Review: TAMING THE BOY NEXT DOOR by MJ Carnal

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Caleb Allen was your typical boy next door. Growing up in a prestigious suburb of Los Angeles, he lived a life most only dreamed about. As one of the original Moretti men, he caught the eye of countless women with his clean cut good looks and chivalry. But behind closed doors, he commanded attention, becoming a dominant force that was anything but timid.

After a misunderstanding that jeopardized the wellbeing of the group and a near fatal accident that nearly cost him his best friend, Mark Moretti, Caleb was determined to become the loyal and devoted man he had been in the past. The minute Dr. Jena Turner stepped from the ICU with news of Mark’s condition, Caleb’s world spun off its axis. Several chance encounters only deepened his desire to make her his. He longed to prove that the life he preferred was one of pleasure and passion.

But, Jena Turner has a secret that haunts her. Hiding from her past, a simple moment in the heat of passion sends her running in fear. An unlikely confidant can either push her back into Caleb’s arms or give him a taste of his own medicine. Can Jena step into a lifestyle that reminded her of the darkest day of her past?

Broken and defeated, Caleb questions everything he knows about love. Can he prove to Jena that love is worth the risk or will he watch her walk out of his life forever?


Taming the Boy Next Door is the third novel in the Moretti Novels by MJ Carnal.

Review:

3.75 Stars
Warning if you have not read any of the other Moretti Novels this review may contain spoilers. Taming the Boy Next Door is the third novel in the Moretti Novels by MJ Carnal. I would not recommend this to be read as a standalone. The stories intertwine and it would be too hard to keep up. 

I fell in love with Caleb and my heart broke for him in Taming the Bachelor, the first book in the series. He was so sweet and I have been looking forward to this book so that he could get his happily ever after. In the first book he is in love with Sophie and she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. He is the sweet guy but the feelings were just not there for her. After a bunch of drama goes down and a few scary situations take place Caleb is put in a position that makes him want to become the loyal and devoted friend he was known as in the past. I really love him, he is one of those guys that wears his heart on his sleeve. He isn’t scared to admit his feelings. So when he meets Dr. Jena Turner he knows exactly what he wants from her and he isn’t shy about it. He may be a sweet guy but once the bedroom doors closes he likes to be in charge. 

Dr. Jena Turner was brought into this group after a tragedy but the Moretti clan has claimed her as one of their own. She has gotten close to all of them over the last few months especially Caleb. The moment the two met sparks flew and Caleb is determined to win her over. The problem is Jena is shy and focused on work. Jena’s past has left her sheltered. She has never really recovered from something that happened to her when she was in high school. Instead of dealing with the issue she focuses on work, so when things heat up between her and Caleb she isn’t sure how to deal with it. I really liked her character because she didn’t come across as one of those needy women like in so many other books. Although she has been through a lot in her past and hasn’t really dealt with the issue she is still strong but she just doesn’t realize it. I felt sorry for her and hoped she could move on. 

The chemistry between Jena and Caleb is hot! The sex scenes are scorching! I think where the book fell flat for me was the introduction to the next book. I wanted more Caleb and Jena but I felt like at times the book was more about Caleb’s sister Andi and Kevin. I love Kevin because he is an ass and I loved the interaction between him and Andi but I wanted less of it or at least for it to not feel like it took over the book. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t my favorite in the series. I will definitely pick up the next book because I love all the characters and I look forward to seeing what happens to them in the future. 

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