~Book Review~ “Next to Me” (A Love Happens Novel Book 1) by Jodi Watters


Ali Ross is a woman on the run from her dangerous past.  She has escaped from her abusive husband and will do anything to stay out of his clutches and maintain her newfound freedom. . . even if that means taking advantage of her new neighbor’s ex-military status.

Sam Gleeson, former Army Ranger and co-owner of Scorpio Securities, finds himself ready for a serious relationship.  When Sam and his puppy Pete run into their new neighbor on the beach, he finds himself immediately attracted to both her beauty and her mysterious personality.  She’s sweet and seductive, but not very forthcoming with details about her life.  Sam decides, however, that he is willing to wait for her to trust him enough to tell him what makes her so jumpy and pre-occupied with making sure her doors and windows are always closed and locked.

Ali’s plan seems to be coming together.  Sam is falling for her and is protective enough to make her feel secure in case her violent ex tracks her down.  What she didn’t count on however, was falling for the man she has lied to and tricked into keeping her safe without him even knowing it.  Will their relationship be strong enough to withstand not only the lies it was built on, but the possible reappearance of Ali’s psycho ex-husband?

Jodi Watters knocked it out of the park with her debut novel.  The characters have depth.  They are shaped by their past’s, yet move towards a future . . . however, that future does not come easily.  I love that things do not always go as planned, which mimics real life.  People and relationships are messy, yet can be beautiful, and Next to Me does a great job of exemplifying that.  It also shows that you can still love someone, and not like some of the things they have done.

The plot is fast paced and action packed.  As a reader, you can feel Ali’s nervousness as she continually checks the locks on her doors and windows and anticipate just what may be coming her way.  You also feel her heaviness as she struggles with the lies that keep building between her and Sam . . . having to choose between what she feels is a chance at safety ad freedom or coming clean with him and him walking away from her forever. You can also tell that Sam really is one of the truly good guys and root for him to get the girl!

Next to Me was truly a fantastic romantic suspense and would be a great summer read!  5 stars.


About the Book:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2qThGis


The past is hot on her heels.

On the run and out of options, a desperate Ali Ross knows two things for sure…
Her ugly past will eventually catch up to her. And when it does, she’ll need a strong and loyal man to help her face the danger head on or risk losing everything. Including her freedom.

The girl is hard on his heart.

Looking for love and having no luck, former Army Ranger Sam Gleeson knows two things for sure…
His mysterious new neighbor is wreaking havoc on his heart. And her sweet and seductive charm is playing a captivating game with his head. Despite her secrets.

Hiding from a violent ex-husband, Ali knows the law can’t help her. She also knows someone like Sam can. Fearing for her life, she hatches a shamelessly impulsive plan that’s as old as time. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her safety, and that includes doing the sexy soldier next door. But when their searing chemistry blazes so hot it burns them both, Ali’s hidden agenda seals an unimaginable fate.

All books in the LOVE HAPPENS SERIES can be read on their own, or as a companion to the other books in the series:
Next to Me (Sam)
Wrong then Right (Beckett)
True to You (Asher)


About the Author:

My love for steamy romance began when I was in junior high. A friend and I came upon a dumpster of discarded paperbacks behind our small town’s Ben Franklin store. Covers missing and each book torn in two, split right down the center of the spline, I scanned the pages for any love or lust words—and curse words, too. From that point on, I scoured the public library and our local discount store, devouring anything labeled romance. I said a tearfully grateful goodbye to Judy Bloom as Jackie Collins began ruling my world.

I live with my high school sweetheart turned husband and our three, beloved DVR’s, in the desert Southwest. Otherwise known as the surface of the sun during the summer.

My life long goals are to think before I speak, smile more and swear less, and actually weigh what my driver’s license states I do. And I have been contemplating a hair color change for the last decade. I’m thinking red.

I love to interact with my readers, so I invite you to connect with me online. jodiwattersauthor@outlook.com



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