Review: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

Wednesday, August 24
My rating: 
5 Stars…

What I loved: 

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.  

****
Quote…"... I need you to believe that as long as I'm walking this earth, I'm going to love you."
- Damien

What I loved:
- The notes and food Damien has delivered at the hospital.
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- Damien & Elec's email convo.
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- It has dogs!
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- The characters were smart! They had opinions, and skills, and passions, and quirks. They were perfectly created. I love a story where families are loyal, characters are honest, and people aren't perfect. This book had all that.
- The storyline was really good. Just when I thought it was going to become a cliche, PW changed the story :) And - even better - the plot was driven by stuff that actually mattered - no misunderstandings!
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- Chelsea recovering from her breakup was so real. It was painful, it took time, and Penelope Ward took the time to work through that recovery. PW made me really want good things for both Chelsea & Damien. How perfect then that they get each other! And Chelsea was relateable.
- I loved that this was a slow burn, enemies to friends to lovers story that seemed to flow naturally. No insta-love here, and not a whole lot of charming going on for a long time.
Quote…"There's a hole in the wall. I can't help but hear your hot mess phone conversations when I'm working."
- Damien

- It takes real skill to turn me against Elec - I loved him in Stepbrother Dearest, but all through this book I scoffed and snort-laughed every time Damien made fun of Elec being with his stepsister. A major turning point for me was when Damien watched the home movie Elec & Chelsea made. No wonder she had such a hard time moving on. That rat bastard.

What I didn’t love:
- I had to mentally strip Damien of his beanie every time one was mentioned. I'm not a fan - all I see is hipsters and bums. Having said that, I had to mentally strip Damien of pretty much everything else he was wearing too, because yum.

Overall…
Yep, loved it!
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