There are some authors who I put on an extremely high pedestal; Penelope Ward is amongst this list. Penelope Ward is definitely a one click author for me. She has such a way with drawing me in with her beautiful writing, captivating and interesting characters, who always have an amazing back story. One of my favourite romance themes are the friends to lovers stories and Penelope Ward captured the perfect mix of sexual tension and anticipation in “Neighbor Dearest."
I had no idea when I first started to read “Neighbor Dearest” that it was a spin-off of “Stepbrother Dearest.” I knew it was a stand-alone, but thought it was with all new characters. It was quite strange to go from loving Elec in “Stepbrother Dearest” to thinking he was a complete douche in “Neighbor Dearest,” even though I thought Elec and Greta were perfect for each other. So I definitely think a re-read of “Stepbrother Dearest” is in order.
I love a hero who appears all rough and tough on the outside with what appears to be a surly and grumpy attitude, but is utterly sweet and heart-warming on the inside. There was absolutely nothing I didn’t love about Damien. He’s an inked artist, with an amazing style about him and if the cover of this book is anything to go by, absolutely hot and totally sexy. And yes, I have started stalking the cover model on Instagram.
Chelsea was a character I loved instantly. She’s beautiful, sweet and works in a youth center helping children; seriously what is not to love about her? Chelsea had recently moved out of the place she shared with Elec and into a new apartment with the swoon-worthy neighbor, Damien. It took Chelsea a long time to get over her break-up with Elec and Damien really helped her. Within no time, the two became the best of friends.
I love the friends to lovers plotline, it is one of my favourites. I love the angst and anticipation of the characters giving in to their intense feelings for each other. “Neighbor Dearest” is such an amazing story and definitely a top read for this year. In my eyes Penelope Ward can do no wrong. I would most definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves a beautiful, romantic and heart-felt story with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. The chemistry and sexual tension was seriously off the charts and I loved feeling like I was a part of their journey to falling in love. This story left me smiling from ear to ear when I finished, the ending was absolutely perfect. I really hope there will be another stand-alone book in this series. Perhaps a story on Tyler and Jade, here’s hoping anyway. Do yourself a favour and read this book, I can’t recommend it enough!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3311 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1535036575
- Publisher: Penelope Ward Books, Inc. (13 August 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KECD8FW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 675 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)