be interested in more books like that. Xavier Neal did a great job writing th ...more
Anne Milne
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book kind of has it all, great characters a good plot it has humour which I love in a story and hot chemistry between Theo and Lane.
Really enjoyed their relationship developed, it's lust at first sight but it still develops at a natural pace. Because of Theo's circumstances it gives the story a different kind of slant but it means they spend a lot of time getting to know each other.
I liked that it was told in dual pov's it's great getting into their head it did take me a while to get used
M.J. Friday
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it

What a cute story ,sexy man on house arrest falls madly in love with beautiful woman next door and despite all the odds they find love with each other. Theo was such a lovely mess of a hero. The death of his father caused him to spinal out of control with drinking and women. Soon his drinking results is a car crash that puts him on house arrest for a DUI and has him living with his aunt who disappeared from his life some 20years ago. Feeling like his life is ending slowly, he happens to she
kittykat (Jo Tortitude)

3.5⭐️ and yet more proof of why I love some indie authors.

Unique plot point as hero is under house arrest for a DUI (where no-one was hurt) and his romance with the heroine blossoms during this period. He learns and he grows and becomes a better person for the time spend pondering his crime and making better of himself throughout it.

THIS is a fitting punishment for driving whilst drunk, unlike the 'hero' in Look the Part who actually killed HIS WIFE because he CHOSE to d
Andrea Powell
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read

Every time Xavier Neal puts out a new book I a excited and again she doesn't disappoint. The story is well written and the chemistry between the characters is beautifully written. I love a tie of redemption and support. Something I think the world could use more of. A wonderful lesson of not letting past mistakes define you and knowing when it is OK to not only accept the wrongs you have done but grow from them. Loved this book from beginning to end. Another great read.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and loved the relationship of Theo and Lane. I have really come to enjoy Xavier Neal's unique writing style. Theo is under house arrest and s staying at his aunt's house. During his time he meets his lovely next door neighbor, Lane. With Theo's natural charisma, he and Lane soon start a friendship that son becomes a lot more.

Overall I thought this was a great read with excellent characters.
Melissa Reader
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this story!!! These two meet under some weird circumstances but they make it work for their situation. Lane is the best girl in the world. I'd like to be her best friend. She had this kindness about her that draws Theo to her. Theo being in the situation he is in didn't know if she would be interested in an ex convict. amazing read 5 stars ...more
Keri Grammer
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's truly no words to honestly describe this book & give it justice! The feels & the passion you get as you read this book is truly incredible! I highly recommend this one! I'm in book heaven right now! ...more
Crystal Stafford
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and also am still blown away by how much I adore Neal's writing! She is a fairly new author to me but I am very quickly devouring her back list of books and enjoying every single one I pick up! I love her style, I love her detail and description, I love her sexy times and last but certainly not least I LOVE her characters! I am writing this review as part of her Re-Release of Just Out of Reach and I think it is great she is taking a story she already wrote and adding ...more
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
• 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 •

𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: Just Out of Reach
𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀: Just Series #1
𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿: Xavier Neal
𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: ☆☆☆☆ 4/5

𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲: 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.

First of all, I want you to know that this book has a different writing style than you might be used to. I have never read a book with this type of writing style and I have to say I really liked it and it complimented the book. The characters are basically also talking to you as the reader. I felt like those moments wher
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much! While I can try to put into words how incredible this book is. I highly recommend you read it for yourselves and see how truly wonderful it is! The development was freaking amazing. They went from flirty friends to all out adorable soulmates. The discussion of addictions I thought was awesome. It’s always my favorite when real life issues are discussed in books. The writing style I enjoyed more than I expected to. I’ve never read a book with fourth wall breaks being an ...more
Jennifer - You Can't Resista Dirty Book
Hey so this book was an unexpected slice of heavenly delight. Real, engaging characters and a gritty down to earth story filled with loads of drama, just what you want when you are reading a new author for the first time.

JUST OUT OF REACH is a friends to lovers, EX-CON, slow burn romance. This story, I definitely did not imagine it would be so gripping but the more I read the more intuned into the characters journey I became and then I was their cheering section.

The Covington has had an easy lif
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Right in front of you

I love the writing style in this story! It draws the reader into the moment. I felt like a trusted friend for Theo and Lane. Sometimes our biggest mistakes lead us to what we really need. Love, support and compassion. The friendship builds into so much more even with doubts and scars created by someone else.
There is redemption and truth found not only for Lane and Theo but familiar faces like the commissioner who did what he promised.
Love doesn't have a perfect moment to sh
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just Out Of Reach is the first book in Xavier Neal's Just Series and is Lane and Theo's story and what a story it is!
After suddenly losing his father, Theo starts to spiral and tries to drink all his pain and thoughts away. Unfortunately for him, he ends up driving while influenced and ends up crashing his car and ends up on house arrest at his aunt's house for ten months.
Thinking these next ten months are going to be the worst. Theo is pleasantly surprised when the beautiful bombshell next door
Nikki Brooks
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of characters breaking the "4th wall" but this book was enough to get me to change my mind. Theo's drunken rants and monologues were hilarious at times and emotion-filled at other times.

Theo is great as the charming, but oh so flawed, hero. He has a temper, a drinking problem, and is just about drowning in grief at losing his father. Lane could come over as squeaky clean but she has a hidden core of steel, one she doesn't even know she has until she is tested. Aunt Christin
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can you find love while under house arrest?

Theo is drowning his sorrows with booze and each day he needs more than the day before. His father, a cop, was killed in the lube of duty. With no family he turns to booze to deal with his death. One night he thinks he's ok to drive but ends up wrapping his SUV around a light post. No injuries for him and luckily didn't hurt anyone else. He is granted ten months of house arrest & must wear a tracker in his ankle. He lives with his aunt now.

Lane is Theo'
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Slow burn story with just enough angst, drama, steam and relatability to make it a 5 star read!!

Theo is a stereotypical, spoiled playboy. He is used to doing whatever, and whoever he wants, whenever he wants. But one mistake takes away his freedoms and forces him to really look at himself and those around him. He has to choose if he wants to continue to build himself up with hard work or revert to easy.

Lane is the cute neighbor who Theo immediately sees as a distraction from his self imposed pit
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Oh so good!! I’ve only read a few from this author but each time I get swept up into the world she’s created and it’s all consuming!

I didn’t like Theo at all at the beginning… I just didn’t understand it all and even after I knew the why I still didn’t understand. He was reckless and I just couldn’t like him. But then this woman appeared and I didn’t like the man she was with but loved her! Lane was different and I adored her reading spot, wishing I had the same. I loved the chemistry Lane had w
Sarah Barnes
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
AUTHOR: Xavier Neal
TROPE: contemporary romance
TYPE: Just Series #1
POV: Multiple POV
MY RATING: 4.0 Stars

Theo ends up getting a DUI and put on house arrest with his aunt that he hasn’t seen in long time. Lane lives next door to Theo’s aunt and she has this boyfriend who is a bit of a jerk but she keeps him around anyway because she just doesn’t want to be alone. Theo is immediately attracted to his hot next door neighbor and step
Sandie Chraponski
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the wrong choices cause you to make mistakes that you never think you can bounce back from. That’s where Theo thought his choices had left him, on house arrest, living with his aunt with no happiness in site. Until he looked next door and his whole world changed.

Xavier Neal knows how to write with emotion and does it so well. This is a story that will hook you until you read the last page.

This is a story about a man standing up and taking responsibility for his choices and making the
Turn The Page Mama
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
The main thing that I loved about this story..okay two of the messages I got from it was that people make mistakes, but we can learn and grow from them and become our best selves. Out Heroin, Lane, was so level minded I loved her views on many issues she talked about in this book. The second thing was holy smoke, the steam! I loved these two and they had some very steamy scenes that I absolutely loved.

What I had a hard time getting used to, which the author does warn the reader abou
Cody Smith-Candelaria
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Theo has made some mistakes and finds himself on house arrest. House arrest might be just what he needs to rekindle his family relationships, to start over for himself and to create a future to be proud of and maybe just maybe to find love. Lane has been dealing with relationship BS for a long time so meeting the new neighbor and finding a friend that can make her feel special is pretty amazing, even if he can't leave his yard for long periods of time.
This is a slow-burn romance that I adore. I
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