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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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    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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  • Great neighbour

    Really enjoyed it. Great characters and well written. Funny and touching. Looking forward to next book.

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  • New-adult that I can actually tolerate.

    Anyone who I talk books with knows I am hanging on to the new-adult genre by a tiny thread. It's just becoming too full of unnecessary relationship drama and surprise pregnancies that promise to make dysfunctional relationships all better. Oh boy...if these kids only knew. Neighbor Dearest may start out with rudeness, agnst, and sexual interest towards the "bad boy", but it finishes up with Penelope Ward's attention to detail when it comes to complicated human emotions and the unfortunate bombs that life throws at us. Fans of the new-adult genre won't be disappointed though. You've got the classic cover art, age-appropriate characters for the genre, major life choices that would be difficult for any age to make, and incredibly sexy and intimate moments. Neighbor Dearest is a winner in my opinion, even though it ends with a typical new-adult eyeroll (for me anyway), but it's all good. As long as Penelope Ward is writing these characters, they'll be OK. Check it out!

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