Sep 29

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward Review


5 Smooches

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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+


“You look different  . . . than I pictured.” He squinted at me. “And you look pretty . . . plain.”

Elec and Greta are seniors in high school and step-siblings! At the young age of seventeen they meet for the first time and two things are apparent right away . . . Greta is attracted to him and Elec is a giant ASS! I will say that the first half of this book is filled with humor and innuendo. I was constantly eager to turn the page just to see what kind of hurtful yet hilarious thing Elec would say and what kind of youthful hilarity Greta would throw my way!

“A google search of pierced penises ended up keeping me up the rest of the night. Let me tell you, anyone who innocently searches ‘Prince Albert’ is in for a big surprise.”

Elec clearly knows of her attraction to him and plays on that constantly. At times I was laughing my butt off and at other times I felt so badly for her. She really could not catch a break and even when she tries to move on past him he makes that nearly impossible! It was evident from the start of this story that there would be unbelievable sexual chemistry between these two, whether they are fighting or fucking they are always intense!

“Why are you being such a fucking jerk?” “Nice to see you too, sis.” He patted the bed next to where he was sitting at the edge with his eyes still fixed on the game. “If you won’t leave, by all means, have a seat.” ” I have no desire to sit on your dirty bed.” “Is that because you’d rather sit on my dirty face?” My heart stopped.

Now all this being said Elec has issues and they are not ones he is willing to put out in the open. This puts a strain on any progress they ever make in their time together to become close. His father, her step-father is not a loving dad to him and all he ever feels is like a giant fuck up. This does a number on a persons self worth and has completely messed with his head and his decision making skills. Watching them fight what we can all see is there is so hard but makes for such a great read!

 “You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden and fuck me, if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”

Now if the first half of the book had be laughing so hard it hurts the second half just plain killed me. It was intense and emotional and everything I have come to love and expect in a Penelope Ward book. Without giving too much away I just want to say that some tissues might be needed and make sure you have the afternoon free because once you get to this point there is no turning back!

“He was hers. I was his, It. Was. Fucked. Up.”

While there has not been a Penelope Ward book I haven’t loved I can honestly say this one is definitely my favorite (however I do believe I say this with each new release) I loved the mixture of youthful innocence and humor with the maturity that was to come and seeing these two young kids develop and learn what is truly important in life!

“I was losing my ability to breathe. I touched my forehead to hers and just knew.”