Next to Youby Daisy Prescott
I added Sage to my rugby club's annual list of women who are off limits thinking I could protect her from the gorillas I play with. Aspen's a small town in the off season when the dating pool shrinks to the size of a melted snowflake. Never did I think I'd be the one to break
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"If you want to date me, all you need to do is say the word. I'd never let you go."
I added Sage to my rugby club's annual list of women who are off limits thinking I could protect her from the gorillas I play with. Aspen's a small town in the off season when the dating pool shrinks to the size of a melted snowflake. Never did I think I'd be the one to break the code and date her.
Even if it's all for show. A wager between friends. An excuse to hang out with her more.
Nothing more than that.
Who agrees to date their best friend over a green smoothie? Apparently this girl right here.
Now the man-bun-sporting South African rugby god next door is my fake boyfriend. I need to rebuild my confidence after some poor dating decisions. Who could be better to fluff my ego than Aspen's hottest bachelor?
This situation is a win-win.
Next to You is a standalone Romantic Comedy/New Adult Romance about a rugby player and an heiress in Aspen. Stan and his man bun first appeared in the Modern Love Story Short, Take for Granted. This is a full-length novel told in dual POVs.
Next to You will be released on July 5th as part of the multi-author Friends with Benefits series.
Don't miss the other Friends with Benefits standalone romances wherever ebooks are sold:
The Billionaire's Ballet by Deanna Roy
The Billionaire Escape Plan by Ember Casey
Yours and Mine by Lacey Silks
Always You by Rachel Schurig
The Rock Star's Secret Baby by Blair Babylon
Going for Broke by Gretchen Galway
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Meet the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Daisy Prescott lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs. When not writing about people falling in love, she can be found traveling, gardening, baking, and reading as many pages of her latest book obsession as she can before falling asleep every night.
Daisy’s books include the Modern Love Stories series, the Wingmen series, and several short stories. She’s also working on expanding the world of Bewitched this fall.
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I enjoyed this has both POV's both main characters have a really good chemistry.
There are some books in the world that I imagine writers write just for me, at least that is what I tell myself. These books are so in tune with what I love about everything from the genre to the characters to the situations. It is a story you want to live in happily ever after forever. Next to You is that story for me. I wanted to be Sage and fall in love Stan. Everything about this book was perfection. It was a story that made my heart beat strong for romance and deep relationships. A story of friends to lovers is always a fun one to read. You know there is history and it comes out brilliantly in this book. The friendship between Sage and Stan is heartfelt and their interactions and banter highlight that fact. There is an attraction but nothing has happened. One day everything changes and the tables turn. I love how the shift in their relationship felt natural. It was not forced or hard to imagine. These two meld well together and the more you learn about them the more you realize they are soulmates, the perfect match. Sage and Stan as characters are great. Sage’s personality was so fun! Her family was wonderful and watching her learn to embrace who she is fully was so fun! Stan is my perfect man. A man bun South African Rugby player created to steal hearts! I mean it doesn’t get much better than that! They are both full of fun with personalities to match! Their chemistry is brilliant. The romance between these two is like a pile of embers that they tried to hide and gasoline has be thrown on the embers. It sparks and rages, and nothing is going to put it out. This book has taken the top spot for my absolute favorite from Daisy and one of my favorite reads from 2016. I cannot wait to read this beauty again!
Not having read another other books by Daisy Prescott before, I was impressed with her latest book, Next to You. From the cover to the synopsis, the story had me hooked from the very start. At the beginning of the book we get to meet Stan, a rugby player/model, who has recently had an accident while playing that has left him unable to play for the season. Now at home without having much to do he relies on his best-friend/next-door-neighbor, Sage, to keep him company. They have grown close for the last two years, and it is during that time that Sage has seen just about every girl that Stan brings around. Not only is Stan handsome, and kind, but he is also Sage's secret crush. Although Stan could get just about any women he wants, he has also been secretly overprotective over Sage, and whoever gets close to her. But now that he is injured, Stan needs to stay home in order to get better, and that's when after sudden events that gets him to propose some sort of wager between friends. They would pretend to be dating in front of the whole world, and as a result they would each get people off their backs. This was only just an arrangement, but soon they started seeing each other in a different light and wondered if they might have a future together or not. I really enjoyed reading Next to You, it was a fun and romantic story between two best-friends who discovered that they might just be perfect for each other. Though they have different backgrounds, they have pasts that have interfered with their current lives as well. We don't just get a story of their relationship, but their relationship with their families and friends too that helped me be more invested in the characters' story. There were a couple of scenes that just felt extra to me, but other than that I liked the overall idea of the book, and the ended as well. I would recommend it to those that are looking for a romantic story filled with sweet and hilarious scenes. :) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
I can never read too many friends to lovers stories. It’s probably my favorite trope; I just love the history within them. Next to You is probably one of my favorite reads of the year in this category. I’m still smiling from reading it. It just made me happy. There wasn’t angst, no huge overwrought drama…just two best friends falling in love. It was a needed breath of fresh air after some heavy angsty reading in the past month. Next to You is incredibly sweet and sexy. It’s the perfect romance. I love Stan the Man Bun. Who wouldn’t? He’s a rugby player, has a sexy accent, is adorable when high on pain meds and close with his mum. Sage seems to be his perfect counterpoint. Don’t let her name fool you; she’s not some hippy dippy chick. She’s badass. And the side characters are great too. I want Easley to get his own book, I can just imagine the mischief he’d get into. And I hope Landon gets some comeuppance, like an STD. I laughed and grinned throughout the whole book. It was over too soon, I wanted more.
Next to You warmed my heart. It's the kind of book that simply exudes happiness. The perfect beach read. The one you look for when you need a little bit of tender loving care that only a book can offer. The best friends to hopefully more kind of story that is pure joy. We get to watch as Stan, the man bun, and Sage take their status from neighbors and besties to sudden lovers, never really knowing whether or not it's just for show. With plenty of miscommunication and a hesitancy to put their true feelings on the line, this could have turned into one big mess. But what I love most about Daisy Prescott's story-lines is that she offers just the right amount of angst without either character having to resort to running away or having endless fights without saying what is inside their heads. There is genuine affection between Stan and Sage and a tender love emerges that takes both by surprise. There are plenty of bumps and detours along the way together with the signature humor that is always under the surface in the author's books. I found myself chuckling many times throughout and loving the smart comebacks, especially from Sage, with Stan clearly holding his own. In addition, there is wonderful support in the form of close friends and family, who also provide plenty of comic relief, that make this book complete. I'm hopeful we hear more from this crew in the future. They are certainly worth many more adventures. 5 solid stars!!