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Peek Inside The Bad Boy Next Door

Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy

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"A sweet tale of love, romance and understanding." - Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

The plan was to start over; not fall in love.

Shay Matthews moved to Boston for a fresh apartment, new job, new routine. After too many years being coddled by her overbearing older brothers, Shay’s ready for some freedom and maybe a nice, easygoing guy. She wasn’t expecting to literally run into the scowling, brooding, (and unfairly smoking hot) guy next door.

Fresh off a haunting undercover assignment, detective Wyatt Daniels is jaded about life, relationships, and especially happily-ever-after. But there’s something about the independent and beautiful Shay that makes him want to dig deeper. Or stay away, which is definitely the smarter option of the two.

But the more Shay tries to convince herself that her sweet building manager, Brady, is the guy for her, the more Mr. Completely Wrong-for-Her Wyatt invades her mind and her heart.

Each title in the Kendrick series is a standalone story that can be read out of order.
Book one: More than Friends
Book two: The Bad Boy Next Door


"Flawed, adorable characters, combined with witty dialog and tugging emotion, proves Holford is a breath of fresh air in the romance genre." - Kelly Moran, National Bestselling Author

"From the start to finish, this story mesmorized me with its charming characters, well-written dialogue and a fast-paced plot that I couldn't put down because the hero is dreamy, despite his scowling and brooding ways."- Book Magic, Under a Spell with Every Page Blog

 "I loved Wyatt and his broodiness, his mystery, and sex appeal." - Carolyn P., Reviewer

"Just loved this book! Read it cover to cover in one go, could not put it down! I just loved Wyatt, he made the book for me." - Sarah, Reviewer

"Jody Holford writes engaging characters and a fun romance." - Alison, Reviewer

"Absolutely loved this continuation of Kendrick Place. [...] Holford didn't disappoint. A light, fun read. Definitely recommend!" - Christy, Goodreads Reviewer

"a charming story" - Molly, Reviewer

"Jody has a way of stealing your heart leaving you breathless and wanting more with every story she writes." - Julie, Goodreads Reviewer

"a light, fun and sweet read." - Treena, Goodreads Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758735
Series: Kendrick Place, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 20, 2017
Page Count: 267
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: friends to lovers

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By Alison February 07, 2017

Three and a half stars.

Shay Matthews moves to Boston to set up her own event planning company and get out from under her over-protective family. On the day she moves into her new apartment Kendrick Place, she meets two very different men who also live in the apartment block. Brady, the pro-temps... ...more

By Christy January 30, 2017

Absolutely loved this continuation of Kendrick Place. When I saw there was a second book, I all but shouted, "Sign me up!"

Holford didn't disappoint. A light, fun read. Definitely recommend! ...more

By Tara March 08, 2017

I love that this series is going to continue and keep us in Kendrick Place.
Holford introduces the reader to a new couple, while keeping us grounded in a setting we love and with glimpses of characters we've fallen for.
Wyatt really stood out to me in the first book, so I was happy to see him sta... ...more

By Heather February 05, 2017

I loved Wyatt that man could provide for his woman, even though she didnt need providing for, "...grabbed his boxers. He pulled on the shirt he’d been wearing and grabbed a T-shirt from his drawer. Tossing it onto the bed, he winked at her. “I made you dinner. Unless you’re okay with eating naked... ...more

By Molly March 08, 2017

This was a nice antidote to all the broody, angst-y novels I've been reading lately. This book was a gentle read, with the steamy scenes held behind closed doors, which was fine. When you've got a heroine who comes from a wealthy, privileged background, that aspect can sometimes overtake the stor... ...more

By Julie February 06, 2017

To be in love is a feat in itself, to have your heart broken and come back from that and learn how to trust someone else with your heart is one of the scariest things in the world. But it can and does happen. It takes time and a heck of a lot of effort and when it does you just know.
Wyatt and Sh... ...more

By Bec February 28, 2017

4.5 Stars

Being the baby of her family hasn't been easy for Shay Matthews, especially considering her three overprotective brothers. Needing her freedom and a chance to see if she can be more independent, instead of relying on her family so much, she moves to Boston. She never expected to meet a m... ...more

By Bookgasms March 13, 2017

The Bad Boy Next Door is the second book in the Kendrick Place series, but it's the first one I've had the chance to read. I can promise you this works just fine as a standalone, but it made me curious and hungry for Gabby and Owen's story - so I'll definitely be circling back around to grab More... ...more

By Meghan March 11, 2017

Loved this book! It had so many funny moments, where I related with the characters and wanted to jump into the story to join them. It's always amazing when an author can create a world that so tempts the reader.

Shay Matthews has just moved to Boston, escaping from a love affair gone wrong and an... ...more

By Carolyn's February 17, 2017

Loved revisiting the Kendrick Place and all the residents from More Than Friends. From the first book between Gabby and Owen, we meet both Brady (the mechanic and charmer) and Wyatt (the sexy, broody detective).

I loved Wyatt and his broodiness, his mystery, and sex appeal. I also LOVED that he wa... ...more

By Synergy February 18, 2017

Nice contemporary romance. No one is insecure or petty. The hero, Wyatt, is a detective, recently returned from an undercover assignment, and the experience is still haunting him. The heroine, Shay, is from a wonderfully supportive family. The only problem is the support feels stifling and she fe... ...more

By poppy February 04, 2017

Just loved this book read it cover to cover in one go could not put it down i just loved Wyatt he made the book for me.him and shay together was really sweet.A great book with super characters was an honest read about people trying to deal and get over their insecurities and their pasts.I would r... ...more

By Bette March 11, 2017

Going back to Kendrick Place was great fun and I LOVED Wyatt and Shay's story. With glimpses of Wyatt in the first book I was so excited to see this was his story. Ms. Holford didn't let me down! Wyatt is a bit gruff, grumpy and distracted but when his new neighbor Shay Matthews busts into his li... ...more

By C February 06, 2017


a cute, sweet read. ...more

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Jody Holford

About the author

Jody Holford

Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.

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