Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Devil Next Door by Alex Jane Blog Tour

All Remy Harker wants is a fresh start.

Well, maybe that’s what he tells himself as he rolls up to his nice new house, in the nice little neighborhood, in a town where nobody knows his name.
He’s surrounded by friendly neighbors and a white picket fence. The ugly pink carpet might drive him to insanity, and he can’t stop wondering where the old lady who lived there before him died—but it’s nice.
And if he puts his mind to it, he can be anything—or anyone—he wants to be. He can be nice too.
At least, he thinks he can until he lays eyes on his next-door neighbor.

Luke Boucher is nice.
And quiet.
And perfect.

It doesn’t take long for Remy to insinuate himself into Luke’s life. A camera here, a break-in there.
– It’s not really stalking if you love someone, is it? –

But when Remy’s plan to make a good impression goes to hell, he ends up over his head in more ways than one. Then things aren’t quite so nice anymore.
– It’s not really murder if you love someone, is it? –

Loving your neighbor isn’t so easy when you’re the devil next door.

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Diabolical Stars

Alex Jane is a new-to-me author.

Spoiler-free review, which means to avoid revealing the twists and turns, there won't be much commentary on the content. The review will encompass my entertainment value.

Remy is our narrator, obsessed with Luke. That's the premise in a nutshell, minus twisted spoilers. With that being said, Remy is a stalker, so therefore his personality means he's a detail-oriented person. I liked and loathed that about Remy, simply because him being detail-oriented meant he resonated with me (also that type of personality) yet as a narrator, the story got lost in the details.

That was my biggest issue while reading. This is a short novella, where 90% of the words were the details, the inane actions of everyday life, the setup for the stalking. While I felt this fit perfectly with both Remy's personality and his vocation, I've never been simultaneously bored yet intrigued before.

My issue isn't in the dark content, as that intrigued me, kept me turning the pages when I was quickly losing interest in the story and characters. Remy is a dry character. About halfway through the novella, there is a swift change, almost jarring juxtaposed from the previous flow and release of pertinent information. Obviously the second half entertained me. So if you're also struggling, know that eventually the pacing picks up and the deviancy begins.

While I loved the twists and turns, if this had been a full-length novel, I would have abandoned finishing the read, simply because I needed something to keep me invested earlier on. While intrigued, those inane details, which I understand are to set a stage... I have an imagination and didn't need everything spelled out for me.

As for the dark and dirty, I enjoyed those diabolical portions. I do need to add, when it came to doing the deed, the sadistic sociopathic fun, it was fade-to-black. The reader is shown the before and after, not the during.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Dark Thriller Erotica
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

So, I'm not sure how I feel about this book, other than it is twisted. While this story is very short, it also lacks some development in the characters. They go from being one way to another with the flip of a switch and we're just supposed to be okay with that switch.

Remy is the narrator. You get most scenes from his point of view. But because of his personality, you get EVERY detail there is. It got to the point where I was skimming because there were so many details.

It takes until the book is about 60% over before the story becomes more fast paced and truly takes the reader on a journey. Now once you're on the train, you can't really get off. It has bends and twists that make the story diabolical and the dark romance that this is slated to be.

Overall, it was a twisted, dark book. However, I think it would have been more successful as either a full-length novel with more in it, or a shorter one with just the second half.

After spending far too long creating stories in her head, Alex finally plucked up the courage to write them down and realized it was quite fun seeing them on the page after all.

Free from aspirations of literary greatness, Alex simply hopes to entertain by spinning a good yarn of love and life, wrapped up with a happy ending. Although, if her characters have to go through Hell to get there, she’s a-okay with that.

With only a dysfunctional taste in music and a one-eyed dog to otherwise fill her days, Alex writes and walks on the South Coast of England—even when her heart and spellcheck are in New York.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Devil Next Door (Criminal Delights: Obsession) by Alex Jane to read and review for this tour.

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