Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Posted February 28, 2017 in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope WardStepbrother Dearest
Author: Penelope Ward
Pages: 232 (Kindle)
Release Date: September 28, 2014
Source: Purchased
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

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.

4 Stars

Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Stepbrother Dearest was just as good as I hoped it would be! Greta and Elec’s parents have been married for a couple of years, but they don’t meet until Elec’s mother goes out of the country and he’s sent to live with his father. Greta is excited to meet him, but then she does. Elec might be the hottest guy she’s ever seen, but he’s also a jerk! She tries not to take it personally since there’s obviously some issues between Elec and his father which he seems to be taking out on her. However, that attraction isn’t just one sided, even if it is forbidden.

Stepbrother Dearest was so good! I almost completely loved it! Almost because the format was a bit weird. The first third is Elec and Greta as seniors. This is when they meet, and when things first heat up for them. Then part two is seven years later! I didn’t mind that too much, since that is a recipe for tension! So much can happen in seven years, and it does. Greta and Elec’s reunion is super tense! Holy crap! But then there’s this portion where we’re reading Elex’s autiobiographical manuscript, which basically retells everything that happened up until that point from his perspective. I get why it was done that way rather than a traditional alternating POV, but I didn’t like reading the same thing twice. I wanted them to get back to the kissing and the sexing!

Stepbrother Dearest is a very short and quick read. I read it one sitting because I just could not get enough of Greta and Elec! Their chemistry is off the charts! I couldn’t stop smiling at all of their interactions, even the heart breaking ones, because I knew they’d end up together somehow. This was a very sexy and emotional Romance, with a hint of the taboo.

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6 responses to “Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

  1. I loved this book too! I also thought it was weird that we had to relive the story again in his autobiography and I loved the chemistry! This book actually got me reading more stepbrother books. Haven’t found one as good as this yet but I am still looking. 😉
    Great review, Angie! 🙂

  2. That format sounds like it works well for this book with it being told in different moment in time. I heard some good things about this one and your review makes me curious.

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