Hector has a health scare and needs a vacation. When he arrives, he sees that his neighbor is someone he bullied as a kid in school, but he has changed drastically since then. Verity has done well in her career and now she has the chance to write a cookbook, which Hector has offered to help with and she teaches him to cook. Can they be on the same level now years later? The characters are terrific, with great backstories, new discoveries, strengths and intense feelings. The storyline was entertaining and well paced. Totally enjoyed the chemistry and the realizations that they had both changed. Great ending.
Luck is not on his side.
After a health scare, Hector Carter needs a vacation. He finds a little house in a relaxing small town. His neighbor, though, is a sexy woman he bullied when he was younger.
Following the success of her social media channel, Verity Hill is offered the opportunity to write her very own cookbook—her dream come true. She signs off from the world and relocates to a cute rental next to a very sexy neighbor she’s determined not to like.
He is no longer a bully.
She can’t keep thinking of him as her bully, and when Hector comes to her with a request to teach him how to cook, she can’t deny him. He can’t get her out of his mind, but there’s no way she should want him. Hector finds out about the cursed houses, and he wonders if he should give in and fall for his neighbor or walk away.
Have the cursed houses struck again? Or has their luck in love finally ran out?
“I don’t stalk her.”
“You watch her in her garden and it’s all innocent.”
“Screw you,” he said, but he was smiling.
He and Sean could do this. They could scream at each other, but they never allowed it to affect their friendship or the way they ran things. They didn’t allow the past to eat at them.
“Verity and I spent most of our time studying. Every now and again, we’d help each other out. We’d have a few laughs, but other than that, nothing. Why? Does she want more?”
“No. She just wanted me to tell you she said hi, and asked how you were doing.”
“What’s going on, Hector?”
Verity would be around in ten minutes to get set up for dinner. So far, that was all they did together. Cook. He didn’t mind. He was happy for any excuse he could get to spend time with her, but in the process, he wanted things to develop.
Around Verity, he lost his edge.
He knew he was a dick to her back in the day, but that guy was long gone. There was no way he was going to hurt her, in any way.
“I … like her,” Hector said, cringing as he spoke it aloud.
“Right, and that’s a problem?”
“How do you … you know, get a woman to realize that you … like her?”
“You tell them? This is just a guess. Since when is the great Hector Carter afraid of women?”
“I’m not afraid of women. I’m just used to them fawning all over me, and well, Verity doesn’t strike me as the begging kind.” He groaned. “Damn it. You know what, I want you to forget this whole conversation. I’m good. We’re good. I’m taking care of myself. I’m learning to cook, and I’m not under any kind of stress.”
There was a knock at the door, letting him know Verity had arrived.
“I’ve got to go.”
He hung up, not wanting to have Sean on the phone while Verity was here. When it came to his neighbor, he was selfish and he wanted her all to himself, and he wasn’t ashamed to admit it.
Opening the door, he saw Verity with Cutie in her arms.
“Cutie wanted to come and say hello.”
He held the dog in his arms, kissing the top of her head. Staring at Verity, he noted the wrap dress she wore. It crossed over her full tits and tied at the back. She always looked sexy in every single item she wore.
Cutie wriggled in his arms, and he leaned down to put her on the floor.
“Are you ready to cook?” she asked.
In his mind, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her. His cock liked that idea.
This was bad.
“Lead the way.”
He didn’t know what was happening to him, but when it came to Verity, she was really messing with his head. What was worse, she didn’t even know it.
“Did you use the tofu we marinated?” Verity asked.
“No. You told me not to, and I wanted top points off the teach.”
Verity laughed, opening his fridge. He loved how at home she seemed at his place. She hadn’t invited him over to hers, but then, she was teaching him how to cook.
With an apron on, he moved in close beside her, taking a deep inhale.
Vanilla. No matter what she cooked, he always got the scent of vanilla, and she made his mouth water.
With how close he was, Verity kept bumping into him. They had only gotten the ingredients and the few saucepans out, but he just … he didn’t know what came over him, but he couldn’t hold it in anymore.
He had to have her.
“I’m sorry, but I’ve got to do this.” Without any other warning, he cupped her face, tilting her head back, and slammed his lips down on hers.
Bully Next Door has an interesting concept as two people who grew up together end up living next door to each other as adults and the houses are supposed to be magical.....as in whoever lives in them falls in love. This is an enjoyable read with very likeable characters, even if you wanted to smuck him for his past behavior when they were kids. The heated attraction is there but this is a slower burn before the explosion, even for a novella and a story by Sam Crescent.
Hector has been put on vacation because of his health. His new next-door neighbor is none other than the girl he bullied in school. However, she is gorgeous now. Verity is a little celebrity for making videos of her cooking and traveling. She is living next door while she is working on her cookbook. Hector wants her so he asks her to teach him to cook. Its not long before the cooking lessons turn into something more? Can Hector show her that he is different from when they were younger? This is an amazing story that will captivate you from beginning to end. This is a well written and very entertaining story. I would recommend this book to any book lover.
This book had serious enemies to lovers vibes, due to the main characters shared past and I loved how even though your aware that he had been her bully when they were younger that the author dealt with it in a way that made up for past hurts but didn't allow the story to dwell on them. I loved that the male was obviously regretful over what happened and knew he needed to make it right and also that the female was willing to give him a second chance and didn't hold the actions of a teenager against him. You could feel the chemistry between the characters coming off the pages and I love how they were both certain in what they wanted and how they came to feel about each other. This author always manages to make either the male or female character feel relatable and I can happily say that with story I found the female character to be really relatable and realistic. Again this author is amazing at writing curvy Heroines and this this had an amazing curvy lead character that you couldn't help but fall in love with. Saying that I loved reading each chapter and getting to see the characters fall for each other and each interaction had me hooked to see what would happen next. I was also really satisfied with the ending, it wrapped everything up nicely and you get to see where their relationship went.
Another entertaining read from Sam Crescent. This book contains well written and entertaining character work along with an engaging story line that kept my attention and had me reading this book in one sitting.
Verity is on a break to start her new cookbook and Hector is taking time to recoup after a health scare, when they find they are new neighbours it brings back a past both wish to forget, Hector was Verity's bully. can these two look to a future together beyond what their past defined? well written enemies to lovers, engaging, new starts and more.
This is a good story about the bully who lives next door. It is a fairly quick read and emotional one. The story is about Verity and Hector. In school he was a player and her tormentor. Now years later he moves in next door to her. He has changed a lot and begins to see her in a new light. He spies on her until he works up the strength to go talk to her. She is working on a cookbook and is in a slump. He tries to get to know her better and ask her to teach him to cook. I enjoyed every bit of this story. It is emotional and the characters have their ups and downs as their relationship develops. The story is sweet, sexy and nicely developed.
Hector and Verity moved next door to each other on a temporary basis. It just so happens Hector used to bully Verity in high school. Now, at thirty, mutual attraction is rampant and confusing them both. Verity is a sweet strong woman who has grown to accept herself and love her fuller body. She also follows her departed mother's teaching to not hold a grudge. I just have to say, she's a better person than I am. Hector was a complete d***. Thankfully, he has matured some and is a work in progress. I enjoyed this story of two people coming together and supporting each other. Making changes in their lives and realizing that what they want and need has changed and accepting that.
This was a fantastic read. If you love reformed bullies, neighbours with a spark and a whole lot of chemistry then this is the book for you.
Bully Next Door by Sam Crescent was such an enjoyable read. I loved the way Hector and Verity's relationship grew. It was a true romance. Kudos!
Hands down one of my best reads this year. Hector and Verity had such great chemistry and the development of their relationship although an eyebrow raiser had amazing development. I do wish we had more of an epilogue but it didn’t leave me with questions. I would love to read a second book following the people who resided in the house after Hector and Verity.
Verity and Hector went to high school together where he was a bully to her. When this story starts they have just moved in next door to each other as adults and at first their interaction is strained and tainted by their past. Verity has her own cooking show online and Hector is a successfull buisness man who has been forced to take some time off. When he finds out about Veritys cooking skills, he asks her to teach him to cook so that they can get to know each other as adults!
The curse houses did it again or is it the luckiest ones!?But the thing I know is that Hector and Verity found their love even with their past they could overcome it and they found theirs happy ever after, now who will be next to fall for the charms of this houses who knows! But will definitely be looking forward for more of this series.
Hector has had a health scare and decides to take some time off to reduce his stress. The house he purchases just happens to be next door to Verity the girl he bullied back in high school. As they slowly become friends they both feel a strong pull towards each other that's unexplainable. When they learn that the two houses they live in are rumored to be cursed and that the owners will fall in love. They both question is this real or are they victims of the curse. This was a quick read with engaging characters. The book ended talking about the next families to take ownership of the houses and it sounds pretty intriguing.
Hector and Verity have a history. He was her bully. When he finally takes a look at her, he can’t believe she is beautiful. It takes his friend Sean to tell him what he never noticed. Verity never looked twice at him. Yes he bullied her but she didn’t think he was anything special. Hector is now realizing what a fool he was and how he wasted his time with listening to his peers and not seeing what was right in front of his face. Verity remembers him. She isn’t about to fall for Hector. She has put the past away and moved on. But there is something about him that keeps drawing her in. She needs to focus on her future but is that with Hector. And what about the cursed houses? I love this series. It is hot and fun. To have a house that is a gift to couples is great. Enemies or Bully turned true love that is so thrilling. What does the house have in store for the next two? A mom and her teen senior daughter and an inked teacher. Sounds interesting.
Bully Next Door was a nice, quick, steamy Saturday morning read for me. I’ve enjoyed this author before, across several series and stand-alones. I especially enjoyed the bully titles and when I saw this title I was pretty excited to dive in. This book wasn’t a bully book, in that sense, but as the synopsis says this is a former cocky high school (self proclaimed) bully dreamboat and the girl that was never interested. They now find themselves neighbors looking at each other thru new eyes. Verity and Hector are a fun and open couple. They’re mature with only a slight shadow of their high school pasts. Life and priorities, post high school, have allowed these two previously conflicting people in a different more open place. This was definitely a fun read, a lovely way to spend my morning while having my coffee. I received a copy of this book and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
This book is related to other books about the houses that Verity and Hector are living in. The houses are right next to each other and in the past the people living in the houses have gotten married and lived happily ever after. Despite this book being related to others, this book can be read alone and by itself. Verity and Hector knew each other growing up and happen to run into each other when they become neighbors. Hector sees Verity and becomes obsessed with getting to know her better. Hector ends up talking Verity into teaching him to cook. The lessons end up with them in bed together. The bedroom scenes are pretty steamy. The book contains humor, romance and a happily ever after. There is no action in this book. It's not completely lighthearted there's a few tense moments but for the most part it is pretty heartwarming. It does leave us with a little hint that there are two new neighbors moved into the house, I can hardly wait to see what happens.