ARC Review: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

Title: Neighbor Dearest
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female
Expected Publication: August 15, 2016


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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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Chelsea Jameson was heartbroken when she was blindsidedly dumped by her boyfriend Elec. She was still struggling to mend her heart when she moved next door to someone who reminded her of him.

Damien Hennessey was a beautiful tattooed bad boy. With his bad attitude and two noisy hellhounds, he became the source of Chelsea’s irritation. Soon enough, easy friendship bloomed but it stuck there because the thing with hearts is, it’s fragile and easily broken.

Before starting the book, I was hoping the story would be more towards the angsty side, but I’m pleasantly surprised it was really quite funny with some bits of sad moments.

“You know why it didn’t work out with him?”
“Because God made you for me.”

Damien’s physical appearance alone is enough to make me fall for him. Dark hair, blue eyes, tattooed, and he’s a beanie guy. I have a thing with guys covering their heads lol! And the angry artist persona is oh so sexy.

I was somehow connected to Damien in a way that I didn’t even understand, connected to the way he made me feel, the way I knew he understood me, the way his heart beat for me.

I do sympathize with Chelsea with how she was left behind especially that she’s a nice person. I like how she’s the one more reserved yet the one who was more willing to take the risks in breaking her heart again.

“The first time we had sex, I swore your dick was the width of a Coke can.”
Damien bent his head back in laughter. “You mean a twenty -four ounce Coke can, right… the tall one?”

The story had a lot of notable funny moments in the beginning, and a little bit of sadness towards the end. The middle part though, was a little slow for me.

Neighbor Dearest is a funny, sexy friends to lovers romance perfect as a good time read.

Note: As much as I like Damien, Elec is still my man 😀

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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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