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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.
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Looking tense, he placed his hands slowly into his pockets as he looked at me. “What exactly happened last night?”
“What are you talking about?”
Nice try dodging the question.
He moved in closer to me. “What am I talking about? You leaving me with a giant fucking basket of muffins and running off before I could even say anything? Ring a bell?”
“I thought you’d be alone. It caught me off guard.”
His eyes softened. “You were upset…”
“No, I wasn’t.”
“You’re a terrible liar, Chelsea. Fucking horrible at it. You don’t hide your feelings very well.”
“You think you know just about everything there is to know about me, don’t you?”
“Not everything. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read you. It’s one of the things I like about you, though. You’re one of the least fake people I’ve ever met.”
“Then, tell me. Why do you think I was upset?”
“Honestly? I think you’re confused about me.”
“Yes. I think you’re wondering why I opted not to have dinner with you and instead ended up with a woman I’d literally just met, someone who isn’t as sweet as you and sure as fuck isn’t as pretty as you. So, you’re wondering what the hell I was thinking. Am I right?”
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
He continued, “I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but I do feel a connection with you, okay? If you’ve sensed something, you’re not imagining it.”
“Well, if I wasn’t confused before…now I definitely am.”
“I feel like I need to say this now, because I can’t stand the thought of you thinking that I somehow find you undesirable when it’s exactly the opposite.”
I crossed my arms. “Again. Not following you.”
He closed his eyes as if to try to find the right words. “It’s just that I know for sure that I can’t ever be what someone like you needs in a boyfriend, in a partner. It’s not that we wouldn’t have fun or be great together at first. I’m just not good for you in the long-term—not marriage material. And the reasons are too complex to get into, except to say that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. I can’t, in good conscience, start something with a girl like you.”
“A girl like me…”
“Yes. You’re not the kind of girl a guy takes home for a quick fuck. You’re the girl he keeps.”
Right. Just like Elec did.
Penelope Ward makes falling in love with characters so easy. From the very first page- i fell for Chelsea- and not long after, I had it bad for Damien, even though he was the asshole. She also has the ability to take a character i was very much in love with, and shed some new light on him- and kinda made me hate him a little. Just words- letters strung into words, make me FEEL so much- and Penelope has really got a gift.
Chelsea, if you remember- was Elec's girlfriend in Stepbrother Dearest. And of course i didn't like her in that book- because Elec and Greta were meant to be. But here comes Neighbor Dearest and I loved her. What she went through with Elec seriously devastated her and messed her up for relationships moving forward- and with some extra details, i can see why she was so hurt by Elec. She moves into a building, and her Neighbor has dogs barking all hours of the morning, when she goes to tell the building manager- it ends up her neighbor with the dogs- owns the building and shares a wall, a thin one, with Chelsea.
Damien is a dick. Well, that's just the first impression, but beneath the dickery (i made it up, just go with it) there is a much softer side, and we find out why he is, the way he is. His home life was not the best, and he is having to live his life not knowing where he is going. that is all i will say, you will just have to pick this story up and read it for yourself.
And as with every Penelope book, i can't say i loved Damien more than i loved Elec, or Mitch, or whatever hero i am fancying that day (*note- Jake Green is the exception, i love him the most, and he loves me- let that be known) I loved Damien, differently, for different reasons than i love the others. And that just about describes every Penelope book. When you read it, you love it- guaranteed, i put my seal of approval on every book she writes. And even though i love everything she has ever written, i love them in different but equal ways. this is a great story that deserves to be read by fan girls and book nerds alike, you will fall in love with the characters and the worlds that Penelope writes.
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, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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Additional Books by Penelope Ward
Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:
Jake Undone (Jake #1):
Jake Understood (Jake #2):
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