The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray ~ Book Review by Queue

BoyTitle: The Boy Next Door

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/22/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Life is full of surprises and, with luck, second chances.

After his father’s death, Lowell leaves the big city to help his sick mother in the conservative small town where he grew up. He’s shocked to find himself living next to none other than his childhood friend Jase. Lowell always had a crush on Jase, and the man has only gotten more attractive with age. Unfortunately Jase is straight, now divorced, and raising his six-year-old daughter. It’s nice to reconnect, but Lowell doesn’t see a chance for anything beyond friendship.

Until a night out together changes everything.

Jase can’t fight his growing feelings for Lowell, and he doesn’t want to give up the happy future they could have. But his ex-wife issues an ultimatum: he must keep his homosexuality secret or she’ll revoke his custody of their daughter, Layla. Now Jase faces an impossible choice: Lowell and the love he’s always wanted, or his daughter.

My View:

I loved this book when it first came out years back and I loved it just as much this time. Kate McMurray crafted a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance that totally warmed my heart.

I love Lowell and Jase right from the start. Their chemistry was off the charts. I don’t normally like stories with kids in them but Jase’s daughter was cute and realistic and never came off as annoying.

The relationship moved at the right pacing though I wanted them together much sooner than it actually happened.

My biggest complaint of the story is Jase’s ex-wife. In today’s world I don’t buy that she would represent a viable threat to custody.

Not one of McMurray’s best but still one of my favorites.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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