5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Boy Next Door
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2016 – 256 pgs


Life is full of surprises and, with luck, second chances.

After his father’s death, Lowell leaves the big city to help his sick mother in the conservative small town where he grew up. He’s shocked to find himself living next to none other than his childhood friend Jase. Lowell always had a crush on Jase, and the man has only gotten more attractive with age. Unfortunately Jase is straight, now divorced, and raising his six-year-old daughter. It’s nice to reconnect, but Lowell doesn’t see a chance for anything beyond friendship.

Until a night out together changes everything.

Jase can’t fight his growing feelings for Lowell, and he doesn’t want to give up the happy future they could have. But his ex-wife issues an ultimatum: he must keep his homosexuality secret or she’ll revoke his custody of their daughter, Layla. Now Jase faces an impossible choice: Lowell and the love he’s always wanted, or his daughter.

First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, 2011.

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This book is a book full of anguish, wanting, second guessing, fear, heart break, and love.

I was completely captivated by this book. From the very beginning of Lowell and Jase’s reunion all the way to the end. These two men feel so much for one another from almost the beginning of their reunion and more time is spent together I believe it gets harder and harder for them to deny those feelings. But as with any good book their are major obstacles standing in their way. Themain two being Jaces ex wife Karen and his little girl Laney. Not mention Lowells mother failing health and the uncertainty of it.

The question these two men need to ask themselves is are they willing to fight for what they have together or will they let someone else dictate their lives?

This was such a good story and I could totally see their possibly being some truth to the senerio that played out with Karen. I think that is what made this book so good. Kate McMurray did a great job on this book.



First let me say that I really love this authors writing style and this particle book was so amazing good that I just flew right through reading it. I love when the MC’s are childhood friends that and they manage to make a new relationship work, even if it’s a HFN ending. Don’t get me wrong they had their problems in the beginning, Jase being found out and Lowell with his issues about his father. I immediately fell in love with Lowell and Jase and it was great to see where the author chooses to take them. This book was sweet, endearing and very sexy and I hope the author gives us more of their story and I really want to read Neal’s story as well. Overall this was a really enjoyable book.



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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.

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