Review | Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

“A broken heart is still a beating one.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: hot sauce, stolen underwear, anagrams, clove cigarettes, gaming sessions, shamrock tattoos, bowls of ice cream, clubbing outfits, poker chips and unfinished books.

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.

That last sentence of the book before the epilogue killed me… I wish I could put it here, but it would be a spoiler. I was in the mood for a good romance book, and this sounded super good. This story portraits the romance between two non-related step brothers, who don’t like each other – at first. And I like how even though the book has a taboo topic, it was not an important thing in this book. The story does not revolve around the taboo aspect like in most stepbrother romance books, but it revolves around other serious topics like abuse and depression.

I really liked the story and the romance in it. Even though I would consider this an “enemies to lovers” kind of story – at least in the beginning -, it’s definitely a lighter kind of hate. It’s also a very steamy book, so I would only recommend it for a mature audience.

The only thing I wish I knew was who sent that mysterious text to Elec. It was never mentioned again, and there was no logic behind it… other than that, I don’t have any other negative things to say. It was so entertaining that I read it in one sitting, and I MAY have cried… a lot.

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