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Finding Mr. Right Next Door

(Firefighters of Station 1 #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  87 reviews
For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between
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Published May 11th 2020 by Entangled: Lovestruck
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Gabriela Rovi
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for kindly providing an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I am super upset I didn't like this book! The premise and the description sounded just up my alley, but unfortunate the execution was not there. The main characters, Lexi and Matt, were unlikeable, especially Matt I could not even handle his POV. The first to lovers and forced proximity tropes are both set-ups I enjoy. Unfortunately, the characters don't hold up the story. The development of their
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2020
3.5 Stars

Cute but I really wanted more. It's a short read that you can knock out quickly, it made me laugh and smile and it's a fun story to pull you out of the troubles of every day life.

!!!I was given this in exchange for an honest review!!!
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
I have seen this author’s books around on Goodreads and Amazon, but this is the first one I have read. Now I discovered that she has six kids! Six!! My gosh I have two kids and can’t find the time lately to even do a read and review, let alone write a million books! Hats off to her!! Anyway, I was in the mood for a romance and this one was a really cute friends-to-lovers tale!

Lexi and Matt have been best friends since they were kids, but never thought of themselves in THAT way. Well, they never
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a couple of books I unfortunately could not get into, I was happy to start and finish this book in just one day! Hence the 5 stars :-) Plus the fact I love friends-to-lovers books, but only when done right. And this one I really enjoyed.

Lexi and Matt have been friends since they were 5 years old and lived next door to each other. And they still live next door and also work for the Fire Department, Matt as a firefighter. And they share a dog! At the start of the book Lexi unfortunately sta
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Sarah Ballance and when I have the opportunity, I snap her books up! I love the best friends living to close trope and this book has that. After growing up together from age 5, the two shared most everything. Now as adults, neighbors and co-workers, they share just about everything else, including a dog. She does his laundry and cleans, in return he cooks. Her reputation in the kitchen isn't exactly stellar. After an attempt at cooking sets her kitchen on fire, the sensible thing is for h ...more
Sara Oxton
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Mr Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance a five-star read that will warm your heart. I adore Lexi Dean, she reminded me so much of myself in some ways, she just warmed me and the fear that she has, I can totally get that, loosing Elsie alone would be enough to scare me away. This was sweet and funny, and had the best heart, it made me think twice and hold my breath several times. Overall, it’s just a nice sweet read with some steam to keep you hooked. I will be looking for more form this aut ...more
Kate Grand {A Grand Romance}
A friends-to-lovers story that isn’t very friendly

Publish date: May 11, 2020

Sarah Ballance’s Finding Mr. Right Next Door involves Lexi and Matt who have been friends for years. They both work at the firehouse and there’s an ongoing “joke” from Matt about Lexi not being able to cook. Unfortunately, Matt’s jokes come across as really mean-spirited and he pretty much brings her to tears several times. Not a great friend in my opinion. Because of this I had a hard time buying into the romance betwee
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lexi and Matt have been LexiandMatt since childhood. And while he sows more than his fair share of wild oats - Lexi has always been the quiet romantic of the two. But when she accidentally burns down her kitchen - she stays with Matt... Maybe all this togetherness isn’t such a great plan after all...

Well... this was definitely a romcom. Friends to lovers with a dash of forced proximity - complete with awkward, almost nudity and intimidation and irritation of each other’s dates. Overall, it was l
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it

Lexi and Matt have been best friends since childhood. As adults they live next door to each other, work in similar career fields and even share a dog! When a kitchen fire causes Lexi to need to move in with Matt, sparks begin to fly. But would a romantic relationship ruin their friendship??

I’m not too proud to say that this cover totally got me with the sexy fireman situation. And I adore a friends- lovers romance. At about halfway through this book really delivered on the steam and roman
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ng, romance
You know how the classic writing advice is "show, not tell"? That advice was not followed here. The author alternates POV and explains the characters' fairly simple conflict over and over and over... Also, the dialogue between them often turns kind of mean and junior-high-esque, even though they are supposedly lifelong best friends. And speaking of junior high, how likely is it that nothing ever happened between them when they were hormonal teenagers?

Anyway, the supporting characters were the hi
Finding Mr. Right Next Door is an adult contemporary romance by Sarah Ballance. This book was the perfect feel good read. It is a standalone that is part of entangled's Lovestruck imprint line. I love that Entangled has so many different romance imprints, because there is sure to be something for every reader and every mood. The lovestruck imprint is one of their romantic comedy lines, which is right up my alley. According to the engtangled website, their Lovestruck books typically have a "memor ...more
Sharon Tyler
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Finding Mr. Right Next Door is the second book in the Firefighters of Station 1 series by Sarah Ballance and currently scheduled for release on May 11 2020. You can read each book as a stand alone, but there a few spoilers if you read out of order.

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again? They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Lexi is clearly not a baker... or a cook. It's well known that she should not be allowed in the kitchen. Which is kind of ironic since she works at a firehouse and her best friend/neighbor is a firefighter. But I suppose we all have our strong points, and clearly being a domestic goddess is not one of hers. So, needless to say, it comes to no surprise when Lexi manages to set her kitchen on fire when trying to bake a simple tart. Which is how she ends up crashing at her best friend's place, who ...more
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so maybe the previous read books have an impact on my reviewing but contrary to many other negative reviews on Goodreads, I actually liked the book. Maybe it’s because the previous books I’ve read didn’t suck me in the story enough and that one did.

It’s a friends to lovers story which is not at all my favourite trope but this one is done well. It makes me actually think that maybe I should read more books with this trope…

Lexi is a clumsy woman who after one unfortunate incident finds herse
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

I have been craving steamy romance and I finally got it! 😍😍

things I liked:
x the banter, always!
x the steamy sexy scenes were v steamy
x Elsie was the quirkiest and most eccentric fictional grandma I have encountered; loved all of her scenes
x the character developments
x how Lexi and Matt's friendship was everything to them

things I didn't like:
x I had the feeling their jobs were just there for them ha
Pelusa Rivera
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute between friends to lovers.. Lexi and Matt have been best friends forever and everyone around them sees them as having a relationship, more than just friends. Matt is not the type to have a relationship he is happy with his manho status until he sees that his Lexi is going on a date and a cop to boot. He is a firefighter so what can Lexi be doing with him, while supposedly just trying to make sure she is safe ends up crashing her date and as these two bicker they realize that ther ...more
Mariah Osenga
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was completely taken by this book. Could not put it down. I felt as if I was completely connected to the characters and could feel every emotion and spark between them.
Matt and Lexi are two best friends that are blind to the real, lifelong companionship that is truly between them; the kind that others would kill for. Everyone around them can see it but them, until one fateful event causes them to see what could be right in front of them. However, is it worth risking everything they already ha
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

It's been a while since I've read a book by Sarah Ballance. I don't know why her books fell off my radar, but I'm happy I came across Finding Mr. Right Next Door. This romance was exactly the type I was looking for: fun, light, fast-paced, and sweet. I loved the whole best friends to lovers trope that was going on here. Matt and Lexi were just too cute for words.

There are only two things I can find fault w
Wendy Keel
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun easy read that leaves you smiling and eager to read more. This is part of a series but I did not feel I missed any of the story by not reading the previous book. I do plan to find it and read it now though and can't wait to read more from this author and in this series. I really enjoyable read with a happily ever after and a truly hilarious grandma who I hope shows up again. ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full review appeared at Reader's Edyn on 05/17/20

Lexie isn’t known for her cooking prowess. A disaster in the kitchen she might be, but she is determined to bake a successful version of Matt’s grandmother’s tart. Big mistake. All she is left with is a flaming kitchen, a ruined family heirloom tart pan, and all of her co-workers on her front porch dousing the inferno. The most sensible plan is to move next door with her best friend, Matt, during the renovations. After a bit of hesitation, she con
Tammy Jones
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be my last!
Lexi Dean and Matt Freeman have been best friends since before Matt's parents were killed in a car crash. Lexi's parents helped Matt's grandmother raise him so they were always in each other's lives, it seemed. As adults, Lexi and Matt seemed joined at the hip....they lived next door to each other, shared a dog, a
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Friends to lovers is one of my favourite romance novel themes. In this story, not only are Lexi and Matt best friends, but they also happen to live next door to one another. They've been friends since they were small children and this is one of the reasons that they've never taken their relationship down a romantic path, they're already like a married couple and they seem to be the only ones that can't see that they really should be together. It isn't until Lexi starts to look elsewhere for a bi ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ah! I came into this with the full expectation of angst, witty banter and friends to lovers excellence and that’s exactly what I got. I’m so happy I could fly, no kidding!

Matt and Lexi are by far one of my favourite couples - Lexi as a heroine is witty, hilarious and so so caring while Matt is sarcastic, just the right amount of cocky with that soft spot for our main girl. Oh and did I mention he’s a firefighter? Absolutely sold.

Even the secondary characters were great. I loved Elsie’s hilariou
Lauriane (L.M. Durand)
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This story evolves around firefighters so get ready because it's about to get hot in here...

Saying that Lexi isn't a great cook is an understatement. She burned down her kitchen when she tries to make a pie. Fortunately for her, Matt, neighbor, best friend, co-worker, and firefighter (Yes, he is all that!), arrives in time to get her away from the immediate danger.

Unable to return to her apartment, Matt offers her to stay at his place. After all, they're best friends, work at the same place, sh
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. There wasn't anything I didn't see coming and the conflict felt too contrived and something a simple conversation could have ended (in chapter 2). But putting the very weak stakes aside, it was a cute read. Some of the friends were a little extra and overdramatized. Some of the jokes went on and on and on. But there were enough cute moments to pull me through. Also, the hero wasn't a hero. And the whole "I can make life or death decisions but I can't make a decision with her" ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for this friends to lovers romance!

Lexi and Matt have been friends since they were in diapers ... the best of friends. When Lexi catches her kitchen on fire and she has to move out of her house, she moves in with her next door neighbour Matt ... that's right they're neighbours that even share a dog! But then they begin to notice each other ... I mean REALLY notice other, neither one wants to give in afraid that they will ruin their friendship forever.

This is a light fun read that will ha
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader's copy of Finding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first book that I have read by Sarah Ballance and I was pleasantly surprised to find an enjoyable new author to follow. [I can't wait to read this series' first novel!!]

Overall, I felt this was a solid romance and I found it to be well written. I especially liked the primary and secondary characters' interactions and found their bant
Kari Hansen
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things that Lexi is good at, but cooking isn’t one of them. She was trying to surprise her best friend Matt by cooking his favorite recipe from his Grandma Elsie but all she has to show for her efforts is a fire in her kitchen and needing a place to stay for three weeks while it gets renovated.

Matt has been Lexi’s best friend for years so when she is talking about moving in with her parents who live an hour away he is more than happy to offer her the use of his guest room. Eve
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a perfectly pleasant friends-to-lovers romance, with some forced proximity thrown in for good measure.

Lexi and Matt have been friends since childhood. Everyone knows they belong together, everyone can see they'd be perfect for each other. Everyone, except Lexi and Matt themselves.

I loved their friendship, and I could definitely understand why it took them so long to give in to romantic feelings, with neither wanting to risk what they have for an unsure thing.

Aside from the frankly un
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Lexi and Matt have been best friends since as long as they can remember. They live next door to each other and also work at the same Firehouse.

However it is only when Lexi, who is really bad at cooking, burns down her kitchen and moves in with Matt does their relationship take a change.

With Lexi liking Romance films and having signed up tp a dating site and having her first date with a cop, Matt's teasing eventually
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