Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward: Book Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

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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Copyright © 2016 by
Penelope Ward

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.

About the Author:

Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her fifth novel, Jake Understood. She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest.

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Review by Michelle:

Penelope Ward can do no wrong. After reading every one of her works, I knew Neighbor Dearest was going to be good. I knew it was going to be hot. I knew the hero would be dreamy. And I knew I would be fond of the unique and endearing heroine. I, of course, was right, but I also found that Neighbor Dearest was not just good, it was fantastic. It wasn't just hot, it was electric. Damien isn't just dreamy, he is my favorite Ward hero since Jake. And I didn't just like Chelsea, I loved the uniquely adorable, misunderstood, selfless girl who finally overcame her monumental heart break and laid her fears and trust issues to rest once and for all. Suffice it to say, if it has the name Penelope Ward on the cover, it is not only a must read, you are going to love it.

Let's talk Damien. Damien, aka D.H. Hennessey, aka the Angry Artist, aka NOT the Antichrist, just so we're clear on that. Damien, one of the most relatable, realistic heroes I've ever encountered. Damien is a man with real vulnerabilities, real insecurities, real fears, and real desires. And selfless, sometimes even to a fault. Resolute in trying to do what's best for Chelsea, no matter how hard it is on him yet just as susceptible as the rest of us to longing, to bouts of weakness, and contradictory thoughts. Utterly perfect in every way, a hot artist that is guaranteed to make you swoon. A man with only the best and purest of intentions who is only human and finds that you can't plan it all and sometimes even the most unexpected and even unwelcome surprises can turn out to be the best.

Cute, quirky, and everything I never knew she could be as I was rooting for Greta and against her in Step Brother Dearest, I'm so glad Chelsea got her own story. After commiserating in her devastating heartbreak you can't help but feel for the girl who never saw Greta coming then fall for her sweet, caring, altruistic nature as she attempts to heal and we get to know the real Chelsea better.

This story may be a complete standalone and not about Elec in any way other than back story and the occasional reference here and there, I love the little bits that we see of him and his story along the way that complete Chelsea's entire journey and lend a much needed sense of closure that will leave you sighing in contentment.

Neighbor Dearest is a funny, sweet, steamy and completely consuming read that will make you dread turning the page as you only get closer and closer to the end. The perfect friends to lovers romance that will win you over and steal your heart in every way.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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