BOOK REVIEW: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

Title: Neighbor Dearest

Author: Penelope Ward

Series: N/A

Genre: New Adult

Published: August 15th 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

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“You only get one true love, one soulmate. Not everyone is lucky enough to find that person in a lifetime.”

SYNOPSIS:

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.

Author’s note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars to Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

★★★★

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I have a love-hate relationship with NA novels. Most of the time, I don’t like how it’s written in the first person POV and how unnatural or whiny the hero/heroine’s thoughts sounded.

In Neighbor Dearest however, I find that it’s perfectly to my liking. The dialogues are spot on, the musings sound realistic and most of all, not boring. The plots are cohesive and the chapter enders intriguing enough to make you want to read the next one immediately.

The characters, Damien and Chelsea, are both flawed but loveable. They messed up a lot but they were never annoying. They acted petty sometimes but they didn’t seem immature at all. Basically, they made mistakes that real people do so it’s easy to understand and forgive them.

This is one riveting read that you wouldn’t want to miss out. Story wise, there’s nothing new or special that you haven’t read in other NA books before but the way the story is woven together to form a cohesive whole is what makes it so enjoyable.
There are no unnecessary drama, no prolonged conflicts, no surprise antagonists, no out of character impulses and no cringey moments.

It has all the elements of a good romance.


Cover art: 3/5 stars. Another shirtless guy. Sigh. At least we got a back view this time (lol).


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