Review: Finding Mr. Right Next Door (Sarah Ballance)

Finding Mr. Right Next Door
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful…


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Sarah Ballance. I don’t know why her books fell off my radar, but I’m happy I came across Finding Mr. Right Next Door. This romance was exactly the type I was looking for: fun, light, fast-paced, and sweet. I loved the whole best friends to lovers trope that was going on here. Matt and Lexi were just too cute for words.

There are only two things I can find fault with. One, this book was written in third person and it would have been even better in first. Two, I would have loved for it to be longer. It was really more a novella than a full length novel. Other than, it was darn near perfect.

I guess this was a second in a series of connected romances, but I didn’t even notice that. I’m excited to go back and read the first book if it’s as adorable as this one.

12 thoughts on “Review: Finding Mr. Right Next Door (Sarah Ballance)”

  1. For me I rarely enjoy novellas as much because I just don’t have enough time to connect to the characters, but I do really enjoy best friends to lovers so maybe…

    1. I didn’t realize it was so short before I started. It was such a good story that I didn’t even notice. I probably just wanted more time with them.

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