Neighbor Dearest is LIVE and on limited-time release sale for $3.99 (Changing to $4.99 after release. This will be the ONLY sale.) A sexy STANDALONE friends-to-lovers story that does NOT have to be read in conjunction with any other book.
4 YOU’RE MY UNICORN CROWNS
Neighbor Dearest is another wonderful story about two people who long to be together but resist for reasons that ultimately become clear as the story unfolds. It is emotional, heart-wrenching, and funny, and it will leave you in a pure state of contentment.
These characters had me emotionally invested from the beginning. Chelsea, who the reader meets in Stepbrother Dearest, already has my sympathy from page one. She is so kind and sweet, and I hate what happened to her (although there was really no choice in the matter), so I desperately want her to get her happy ending. I want her to find her unicorn. Damien, our hero in the story, is artistic and stand-offish in the beginning, but he is protective and incredibly kind as well. Both of these characters are incredibly likable, which is what makes their story so emotional. The character development created by Penelope Ward leaves the reader no choice but to become invested in the relationship of these characters, as we root for their happy ending.
There is definitely chemistry between these two characters, and it is clear from the beginning of the story. There is, however, a lot of “will they or won’t they” throughout the story. Some readers may not like the whole “I want to be with you but I can’t” events that occur in the book repeatedly, but his reasoning behind why he can’t be with her completely makes sense and fits with who he is as a character. And, ultimately, the “will they or won’t they” allows the reader to really see the two of them develop as a couple and pine for the HEA.
This plot will rip your heart out, but it will also piece it back together. It is angsty and sad in parts, but Penelope Ward leaves you with a giddy smile on your face when it is all over. I promise, the epilogue will heal your tattered heart! One aspect that I truly love about this story is the humor. I laughed so many times throughout the whole book. The craziness of some of the scenes helped to balance out the more emotional and heart-breaking aspects of the story, providing the reader with the perfect comic relief. This is truly a wonderful story with incredible pacing in regards the plot and to the couple’s development together.
As with any Penelope Ward book, I expect an emotional rollercoaster, and, boy, did she deliver. My heart ached for these characters, I laughed over so many crazy events of the plot, and finally I smiled at the resolution of this story, one that both characters certainly deserved. Now, I will sit and wait, hoping for Jade’s story (PLEASE!).
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.
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Looking tense, he placed his hands slowly into his pockets as he looked at me. “What exactly happened last night?”
“What are you talking about?”
Nice try dodging the question.
He moved in closer to me. “What am I talking about? You leaving me with a giant fucking basket of muffins and running off before I could even say anything? Ring a bell?”
“I thought you’d be alone. It caught me off guard.”
His eyes softened. “You were upset…”
“No, I wasn’t.”
“You’re a terrible liar, Chelsea. Fucking horrible at it. You don’t hide your feelings very well.”
“You think you know just about everything there is to know about me, don’t you?”
“Not everything. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read you. It’s one of the things I like about you, though. You’re one of the least fake people I’ve ever met.”
“Then, tell me. Why do you think I was upset?”
“Honestly? I think you’re confused about me.”
“Yes. I think you’re wondering why I opted not to have dinner with you and instead ended up with a woman I’d literally just met, someone who isn’t as sweet as you and sure as fuck isn’t as pretty as you. So, you’re wondering what the hell I was thinking. Am I right?”
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
He continued, “I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but I do feel a connection with you, okay? If you’ve sensed something, you’re not imagining it.”
“Well, if I wasn’t confused before…now I definitely am.”
“I feel like I need to say this now, because I can’t stand the thought of you thinking that I somehow find you undesirable when it’s exactly the opposite.”
I crossed my arms. “Again. Not following you.”
He closed his eyes as if to try to find the right words. “It’s just that I know for sure that I can’t ever be what someone like you needs in a boyfriend, in a partner. It’s not that we wouldn’t have fun or be great together at first. I’m just not good for you in the long-term—not marriage material. And the reasons are too complex to get into, except to say that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. I can’t, in good conscience, start something with a girl like you.”
“A girl like me…”
“Yes. You’re not the kind of girl a guy takes home for a quick fuck. You’re the girl he keeps.”
Right. Just like Elec did.
About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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