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Blog Tour: Review + Q&A: The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron

I am so excited by the Carina Adores imprint featuring all queer romance stories! Then you add a writer I’ve been meaning to read for ages now, Chelsea M. Cameron and you’ve got me hooked! The Girl Next Door is a cute summer vibe romance about finding your passion.


New York Times bestselling author Chelsea M. Cameron is back with the opposites-attract, sweet-and-sexy small-town romance you’ve been waiting for.

Iris Turner hightailed it out of Salty Cove, Maine, without so much as a backward glance. Which is why finding herself back in her hometown—in her childhood bedroom, no less—has the normally upbeat Iris feeling a bit down and out. Her spirits get a much-needed lift, though, at the sight of the sexy girl next door.

No one knows why Jude Wicks is back in Salty Cove, and that’s just how she likes it. Jude never imagined she’d be once again living in her parents’ house, never mind hauling lobster like a local. But the solitude is just what she needs—until Iris tempts her to open up.

A no-strings summer fling seems like the perfect distraction for both women. Jude rides a motorcycle, kisses hard and gives Iris the perfect distraction from her tangled mess of a life. But come September, Iris is still determined to get out of this zero-stoplight town.

That is, unless Jude can give her a reason to stay…

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I am ALL here for this new imprint! The Girl Next Door is a book that will charm you. Two great characters who are both reeling from a loss and unsure of what to do next. If you’ve ever felt a little unmoored and lacking direction, you will probably connect with Iris or Jude. For me, it felt like reading some of the feelings I am going through now about wondering where my path will take me. Iris’ story hit a little too close to home! I loved how much pining there was. There’s a great sense of romance and friendship, while also focusing on Iris and Jude’s own ghosts.

It’s a sweet story that will deliver you some great summer vibes – cue beach scenes – and has some great character moments. Being about healing and self-discovery, The Girl Next Door has detailed characters on all fronts. We love a supportive dad! If you’ve been searching for a romance that takes you to the beach without leaving home, The Girl Next Door is for you. It’s a sapphic romance focused on self-discovery and opening your heart.







What quality do you love most about Iris?

She’s stubborn as hell, and I love that because we share that same quality. It’s a good thing and a curse if you end up single-mindedly pursing a goal that no longer works for you. She’s so intent on getting out of Maine that she can’t open her eyes and see that it’s really where she needs, and wants, to be. At the same time, she also doesn’t back down when it comes to Jude, and trying to be her friend. 

What is Jude’s most surprising quality?

Her sense of humor. It takes a little while to come out, and she doesn’t show it to everyone, but when it does, she’s a goof. She’s been through a lot, and even letting herself laugh, or crack a joke is a huge step for her.

What would you like readers to take away from reading Iris and Jude’s story?

That a love story doesn’t have to be high-stakes to be worthwhile. There are no car crashes, or love triangles, or explosions (unless you count the kind happening in the bedroom *wink*), but this is still a story about two imperfect people fumbling and finding their way to each other. I hope they can find a moment of respite from the world with my two girls. If I can give someone a few hours of escape, then I’ve done my job.

About the Author

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She’s a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader, and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, tweeting, and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. Visit her at





Carina Adores Imprint Info

Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

A new Carina Adores title is available each month:

  • The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover (available May 26, 2020)
  • Just Like That by Cole McCade (available June 30, 2020)
  • Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters (available July 28, 2020
  • Better Than People by Roan Parrish (available August 25, 2020)
  • Full Moon in Leo by Brooklyn Ray (available September 29, 2020)
  • If You Can’t Stand the Heat by KD Fisher (available October 27, 2020)
  • Just Like Us by Cole McCade (available November 24, 2020)


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