If you haven’t read anything by this author, ‘Neighbor Dearest’ is the perfect book to start with. Why? Because this perfect little gem has everything that makes a book a great, wonderful read. I’ve read several books by this author, so trust me when I say her newest release is one of her best work so far. ‘Neighbor Dearest’ was sweet, funny, sexy but also emotional, intense and so heartwarming at times and most important of all, it was so different from what I thought it will be in a very good way which I really loved.
“You only get one true love, one soulmate. Not everyone is lucky enough to find that person in a lifetime.”
It’s been a year since Chelsea’s heart (character we previously met in “Stepbrother Dearest”) was broke by Elec, the man she though he is ‘the one’. She still feels a little lost trying to understand why Elec left her for another woman thinking that’s something wrong with her. Needless to say she’s struggling a little to move on and forget the one who shattered her heart. Chelsea loves her job as director of arts at the Mission Youth Center, working with kids helping her in some way with everything that happened, but she needs a change of scenery so she decides to move into a new apartment.
“I want to enjoy my life unapologetically, and I don’t take anything for granted.”
Things start to change for Chelsea when she meets Damien, her enigmatic and mysterious neighbor who at first seems to be the neighbor from hell. Damien is sexy and sarcastic as f@ck. If at first they don’t seem to like each other very much, as time passes and Damien learns Chelsea’s secrets, eventually giving her a piece of advice, they slowly become friends. While Chelsea is very attracted to Damien, Damien lets Chelsea know from the beginning that he’s not looking for a relationship, believing he’s not the man for her. But that doesn’t mean he’s not attracted to her or that they don’t have an explosive chemistry.
“You have no idea how close I’ve come to losing it with you so many times. No clue … Don’t think I can’t tell exactly what you’re thinking when you look at me. You are so transparent, and it drives me crazy.”
This was such an entertaining read! Penelope Ward held me captive with this feel good story from beginning until the end. I enjoyed the premise and how the story unfolded even if, like I mentioned above I thought the story will be a little different.
Chelsea and Damien were well-portrayed, endearing characters and really liked reading about them. To be honest I liked more Damien’s character. Damien was sexy, funny and so damn swoony at times. I liked the fact that he was so brutally honest with our heroine from the start. As the story progressed we get to see a different Damien than the one from the beginning. He was so sweet, caring and considerate so he totally won me over. I liked Chelsea, but I can’t say I loved her. She was smart, funny and I have to say I really liked how dedicated she was to her job, but at times she felt a little too needy for my liking. I would have liked her to be a little bit stronger and maybe a little independent than she was, but overall, like I said, I liked her.
”You can’t keep me close and treat me as if I’m a huge part of your life and expect me not to get attached to you. It’s unnatural and unhealthy, and whether it’s your intention or not, you’re hurting me.”
I liked how these two characters firstly become friends. The transition from friends to lovers was well done and I liked how they were both as friends and also as lovers. I loved how they were so comfortable with each other, I enjoyed the funny and sweet moments between them and their delightful banter that made me smile, grin and laugh.
“You know why it didn’t work out with him?”
“Because God made you for me.” Not even “I love you” could have topped those words.”
I loved these two individually and I loved them as a couple. They were perfect for each other in every way and their sweet moments together really warmed my heart. I loved how the romantic aspect was done here. The second half of the story was emotionally angsty, but in a very good, touching way. I loved the way they loved each other as the story unfolded and how devoted they were to each other.
His mouth curved into a smile. “You’re my unicorn…”
As for the sexual tension and chemistry between these two…OMG…fantastically done, well written and simply deliciously sexy.
Overall, an enjoyable friends to lovers story that I highly recommend!
“As long as I’m walking this Earth, I’m going to love you … You’re it for me.”