Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Greta is about to meet her new stepbrother. As an only child who has dreamt about having a sibling, she can't help but be anxious. Then Elec walks through her front door. He's an arrogant, rude asshole and he is absolutely gorgeous. He goes out of his way to get under her skin yet her traitorous body wants him more and more.

While they may constantly jab at each other, they also seem to grow closer until she finally chinks a small hole in his armor. Underneath his angry young man exterior is just a boy who wants to feel loved. But just as soon as Greta discovers the softer so of Elec, he is on his way back to California with him.

It's seven years before Greta sees or speaks to Elec again and this time it's for unhappy circumstances. What will he be like now after all this time? They both have tried to move on with their lives but when face with each other once again it is clear they still have feelings for one another.

This was my first book by Penelope Ward and it certainly will not be my last. It griped me from the very first word and didn't let me go until I read "The End." Housework? Forgotten. Errands? Not important. I ignored the world for half a day because the only important thing was finishing this book. Stepbrother Dearest was so extremely emotional and left me feeling drained, but it was beyond worth it. There are funny moments and sweet moments and really frickin hot moments. But then there are devastatingly sad moments that tore my heart out of my body. I had no idea how this would all turn out and I refused to out my Kindle down until I was finished. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Favorite Quotes
"I won't give you the same thing...but I can give you more. Okay? I can give you better. It may be one night, but I will make every second count."

"You'll always matter to me, Greta. Always."

"I want you to know I've never wanted anything more in my entire life than to reclaim every inch of you."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Stepbrother Dearest
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+


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