Review | Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

“You can’t always get what you want. But don’t be afraid to ask.” 3.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: new landlords, unicorns, homemade pizza, steamy books, fires, painted murals, hospital stays, ripped shirts and rottweilers.

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.

I read “Stepbrother Dearest” by Penelope Ward a couple of years ago but at the time I didn’t know there was another standalone romance associated with it. I found out about “Neighbor Dearest” recently and I was excited to pick it up knowing it was about the girl Elec rejected.

Personally I think this book was okay. I’m not the biggest fan of “artistic” male leads in NA/YA romances, but this worked out nicely in the end. Chelsea was a good character, and so was Damien, but there was something about the couple dynamic that was a little off. Not only that but I found it weird that at first everyone (neighbors and random people) thought Damien was rude, but that… just evaporated throughout the book.

The romance is on the steamier side, and it was nicely done. I enjoyed watching their relationship flourish with time!

One thing that made me curious while reading this book was Tyler and Jade. I did some research and I found they have their own little novella named “Jaded and Tyed”, so I immediately added it to my reading list!

At the end of the day, it wasn’t the best romance I have ever read, but it was definitely an entertaining read.

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