Jul 072014

Review: Next to You

Review: Next to YouNext to You (Life #2) by Claudia Y Burgoa
Published by Self published on Jul 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars


…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…

Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancée and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.


Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.

As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As the second book in a duology, this was a great second half of the story. Unlike the first book, this book is told from Dan’s point-of-view, with their written correspondence also taking a narrative role. I found this an interesting twist, as most romance stories seem to be told from a female view.

While I did find the narration style interesting, I could never bring myself to like Dan. He’s just not a likeable character. He’s very controlling and overbearing and more than once he said that if Becca would just let him make the decisions, then everything would be fine. Ugh. Not someone I could root for at all.

Becca is a completely different story though. I loved her in this book. She began to take steps at the end of the previous book that she continued in this one, and I was so proud of her. She knows what she needs to do in order to get better and more comfortable with herself, and she followed through, no matter what Dan wanted. Her newfound inner strength was beautiful.

Overall, this was a good finale to the duology. While I didn’t like Dan at all, and am not totally sold on the ending, all of the progress that Becca made was worth it. She’s a great character, and I was so happy every time she did something to help herself.

  One Response to “Review: Next to You”

  1. Thank you for reading Next To You and being part of the tour x

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