Review: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs

falling-for-the-girl-next-doorTitle: Falling for the Girl Next Door
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Creative HeArts #5
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
An entertaining read with well-developed characters, a wonderful creative setting, some real-life problems, and a sweet romance I could totally get behind.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series (including the first book which tells how Sloane and Tru got together) but it didn’t matter as this can be read as a standalone.

I love that both mains were creative people – Sloane is the mystery talent behind Graphic Grrl, a very successful online animated superhero strip, and Tru is a wannabe filmmaker who loves nothing more than filming his beautiful girlfriend – and it really created a great backdrop for the story.

Tru and Sloane are great characters, both complex and well developed and a good representation of teenagers struggling to deal with family and identity issues. Together, they were a wonderful team and a great example of a truly supportive relationship. I could understand that Tru didn’t want Sloane to become his crutch, and he wanted to be the type of boy she deserved, but I hated that he mistakenly pushed her away. Sloane wants to do the right thing by him so she goes along with it even if she is missing him terribly.

The situation with Finn was very humorous at times and I’m intrigued to read his and Willa’s story now.

I love that family features quite prominently in this book, even if it is more of the dysfunctional variety. I adored Dylan and only wish we had gotten to see more of him. Jenna was also a great character.

The romance was sweet and clean and my only complaint is that I wish there had been more of it and that it was a little more emotionally intense.

The plot wasn’t anything amazingly original but it’s well executed and it chips along at a nice pace. The book does deal with some serious issues but it’s not a deep read, however, I liked that therapy was involved and how that played out as that’s an important message (even if the transition would have taken longer in real life.)

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and I look forward to checking out other books in this series.

Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an advance complimentary copy of this book.

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