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A sexy and emotional Amazon Top 10 best seller from Ella James, USA Today best-selling author   

The boy next door. That's what he was. Dash Frasier - my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.  

No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That's why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me. Now I'm older. Wiser. I've just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.  

He's not the boy next door. Not anymore.  

I'm guarding my heart this time.  

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

©2017 Ella James (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Have tissues on hand.

The tears didn’t do more than brim my eyes through most of the story but near the end they broke over. EJ did a really good job of making me wonder ??? What was he hiding? Could it be that bad, he seemed to love her so much? At one point I thought I had it, I was so sure and was trying to guess how’d she’d react. But I was wrong. My poor little heart broke for both of them when he gave her his shame. I loved that EJ gave them a bird theme it was cute and sweetened things. His nickname for her and them always sitting on the roof. I read this right after Crowns Jewels so this is now my second EJ book and so far I like her style. It’s not what I would consider dark but it’s not fluffy clouds and fairy tales. It’s got more of a yeah I think this could be a true story vibe. JFH & AV also did great work on the audio they sounded great together.

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Thought provoking,filled w/unlikely sadness to HEA

First of all, the narrators deserve recognition for a great job!!! As we all know, narration can make or break any story so well deserved kudos to the narrators for a rendition that added to the writing.

The book is one of those I call a "This but That" or a "Wish I shoulda, coulda, woulda..." kind of tale. There are so many facets to the story that a person can see the different motives and even assign blame to each character. However, as I have lived life I have come to the realization that blame is useless waste of energy unless we learn from it. There are many victims in this novel including the most deeply disturbed character (who will remain nameless to avoid ruining it for prospective readers). Someting made that person that way and s/he needs professional help. One other life lesson I could identify with is how secrets, while painful to reveal, can actually cause more damage in the long run as they eat away at individuals and families if left unrevealed. Even though this tale ends with a HEA for the main characters, I was still left with a somewhat sick feeling in my stomach and pervasive thoughts about the book. These thoughts led to the "this person could/should have done this/that but was influenced by this/that/who" which leads me to my characterization at the beginning of the paragraph of the novel. But it is a mark of a good book that makes us think, IMO.

While I felt this was a well written story with much creative imagination, I deducted one point due to an underlying feeling of being emotionally manipulated by several unlikely events of the novel. There are too many sad aspects to both Ammy's and Dash's life, the unlikiness of how they meet up again later in life, the timing of the event just prior to their first date upon their reconciliation plus many other events. The plethora of sad events made me think no one has this much unrelieved sadness in their lives. In fact, the only purely positive relationship in their lives were each other and that got trashed early on as well. Then I could identify with Ammy's feelings but struggled to understand all of Dash's decisions. It might be reasonable that a 64 year old female would find it difficult to identify with an 18 year old male mind but I have a son with whom I have almost always had a close and sympathico relationship.

In the end, that 4 star rating is more of a 3.5. Would I read another book by this author? Yes but will hope it will be thought provoking and with a HEA without the overwhelming sadness I found in this one.

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Not your typical boy next door.

What a tragically beautiful love story. Its heart breaking at times and definitely has the ability to cause intense emotional reaction. I loved the main characters and it was easy to share in their emotional turmoil and enjoy their love story. The narrators did an amazing job telling the story. I highly recommend this story.

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Story was ok

But listening for 5 1/2 hours to find out the “hero’s” big secret. Very frustrating and anti-climatic. Dash’s character was weak & pathetic. I’d pass on this installment of the series.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Excellent read

Great book, not just cookie cutter. Flawed characters make it realistic.
Excellent narration. Worth the credit.

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Couldn’t get behind the hero

I couldn’t forgive the hero. His reasoning fell flat for me. I was disgusted and if I was in the heroines shoes would have ran far and fast away! I didn’t mind the story until they revealed the hero’s problem and wanted to puke

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A MUST READ!

I'm left speechless! I loved their story. I felt with the both of them. I was mad with Amelia and sad with Dash. By the end I was in Love and wanted more.

For anyone who is wondering if they need to read the other book before you read this you don't have to, this is a complete standalone.

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Love Ella

I just love all of Ella James novels. Thank you Ella for the rubies, tears, joy, and amazing love stories.

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TRULY A GREAT STORY!!!

Wow, I truly loved this book. It was my first with J.F. Harding narrating and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked his voice. Both narrators did an excellent job. The story was different and the truth about his past was something I didn't see coming.