By Jennifer Echols
Two irresistible boys.
One unforgettable summer.
Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends -- including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she’s always been one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen -- not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.
Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?
Love hurt. Honesty made it hurt worse, and I could hardly stand it.
It’s a summer packed with two storylines: The Boys Next Door and its sequel, Endless Summer. I cannot tell you how much I absolutely love summer stories with romance to heat things up, especially if the characters have been together since the early days. With enough happening on their plate, it’s going to be a summer that will never be forgotten.
I instantly loved Lori from the very beginning. She grew up with the Vader boys and her brother, whom they call McGillicuddy (their last name), so she knows how to handle them verbally and physically. When they insult her, she shouts a comeback and when they do calisthenics (exercises), she joins in. Sure, she could be quite annoying with her plans to win Sean over, especially when she’s clueless about Adam’s feelings. Her plans are the most ridiculous of things, which is what makes it so funny. Add to that Lori’s sarcastic sense of humour and you’ve got a perfect romantic comedy.
And when there are boys around, it is impossible to melt just by reading about them. The constant show of bare chests, tans, and cute summer hair? That’s pretty hot. The two Vader brothers, Sean and Adam are almost always in a raging fit. This summer, it’s for sure about to get worse. But Adam is the sensitive one who gets in the most troubles. He has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and therefore rashes out at times. It’s what makes him perfect for Lori, who really understands him. I was also so glad that the second part of the book, Endless Summer, focuses equally on him. It has alternating POVs and I had the chance to see the reasons behind his actions.
Overall, the book is such a fantastical read. Although very predictable and very long, it will not fail to make you smile. Jennifer Echols is an author who will always take you to a romance you’ll enjoy.