Review – Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

img_0431Goodreads Description: 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.

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

 Chelsea is coming off a heartbreaking split from Elec, the man that she thought was her soul mate. After the break, she moves into an apartment building close to the youth center where she works. She’s trying to move on but is still not completely healed from the beak up since sometimes every little thing will remind her of her ex and she’s also speaking with a therapist. At the same building, right next door lives a hot artist with two very loud dogs.

One morning Chelsea can’t take the loud barking and heads over to her neighbors to tell him. He tells her he can’t do anything about it, to file a complaint with the landlord (D.H. Hennessey) which is exactly what she does until she realizes that the landlord is him.

“Clearly the D stands for dick?”

He didn’t immediately respond, and a little staring contest ensues before he said, “The D stands for Damien.


Of course he had to have a hot name, too.

Ahh this story was so, so good. I love Chelsea. She’s so precious and should be protected at all cost. At times my heart would break for her and I wanted her happily ever after like I wanted my next breath. What is really funny was that it took me a while to make the connection that Chelsea’s ex is Elec, like THE Elec from Stepbrother Dearest. I read and loved that book but it was such a long time ago that I didn’t fully make the connection till maybe half way through the book (horrible I know).

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetThis book definitely put me in a position that I’d never been in before. When Elec leaves her in his story I really didn’t have any feelings for her, she was this faceless character that had to get dumped. Getting to read her story really gave me a reading experience that I’ve never had before. The story of what happens to the person that gets her heartbroken at the expense of another’s happiness. It almost made me hate Elec a little despite knowing the story. Damien is just perfect for her and I love that they went from friends to lovers. He was very caring and protective of her. And just AHH perfect for her in every way. Damien had reasons to keep her at a distance and would try to down play their obvious attraction to one another.  Seriously they got along so well and he’d constantly compliment her. They were pretty much together without it being official for most of the book and it drove me insane.

The author sort of sets up other characters for possible books in the future. I really hope that happens and sooner rather than later because there was a huge gap between these two stories.

I originally gave Neighbor Dearest four stars on goodreads but writing this review made me realize just how much more I really enjoyed this story because I can’t get it out of my head

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

That’s it guys! Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great start to the week




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