The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols. YA, published by Simon Pulse.
Cute, available, and one cabin over…
Lori lives for summertime at her family’s lake house. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends–including the two hotties in the cabin next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori’s always been one of the guys.
But while Lori and the “baby” brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can’t deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean’s been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.
But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she’s girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girl friend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard…
I really enjoyed this book when it was first published (2007) for what it was — light-hearted YA as evidenced by the comic-style art on the cover. This morning I skimmed the first several chapters, and while they were fine, they didn’t appeal enough to make me want to re-read or think it merited some of the scarce shelf space I have left.
Dancing Moon by Barbara Samuel. American Western, pre-Civil War. A lot of readers adore Samuel’s older historical novels and more recent women’s fiction, and well as her categories and contemporaries under the pseudonym Ruth Wind. Her WF is very hit or miss for me (mostly miss) and this is the second or third historical I’ve tried; I tried In the Midnight Rain, which I liked but did not adore the way most readers did. I think I need to just accept that she’s not a writer to my taste, no matter how other readers adore her In the Midnight Rain or Bed of Spices. Also, using the phrase “kindly slave” in the first paragraph really put my back up as a reader, which I’m sure contributed to the abandonment after four chapters.
Jigsaw by Kathleen Nance. This could be an awesome book, but I’m feeling pretty jaded about the NSA right now, so an NSA agent hero alienates me from the outside.
Forbidden and Embraced by Love by Suzanne Brockmann. Older categories that have been reissued. I read these at some point back when Brockmann was an auto-buy; I wish she’d write more straight contemporaries and move away from the Troubleshooter/FBI/law enforcement-ish stuff (for a variety of reasons).
The Comeback of Con MacNeill by Virginia Kantra. Another category that people seem to love. Meh.