Neighbor Dearest (standalone)
by Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
"You know what you are, Chelsea Jameson? You're like a pizza. Hot... but bad for me in large doses."
OMG, ladies, this was one fun romance with a sprinkle of angst. A love meant to be!!
Damien is beyond swoon-worthy and his sarcastic, dirty mouth, cracked me up. The build-up to their romance was entertaining, heartwarming, and simply: cute. For me this was a great read with a romance that was meant to be, a romance/plot which felt naturally to read.
I enjoyed that this book wasn't one of those 'heavy' stories, which leave you breathless (in a negative way); even though the plot and character hit too close to home, it made me laugh and happy - happy for these two to have found such deep love.
"You know why it didn't work out with the other guy?"
"Because God made you for me."
Yup, that's right, He did! Penelope did it again, creating an incredibly alluring story with two characters that you can't but love and vote for. Ward has this special skill to write novels where the character's stories stick with you for a very long time. What's not to love about that, right ;) ?!?
If you're in the mood for a light-hearted romance that has a sprinkle of angst in it then Neighbor Dearest is your next read (with a HEA & epilogue that puts a big smile on your face!).