Thursday, January 15, 2015

REVIEW: Next to You (Where Life Takes You #2 )

Next to You

Claudia Y. Burgoa 

Publication date: July 1st 2014

Source: Paperback given by author for honest review.

240 Pages

Links : Goodreads / Amazon 


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

Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancĂ©e 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?

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Is is possible that I loved Next to You even more than I loved Where Life Takes You... the answer is YES!!!

Next to You picks up where WLTY left off, after Becca left Daniel with only a letter to explain why. I loved seeing more of Daniels thoughts and his point of view after Becca left him. This book dug so much deeper into who Daniel Brightmore is and how he became that person. Originally I didn't understand why Becca left, however, I was happy to see her transformation and how she handled getting help for herself. 

I truly enjoyed that Next to You was mostly written as correspondences between Daniel and Becca. It was unique and made it feel genuine and real. 

I loved seeing Becca's journey to better herself and making Daniel open up and share some of his darker past. This was an amazing novel and that ended PERFECTLY!  Usually I am always left wanting more and Next to You delivered the perfect amount! 

Plot : Amazing, the correspondences back and forth between Becca and Daniel made it so interesting and watching each person change as individuals before they were able to be together as a couple was great.  Loved it! 

Characters: Really happy to see these characters evolve and dig into their past. wonderful character development, and thanks for explaining the pink ! 

Cover: Beautiful ! 

Rating: 5

                    Author Bio                    

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she's a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She's a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. To find more about Claudia follow her:

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  1. Thank you Katie for reading the book and for such a great review, I'm happy that you liked it :D


    1. Yes, I LOVED it, Thanks so much, I enjoyed their stories so much! ~ Katie