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There is only one thing in life that professional pastry Chef Priscilla Westcott values more than baking and wine, and that’s honesty. A quality she soon learns that her marriage lacks when her husband runs off with their next door neighbor.

Divorced and alone, Priscilla is determined to make changes in her life. She decides to approach her new goals like one of her beloved recipes. Surely with a little time, a dash of patience, and measured planning she can whip herself—and her life—back into shape.

However, when a new—and utterly delicious—neighbor takes up residence in the house that ruined her marriage, Pricilla fears that her careful world will fold faster than a deflated soufflé.

Trent Walker knows what he wants and his sweet, sassy neighbor is at the top of the list. He’s certain that the chemistry between them would be explosive, but Priscilla fears that an affair with him, however hot, could be a recipe for disaster.

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Life Next Door
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4.7 / 5
interesting characters, humorous moments
April 23rd, 2015
I’ll have to be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Priscilla in the beginning. Yes, her marriage ended badly and she has a right to be somewhat upset about it but she is horribly bitter. It makes her bitchy and unlikeable. Luckily I pushed thru and after a few interactions with Trent it got better. He sees past all the snark and finds something that keeps bringing him back. And after a while I saw it too. Together the two of them are a ton of fun. She’s all kitten with her claws out and he just sits back & laughs before going all Alpha on her. It’s entertaining … and hot, for both CeCe and us :) Of course, there have to be problems and they aren’t that much of a surprise, but Hollyfield handles it well. The issues & resolutions are believable, fitting in well with the story and the characters. Once I got past the bitter CeCe parts, it was a very fast and fun read. Well written, with interesting characters and humorous moments, I ended up having trouble putting it down. If you are a little put off by the beginning like I was, make sure you keep reading because it doesn’t take long to get past that and the rest is totally worth it. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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A Heartwarming and Hilarious Ride!
April 8th, 2015
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. What a fun ride! Priscilla has had a tragically amusing life. Her parents were Elvis fans who never grew up, and never really raised their daughter. Falling in love with her high school sweetheart and helping him to follow his dreams, poor Cece never had the chance to follow her own. Thankfully, she's happy working at a local bakery, earning local fame for her sweet concoctions. Her marriage is rather lifeless, and her dreams stifled, but she goes about the day to day. Then, it all falls apart. Her husband has an affair with the bimbo next door, and the next thing Cece knows, she's all alone and maxing out her ex's credit card to start over fresh. Good thing he didn't cancel the wine club membership before he moved out. Cece is hilarious. She's clumsy, awkward, and absolutely vibrantly funny. I felt a kinship to her character in a shared attachment to wine, and a love of throwing tantrums. It's no wonder that when a new, very sexy, neighbor moves in to the bimbo's house, she's more than a little frazzled. Time for a battle of wits, clumsiness, and more wine! Don't let poor Cece's fumbles get you down though, because beneath the awkwardness you find a strong, capable, hard working woman that makes a thoroughly lovable character. She's clever, demands what she deserves, and does what is needed. I love a strong woman, especially when they have weaknesses that bring them down to a human level. This was almost a one sitting book for me. Would have been, if there hadn't been a need to feed and take care of those pesky kids of mine hehe. As it was, I stayed up well after my bedtime (wine glass in hand) so that I could finish this heartwarming and hilarious ride. I can't wait to read more by this author!
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If it brings you to tears, it is a MUST read
March 16th, 2015
Oh geeze.. Have you ever had a book grab you by your heart, made your eyes leak to the point where you could no longer see the words on the page/tablet? This book took me away from my reality, and into a world I could totally picture myself in. Hollyfield has painted a beautiful picture from her words, the drama was all things that could happen in real life, Life Next Door is a MUST read. She never fails to make my day a little brighter. Trent, even though he moves in the house next door he doesn’t realize what connections it has with Priscilla (CeCe). I loved Trent’s character, he is such a man in a lot of ways. He saves CeCe from herself. He is a macho man, who knows what he wants, and how to get it. I loved seeing his character built into something so protective. I think nothing can turn a woman on more than knowing a man will do everything in his power to protect her. Cece -sigh- I know what it is like to be clumsy. When you are short, you have a lot of short girl problems, including walking. I could totally relate to everything she was saying. Her character was about how angry at the world she was in, from an ex-husband running off with the neighbor, to trying to drink her life/emotions away with wine. I still don’t understand the addiction to wine, maybe I need to invest in some good stuff instead of the cheap. -ha!- Anyway, CeCe has a talent with sweets, and well.. her journey beings all the day Trent moves next door. Disclosure: I was gifted this book from the author. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion. Thank you J.D. Hollyfield!
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