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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 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's okay, protec ...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, who ...more

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, the pro-temps apa ...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 an ...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 carefree a ...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, w ...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 enjoyed the fir ...more

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 used to normal ...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 star o ...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 story. ...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 als ...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 Th ...more

By Meghan Lloyd 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 ove ...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 man ...more

By Sarah August 19, 2017

A very sweet and satisfying romance! It was fun to return to Kendrick Place and all the great characters introduced in the first book in the series. I loved how Shay and Wyatt's story unfolded and I couldn't stop turning the pages. ...more

By Reviews from the Heart March 19, 2017

Bad Boy Next Door was a very enjoyable story. Wyatt, a detective that had been working undercover; and Shay, an overprotected woman trying to Branch out and find herself along with her freedom to stretch her wings, brings a fun storyline to life.

This was my first read by Jody and I was overall pleas ...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 was i ...more

By SynergyQuest 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 feels ...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 reco ...more

By Books Laid March 24, 2017

3.75 Stars
This will bring a smile to your face on even the gloomiest of days.
Shay is ready to get out from under the thumb of three older brothers that don’t seem t know or care about the term personal space!
And in order to prove a point and live her own life, her own way, she realises that she nee ...more

By Becky August 16, 2017

A wonderful start to a new series...this apartment being a place where you can expect the unexpected amongst its residents. Wyatt and Shay are two people who have quite a lot of baggage that is interfering with their lives. Written in a way that we the reader may just be able to see a bit ourselves ...more

By Pam March 20, 2017

Shay is determined to start over, away from her overprotective family & her past mistakes. She jumped on the opportunity to move without having a job lined up. She has a fairly nice apartment lined up that seems safe, until she's knocked out by the storage units.

Wyatt is tired & jaded. He's just co ...more

By Lucia March 18, 2017

Light hearted opposites attracts neighbour romance

The Bad Boy Next Door is a light hearted opposites attracts neighbour romance between a young woman seeking out her freedom from the safe confines of her family and a sexy mystery detective who has a need to protect. There is a little bit of drama th ...more

By Lea March 22, 2017

I really enjoyed this story. Wyatt and Shay had great chemistry and I loved all the supporting characters. This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I loved Wyatt, he's pretty typical alpha cop and I loved watching him try to figure out his feelings and what was going on betwee ...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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