Monday, September 5, 2016

Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward ~ Review

Source: Purchased.

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 a lot of great books.  Great characters, great story line, great writing and they are just great.  Those are four star reads to me.  The five star books have that something extra, something undefinable that just makes a book better.  That's this book.

I loved the characters in this book.  Chelsea lost the guy she was expecting to propose to her.  He breaks her heart and leaves her for another women.  She's picking the pieces up and trying to carry on.  A new place without the memories of living with Elec helps.  The phone therapy sessions are supposed to help.  Time should help.  But nothing helps as much as the distraction of the angry artist living next door with the barking dogs.  Chelsea is broken but still trying.  I loved that about her.  I loved that she went next door to demand the neighbor deal with his barking dogs.  I love that she stands up to the sexy angsty Damien.  

And Damien?  Yeah he's seriously yummy.  He doesn't do relationships but he so wants to with Chelsea.  The connection between them starts as enemies and grows to friends but Damien won't let it be more.  He's secretive and brilliant.  I love how protective he is.  I love how he jumps to help Chelsea.  He just won't let it be more.  There was some jealousy in this book that may be hard for some.  I was okay with it.  There is a point where I wanted to demand he explain himself.  Here may have been yelling at my book.  But when I finally learned his reason, it made perfect sense.  It fit him so well.  And I just loved him more.  

There are books you read straight through and then there are books that your life won't let you read straight through but you would if you could.  They're the kind that you sneak a chapter at every small break because you just want more, just need to know.  That was this book for me.  I so enjoyed it and highly recommend it. 

This book has that little extra that takes it from great to perfection.  I loved it all and just wanted to settle in the pages and stay there.  It's a book I would love to re-read just because I want to hang out with these characters again.  


A book with that undefinable extra something that takes the story to the next level!

1 comment:

  1. Characters that deny their feelings makes my stomach knot up. Even if it's for a good reason.