|The Boys Next Door|
Annie is a teenager in love with two brothers. Whilst dating Tommy at 17, she does the unthinkable and falls in love with his big brother Judah as well. When Tommy comes across them having sex, she flees her hometown distraught at having ripped apart the brothers. Twenty years later, she returns to her hometown to see if she can alleviate some of the guilt by seeing that they are OK. Unfortunately, they are both still pining for their first love, the one woman who ran off from them without a goodbye or an explanation.
Jonah has loved Annie for as long as he can remember. He loves his brother to distraction and his first thoughts on seeing her is to protect Tommy from her, whilst burying down his own joy at seeing her again. Tommy’s first reaction is to try to have sex with her again, which he manages to persuade her to do. It is clear to both the brothers that they still having feelings for her and that she still has feelings for the pair of them. Judah is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of his baby brother and so is willing to step aside. Annie knows taht she will never be happy with only one of the brothers. It takes each one of them a talk with the boys intuitive mother to realise what they need to do.
For such a short story, this certainly packs an emotional punch. My heart bled for Judah. He loved her with all his heart, couldn’t even bring himself to try to imagine his life with anyone else, yet he isn’t willing to hurt his brother again by fighting for her. Annie is so torn that she is literally stuck. She came back to the town, driven by love for them both to make sure they are OK. When Judah lies to her at the beginning of the story about Tommy having found love, she is genuinely happy for him. She can never choose so the only way for her to be happy is for them to be happy. When she finds out neither of them are, she is thrust back twenty years.
The story is well crafted and sucks you into this whole mess the characters have created. It is very short but it didn’t suffer for it. There are sex scenes, some individual and some ménage, but they are quite sweet (well sweet for a ménage :D). The chemistry is well written, but the book was so emotional that I found myself more relieved they were trying to find happiness, than hot and bothered by the sex. I recommend it to people who like a good story with a side of sex. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Can be bought on Amzon for kindle and allromanceebooks for everything else.
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