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Monday, January 17, 2011

Boys Next Door by Sierra Dafoe

Boys Next Door by Sierra Dafoe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (78 pages)
Other: Voyeurism, ménage, M/F, M/F/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed By Myrtle

Love takes courage. Loving two men takes twice as much.

At seventeen, Tommy Ambinder was Annie Parsons’ first love, the center of her world. Almost. There was a secret spot reserved for Judah, Tommy’s elder brother. On the day she discovered Judah wanted her, as well, the aftermath drove Annie out of town—and a wedge between the men she loved.

Now, haunted by guilt, Annie has returned to Melgrove, Montana, with one hope in her heart—that twenty years has overcome the rift between the Ambinder boys. If they’ve mended fences, maybe she can repair her own life too.

Tommy’s missed Annie all these years, but he never realized how much until one glimpse reignites the passion that time hasn’t quenched. Something else hasn’t changed, either—half of her heart still belongs to Judah.

Now, with Annie poised to run again, history is threatening to repeat itself—unless one of them has the courage to break free of the pattern and blaze a new trail that’s wide enough for all three.

Wow, talk about some emotion filled choices when you have two brothers who grow up loving the same girl. Even more emotional is when the seventeen-year-old girl, Annie, is torn between the love she has for Tommy, her best friend and childhood sweetheart, and her love for his older brother Judah who has always stood on the sideline watching over them. When she realizes that she is tearing the brothers apart she runs away from home not wanting to be the one to cause a wedge between the two. Now, twenty years later she comes back home to see if the brothers have mended fences and moved on with their lives.

I loved the plot and the idea of two brothers growing up and falling in love with the same woman. The emotional scenes played out in the book where heart felt and believable. The characters were all loveable and you cannot help but wish for the best for Judah, Tommy, and Annie. The scene changes were a little jumpy in places and I had to go back and re-read a time or two to see if I was in the present or the past but it did not take a way from the story itself.

The sex scenes were hot with twenty years of pent up feelings, but did not go overboard or take away the overall emotional feeling of the plot. They just added spice to the meal. I was disappointed that the book was a short story -- I wanted more! -- and I would have like to have seen the plot played out more, but other than that, it was well-written and a story I would definitely recommend.

Boys Next Door is worthy of my keeper shelf and a nice addition to my library, something that will be read again some time down the road.

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