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The Bad Boy Next Door (Kendrick Place #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy. She wasn’t expecting to literally run into the scowling, brooding, (and unfairly smoking hot) guy next door.

Fresh off a haunting undercover assignment, det
ebook, 250 pages
Published March 20th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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This is a fun, light hearted read with a touch of suspense thrown in for good measure. It is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone, too.

Being the youngest sister with three older brothers means that for all of her life Shay Matthews has had them checking out she's okay, protecting her and she's had enough. Deciding it is time she took control of her own life and had some freedom, she's moved to Boston, secretly planning to set up her own events planning business. Brady, th
Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
3.5 Stars!

Wyatt is a detective who's just come off of undercover work and he's struggling with adjusting back to society. He's the kind of alpha I like to read about. He's tough, protective but standoffish. He meets Shay and is instantly attracted but doesn't think he's in the right mind to do anything about it. There was a lot of pushing away by Wyatt and he did struggle with communicating with Shay.

Shay is breaking away from her overprotective family to start out on her own. She admitted she's
Feb 04, 2017 Esther rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, family, arc
ARC provided by NetGalley and publisher for honest review.

Unfortunately this just didn't work for me.

Short synopsis. Shay wants a fresh start away from her overbearing brothers, so she moves to Boston. Her plans are to start an event planning business. Wyatt was a detective who just finished a long and disturbing undercover assignment that left him feeling mentally and emotionally drained. Both live in the same apartment building, with Shay having just moved in. The two meet and find they get on
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This is a quick and sweet read and I actually read it in one sitting because I was invested in where the relationship between Shay and Wyatt was going. Jody Holford does a wonderful job with this one and focuses more on the relationship (which is a bit angsty) than sex (making it a classy read in my eyes). Now, while I found it a little hard to fully connect with the characters, I did enjoy reading their story and will continue with the
Lex ☾
Mar 24, 2017 Lex ☾ rated it it was amazing

☾One of those books that has grammar mistakes and a lot of drama in the plot, but I love anyways. I saw a lot of 3 star ratings for this book for whatever reason. It may not be a 5 star book for some people's standards, but I couldn't stop reading it and that's enough for me! Besides, who doesn't love a hot cop?
“The Bad Boy Next Door” feels like a complete misnomer for a rather light-hearted story between a detective and a coddled young woman attempting to find her feet in a new city. But I pushed on, wondering if this was going to be part-suspense, part rom-com and for me, it was really neither as it wasn’t a story that resonated with me at all. Much like a drama centred on a building and its occupants, Shay and Wyatt get pushed together mostly because of proximity and a series of events that neither ...more
Three and a half stars.

Shay Matthews moves to Boston to set up her own event planning company and get out from under her over-protective family. On the day she moves into her new apartment Kendrick Place, she meets two very different men who also live in the apartment block. Brady, the pro-temps apartment manager who seems like a nice, kind, open guy, and Wyatt, Mr Tall, Dark and Broody. Guess which one gets Shay's heart pounding?

This is the second book in the Kendrick Place series, following Mo
Angie Elle
Mar 17, 2017 Angie Elle rated it liked it
ARC provided by publisher.

I’ve been excited for The Bad Boy Next Door ever since I read the first book in this series, More Than Friends. And while this book was a decent read, it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Wyatt was introduced in book one as one of the residents as Kendrick Place, and he was very growly. Well, it’s a damn good thing I like growly heroes, because that growliness was in full force in this book. Wyatt is just about the growliest hero I’ve ever read. (That’s FOUR ‘growlies
3.5 stars

The Bad Boy Next Door was a sweet, fun and entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, it was well written, the drama wasn't over the top and my interest was held all throughout the book.
Wyatt and Shay were likable and entertaining characters and while I enjoyed watching them get together and did believe in their love I just wished I felt a little more passion from them.


Overall, The Bad Boy Next Door is a lovely Sunday afternoons read.

The Bad Boy Next Door is the second book from the Ken
Jan 30, 2017 Christy rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this continuation of Kendrick Place. When I saw there was a second book, I all but shouted, "Sign me up!"

Holford didn't disappoint. A light, fun read. Definitely recommend!
meeh insta love nya itu -.-
Mar 20, 2017 Suze rated it it was amazing
Shay wants to make it on her own. Her family is protective and they like to do everything for her, but she wants to prove she can also achieve something without them. That's why it's time for a new beginning. She's started a business and she's moved into her own apartment. She wants to be carefree and isn't looking for a relationship, but when she meets her neighbor Wyatt she can't help but feel something for him. He isn't the lighthearted fun type of guy though, will Shay follow her heart or ar ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 01, 2017 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
I loved Wyatt that man could provide for his woman, even though she didnt need providing for, "...grabbed his boxers. He pulled on the shirt he’d been wearing and grabbed a T-shirt from his drawer. Tossing it onto the bed, he winked at her. “I made you dinner. Unless you’re okay with eating naked, which is perfectly fine with me, put that on.” Wyatt is all about compromise, “like hell. Then someone else can look at your naked back all night? I don’t think so. I think you’ll just stand in front o ...more
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Mar 17, 2017 Beth ~ Panda & Boodle rated it really liked it
“When I’m around you, I feel like the world isn’t as bad as it seems.”

When I read books like this, I feel like the world isn't as bad as it seems. Because books like this are why I love romance. The Bad Boy Next Door is an adorable and super sweet read. Fluffy, light and fun.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and it was fantastic to return to Kendrick Place, especially seeing Gabby and Owen again, because *sigh* they are just so cute. This time though, we get to hang out with the gr
Mar 20, 2017 wrecked_life rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
Shay wants to break away from her over protective family. She wants a fresh start without any romantic entanglements. She wasn't expecting to meet anyone who would tempt her to lose focus.
Wyatt is a detective, he has recently finished an under cover job and just trying to get used to normal life. He is not ready for relationships. Right now he is learning to be social again. So when he meets his next door neighbor and is attracted to her, he just tries to ignore it. But will they both b
Mar 08, 2017 Tara rated it it was amazing
I love that this series is going to continue and keep us in Kendrick Place.
Holford introduces the reader to a new couple, while keeping us grounded in a setting we love and with glimpses of characters we've fallen for.
Wyatt really stood out to me in the first book, so I was happy to see him star on this one and see where his heart would take him. He seemed cold-hearted, but I knew there was more to him.
And there was! Wyatt's character is complex and one can start to see why is he the way he i
This was a nice antidote to all the broody, angst-y novels I've been reading lately. This book was a gentle read, with the steamy scenes held behind closed doors, which was fine. When you've got a heroine who comes from a wealthy, privileged background, that aspect can sometimes overtake the story. I'm happy to say that wasn't the case here. I don't like reading about spoiled, wealthy girls, and while Shay had it easy before, she was focused on not living the same kind of life, which was refresh ...more
Julie hillier
Feb 06, 2017 Julie hillier rated it it was amazing
To be in love is a feat in itself, to have your heart broken and come back from that and learn how to trust someone else with your heart is one of the scariest things in the world. But it can and does happen. It takes time and a heck of a lot of effort and when it does you just know.
Wyatt and Shay knew this the first time they spoke, but fought it at every turn, until they couldn't.
Jody has away of stealing your heart leaving you breathless and wanting more with every story she writes. I loved
Elizabeth Neal
Mar 25, 2017 Elizabeth Neal rated it really liked it
Shay is ready to embrace the new life she's planning, away from the overprotective eyes of her brothers. On moving day, she can't help but notice Brady, the building manager. He's nice, sweet, and, this is big, doesn't seem as if "he's an overbearing, I know best," alpha, like her brothers. Shay also meets a mysterious and sexy man that calls her on being alone in the underground garage, and moving her things, by herself. He definitely fits what she wants to avoid, but...

Wyatt, a Boston detectiv
Mar 23, 2017 Moriah rated it liked it
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**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I’m difficult to please when it comes to the alpha male stereotype presented in romance novels, but Holford did a phenomenal job of creating an alpha male without overdoing the trope. I fell easily into the story and finished it quickly.

Shay Matthews was tired of everyone telling her how to live her life. As the youngest and only girl in her family, she was tir
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 13, 2017 Bookgasms Book Blog rated it really liked it
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The Bad Boy Next Door is the second book in the Kendrick Place series, but it's the first one I've had the chance to read. I can promise you this works just fine as a standalone, but it made me curious and hungry for Gabby and Owen's story - so I'll definitely be circling back around to grab More Than Friends.

Here's the thing about Jody Holford books - they're consistently completely engaging and charming. I always go into them feeling unsure if this is going to click for me, and then every sin
Meghan Lloyd
Mar 11, 2017 Meghan Lloyd rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It had so many funny moments, where I related with the characters and wanted to jump into the story to join them. It's always amazing when an author can create a world that so tempts the reader.

Shay Matthews has just moved to Boston, escaping from a love affair gone wrong and an overprotective family. While moving in to her new apartment, she quickly realizes that making a fresh start is hard when temptation in the form of Wyatt Daniels is standing right in front of her. Wyatt i
Book Gannet
While I enjoyed the first book in this series (More Than Friends) and was intrigued by some of the other characters living at Kendrick Place, this book didn’t work for me. Once again the criminal subplot felt really tacked on, seeming like it was going somewhere at some point, only to fade away until it was needed to give Shay a reason to overreact. But it was the main characters and their lack of chemistry that really spoilt things for me.

Shay is ridiculously immature. It is kind of understanda
Feb 26, 2017 Bec rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

Being the baby of her family hasn't been easy for Shay Matthews, especially considering her three overprotective brothers. Needing her freedom and a chance to see if she can be more independent, instead of relying on her family so much, she moves to Boston. She never expected to meet a man that could convince her to take a chance on love again, but her smoking hot next door neighbor, Wyatt Daniels, manages to get under her skin. Will they both risk their hearts for the chance at happy e
That feeling when it's a glorious day out after endless rain and you feel so energized, you stroll along the street just because(!) and then a car sped by and splashed mud all over you ...and you went from happy to murderous; that's pretty much what I felt between starting and finishing The Bad Boy Next Door.

Don't get me wrong, it's an engaging story! Since reading More Than Friends I was sure there's more to the broody and mysterious tenant of Kendrick Place than glimpsed on that book, so I wa
Feb 02, 2017 Treena rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you!

This was my first book by Jody Holford.

I found this to be a light, fun and sweet read. I liked Shay. I liked Wyatt. I found myself thinking that this was like a "Sweet Dreams" novel but for adults because though each main character had their own issues, the story line never got heavy and overly dramatic, which I appreciated. And let's be clear, when I compared this book to having the feel of a "Sweet Dreams" book ... well, imo, this is a compliment because I
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Bad Boy Next Door was a very enjoyable story. Wyatt, a detective that had been working undercover; and Shay, an overprotected woman trying to Branch out and find herself along with her freedom to stretch her wings, brings a fun storyline to life.

This was my first read by Jody and I was overall pleased with the story. Jody has a great ability to write an alpha and brave heroine that doesn't get lost in the story of the alpha. Wyatt is pretty instantly attracted to Shay and wants to protect her wh
Feb 17, 2017 Carolyn's rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Loved revisiting the Kendrick Place and all the residents from More Than Friends. From the first book between Gabby and Owen, we meet both Brady (the mechanic and charmer) and Wyatt (the sexy, broody detective).

I loved Wyatt and his broodiness, his mystery, and sex appeal. I also LOVED that he was instantly intrigued by Shay when she was moving in and was off kilter around her. Shay is tired of overbearing, bossy and controlling people- aka her brother and parents- and wants to love a life of in
Feb 18, 2017 Synergy rated it really liked it
Nice contemporary romance. No one is insecure or petty. The hero, Wyatt, is a detective, recently returned from an undercover assignment, and the experience is still haunting him. The heroine, Shay, is from a wonderfully supportive family. The only problem is the support feels stifling and she feels like she has to create some distance, via a move, in order to stand on her own two feet.

If I had a criticism, it would be that while I liked Wyatt and Shay, I feel like she, and even he to some exten
Feb 04, 2017 poppy rated it it was amazing
Just loved this book read it cover to cover in one go could not put it down i just loved Wyatt he made the book for me.him and shay together was really sweet.A great book with super characters was an honest read about people trying to deal and get over their insecurities and their pasts.I would recommend this and cant wait to try more of Jody's books.
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