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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-lengthstandalone 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.
Review (5 Stars):
*** I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!***
This book was amazing! Totally and completely addicting! A top fave and a definite MUST READ!!!
Okay, so I’m not gonna lie. When I read the synopsis and saw that this was Chelsea’s book, I was a little worried. I LOVED Elec and Greta hardcore and I didn’t want to read about Chelsea badmouthing him. I knew he would be brought up, there was no getting around that, but I never could have anticipated how that previous relationship would be tied up. It was brilliant!
Let me just start out by saying that Chelsea was really lovable! She was sweet, strong, stubborn, loyal and feisty! I really enjoyed learning more about her. Not that I should be surprised, because this author has a knack for writing truly phenomenal characters. There are always so many layers and they are built upon beautifully. Chelsea was no different. It felt strange to like her at first, almost as if I was betraying Greta and Elec, since she was one thing that stood between them for awhile, but I loved experiencing her happy ending with Damien! She was the perfect heroine!
At first, Damien was your typical bad boy who knew how to reel you in, and keep you hooked, all while slowly pushing you away for getting too close. He was breaking my heart, even when he didn’t mean to. He was so thoughtful at times, and boy did he have a possessive streak in him. It was clear that he was confused about Chelsea, and their out of this world connection, but for some reason he just never let himself be happy. No matter how hard she fought him on it. It wasn’t until his past was revealed, and the secrets brought to life, that he was finally able to embrace the love of a lifetime. To fight for everything he deserved. And when those floodgates opened up, I fell for this charming man even more. He was incredible and I couldn’t have dreamed up a better soulmate for Chelsea!
This book sucked me in and had a death grip on my heart. The further I read the more I needed their to be an absolutely breathtaking happily ever after for these two. I never know what to expect when reading a book by this author. Only that it will be beautifully written, with characters that pull at your heartstrings, and an ending that will most likely leave you in tears. This book did all that for me and more. The last few chapters had my heart soaring in the clouds. I was so grateful to get to read about their happy ending without it being condensed into the epilogue. I loved experiencing the highs and lows as they happened rather than after the fact. And the way that everything tied together in the epilogue just left a huge smile on my face! I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect than what we got!
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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