Review | Jaded and Tyed by Penelope Ward

“I tried to convince myself that my secret chats with Jade were nothing more than friendly banter. But I knew better. I was likely headed to hell in a handbasket. I lived for her messages—fucking addicted to talking to her. I knew it was wrong, but I’d managed to convince myself that it wasn’t cheating.” 3/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: pixie cuts, snuggies, Broadway, baby nephews, treehouses, awkward dinners and accidental friend requests.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a new novelette.

The first time I met Jade Jameson, I lost my words and accidentally dropped a beer bottle, smashing it to the ground.

The Broadway star sister of my brother’s wife had paid us a surprise visit on Christmas. Quite simply, she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen; I was mesmerized.

I’d made a fool of myself, though, and to make matters worse, my girlfriend was standing right there when it all happened.

Jade went back to New York, and we didn’t cross paths again for a year—until one night when a Facebook notification lit up my screen, setting off a chain of events that would change my life forever.

I was very excited when I found out this book existed because when I finished reading “Neighbor Dearest” I wanted to read more about Jade (Chelsea’s sister) and Tyler (Damien’s brother). Then my disappointment came when I found out this is only a novella and not a full length book. Still, I picked up the book to finally read the story I was so curious about.

I think the quote I picked above describes this book perfectly. After a few months from their memorable encounter during the family dinner, they start texting each other and their connection deepens online… and in secret.

The characters were interesting, but the romance wasn’t the best. I was a little uncomfortable with all the emotional cheating going on since Tyler was in a “serious” relationship with another girl the entire time. Not only that, but I also consider the romance between Jade and Tyler insta-lovey. They only met a few times in person and they were dating other people most of the time. I didn’t feel a true connection between them.

In the end, it wasn’t what I envisioned for them as a couple, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

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