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    YES.

    YES. Whatever you love in a contemporary romance, this book has it! This book has a much different tone than the other Penelope-books I have read; this was a lighter story all-around, but no less intense. Or smoking hot. Or emotional. Or peppered with little laughable moments. Sigh...I really liked this book! I loved that the characters were realistic. They spoke and behaved as real people do, and even dealt with some pretty heavy issues, like real people do. The bone-deep, soul-deep love these two had for each other was so endearing. Their little declarations of love to each other throughout the story really got me. All in all, this was one of those wonderful books that sucks ya in and makes you stay up late reading. I DEFINITELY recommend it! ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
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    LOVED IT!

    Wow… I am left speechless after this book. While you can read this one as a standalone, you will find some spoilers for Stepbrother Dearest if you have not read that and do intend to though. But overall, this story was full of heartbreak, self discovery and finding love when you least expect it. It swallows you whole and takes you on an amazing journey. Chelsea got burned hard by her ex, Elec. Enter the “angry artist” as she calls him. Damien. He knocked her on her butt and out of breath. These two connect on a level that honestly at times with the things that happen, makes you wonder how they did not kill each other. But their passion for each other is very evident and you can tell that chemistry was begging to let the sparks fly. Oh do they fight it though. When these two finally give in, all bets are off and their banter as well as their love for each other is bar none. When certain issues and secrets come to life, they fight each other tooth and nail. I think that’s what I really loved about this couple. They challenged each other the whole way and continued to do so throughout the story. There were moments I was going to bawl, moments that I wanted to yell JUST DO IT ALREADY and moments where you want to utterly swoon over Damien. I love that Chelsea is a fighter even though she was hurt so bad and Damien helps her realize her worth. Overall, I loved this story. I loved seeing Chelsea get her happy ending. I loved seeing Damien get over himself to move on to have a happy life and not a closed off one. These two were clearly made for each other and it is one of those stories that you will think about for weeks if not months to come as it was just that amazing. Highly recommend it to anyone!
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    Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

    NEIGHBOR DEAREST by Penelope Ward is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic romance story line focusing on artist Damien D.H. Hennessey, and youth center counselor Chelsea Jameson. Chelsea was first introduced in Ward’s Stepbrother Dearest that focused on the taboo relationship between Elec and his step-sister Greta. Told from first person point of view (Chelsea) NEIGHBOR DEAREST focuses on the relationship between neighbors Chelsea Jameson and her current landlord Damien Hennessey. From eavesdropping on personal conversations, to movie night with popcorn and drinks, Chelsea and Damien’s friendship continues to grow until Damien begins to push Chelsea away. Damien has a secret: one that forces Damien to keep Chelsea from falling in love but Damien’s continuous mixed signals including jealousy over her ex-boyfriend, and setting Chelsea up on a dating website both confuse and irritate our story line heroine. Damien claims not to do romance or love but his actions say otherwise. What ensues is a relationship that is taken to the next level when the truth is revealed, and Damien sees the possibility of a future with the woman with whom he is falling in love. NEIGHBOR DEAREST is a stand alone story but a ‘spinoff’ tale from Ward’s Stepbrother Dearest. Chelsea’s former boyfriend Elec makes a cameo appearance but for all intents and purposes he is not the bad guy in the current story line premise. The conflict does not come from an outside source but from Damien’s constant need to push Chelsea away and the secret he keeps. We are introduced to Damien’s brother Tyler, and Chelsea’s sister Jade, and I suspect there is building story line between Tyler and Jade. Jade is an actress currently living in L.A., and Tyler is hoping to get into the business. Penelope Ward’s NEIGHBOR DEAREST has moments of humor, fun, romance, love, heartbreak and steamy $ex. The premise is compelling and intimate; the characters are passionate and engaging; the romance is seductive and energetic. The sexual energy between Chelsea and Damien is palpable; there is no denying the attraction between one another-it is almost intoxicating and you can hear our heroine’s heartbreak when she knows it is time to walk away. NEIGHBOR DEAREST is an impressive and moving story about taking a chance on love.
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    Pleasant Escape

    This is the first book by this author which I have read and found it to be a pleasant escape from the daily grind. Sweet and believable characters and a predictable but enjoyable storyline which was well written, and that is just what you need on occasion to unwind. Will definitely keep my eye out for other reads by this same author!
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    Beautiful story

    There aren't enough positive words on earth to describe this book. It was absolutely beyond anything I have read so far. I loved every part of it. Penelope Ward is one of my favorite go to authors and I never expect anything less than amazing from her but she still surprised me with this one. I think this has easily become my new favorite. Damien was amazing. He is funny, smart, kind, and so sexy he was a great lead in the book and I couldn't wait to find out what he would say or do next. His unpredictability was one of my favorite parts of him. He was so helpful to Chelsea when he didn't have to be and I loved his character. I am so blown away by how amazing Chelsea is. I loved her when we met her with Elec and I really loved getting to see how truly amazing she is. I loved how strong she was and how she was so easy to love as a character. I also think it's really great she is jades sister and we got to know her a little more too. My favorite part of her though was her loyalty. She was just perfect. This story grabbed me by the heart in the first sentences and it didn't let go. This is a book that will stay with me in it's beauty. It is one that I had to read in one sitting because I couldn't put it down once I jumped into their world. This is an absolute must read for anyone who loves a great story. As always I look forward to the next one this amazing woman writes
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