A stand-alone novel that does not need to be heard in conjunction with any other book. From New York Times best-selling author Penelope Ward comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.
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 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.
Author's note: Neighbor Dearest is a full-length stand-alone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.
©2016 Penelope Ward (P)2016 Insatiable Press
Really well paced and encompassing story, like the heart defect touch, it nice to have drama in a story that doesn't focus on misunderstanding as so many do.
I really felt like the story concluded well
Chelsea and Damian's story takes you on a crazy, difficult, heartbreaking, heartwarming journey well worth the trip with the double D's ( two huge dogs) along for the ride. Loved the characters and loved the friends to lovers story. Penelope ward is a master at these storylines. 5*
"BIG HAPPY SIGH.. MY EARPHONES NEVER LEFT MY EARS"
He was a mysterious Artist who painted the outside walls of their complex with graffiti and he had two annoying hellhounds whose barking woke Chelsea each morning but the more heated run ins Chelsea had with Damien the more attracted she became. And yet Damien held back and ignored their sizzling chemistry, ignored her obvious attraction and ignored his own attraction to her too. Friendship was all Damien was prepared to offer Chelsea so she greedily took it but it was a double edged sword because she loved being close to him but Damien had made it clear that there could never be more and, although he refused to touch her, he had no problems touching other women. Eventually Chelsea knew she had to make changes.. and those changes would bring her the greatest pain.. but it would also bring her the greatest joy too.
This listen was heartfelt, heartbreaking and heartachingly beautiful too - there was a very slow climb through intense chemistry that could've powered their building, humorous banter and a big question mark as to why Damien wouldn't touch Chelsea. And, when all was explained, it was a tragic secret but these two were meant to be together and I had to trust that Penelope Ward would give me my heart's desire.. which she did. Chelsea was funny, loving and sweet and Damien was swoon worthy, honest, caring, loving and didn't play games. It was a enemies-friends-lovers romance that had so many emotions weaved between the lines and, when they finally got together, it was so much more than I'd hoped it would be. Told from Chelsea's POV by a very good narrator.
Worth a credit? This listen was captivating, entertaining, frustrating, romantic, heartbreaking, joyous, beautiful.. and YES very creditworthy. A MUST HAVE.
"My Heart Only Beats For You......"
My first Penelope Ward and it won't be my last. I really liked this taking chances and falling in love story, and how Ward uses real scary life concerns to builds the angst that easily has the listener (or reader) emotionally invested in the characters. There were only two things that dropped this story from a five to four stars.
First, I enjoyed the story especially the friendship that developed between Damien and Chelsea which was heartwarming, he really cared for Chelsea and you could feel it. When the finally moved past his insecurities and fears, and started a relationship, you could feel the love between them; however, some of the sex scenes came across as awkward. Maybe it was because these scenes were suppose to depict a "dirtier" side to the couple, but the love and tenderness they have for each other just didn't fit the couple who would almost have public sex or with their family in the next room.
The other, the story did drag in parts and I was ready to push fast forward but chose to adjust the speed to 1.5x instead. It may be me, but when stories are mainly told from one POV, the mental internal dialogue can become very repetitive.
I loved the dogs! Better know as the double "D's", they added that extra layer giving the story that unique almost believable aspect. The double D's helped Damien and Chelsea develop and strengthen the bond between them.
One of my favorite parts of the story was Damien's POV and the email he wrote to Chelsea's ex. It gave this touching love story a unique ending. Overall, a great story that will touch your heart. Well worth the time, and credit.
Samantha Cook did an amazing job with all the characters, and emotions.
"Fun Story, Hot and Sweet!"
I enjoyed this book. I love that the story had a lot of true love and hot sex. The relationship between them is sweet and the drama only a little high. The ending was perfect. The narration was good too!
"DAMIEN AND THE DOUBLE D'S....SWOOOOOOOOOON!!"
I would...because it was good....very heart warming!
It's an alpha male swoony romance...there are many...and this one is really good!
I thought Samantha was really good....she did fall flat at times...but she was still good, and I would listen to her again...
Oh many...but I think when Damien comes out of surgery talking about a baby girl...I was so happy!
I LOVE PENELOPE WARD!!!! This was a truly swoon worthy romance about Chelsey and Damien...CHelsey just so happens to move next door to Damien after a bad break up...and Damien is just kind of a jerk...a moody broody artist with 2 big dogs that bark a lot....Chelsey tries to ignore him..but they are super attracted to each other...he keeps pushing her away..and it bothers her so much that she has to get away...she learns his secret though and they get their beautiful HEA!! LOVED IT!!! RECOMMEND IT!!!
"Yes my heart is happy!"
This is a sort of follow up to Stepbrother dearest, but it can be read as a stand alone. This is the story about Chelsea, the step brother's ex from the first book. She is depressed from the break up and ends up having feelings for her next door neighbor. This is a great story with an excellent narrator. Well worth the credit.
I loved Stepbrother dearest so when I saw this I immediately wanted it. Chelsea is a very lovable character but I didn't feel much sympathy for her in Step Brother dearest because honestly I was really routing for Elec and Greta. It was nice to see her move on and find happiness, she deserved it. Damien was a great character as well. Their relationship seemed very believable. I also liked their playful banter and how they started out as friends.
Samantha Cook was a good narrator.
"The Double Ds brought them together!"
I read before getting this listen. Stepbrother Dearest is still my favorite but this is up there too. This is Chelsea’s story (Elec’s ex-girlfriend). She has moved out of their old apartment. One of her new neighbors, Damian, is an angry artist with very loud dogs. During the first half, the two grow from annoying neighbors to good friends. The last half has them in turmoil until finally a decision is made. This has humor, turmoil, romance, and hot sex with dirty talking alpha. Elec even makes an appearance in this book. I especially loved the ending & epilogue. I wish it had dual POV, but Ms. Cook did a good job. Since PW is one of my favorite authors, the credit was worth it for me.
This audiobook had such s great plot and interesting characters! The story of Damian and Chelsea was so emotional and the narration was very good too. Highly recommend!
"Wow! Loved it! MUST LISTEN!!"
HOT, SEXY & FUNNY!!
YES!!! The wedding!!!
Loved her!!! Too bad Zachary Webber could have been Damien voice. But, Samantha pulled it off!!
Certain parts were funny, I loved Damien's character. I should had listened to the Elec story first.
I'm hoping for the 3rd book, to be about Jay and Tye!!!
"great story great chemistry"
i read this book basically in one sitting from 11pm friday to 12pm Saturday. I really enjoyed the palpable chemistry between the two main characters you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. Also liked that it built an opening for a possible follow up story with the supporting characters which i would absolutely read :)
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