Standalone friends to lovers romance!
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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
‘I believed love was indestructible. I was wrong.’
We love that we pretty much know what we’re going to get when we pick up a new book from Penelope Ward. She has a formula and it’s one we enjoy; swoon-worthy messed up heroes and strong yet somehow vulnerable heroines. We know that we’ll have a good giggle and maybe even a sad tear or two. Always well written with a bit of everything we love thrown in. Oh and kudos to Penelope Ward being able to make fun of herself in her books. We LOVE that!
“It’s not always as simple as….Someone fucking their stepsister.”
“That really happened? Sounds like something out of a bad book.”
Neighbor Dearest was no exception, we fell in love with Damien and we felt our hearts deeply involved in his and Chelsea’s story. This is a standalone but if you’ve read Stepbrother Dearest you’ll know the background to Chelsea’s story.
“Don’t be afraid to say what you want. Life is too short.”
Chelsea’s heart was broken by Elec, her now ex-boyfriend, and she’s struggling to move on and learn to live again. She feels completely broken and is failing to understand how everything happened, blaming and questioning herself in the process. Moving into a new apartment block she is living day to day spending her nights on the phone with a therapist trying to heal.
“I want to enjoy my life unapologetically, and I don’t take anything for granted.”
Chelsea’s healing process begins when her sister, Jade and her have an encounter with the mysterious and enigmatic, Damien. This guy turns out to be more than what meets the eye and soon becomes a constant in Chelsea’s life. She is mesmerized with him yet he seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders and forces an unwanted distance between them. Hurrah for two barking dogs, the double D’s!
“I think the level of love that is irreplaceable is the highest level.”
As they say it’ll all come out in the wash and their journey is one of chills, thrills and passionate spills. Neighbor Dearest had romance, pervy heat, humour, high emotion and at times some good old cheese. Camel toe kissing…really?! Ewww, hahahaha. We definitely recommend this standalone feel good story with one of the best epilogues that had our hearts in a puddle on the floor. We have to point out that we absolutely loved the message of ‘changing the story’ which we’re sure you will too when you pick this book up. We ‘ducking’ loved it and if we had Damien’s number we’d text him too asking him to come over for a duck.
“You are the most unintentionally romantic person I have ever meet.”
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If you haven’t already done so, we recommend reading
Come and meet the very sexy Elec!
You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.
When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.
I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.
At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.
Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.
It had been years since I’d seen Elec.
When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.
And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.
I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.
Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.
**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+
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