jules0623's Reviews > The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Apr 09, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: abuse, misogyny, break-up-make-up, friends-to-lovers, bigotry, relationship-m-m

** spoiler alert ** I liked the blurb, the writing was good, and the characters weren't cardboard cut outs despite the check list of m/m fiction cliches that I was able to tick off here.

Jase, in particular, was a character who didn't suddenly accept his sexuality with open arms, he struggled with it, and I liked that until his loyalty to his ex and determination to stand by a promise he made to her turned him into a bit of an asshole. He blamed Lowell for all his problems, made excuses for himself and his ex-wife (it was okay for him to hurt Lowell and for his ex to behave the way she was because he was breaking his promise to her by not living in stasis), and worse, didn't even apologise for it or admit to himself he was in the wrong. He didn't really show much growth by the end of the book. Lowell was still a dirty little secret from everyone but those who already knew and, tbh, I didn't really believe that was ever going to change.

And Lowell took him back after all the blame Jase hurled at him. I liked Lowell up until that moment. I came away from the book hating Jase and incredibly disappointed in Lowell.

There was a lot of time spent on secondary characters and plotlines that went nowhere that could have been devoted to the MCs as well.

tl;dr It was pretty good up until 3/4 of the way through then I wanted to punch holes in my wall.
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Boy Next Door.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

April 9, 2012 – Shelved
July 1, 2012 – Started Reading
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: abuse
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: misogyny
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: break-up-make-up
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: friends-to-lovers
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: bigotry
July 1, 2012 – Shelved as: relationship-m-m
July 1, 2012 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.