Next to You by Daisy Prescott

A man and a woman embrace. Her back is to his front. He kisses her shoulder.Book: Next to You

Series:  Love with Altitude novel #1

Author: Daisy Prescott

Release date: 5 July 2016

Main characters: Stan Barnard, aka Lee, (aka Stan man-bun) bartender and rugby player. Sage Blum, his neighbour and quite possibly the woman of his dreams.

Blurb: “If you want to date me, all you need to do is say the word. I’d never let you go.”

I added Sage to my rugby club’s annual list of women who are off limits thinking I could protect her from the gorillas I play with. Aspen’s a small town in the off season when the dating pool shrinks to the size of a melted snowflake. Never did I think I’d be the one to break the code and date her.

Even if it’s all for show. A wager between friends. An excuse to hang out with her more.

Nothing more than that.
Right?

***

Who agrees to date their best friend over a green smoothie? Apparently this girl right here.

Now the man-bun-sporting South African rugby god next door is my fake boyfriend. I need to rebuild my confidence after some poor dating decisions. Who could be better to fluff my ego than Aspen’s hottest bachelor?

This situation is a win-win.
Right?

Why you should read it: I’ve been binge-reading Daisy Prescott books like it’s the end of the world or something. They’re always fun, always smart and romantic as hell, without being over the top or too schmaltzy. I loved this one for its warmth and its characters. I liked that Stan has vulnerabilities and wasn’t afraid to show them to Sage. I enjoyed their playful banter and friendship. It made their blossoming relationship that much more satisfying when it got going. There was no major angst or overblown misunderstandings, just an honest-to-goodness story about a fun couple deciding that they may actually be more than friends.

What you may not like: Hunky South African rugby players with a man-bun not your thing? Ooh well, don’t read this book then! I enjoyed this story and its setting so much that I can’t think of any negatives. The story didn’t drag – it wasn’t drama central, and the heroine wasn’t annoying. All of these things usually impair my enjoyment of a book, and not one of those issues could be found here.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly sweet read that will make you go awww as well as make your toes curl (if ya know what I mean…).

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