Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
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. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.
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.
**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+
Emma - 5 Crowns
This is a Standalone and not part of a series. This is not a dark romance.
What Happens when a stranger who has become your Stepbrother suddenly arrives to live with you? Especially when he his hot, brooding and not particularly nice.
Greta finds herself faced with Stepbrother Elec being welcomed, if not reluctantly, into the family fold. Having an instant attraction to him is probably not ideal, but when you are 17 your body doesn't always listen to what your head is telling it!
Elec doesn't make life easy for Greta, pushing her at every turn until one night things explode between them. Life however moves on and as quickly as he arrives, Elec is off back to San Francisco. It leaves Greta with bittersweet memories that she must hide from those around her.
When they meet again 7 years later, will the memories of the brief time they spent together as 17 year old remain? Or have they moved on and forgotten what they meant to each other?
I loved this book, it has everything I love in a read; a bad boy with a heart, family drama, secrets and a serious bucket full of ANGST!! It drew me in from the first page and I struggled to put it down until I'd finished. Told predominantly from Greta's POV, Penelope has cleverly woven in Elec's also but in a very unique way.
Loved the storyline and the passion in the story, but lets not forget who wrote it... Penelope is my perfect author and I have never had a bad word to say about the imaginative ways she tells a story.
Another fantastic book Penelope, I highly recommend it and look forward to the next story you come up with :)
Kelly - 5 Crowns
“A compelling and emotionally charged unconventional love story delivered with honesty and heart. Absolutely loved it!’ - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
I fell completely in love with this story right from the offset. Greta and Elec’s circumstance drew me in so deeply that I couldn't get enough of the unconventional dynamics of the overall plot.
It isn’t unheard of for step siblings to share a mutual attraction, in-fact, my Great Grandmother married her Stepbrother in the 1920’s and it made me wonder how it all came about. Did they have the same concerns? Were they worried what people would say, would think? It was a different time back then, and it made me appreciate how strong they both must have been to move forward and embrace the love they shared. I wish I could go back in time and ask them because without their love, I wouldn’t be here today, so I guess you could say this story holds a special place in my heart.
In this instance, Penelope Ward incorporated many obstacles that felt believable for this situation, and you just routed for Greta and Elec from the start to find a way, to make it work. It certainly has a guilty-pleasure feel to it, but at the same time it was nurtured and formulated beautifully into a love story with depth and substance. It had everything, including step family drama - or rather a son and his estranged father under the same roof, the good girl, the bad boy and the sexual tension that fused it all together in a wickedly tempting and compelling package.
To say I loved Stepbrother Dearest would be an understatement. It consumed me, and I read it in an evening and early morning sitting.
I’m not going to go into a full plot overview because I don’t think it actually needs it. This isn’t a slow build story either, right from the start we really get to see the two combine together like oil and water, only then to start working together in unison and it was such a pleasurable experience.
The flow, the dialogue, the prose - everything was so well thought out without too much fluff or filler. Even the time-lapse was approached well, and the re-introduction of each character years later was palpable and heartwarming, even though it produced a few bumpy roads along the way.
A brilliant story of life, love, loss, and second chances. I absolutely loved it!