Stepbrother Dearest

· Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
233 reviews

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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.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel. 

233 reviews
Anita Hanekom
November 16, 2018
I do not have the words to express how profoundly this book touched my heart. I do love the stepbrother trope so was excited to get this book but I can honestly say that it is so totally not what I was expecting but in a really, really good way. Elec arrived to stay with his dad, Randy, who is now married to Greta's mom. Randy and Elec's relationship is, to put it mildly, strained. Randy is ridiculously horrible to and about Elec. Greta does her best to be kind to Elec and even protects him from his father but she is completely confused by his behaviour towards her. He, in turns, goes out of his way to push her buttons or is soft and gentle and genuine. Who is the real Elec or is he someone in-between. I think the thing that touched me the most is that even at such a young age Greta recognised something in Elec that needed a gentle touch and affirmation. Their friendship was amazing and seeing Elec start to let down that hard exterior of his warmed my heart no end but then it came to an end when he had to go home. Several years later they meet up again when they both have to attend a funeral. Greta soon realises that the love she felt for him has never gone away and is as strong as ever but there is a problem, he has moved on. Once I learned Elec's backstory my heart ached for him and I just couldn't understand how Randy could have treated him that way through no fault of his own or how Pilar could let her love for Randy allow it to happen. Can these two ever get their timing right or are they destined to be forever parted? Once I started this book I could simply not put it down and I never wanted the story to end. The epilogue told from Elec's point of view was perfect because that is the one thing I had missed throughout the book. Elec and his anagrams made me chuckle as it was just so him, so different and clever. I received a free copy of this book directly from the author and am leaving a voluntary review.
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Paula Tytula
March 3, 2019
Had me laughing out loud and crying in other parts. Couldn't put it down. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
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June 4, 2019
Great read. Everything flowed so well and I loved the "anagrams" and how good the characters were portrayed. They weren't whiny and naggy but mature from the get go. Its a page turner and I couldn't put it down. Thanks for a great read!
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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. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a eighteen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels. 

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