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Title: The Other Guy: A Textdoor Neighbor Romance


Author: Jennifer Van Wyk
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance

I’m The Other Guy.
No, it’s not what you’re thinking so calm down. And yes, I just dared to say the words “calm down”.
He’s the guy your mama warned you about.
I just so happened to be his number neighbor.
Yeah, you read that right.
I’m the Textdoor Neighbor to the guy having one night stands with seemingly the entire town.
And I’m the lucky one who gets to “break up” with his not so lucky conquests.
Turns out, breaking up with most of them wasn’t as hard as I’d expected it to be.
Until she came along.
I was content living my boring life, running a boxing gym and going home to an empty house.
She made me realize that maybe being content isn’t enough.
I’m Jack Cole.
And this is the story about how I became… the other guy.


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NICUnurse’s Review of The Other Guy by Jennifer Van Wyk

The Other Guy: A Textdoor Neighbor Romance is a standalone book, but if you’ve read Jennifer Van Wyk’s other books, you’ll enjoy some cameos of some of your favorite characters from earlier released books. I’m a HUGE fan of Jennifer Van Wyk’s books, and I’ve been hearing a lot about it, so I was very excited to get my grabby little hands on it!

When Sierra stumbles into Jack Cole’s life, he’s not sure he’s ready to have his comfortable life shaken up. But Sierra is a gal who marches to the beat of her own drum, and she thinks Jack’s life could use a little shaking up. He refuses to be the other guy so they start out as friends. But when reality takes a crazy, shocking turn, all bets are off. 

NICUnurse’s Rating: I usually read at night after I crawl into bed. I have a hard time shutting my mind off, and reading helps calm my thoughts and relaxes me. But I learned with Jennifer Van Wyk’s first book, From the Ground Up, that I should not read her books in bed when the hubs is trying to sleep. I learned that the hard way with the texting bloopers. Trying not to literally laugh out loud was almost impossible! And this book has some truly amazing laugh out loud moments.

I adored Jack Cole as a teenager. He was a steady and surprisingly strong presence in his mom’s life. And since he had James Cole as a mentor and then as a father, he’s turned out just like I had hoped he would. But at the beginning of The Other Guy, he may be a little too set in his routine for a guy his age. Sierra is the perfect girl to shake up his world, and he’s the perfect guy to prove to her that love can look different to different people, and it’s always worth the risk. They both shake up each others’ worlds in different ways, but the end result is the life you’d always hoped Jack would have. As usual, Jennifer Van Wyk’s story had me hooked from page one. If you haven’t read one of her books, you really are missing out. The Other Guy is a good mix of comedic, steamy, and swoon-worthy scenes, and it’s the perfect distraction for the crazy time we’re living in right now!

I give The Other Guy by Jennifer Van Wyk 5 out of 5 propellers!

I don’t take the time to turn on light switches and neither does Sierra. Instead, we fly down the hallway, dropping our coats along the way. I push through my bedroom door, the knob hitting the wall with a loud thwack but it could punch a hole in my sheetrock for all I care. I can fix it later. Right now I have better things to worry about. She flips on the light as she follows and murmurs, “I wanna see.”
“Good. Because I plan on staring at you for a while.”
“A while?”
“Oh my,” she breathes and starts stripping off her clothes. I stop her, wanting to do it myself but she bats my hands away, ripping her cardigan off and tossing it behind her. She shakes her head, her long dark hair swishing around her. “You do you. I’ll do me. This time. I don’t have the patience to wait longer.”
I grin and whip my shirt off as she undoes the button on her jeans, watching in amusement as she tries to simultaneously remove her shoes and skintight pants at the same time. She falls on the floor with a thud but it doesn’t stop her mission. She quickly unzips the side of her boots, kicks them off then wiggles out of her jeans while I finish undressing as well.
She works off her tank top and is standing before me, chest heaving in only a bra and underwear. There’s nothing particularly sexy about them. A black cotton bra and pink panties with black polka dots. For some reason, the simple combo does things to me. Way more than if she were in some skimpy lingerie that didn’t match who she is. I like the fact that top to toe, Sierra is who she is and she doesn’t feel the need to change that in front of me.
“You’re gorgeous.”
“You’ve seen me in less,” she reminds me.
“Yeah, but that was different.”
“How so?” she asks, walking to me. She lays soft hands on the bare skin of my waist and I swear I feel a zip of electricity shoot up my spine.
She presses her lips to my chest and I let my forefingers slide under her bra straps. “Because then, we were friends.”
“We aren’t friends now?”
I can tell she’s both teasing and nervous when she asks. She wants me to admit to liking her more than friends just like I want to admit it.
“I’m not a one and done guy, Sierra. This? It’s real for me.”

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What Jennifer wants you to know about The Other Guy:
1. Standalone contemporary romance
2. Friends-to-lovers
3. Small town romance
4. Fresh storyline you haven’t seen before
5. You’ll likely laugh
6. You’ll also likely swoon
7. Sierra is a handful, sassy, and hilarious
8. Jack is sweet, funny, and super sexy
9. There’s an adorable dog
10. Cameos from characters you miss and love
From the Ground Up is Jennifer’s first published novel, with the hopes of many more to come. Jennifer makes her home in rural Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. When she’s not writing or editing/proofreading manuscripts for the many talented authors she’s come to love, she’s sipping coffee or iced tea with her kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.
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