The New Neighbor

by Isabelle Peterson

The New Neighbor - Isabelle Peterson - The Juniper Ct
Editions:Kindle - 1: $ 2.99 USD

Six months after Erik Beckett's short-lived marriage from his husband, he’s found it hard to move on. Erik’s colleague, Kyle Murphy, convinces him that he should move out of the condo he shared with his ex. Erik takes Kyle’s advice and finds the perfect house in a quiet neighborhood on Juniper Court.

Kyle Murphy isn’t proud of it, but he’s in the closet to everyone, even his family. In fact, he's always portrayed himself as a ladies man. However, Kyle has had a thing for Erik since they first met. He's just been waiting for the right time. When Kyle comes out to Erik, Erik doesn't know what to make of it.

With Erik in his new home and away from the memories of his failed marriage, is the time now? But, with their history, would Erik ever think of Kyle in ‘that way’? And what would the neighbors think?

The New Neighbor is part of The Juniper Court Series. Each book is a standalone, but if you enjoyed a peek into another house on Juniper Court, you can read their story! Learn more about the books and their authors on our website:

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Publisher: Independently Published
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Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Coming Out / Closeted, Coming Out Later in Life, Friends to Lovers
Word Count: 40,300
Setting: United States (state not specified)
Languages Available: English

“That’s brilliant,” I agreed and turned to see Kyle standing close. 

Very close. 

So close I noticed tiny little flecks of gold and green in his eyes I thought were only brown. And the tiny little scar in his eyebrow. Momentarily, I wondered where that scar came from, but then he licked his full lips and… fuck the scar. Those pink lips and that full lower lip. My heart was pounding so hard it was bruising my ribs. My head spun, and my knees nearly gave out. 


Distinctly feeling that I wasn’t alone here, I leaned in slightly letting Kyle know I was okay if he was. That I wanted something more than just friends. It was something I hadn’t been able to shake since our game of one-on-one barely a week ago. When Kyle didn’t back away, I leaned in again, but so did Kyle, and the both of us moving caused our mouths to crash into each other rather harshly and our teeth bashed.

“Oh, shit! Sorry. Fuck!” Kyle muttered under his breath. 

We both let out a half chuckle and then calmed right the fuck down. 

This time, we both moved confidently reading each other’s movements, and our lips met. 

Ho-ly FUCK! 

An electrical charge surged through my body directly from Kyle’s lips. My hand went to the back of his neck, and I held him to me for dear life. I was not going to let this end so quickly. Not when it felt so right.[ Joyfully Jay exclusive excerpt ]

Reviews:Angel33eyes on Amazon wrote:

The New Neighbor is a super-steamy, quick read that will keep you wanting more! I was so excited for the release of book two in the Juniper Court series and Isabelle Peterson did not disappoint!
This was the first M/M romance I had read, and I wasn’t sure what to expect... It is wonderfully romantic with larger-than-life characters.
Erik is openly gay and proud of it. He’s fortunate to have a loving and supportive family that just accepted the fact that he is gay and didn’t blink an eye.
Kyle, on the other hand, is totally in the closet. One of seven children in a devoutly Catholic family, he knows the Church views homosexuality as a sin and has a deep-seated fear of how is family and co-workers would view him if he comes out.
It was really fun to see the interactions with the other Juniper Court neighbors that I had met previously, but written from a different perspective.
I read The New Neighbor in one sitting! I couldn’t walk away from Erik and Kyle’s story! The story itself is incredibly well written and I am excited to read more of Isabelle Peterson’s work!

Lisa Helmick on Amazon wrote:

I LOVED this book! It is amazing! The more I read this....the more i want to read. At first I liked Erik but as the book went on Kyle really became my favorite. He had a lot more to overcome and I can’t help but say I was impressed with him. I really can’t say that enough. Wow! What a strong guy! I had an eye opener reading this story. Kyle is dealing with real life subjects most of us have never had to think about. I can really feel the added pressure for what Kyle is going through. The emotions that were brought out that I felt for each of these characters shows what amazing writing was done with this book.

Erik was really having a hard time at the beginning. I really felt for him! His parents....Amazing! I love their openness with Erik. Also the advice that Erik’s Dad gave him...priceless.
Kyle is struggling with his identity. He wants to be who the world thinks he should be. Not who he is inside. I see how over the years he has become such a great actor at hiding his true self. When he broke down with his Mom...I was silently urging him to take that step and open up. His family but mostly his parents are golden! Best parents ever! I love that interaction.

This Is my first book by this author and my second Juniper Court book. I really like seeing all the interaction between the neighbors in the books. Such a great idea! This is also my first M/M book. The writing of this book was so engaging it was easy to get lost in the story. I have not read a book in a while that pulled so many emotions out of me. This was a very powerful story full of love, humor, some sadness and amazement. It was very enjoyable and I won’t forget it.

Naomi McDonald on Amazon wrote:

I fell in love with this book. The characters were easy to connect with. The story line was engaging. I really felt Kyle’s challenge with being authentic about himself. And I’ll admit, parts of the story made me cry. So many feels!!! It is especially impactful because I know that these struggles are real-life struggles for many people.

After his marriage ends, Erik withdraws and becomes solely focused on work. One of his co-workers finally encourages him to attend happy hour with them. This is a turning point for Erik. He realizes that he can’t keep himself locked away from life. His first step toward re-entering life is to move into a new home, one where he can make new memories and start over. He decides to ask his co-worker to help him move, and that’s when things get interesting.

Kyle is in the closet about who he really is. He wishes that things could be different, but he’s kept up the façade for so long that he can’t stop. What if he is not accepted? He doesn’t want to risk losing everything, so he keeps lying to himself and everyone else. Kyle has wanted Erik ever since he met him, but in order to be with him, he would have to admit the truth. Ultimately, he has to decide whether being with Erik means more than staying hidden.

This is the second book I have read in the Juniper Court series. I have loved both of them. Can’t wait to read the rest!!!

About the Author

Isabelle Peterson, the Author of Intoxicating Romances, is a Chicago suburban girl living in coastal Connecticut with her husband of more than twenty-five years, and a nine-pound shih tzu. She's also the mother of two incredibly smart and talented offspring, currently off at college--Isabelle living vicariously through them. Alongside being a novelist, Isabelle is also a screenplay writer working on many exciting projects. When she's not writing, Isabelle can be found creating a new cocktail or enjoying a favorite one, savoring a good glass of wine, cooking or baking. In fact, if she weren't a creative writer, she'd probably be a bartender or chef somewhere.

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