My Review: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

My Review:  Neighbor Dearest by Penelope WardNeighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward
Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance
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After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.

My Review

Neighbor Dearest by Author Penelope Ward is a new, standalone novel

“If you’re telling yourself that you can’t do something, change the story in your head. Visualize a different outcome. Change the story.”

While you do not have to read Stepbrother Dearest to fully enjoy Neighbor Dearest, I feel like I need to make a personal note. Chelsea Jameson was one of the characters I loved to hate in Stepbrother Dearest.   Did she have cheating, whoring ways?  No.   Was she inappropriate or unkind?  No. Was she emotionally unavailable or shut-off?  No. She was perfect!  Just not for Elec, so I wanted her out of the way. But, when I saw her book was coming, I was ecstatic with a newfound love for her to rediscover love with a male hero made just for her. And, I wanted to get to know to better know her.

“Corn dog, meet Horn Dog.”

Neighbor Dearest was a friends-to-lovers romance novel. It began with breadcrumbs of whit, sarcasm, good advice, and kindness that led to so many sweet and heart-stopping moments that continued to be spiced with humor, flirtatious banter, and smoldering heat.

“You think I don’t want you. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m always one second away from losing it.”

Chelsea may have let Elec go for the taboo love of his life, but she gained the most amazing and dedicated man in Damien Hennessey. Their story had ups and downs with some inevitable surprises, both from the main characters and those close to them.  But, through it all I could see the passion they ignited for each other.  It never dulled, only burned brighter, with flashes of scorching heat that pulsated in the air.

“I would rather have a single day of truly being with you than twenty thousand days of going through the motions with someone who doesn’t have my heart.”

Neighbor Dearest had characters to cheer for, love to live for, and an ending that was just the beginning.  It was an escape that found a soft spot in my heart.

“As long as my heart is beating, it will only beat for you.”

4.5 Stars

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of Stepbrother Dearest, which spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include, Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood, Gemini and the upcoming Sins of Sevin due out in the fall of 2015.

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