Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward


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. 

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+ (Goodreads)

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Wow, this was an emotional roller coaster!


So this book deals with a pseudo taboo topic.  I want to get that out there right away, this is a book about a romance between step-siblings.  Now personally I am not bothered by this topic, and in this book especially the two characters were not raised together as siblings.  However, if you are obviously this is not the book for you.  

Onto the actual book.  I liked the first half of this book.  I LOVED the second half.   The first have is very necessary it builds the relationship between Elec and Greta and I did really enjoy it.  The second half of the book though, there was so much drama I was hooked.  I had to know what was going to happen!  

I was also a little worried about how I would like Greta especially in the second half of the book, especially since it’s told from her POV.  But I really liked her.  She wasn’t a shrinking violet, but she wasn’t a drama queen either.  I loved the plot device that allows us to see the story from both sides.  Gaining a little of Elec’s perspective was exactly what this book needed.  

Bottom Line

If the topic doesn’t bother you this is a great romance.  

Overall: 4

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