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.
I guess I should start off stating I am Team Elec and Team Justin all the way, if you aren’t sure what books they are from Elec is from Stepbrother Dearest and Justin is from RoomHate. Now I know you are wondering why I am bringing this up, well I think you may need to understand who some of the characters are because we have seen them before. Chelsea was Elec’s girlfriend before he got with Greta and Jade, Chelsea’s sister was Justin’s girlfriend before he got with Amelia. So keep this information in mind.
Chelsea is heartbroken over being broken up by Elec, so much so that it is almost controlling her life, at times she comes across as overly needy, annoying, and dependent on a relationship to define her. Her sister is going through the same thing as she is so to say they both bash (not overly so but remember whose team I am) on Elec and Jade’s ex. Instead of trying to move on she is constantly questioning what she did wrong for Elec to leave her for someone else. I get it, I really do and I felt bad for Chelsea up to a point, and you can ask one of my fellow bloggers who is a very good friend of mine, I did not like Chelsea at all, until I saw something in her change, and while I can’t say I will ever love her, I did begin to like her and when she finally showed some strength in herself that is when I started to like her even more.
Damien, and now he isn’t from The Omen and he isn’t the Antichrist contrary to what Chelsea believes at first even if he has the matching dogs to contradict it. He just so happens to be the asshole who lives next door with the two large barking dogs, and who defaces the building with his art. Oh did I mention he is also her landlord and an artist? Nope? Well that was just the icing on the cake. I personally loved Damien and wished we would have had chapters from his POV. He wants Chelsea but doesn’t want a relationship with her. Why you may ask? Well you will have to read the book to find out because that is one aspect I will not spoil. Damien is smart, he is sexy, he is broody, he is funny and he is talented. So maybe I am Team Damien too because well he’s hot and while he maybe devilish at times he really is an amazing guy.
Neighbor Dearest really is a book about understanding that sometimes you didn’t do anything wrong when your relationship didn’t work, it is about healing, putting yourself out there again even when your trust has been broken. Neighbor Dearest will help renew your faith in love after your heart has been broken and the old saying that everything happens for a reason, sometimes that reason is so that you end up with who you are really meant to be with, it just took a little heart break along the way to get you there.
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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.
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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Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
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