E-galley Review: The Boy Next Door (If You Can Prequel Novella) by Cheryl Terra

Posted February 15, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  The Boy Next Door (If You Can Prequel Novella) by Cheryl TerraThe Boy Next Door by Cheryl Terra
Series: If You Can #0.5
Published by Bang It Out Writing on February 16, 2024
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance, NA Romantic Comedy
Pages: 178
Source: InkSlingerPR
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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Nellie Belanger never intended to start university as a virgin. But even though she’s determined to have her first time before the summer is over, she has two requirements:

1. She doesn’t want to end up in a relationship.
2. She wants it to be a little more special than “we met at a nightclub and I’m pretty sure your name starts with an N.”

Which shouldn’t be that hard to find… right? After all, all she wants is a no-strings-attached hook up that isn’t completely anonymous.

Someone who she can have fun with and who won’t spread rumours about her.

Someone who would be a bit more memorable than a generic guy in a backwards hat that looks completely different once they step out of the dim lighting of a bar.

Someone who knows what he’s doing so her first time won’t suck as much as everyone says the first time does.

Someone kind of like the boy next door, her best friend’s older brother with the great smile and reputation for sleeping around.

And who just so happens to be the guy she’s crushed on since she was a kid…

The Boy Next Door is the spicy prequel to the If You Can series, taking place 3 years before Kiss Me If You Can, a spicy unconventional romance coming April 12, 2024. Please see book interior or author’s website for all content warnings.

I loved this one! I was giggling from the first time I picked it up. The meet cute between Nellie and JP, of course it was when she was a little girl and he was the 12 year old or whatever older brother of her new best friend, it had me laughing out loud! Then there were all the crazy dates that Nellie went on trying to lose her virginity before college, especially after what happened with her ex. There was a lot more than just humor though. Between Nellie’s family and the things that happened along the way with her and them, as well as the crazy guys on the dates, there was a lot going on.

It was definitely a very spicy book for sure though! So if you prefer closed door, you might not be a fan of this. However, this was right up my alley for the type of romance I enjoy. I totally understood Nellie’s thoughts and how she felt about that type of a relationship and guys. And JP was so much fun to see how things went with him, both in his older brother character as well as possibly more than that now that Nellie was grown up and he was too.

I know this is my first book by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last, in fact I see several listed on Goodreads that I need to go back and get my hands on! And I’m very excited for the next book to see just how these two can reconnect and see where they can go! This will be another favorite of the year for me probably!

Cheryl Terra writes romantic and adult fiction with drama, sass, and a whole lot of… spice. Emotional and humorous, her books focus on contemporary relationships, inclusive characters, and happily ever afters. Living with her husband in northern Alberta, Canada, Cheryl relies on the heat between her quirky and memorable characters to help keep the gas bill down in the winter.

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12 responses to “E-galley Review: The Boy Next Door (If You Can Prequel Novella) by Cheryl Terra

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much and I love that feeling of discovering a new to you author and then realizing there are plenty more books you can pick up by that author. This sounds like a solid prequel and hopefully the first book is just as good.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, it was pretty spicy in several parts, but good too! I get that not everyone needs the actual spice. And honestly, I’m almost skipping over it at times too depending on my mood.

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