REVIEW – NEIGHBOR DEAREST by Penelope Ward

neighbor dearest

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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “You’re My Unicorn” Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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

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Chelsea Jameson is a 25 yr. old woman living in San Francisco, & working at the Mission Youth Center. After the guy she thought was her soulmate breaks her heart, Chelsea needs to get away from the apartment with all the memories of her ex Elec.

She finds a fabulous new apartment in the mission district that she loves. The only issue is her gorgeous, unfriendly next door neighbor. He looks like her ex, but even hotter. He is an artist who does spray paint art, & is often working on a mural on the property at the apartments.

Eventually, Chelsea finally meets this hot neighbor when his two huge dogs keep her up with their barking. She learns his name is Damien Hennessey. She continues to run into Damien & they continue to clash. When she discovers there is a hole behind her bed, & Damien has been listening to her private conversations, she worries he knows all her personal business she’s been discussing with her therapist.

She is shocked when Damien gives her great advice & shows her kindness. They develop a friendship & start spending time together. As Chelsea develops a major crush on Damien, the strong connection continues to grow. They both are extremely attracted to one another, but Damien continues to fight his feelings for Chelsea & makes it very clear they can only be friends.

As the sexual tension & chemistry explodes, they both have more trouble not taking things further. Chelsea feels a physical pull towards Damien more than ever. It’s been so long since she felt this closeness with a man, & she really wants to get to know him on an intimate level. She’s falling hard for him, & lines get blurred when they can’t resist each other any longer.

-I was somehow connected to Damien in a way that I didn’t even understand, connected to the way he made me feel, the way I knew he understood me, the way his heart beat for me.

This was a beautiful friends to lovers story. Two people who find their soulmate when they least expect it. They fall deeply, helplessly in love & develop a trust & bond that is unbreakable. I really loved this book & hope we get a book for Tyler & Jade next!

*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE Unicorn STARS*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

Two broken hearts destined to fix each other. Just when you think all is lost and you can never love again, you’ll find the most unique and perfect heart, just next door…

Chelsea is a girl we once knew, she got her heart broken by a man who was in love with another, and now she is trying to pick up the pieces of the mess he left behind. Everything reminds her of him, her home, her job, everywhere she looks she sees pieces of the happiness she thought she had with him.

In an effort to get a new beginning Chelsea has decided to move into a new place. A wonderful apartment that is super close to her job. After a few weeks in her new pad, she is feeling content, except for the fact that she can’t sleep due to the constant barking of her neighbor’s dogs.

Oh… the neighbor! Sexy, broody and did I say sexy?

Damien aka “The angry artist”, turns out not to only be Chelsea’s neighbor but her landlord. Even though Chelsea and Damien got off to a rocky start, he gives her very useful advice that will provide the clarity she’s been needing in regards to her break-up. In the midst of all her heartache and confusion Damien’s up front and honest attitude is the only thing helping her to get hope and a new perspective on her life.

Damien, the neighbor turns out is full of charm, he is also very sensitive and a genuine friend, so it won’t be long before the lines between their friendship become blurry. As much as Damien finds himself having strong feelings for his beautiful neighbor, he has to quickly shut that down. He can’t do commitments, that is just not in the cards for him, and he’d rather push her away before breaking her heart again.

Even though Chelsea is feeling stronger and surer of herself, she is missing something she knows she can ever have with Damien.

Their hearts beat faster when they are together, hearts that were lost and are now found inside the colorful walls that hold a beautiful love that can’t be contained.

What was once very painful paved the road to find Damien and Chelsea’s true destiny, their very own unicorn. That is the beautiful idea behind the plot of this book. A story so full of passion and heart, color and hope, something that was truly mesmerizing.

Another beautiful standalone by author Penelope Ward. Five Unicorn stars that took my breath away and made me fall in love with the story of the angry artist and the broken hearted girl. Unforgettable…

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE+++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I was somehow connected to Damien in a way that I didn’t even understand, connected to the way he made me feel, the way I knew he understood me, the way his heart beat for me.

 

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You know the feelings of euphoria you get after having read a really phenomenal story?!! Well, I am definitely flying high on those feelings even three days after having finishedNeighbor Dearest. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced such strong emotions from reading a Penelope Ward book and I doubt that it will be the last time for me. I thought that the plot, Hero, Heroine, and some of the secondary characters were all outstanding, which made it impossible for my rating to be any less than 5++++ STARS. Penelope Ward has solidified herself in my “must-read” author category.

It has been a couple of years since I’ve read Stepbrother Dearest. I remember being completely in love with that book, but I forgot all about the girlfriend that Elec broke up with to be with Greta. I’m wondering why I didn’t feel any compassion for the girl who was left behind. When we meet Chelsea Jameson in this one, she is still very much heartbroken and trying to mend the pieces of her life back together after the breakup with Elec. He really spun her world off its axis. Never did she think that the man who professed his love for her would end up putting her through the worst pain she’s ever experienced in her life. Chelsea moves to a new apartment because her previous one holds too many memories of Elec and she’s ready to leave the past behind. She is about to meet the man who will have her heart saying, “Elec, who??!!!”

Damien Hennessy is Chelsea’s new snarky and seriouslyHOT neighbor, who also happens to be her landlord. They don’t get off to the best start but as time passes a fast friendship develops between them. Their friendship helps Chelsea get over her heartache and it even starts to affect Damien more than he’d like to admit. There is no denying that the two have white hot chemistry but as much as Damien would like to give in to the attraction, he holds himself back because he believes that Chelsea deserves someone far better than him. He tries to help her find someone through online dating but his protective and jealous nature end up playing serious games with Chelsea’s mind and heart.

This book was like my own little slice of heaven. I found the first half to be laugh-out-loud funny and the second half had me tied up in horrible knots because of the angst that ensues. There were even times I shed a tear or two.

Neighbor Dearest is currently available. I can’t stress enough that this is a MUST-READ! If you haven’t one-clicked yet, make sure that you do. It’s currently going for $3.99 but will be listed at its normal price of $4.99 starting next week!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aS8BPa
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