Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Geek Next Door

Title: The Geek Next Door
Author: Lauren Fraser
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publisher URL: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-59578-780-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Erin Sharp has only ever seen her neighbor Dylan as a friend. She loves the relaxing time they spend together, just hanging out and having fun as it allows her to escape the confines of her intense job. A high powered lawyer just craving to make partner, Erin loves what she does and is willing to prove to her boss that she will do anything it takes to get to the top. She just appreciates being able to step back from all the pressure once in a while.

Dylan Crane fell head over heels in love with Erin the moment he first saw her but in the last two years of being neighbors, he seems to have been permanently relegated to friend status. When he spots his chance to prove just how good things could be between them, he’s blown away by Erin’s reaction. It seems both of them have been hiding things from one another but can their relationship survive the change from friendship to something more?

The Geek Next Door delves into the lives of two best friends physically drawn to each other in a way that will change their relationship forever. There is a very nice flow to this story, as well as some good relationship advice about accepting your partner for who they are and not trying to change them into the person you want them to be. Dylan is a lovable guy whose unrequited love for the object of his desire pulled at the heart strings. Erin is a woman who certainly delights in the power she can command, both in the office and in the bedroom, but Dylan can bring out her more relaxed, fun side. They are seemingly well matched, although as their relationship develops, we start to see that perhaps Erin is not as perfect as Dylan first though. Some bad choices are made and there is a shift of power as Erin realizes just how much her friend means to her. I really liked the message of acceptance that both characters learn by the end of this story.

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