Sloane Whitaker never expected that after she had to move from New York to Texas with her mother that she would find herself feeling at home in her new state. Texas grew on Sloane though, she loved her new school and she especially wanted to stay when she began a relationship with Tru Dorsey, the boy next door. The only problem, half of her family is still in New York and she really misses her brother and father.
Tru has also had his own problems mounting up which has led to him drinking way too much. His father can be very abusive and at an early age Tru found himself beginning to hide in a bottle but now he knows this has become more than a problem and he needs help. Sloane is the only good thing in his life but Tru feels that they need a break so he can become more worthy of her love after getting himself fixed.
Falling for the Girl Next Door is the fifth book in the Creative Hearts series but only the second featuring Sloane and Tru. I had not read the first book featuring this particular couple but I found that it really didn’t seem to be totally necessary although there may be a bit more background information given having met the couple before. I have however read a couple others from the series and there are mentions of other previous characters but again, not really necessary to be familiar with them.
I actually enjoyed Sloane and Tru and watching this couple deal with some very tough things in their lives and how they handled them. My one complaint though with this book came at the very end, it just seemed to end rather abruptly and left a lot of things up in the air. It could be possible that this couple will continue on later but I would have enjoyed learning more about their issues in this book.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.