The Forever Neighbor (Corio Heights #3) by Rye Cox

Will has been pining for his bestie and roommate Jason for years. The two of them are highly codependent. They have basically been in a committed relationship for years, just minus the sex. Can The Forever Neighbor become a forever love? 

From the blurb:

What do you do when you’re in love with your childhood friend?

For as long as Will can remember, Jason has always been his safe space, his protector. Now as adults, he doesn’t know how much longer he can hide the desire he holds for his best friend. A desire he’s too afraid to convey and so is unable to make any progress on changing their relationship status. Is it finally time to let go?

There are two things Jason loves most in the world: food and Will. They’ve gone through everything together over the years and are as close as family. As he feels his best friend begin pulling away, Jason slowly discovers that his love for Will has turned into an emotion he can’t quite grasp but is determined to understand. Can he figure out his feelings before it’s too late and he loses Will forever?

The Forever Neighbor is an M/M romance with grumpy/sunshine and childhood friends-to-lovers tropes. It features obsessive lovers, healing, and finding found family once again. It is the third book of the Corio Heights series and can be read as a standalone but will be more enjoyable when read as a series.

Lori C's Review:

I’ve been waiting for this book for so long!! Can I just tell you how happy I am right now?! I was on the edge of tears almost from the beginning, because these two are just perfect for each other in my eyes. The ending is absolutely lovely! This book is one I can see rereading. 

While everyone in their friendship circle has guessed Will’s feelings, I’m not sure Jason ever realized. Not that he’s oblivious, he’s not, Will is just that good at hiding. When he finally slips the tether on his control and shows Jason how he feels, Jason responds. It’s like he finally woke up too. It was just beyond perfection seeing these two connect the way they did. But perfection has a way of hiding cracks and broken pieces. Can love truly heal all wounds? 

Oh man, y’all. I wanted and waited for this book. If Rye Cox herself had told me, she was planning on ripping my heart out before she pieced it back together, I would have still said please let me read your book. Jason and Will’s story is a doozy for me. Maybe others will feel like it isn’t an emotional book, but that’s the beauty in reading. We can all see a story through our own lens. For me, Jason and Will’s story is beautiful. I hope that you will love it too. ❤️

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

3.5-4 stars

This was the story I was waiting for since I read the first in this series. When I first met Jason and Will I honestly thought they were already a couple and was surprised they were just friends. I was so looking forward their story, and I usually like friends to lovers.

This was a bit different to what I expected, and that's not a bad thing. This was less about Jason and Will's love story than it was two people overcoming past trauma in order to forge a life together. Their relationship at the start of the book was less than healthy really, completely co-dependent and not good for either one of them really. Things come to a head when Will starts seeing a therapist and on his advice attempts to break the pattern of behaviour they have both slipped into, which leads to Jason realising his feelings for his best friend are far from platonic.

I liked their dynamic better once they actually got together, before it felt like Jason taking advantage of Will, who wouldn't stand up for himself. Once they were together it felt more equal, and then when they both ended up getting counselling it was even better. This is a slow burn story, with two people who were meant to be together finally getting what they both need. It's more a tale of how to form a healthy relationship (with help from professionals and friends) and realising that while they need each other, they both also need other things too.

Rating: 3.75 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

When Will's therapist gently nudges him to branch out from his Jason bubble it doesn't take long for Jason to notice when Will does just that. After all, Jason and Will are rarely apart. They even meet up for their lunch breaks in the middle of their workday. Their relationship isn't toxic, but it isn't exactly healthy either.

When Will finally cracks and tells Jason how he feels it sets a fire in Jason's heart. Jason is a sweetheart, but he is a naïve sweetheart and honestly had no idea Will harbored any romantic feelings towards him. He thinks back to all the cuddles they've shared. How Will has always felt like home to him. Will is his person and it just makes sense that they would be the perfect partner for each other.

Not everything goes smoothly. Both men have some baggage that they haven't truly unpacked, more like buried into the back of their closet. It's still there, but hidden away so they don't have to be reminded of it too often. This has to be worked through in order for Will and Jason to essentially work as well. Their HEA was well deserved and I couldn't picture the two of them with anyone else.

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

The Forever Neighbor was sooo freakin good! I have been impatiently waiting for Will and Jason story!! 

They’ve been best friends since childhood and secretly crushing on each other since then. Jason is so sweet, pure sunshine. He’s lost without his best friend Will. 

Will is grumpy and so in love with his best friend Jason but both men are afraid to let the other know and loose that friendship. 

Their back story was sad, but they had each other. There’s a lot of pining and some angst in the story but overall, a great read! 

Well written with nice pacing that will keep you engaged!

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

I've been waiting for Will and Jason's story since the first book... for one of them to finally make a move and just get them together...and it finally happens in The Forever Neighbor.... 

This book is a childhood best friends, opposites attract story with a sunny, naïve guy who just keeps missing all the signals that everyone else sees - until his grumpy roommate and bestie finally cracks... and the book was my crack...

This story has been a three book slow burn that finally gets some heat and I'm there for it!  

Rating: 5 Stars 

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