Review: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward


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Genre: New Adult Romance

Author: Penelope Ward

Available Formats: eBook, Paperback

Available At: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Release Date: August 15, 2016


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.



   Neighbor Dearest was seriously by far one of my favorite books this year, and I couldn’t have asked for a better storyline or characters. The story was perfect, Damien and Chelsea were perfect, and Penelope Ward did a phenomenal job with every single aspect of their story. I was addicted from the very beginning and honestly couldn’t get enough of Damien and Chelsea. They were quite the pair and there was never a dull moment between them. They were extremely entertaining and I loved their banter and relationship with one another. There were plenty of surprises, both good and bad, throughout that made everything just that much more interesting to read. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, especially Damien’s brother, Tyler, and Chelsea’s sister, Jade. I have a sneaky suspicion (and I hope I’m right!) that maybe Penelope will write a story about them. I don’t know if she will, but we’ll see. Fingers crossed!

   I was so beyond thrilled when I discovered that Penelope Ward had written Neighbor Dearest. Stepbrother Dearest was the first novel I had read by Ms. Ward, and I had really enjoyed it, but believe it or not, I loved Neighbor Dearest a thousand times more. Heck, I would give it a million stars if Goodreads allowed it. ;)

   Neighbor Dearest was a true winner in my opinion, and I absolutely loved everything about it. There were truly no flaws in this book, and that is incredibly hard to come by. I honestly couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of Damien and Chelsea’s story, and will continue to hold it near and dear to my heart for a very long time to come. Highly recommended!


FIVE “Unicorn” Stars!

(You’ll understand the reference when you read the book.)

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~About the Author~

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward

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.

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 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-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 nine novels. Her book RoomHate hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard (the latter two co-written with Vi Keeland).

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