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New Release Review! FALLING FOR THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Tera Lynn Childs (Creative HeArts #5, Sloane and Tru #2)

Falling for the Girl Next Door
by Tera Lynn Childs


Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.




Tru and Sloane are back!

I really enjoyed their second installment, even though I couldn’t get behind one (okay, two) of the big decisions they made in the book. They saw the error of their ways eventually, and really, who hasn’t made dumb decisions while in their teens and beyond? Far be it from me to be pointing fingers!

FFTGND starts out with Sloane and Tru in a happy place–Sloane’s actually liking Austin now (though she’s counting the days until she’s back in NYC for Christmas), and she and Tru are all kinds of cute together. You know that’s not going to last, though, otherwise what would be the point of having another book? 😉

And yep, soon the drama starts (I swear, half the reason I read YA is so I can be grateful I’m no longer a teen)–one problem is a carryover from book one: it gets worse, and thankfully the person most involved decides to do something about it (yay, Tru!); another problem develops more slowly, though the reader could really see it coming way before Sloane ever does (denial. Not just a river in Egypt.) And then there’s the cyber threat to out Sloane’s identity as the creator of Graphic Grrl

All in all we end up in a pretty good place again by the last page, though not everything is resolved and I’m still anxious to see how it’ll all end up (though at this point, I’m more anxious for Willa and Finn’s #2. When will it be released? When?? When??? Finn….)

FFTGND could probably be read as a standalone, though I’d really recommend reading book one first (Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru) because there’s definitely some elements of the story that carry over, and you’ll know the characters better. Both of the Sloane and Tru books can be read independently of the other Creative Hearts series books, but why would you want to do that? Do yourself a favor and read them all! 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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