Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stepbrother Dearest - Another favorite of mine....

Stepbrother Dearest (standalone)
by Penelope Ward
Genre: NA Romance

You're not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn't prepared for how much of a jerk he'd be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn't want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. But things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Then, just as quickly as he'd come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I'd seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I'd have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

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"His lips were perfect - too perfect - for the filth I was sure came out of them.
Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare."

Ward first wormed her way into my heart and kindle with My Skylar (click here to read my review), a book that made me feel in all the right and very wrong places - a book that earned its place on my all time favorite shelf. This book, the characters and her writing left significant footprints behind so that from now on her books are on matter what they're about. She has a way with words that clue me to my kindle and I can't be a happier book blogger when reading her work. With Stepbrother Dearest she's done it again, written a book that made me swoon, squirm (out of excitement and hotness), laugh, and feel. It made me want to have a hot stepbrother of my own!

Greta expected a lot of things and picturing her stepbrother in many ways: a punk, a stubborn spoiled boy that gets what he wants and takes what he wants, ....well, at least that's what she learned from her stepfather about Elec. She was right with most of her thought but not in the least did she expect to come face to face with a handsome young man strolling through her front door, pissed-off beyond the moon having to live with her family, but nevertheless striking....Greta had to catch her breath. Elec was one in a kind and in the very moment their eyes crossed she knew he was her undoing!

"His steely gray eyes stared into mine. He was breathtaking...for a bastard."

Poor Greta having to live with a hot stepbrother under one roof lol. these two had a rough start thanks to Elec and Randy's non-existing father-son relationship. Let's say, I get why their relationship was so bad and I felt very sorry for both of them. But instead of focusing his anger towards his dad, Elec set his eyes in Greta - sweet, innocent Greta. He gave her a very hard time but she took it like a big girl and countered as best as she could... trying her hardest to not get lost in his eyes, his smiles. 
Both played with fire; their snarky comments crossed lines and soon the lines were blurred - it got harder and harder to ignore the urge to give in to their desires.

He's forbidden.... She's off limits...She wants, needs to have him at least ones...He doesn't, can't hurt her. Both are in too deep.

When circumstances changed and Elec had to leave Greta's world did his. 

"I know that despite my warning, you gave me a piece of your heart anyway last night. And even though I tried to stop it, I gave you a piece of mine. I know you could feel that happening this morning. I want you to keep it with you tucked away. And when you decide to give the rest of yours to another guy someday, please make sure it's someone who deserves you."

*Sighs* yeah about giving her heart to another guy...nope, not gonna happen. Years later, hearing only ones from Elec, Greta's heart still belongs to him. No other could make her feel as he did. Deep down she longed for him...and only him. When tragedy struck both are forced to face each other again - after seven years. But this time, Elec is taken and believing Greta is engaged. All I say is that it was an eye-opening weekend for both of them!

I enjoyed this book tremendously; it had a touch of innocence, bits of spark, lots of sex appeal, and characters to fall in love with. At least one of Ward's characters is always unique and in this book, it was Elec. I loved his character and I was eager to find out the truth about him, his past, his family and what makes him tick.

I think this book is for everyone and I do highly recommend it. It has touches of innocence, bits of laughter, tons of forbidden steam and a HEA that will make your toes curl. I loved it, yup, that's it...totally enjoyed reading how their love story unfolded. 

"I looked down and at the same exact moment, she looked up at me. I was losing my ability to breathe. I touched my forehead to hers and just knew. That was the moment I stopped lying to myself. I was still in love with her."


*** 4-4.5 Forbidden but Delicious Stars ***

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