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The Next Day

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A heartwarming novel with well-developed, lovable characters, both steamy and laugh-out-loud scenes, and a touch of mystery.

It’s rare to find a romance novel that begins with steamy, sexual chemistry and evolves into a truly heartwarming love story. The Next Day by Carrie Thorne is one of those rare finds. 


The story begins when Zane Harris moves to Foothills to live near his friend Asher after leaving the Navy SEALS. Zane is grieving, dealing with PTSD, and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Asher’s cousin Freya Marks becomes Zane’s new next-door neighbor. Freya is a talented young artist recovering from her third failed engagement and readjusting to her hometown.


Zane and Freya first meet when Zane unloads his moving boxes. Freya helps, and though the two interact minimally, the attraction between them is immediate. Both have experienced heartbreak through failed relationships, and both feel disconnected from their families. Neither believe they ought to pursue a relationship, but when they agree to help each other present happy, successful fronts to their families, they develop a meaningful connection and find their sexual chemistry increasingly more difficult to ignore. When they present a pretend relationship, it begins to feel all too real.


Carrie Thorne’s well-developed characters were easy to empathize with, and I found myself smiling as I read, their happy moments feeling like my own. All of the characters were impressively unique with consistent yet dimensional personalities. Though her appearance was brief, I particularly enjoyed Freya’s outspoken (and inappropriate) aunt. The moments of comedic relief had me laughing out loud and the touches of mystery and wondering how everything would unfold kept me turning the pages, all of which created an immersive story. 


I would highly recommend The Next Day to romance lovers, readers who value deep emotional connections, and anyone simply looking for a genuinely good book. 

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I read a book every few days and work with authors through beta reading and editing. My favorite books are “The Ultimatum” by Karen Robards, “Rhapsodic” by Laura Thalassa, “The Body Reader” by Anne Frasier, and “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.

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About the author

Artist and scientist, one of Carrie's favorite past-times is getting lost in a fun romance novel. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Carrie also enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors with her husband, two amazing young children, their goofy lab, and adorably scruffy rescue dog. view profile

Published on March 19, 2021

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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