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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
Book three: Hate to Love Him


"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 Fizza March 20, 2017

4.5 Stars
Shay wants to break away from her over protective family. She wants a fresh start without any romantic entanglements. She wasn't expecting to meet anyone who would tempt her to lose focus.
Wyatt is a detective, he has recently finished an under cover job and just trying to get... ...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 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 Elizabeth March 25, 2017

Shay is ready to embrace the new life she's planning, away from the overprotective eyes of her brothers. On moving day, she can't help but notice Brady, the building manager. He's nice, sweet, and, this is big, doesn't seem as if "he's an overbearing, I know best," alpha, like her brothers. Shay... ...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 Than Friends.


By Alison August 24, 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, th... ...more

By Irene March 26, 2017

3.5 stars

The Bad Boy Next Door was a sweet, fun and entertaining read.

I enjoyed the storyline, it was well written, the drama wasn't over the top and my interest was held all throughout the book.
Wyatt and Shay were likable and entertaining characters and while I enjoyed watching them get together and did believe in thei... ...more

By Chris 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 Suze March 22, 2017

Shay wants to make it on her own. Her family is protective and they like to do everything for her, but she wants to prove she can also achieve something without them. That's why it's time for a new beginning. She's started a business and she's moved into her own apartment. She wants to be carefre... ...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 Beth March 17, 2017

“When I’m around you, I feel like the world isn’t as bad as it seems.”

When I read books like this, I feel like the world isn't as bad as it seems. Because books like this are why I love romance. The Bad Boy Next Door is an adorable and super sweet read. Fluffy, light and fun.

I really en...

By Elaine March 19, 2017

This is a fun, light hearted read with a touch of suspense thrown in for good measure. It is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone, too.

Being the youngest sister with three older brothers means that for all of her life Shay Matthews has had them checking out she... ...more

By Liv ☾ March 24, 2017


☾One of those books that has grammar mistakes and a lot of drama in the plot, but I love anyways. I saw a lot of 3 star ratings for this book for whatever reason. It may not be a 5 star book for some people's standards, but I couldn't stop reading it and that's enough for me! Besides, w...✱

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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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