Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario

Posted November 20th, 2014 in book review / 18 comments

Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie LarioThe Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario
Publisher: Self-Published on September 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

Life just got a bit more complicated…

After a heartbreaking betrayal, Lexi Ferrell is determined to get as far away as possible from her small hometown. So when she scores a scholarship to a prestigious law school in Miami, she jumps at the chance to live right on South Beach. Sun, sand, and an endless stream of beautiful people: who could resist? But her apartment complex provides far more than she asked for…in the form of two yummy new neighbors.

Matt Eisler and Ben Santos are best friends. Nothing could tear them apart...or so they thought. But when Lexi enters their life, neither one can resist wanting to make her his own.

Torn between the hot surfer boy and his exotic Latino roommate, Lexi vows to stay away from them both. But as she soon discovers, Matt and Ben are impossible to resist. And they’ll take her any way they can get her…even if it’s together. Could the three of them ever make it work? Because now that she’s experienced one night of unforgettable passion, the last thing she could ever do is choose between the boys next door.

At A Glance

Say yes to ménages! Say no to too much drama!

The Good

It’s winter so let’s read a summery book! The Boys Next Door is the perfect “it’s winter but I wish it were summer” read. It’s not so much about the romance as it’s about self-discovery and trying new things in the name of lust, like, and friendship. Lexi, Matt, and Ben don’t go into this “friendship” thinking about a threesome. But when Lexi can’t choose between Matt and Ben, the boys will try anything not to lose her. Now, the guys share the girl, but not each other. Just wanted to get that out there. I always like when it’s a “real” threesome with everyone touching everyone, but it wouldn’t have worked for this book, so it’s cool.

This book is not all about sex like some might think, but’s it’s not super deep or thought provoking either. It’s just a fun read with a sexy concept. I think Lexi, Matt, and Ben go really well together, like accessories! They each have such different personalities, but something brings them together that cannot be denied.

For me, I was all about Matt. Matt was that all around nice guy. Ben was the bad boy who sleeps around. Matt also had an adventurous side, while Ben found his soft spot during the story. They were like ying and yang, which is probably why Lexi wanted them both. Together, they made the perfect, tantalizing man.

Writing was good. The plot was simple. And the characters kept me reading.

The Bad

I wanted to give this book 4 stars because I really enjoyed it, but the drama was a little much. Lexi’s indecision between the two guys annoyed me. It was dragged out for too long. Then Ben’s hissy fit moments of self-loathing got a bit much. Be adults, people! You are embarrassing our generation.

I would have loved to see more of all three of them together. We barely got to a good place with that, and when they finally accepted each other, the story ended. Bummer.

The Snuggly

I am all about the ménage, so sex wise I loved this book. The sex is not over the top but it is hot. Perfect for a sexy new adult read. I loved the exploration and the combination of shy and bold.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a beachy read for those cold days, you have come to the right place. The Boys Next Door is simple but exciting at the same time. I would read book 2 for sure. Recommended.


“I want you, and no matter what I do or how hard I try, I can’t make that feeling go away.”


Ben’s hand cups my cheek, turning my head so our eyes meet. “You want me, don’t you?”

His direct question shocks the hell out of me. Powerless to resist, I give a wooden nod.

“And you want Matt,” he says straightforwardly, his chocolate gaze boring into me.

Oh god. Mortification winds through me. “I…”

Ben’s lips move down to graze lightly along mine. “So we’re giving you what you want.”


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18 Responses to “Review: The Boys Next Door by Rosalie Lario”

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, seriously, threesome books are my fav. I am so depraved! I love the dynamic.

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    That cover just screams love triangle, and although the only way that can end well is in a three-way, the sheer amount of drama involved is so not my thing. At least the sex scenes were well written, because that’d be the main thing I’d look for in a book like this.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I feel like the drama was so exaggerated. Without it, this would have been an awesome book.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I like reading summer books in winter. 🙂 It’s like I am getting away with something naughty.

  2. Christy

    “I always like when it’s a “real” threesome with everyone touching everyone”

    -sigh- Don’t we all … lol. I’ll have to give this one a try when my drama tolerance is at a reasonable level.

  3. Lily

    The cover literally screams love triangle which screams ‘drama’ too me lol! I don’t think this ones for me but i’m glad you still enjoyed it.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I guess it is a love triangle but for some reason I didn’t see it that way while reading it.

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