on September 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romance, New Adult
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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.
ABSOLUTELY EPIC! Taboo NEVER felt so good! I’m so overwhelmed right now, and as I sit and ponder on how the hell I’m going to put into words how fucking amazing this book was, I continue to wipe off the tear drops that fell on my iPad, and pick up the straggling tissues that have fallen all around me. You have not had a BOOK HANGOVER until you have finished Stepbrother Dearest!
Ever since Ms. Ward released the title of this book, I have been dying to get my hands on it! To get it early, I was absolutely over the moon. When I finished this book, I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. And here I am, a week or two after the fact, and my heart is still racing while writing this review, and reliving this AMAZING book. Not only was this extremely, brilliantly written, but it was a very unique story line, one that I wouldn’t have thought that I would have enjoyed. I appreciated the fact that this was more than just a month of these people’s lives. There were two parts of this story, the beginning stages of their meeting, high school and so one. Fast forward seven years and we get a whole new story! It is hard to put in words, but just take my word for it, it was INCREDIBLY well done.
After Elec and Greta’s initial meeting, you think to yourself, oh it could only go up from here. Well, you would be wrong! The beginning for these two was like watching a train wreck. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff that came out of Elec’s mouth, and I couldn’t believe that Greta continued to pursue communication with the troubled boy. This is why I loved Greta as a female lead. I admired the hell out of her. I wanted her kind of strength and devotion. I connected with her instantly, and was her cheerleader throughout this book. Elec, on the other hand just pissed me off to no end! I thought to myself, what a no good, BRAT! What I didn’t know, was the pain and suffering he was going through on a daily basis. What he was doing was lashing out, getting a rise out of anyone who would pay attention. With a rocky start to their relationship, Greta tried the ‘kill him with kindness’ approach. When that failed, she continued to give him back what he dished out. Admiration grew, hearts began to open up, and something like love began to take root. Forbidden lust became the game, and neither of them knew what they were in for, until circumstances tore them apart.
Years later, and so much has changed. SO MUCH! (This is where you will need a balk of the tissues by the way.) When a tragic event pulls them back together, their forbidden lust and love still burn bright. The thing is, they both have moved on with their lives. Fate is a bitch and it is taking no prisoners with these two. Just when you think, THIS IS IT? A fucking BOMB is dropped and everything you thought you knew turns to crap. EVERYTHING begins to make sense. You are instantly transported back to when they were kids, and you start to understand the actions, the steps they took, and why they took them. It’s like the storm clouds cleared and everything was a little bit brighter.
The title, Stepbrother Dearest, could possible turn some people off, but let me tell you, this is a book where you have to do more than just read it, you have to EXPERIENCE it, EMBRACE it, DEVOUR it! It is a book where, by the end, you just want to stand up and CHEER! Your heart will break, but just know that this intense, somewhat forbidden, and incredible love story will eventually mend it back together again. So once again, I give you STEPBROTHER DEAREST by Penelope Ward, an absolute EPIC romance, one that will stick with you for a very long time. This was a no brainer of a TOP PICK for me! Penelope Ward is a genius, and I can’t wait to read…no…experience what she brings us next.