August 22, 2016

ERIN REVIEWS: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward @PenelopeAuthor

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A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.


From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.


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.


Author's note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


It’s hard to explain just how excited I am every time I find out that Penelope Ward has a new book being released, and it’s because every time I know it will be a story that I sink into like a bubbly hot tub of steamy goodness!!  So grab a glass of wine and prepare to curl up with yet another angsty and sexy love story with a mouth-watering leading man, because she’s done it again!

Neighbor Dearest brings us the ever-alluring Damien, easily turning our heads and making us drool, while the heartbroken and fragile Chelsea makes us want to cry along with her until she can find the man she deserves. Chelsea is your everyday average girl in a lot of ways, just going through life post-break-up trying to not fall apart every time she thinks about her ex Elec cheating on her.  She’s that girl no one wants to be, the one who lost the man she thought was the love of her life to another woman.  Damien, meanwhile, is just the gorgeous brooding neighbor who seems to have a knack for painting beautiful art…on the building wall.  Or at least that’s what she thought.  Turns out there’s a lot more to Damien than what meets the eye, and the more time he and Chelsea spent together the more she liked what she saw.  If only Damien didn’t constantly have her at arm’s length, because laaaawdy they had some great chemistry and they both knew it!

The budding friendship between these two was so sweet, I loved the banter, the dirty jokes, and the truly embarrassing moments that they shared that make them seem like real people instead of these perfect fictional characters.  They were flawed, and they both knew it, and they embraced that as they tried to fight the feelings that were growing each and every time they were together.  Damien was so frustratingly stubborn for a good reason, and when his side of the story is revealed your heart just aches for him.  But amongst all of that drama is this electricity that constantly pulls Chelsea and Damien together, and it was so much fun to read!  This story truly has it all—humor, sexual tension, heartache, unexpected twists that keep you glued, and a romance that is sure to please every reader. Another incredible read by Penelope Ward!

Quotes:
“You’ve been listening to me…through a glory hole?”
“No.  You’ve been subjecting me to asinine conversations with people who are ripping you off…through a glory hole.”
“You are such a…”
“A-hole?” ~Loc 292

My heart was pounding so fast, and I didn’t know whether it was because I knew Elec was watching or because of the sheer shock of it all or simply because I knew this was going to ruin me. ~Loc 1362

“You’ve already done everything to me in my imagination.  It’s been a long year.”
“Fuck.  Really?  What the fuck have I been doing to you without my even knowing?  Is it possible to be jealous of your imaginary self?  I want to beat the shit out of him—nasty fucker.” ~Loc 2818

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Excerpt
Copyright © 2016 by
Penelope Ward
Looking tense, he placed his hands slowly into his pockets as he looked at me. “What exactly happened last night?”
“What are you talking about?”
Nice try dodging the question.
He moved in closer to me. “What am I talking about? You leaving me with a giant fucking basket of muffins and running off before I could even say anything? Ring a bell?”
“I thought you’d be alone. It caught me off guard.”
His eyes softened. “You were upset…”
“No, I wasn’t.”
“You’re a terrible liar, Chelsea. Fucking horrible at it. You don’t hide your feelings very well.”
“You think you know just about everything there is to know about me, don’t you?”
“Not everything. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read you. It’s one of the things I like about you, though. You’re one of the least fake people I’ve ever met.”
“Then, tell me. Why do you think I was upset?”
“Honestly? I think you’re confused about me.”
“Confused…”
“Yes. I think you’re wondering why I opted not to have dinner with you and instead ended up with a woman I’d literally just met, someone who isn’t as sweet as you and sure as fuck isn’t as pretty as you. So, you’re wondering what the hell I was thinking. Am I right?”
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
He continued, “I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but I do feel a connection with you, okay? If you’ve sensed something, you’re not imagining it.”
“Well, if I wasn’t confused before…now I definitely am.”
“I feel like I need to say this now, because I can’t stand the thought of you thinking that I somehow find you undesirable when it’s exactly the opposite.”
I crossed my arms. “Again. Not following you.”
He closed his eyes as if to try to find the right words. “It’s just that I know for sure that I can’t ever be what someone like you needs in a boyfriend, in a partner. It’s not that we wouldn’t have fun or be great together at first. I’m just not good for you in the long-term—not marriage material. And the reasons are too complex to get into, except to say that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. I can’t, in good conscience, start something with a girl like you.”
“A girl like me…”
“Yes. You’re not the kind of girl a guy takes home for a quick fuck. You’re the girl he keeps.”
Right. Just like Elec did.
Penelope Ward
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 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. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.


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Additional Books by Penelope Ward


RoomHate:


Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)


Sins of Sevin:

Stepbrother Dearest:


Jake Undone (Jake #1):

My Skylar


Jake Understood (Jake #2):


Gemini:

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