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Peek Inside Finding Mr. Right Next Door

Burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in with her sexy as sin, totally off-limits best friend until her house is livable again? Utter madness.

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For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful...


“While reading this story there were so many times I laughed until I was almost choking and had tears streaming down my face. At one point it was so funny I had to call my sister and read portions aloud to her.” --Suzette P., Goodreads

I stayed up all night to finish reading this. I loved the humor.” --Stormy F., Goodreads

“Finding Mr. Right Next Door is a steamy romantic read that is sure to warm your heart. A sweet and funny story that you are sure to get lost in and leave you wanting more.” --P.L., Goodreads

Elsie! Best grandma character ever written! Freaking loved her!” --Heidi S., NetGalley

I laughed out loud throughout this entire book! Rom-coms don’t get any better!” --Erika C., NetGalley

Such an enjoyable book to read! Funny, and once I started reading it, I could not stop.” --Gwen R., Goodreads

“Finding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it for any romance fan.” --Kel M., Goodreads

A fast paced and entertaining read!” --Rachel K., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815526
Series: Firefighters of Station 1, Book 2
Release Date: May 11, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: boy next door, forbidden love/off limits

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3.5 Stars

Cute but I really wanted more. It's a short read that you can knock out quickly, it made me laugh and smile and it's a fun story to pull you out of the troubles of every day life.

!!!I was given this in exchange for an honest review!!! ...more

By Melissa June 13, 2020

I have seen this author’s books around on Goodreads and Amazon, but this is the first one I have read. Now I discovered that she has six kids! Six!! My gosh I have two kids and can’t find the time lately to even do a read and review, let alone write a million books! Hats off to her!! Anyway, I was i ...more

By Bookgyrl April 18, 2020

After a couple of books I unfortunately could not get into, I was happy to start and finish this book in just one day! Hence the 5 stars :-) Plus the fact I love friends-to-lovers books, but only when done right. And this one I really enjoyed.

Lexi and Matt have been friends since they were 5 years ...more

By Sara April 19, 2020

Finding Mr Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance a five-star read that will warm your heart. I adore Lexi Dean, she reminded me so much of myself in some ways, she just warmed me and the fear that she has, I can totally get that, loosing Elsie alone would be enough to scare me away. This was sweet and f ...more

By Michelle May 15, 2020

Finding Mr. Right Next Door is an adult contemporary romance by Sarah Ballance. This book was the perfect feel good read. It is a standalone that is part of entangled's Lovestruck imprint line. I love that Entangled has so many different romance imprints, because there is sure to be something for ev ...more

Okay, so maybe the previous read books have an impact on my reviewing but contrary to many other negative reviews on Goodreads, I actually liked the book. Maybe it’s because the previous books I’ve read didn’t suck me in the story enough and that one did.

It’s a friends to lovers story which is not a ...more

By Pelusa May 25, 2020

This was a cute between friends to lovers.. Lexi and Matt have been best friends forever and everyone around them sees them as having a relationship, more than just friends. Matt is not the type to have a relationship he is happy with his manho status until he sees that his Lexi is going on a date a ...more

By Mariah April 16, 2020

I was completely taken by this book. Could not put it down. I felt as if I was completely connected to the characters and could feel every emotion and spark between them.
Matt and Lexi are two best friends that are blind to the real, lifelong companionship that is truly between them; the kind that o ...more

By Deanna (A Novel Glimpse) April 24, 2020

Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

It's been a while since I've read a book by Sarah Ballance. I don't know why her books fell off my radar, but I'm happy I came across Finding Mr. Right Next Door. This romance was exactly the type I was lookin ...more

By Wendy May 19, 2020

A fun easy read that leaves you smiling and eager to read more. This is part of a series but I did not feel I missed any of the story by not reading the previous book. I do plan to find it and read it now though and can't wait to read more from this author and in this series. I really enjoyable read ...more

By Kendra May 17, 2020

Full review appeared at Reader's Edyn on 05/17/20

Lexie isn’t known for her cooking prowess. A disaster in the kitchen she might be, but she is determined to bake a successful version of Matt’s grandmother’s tart. Big mistake. All she is left with is a flaming kitchen, a ruined family heirloom tart p ...more

By Tammy April 23, 2020

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be my last!
Lexi Dean and Matt Freeman have been best friends since before Matt's parents were killed in a car crash. Lexi's pa ...more

By Kelly-Jo May 09, 2020

Friends to lovers is one of my favourite romance novel themes. In this story, not only are Lexi and Matt best friends, but they also happen to live next door to one another. They've been friends since they were small children and this is one of the reasons that they've never taken their relationship ...more

By Tina April 25, 2020

Ah! I came into this with the full expectation of angst, witty banter and friends to lovers excellence and that’s exactly what I got. I’m so happy I could fly, no kidding!

Matt and Lexi are by far one of my favourite couples - Lexi as a heroine is witty, hilarious and so so caring while Matt is sarc ...more

By Lauriane (L.M. Durand) May 11, 2020

This story evolves around firefighters so get ready because it's about to get hot in here...

Saying that Lexi isn't a great cook is an understatement. She burned down her kitchen when she tries to make a pie. Fortunately for her, Matt, neighbor, best friend, co-worker, and firefighter (Yes, he is all ...more

By ShinyObject April 26, 2020

I received an advanced reader's copy of Finding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first book that I have read by Sarah Ballance and I was pleasantly surprised to find an enjoyable new author to follow. [I can't wait t ...more

By Kari May 09, 2020

There are a lot of things that Lexi is good at, but cooking isn’t one of them. She was trying to surprise her best friend Matt by cooking his favorite recipe from his Grandma Elsie but all she has to show for her efforts is a fire in her kitchen and needing a place to stay for three weeks while it g ...more

By Terry April 19, 2020

4 Stars for this friends to lovers romance!

Lexi and Matt have been friends since they were in diapers ... the best of friends. When Lexi catches her kitchen on fire and she has to move out of her house, she moves in with her next door neighbour Matt ... that's right they're neighbours that even shar ...more

By Heidi June 12, 2020

This was a perfectly pleasant friends-to-lovers romance, with some forced proximity thrown in for good measure.

Lexi and Matt have been friends since childhood. Everyone knows they belong together, everyone can see they'd be perfect for each other. Everyone, except Lexi and Matt themselves.

I loved ...more

By Misty August 04, 2020

This was the first book I have read by this author and I really liked getting to know Matt and Lexi. Lexi was forced to move in with Matt after she burned down her kitchen trying to make his grandmother's tart. Oh yea they have been friends since childhood and have been practically inseparable.

Watc ...more

By Misty August 05, 2020

This was the first book I have read by this author and I really liked getting to know Matt and Lexi. Lexi was forced to move in with Matt after she burned down her kitchen trying to make his grandmother's tart. Oh yea they have been friends since childhood and have been practically inseparable.

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By Emily May 03, 2020

**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Lexi and Matt have been best friends since as long as they can remember. They live next door to each other and also work at the same Firehouse.

However it is only when Lexi, who is really bad at cooking, burns down her k ...more

By Karen May 15, 2020

Finding Mr. Right Next Door is the second book in Sarah Ballance’s Firefighters of Station 1 series and tells a breath-taking story of friends to lovers and the events that unfold as they finally realise that the comfortable and uncomplicated relationship they have continued to build, is actually th ...more

By Stacy April 25, 2020

What a great friends to lovers story this was.

Lexi and Matt have been friends for years. Everyone around them has hinted about them becoming a couple but they have always denied it. They both concluded that they want different things.

I liked the character of Lexi. As someone who can't cook I could ...more

By Liz May 09, 2020

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. Lexi and Matt are best friends, they also live next door to each other. Lexi is a wreck in the kitchen and while making a tart starts a kitchen fire. She was going to go home and move in with her parents ...more

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Sarah Ballance

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. To sign-up for Sarah's newsletter, sign-up here:

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