Review ~ Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Title: Stepbrother Dearest
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 29th 2014

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+
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Holy hell! How I loved Stepbrother Dearest! I featured it as my Wow pick a few weeks ago because even though it had that kind of taboo feeling about it, I really knew I would enjoy it! And boy, am I happy that I purchased it! I fell for both characters, got swept away in the sexual tension and the emotion that came through the story line rocked me to the core!!

Stepbrother Dearest is told in two parts. Part one is when Elec first comes to live with his Father and his step family. Greta is a bit excited by having a sibling, but nothing prepared her for Elec. She was attracted to him from the beginning and all he did was torment her. It was highly amusing, but you could see the tension between them building. Part two is seven years later when their paths are forced to cross again; things are different between them, but still the same. I loved getting to see them again and seeing their reactions to one another. I also caught glimpses of what has happened between them in the years that they have been apart.

Greta was a great character to read about; she is a bit na├»ve in the beginning, but is willing to stand up for herself. She has some spunk and confidence and doesn’t back down from Elec. I really loved getting to know Elec too and even though he was a bit of a jerk, I could tell there was something that he was hiding that made him the bitter guy he was. When those details came to light, it wrecked me and I really felt for the boy Elec was and I was happy to see that he was able to build himself into the incredible guy that he is now. Greta shows affection to him in abundance, so it is no wonder why they form the connection that they do.

This is the first book of Penelope’s that I have read and I can tell you that I have become an instant fan! I loved every moment of reading Stepbrother Dearest and enjoyed the emotional ride she took me on. Most of this book was fun and it has a few sizzling moments as well. There are some heartbreaking times that have you emotionally attached to the story and characters. It is hard to express my love for this book, but I hope you all give it a crack. It is the first book that I have read in a while that I know will stay with me for some time. Go out and get it people!


  1. Gah! Okay okay must try. I've been eyeing this one something fierce. Yay for it being awesome!

  2. Another book that you've completely convinced me I need to read. Like now. Ever since I watched a (most likely completely ridiculous) made-for-TV move about a step-brother and -sister who fall in love when I like 15, I've been entranced by this subject. I mean, just imagine being a teenager and having another teenager come live with you - there's bound to be sexual tension, right? I'll be picking this one up.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. OK, OK, you convinced me, I'll read it :)

  4. I picked this one up too! I can't wait til I have a chance to read it lol. Terrific review!!

  5. Does sound like an emotional ride and the forbidden love aspect has me curious how itll resolve.

  6. Okay, this book sounds right up my alley! Emotional and with characters that I would really enjoy!!

    Lovely review!

  7. You know I love it when you begin a review with "Holy hell!" I know it means good things. ;) And guess what? I one-clicked this one. Do I get to blame it on you?!? This sounds fan-freakin-tastic! I like the sound of Elec and Greta and how their relationship evolved. And the taboo element is a draw too...not gonna lie. ;) Alright, hopefully I can get to this one soon! Fab review, girl!

  8. Okay this settles it. I've been trying to decide about this one. I need to read it.

  9. I hope you do give it a try, the emotion in it was fantastic!

  10. Just the whole step sibling thing had me intrigued, and beginning at that age where hormones are crazy too! I hope you do enjoy it, because I though it was fabulous!

  11. I hope you do!! OMG! It was great!!

  12. Thanks girl! You will love it for sure!

  13. Uh huh, that is exactly why I had to get it!

  14. You would enjoy it Magen! It has that forbidden relationship that will have you hooked!!

  15. I hope you get to it ASAP!! It was freakin awesome! I think I will definitely get more books from this author!!

  16. YES!!! I hope you do, I could not recommend it enough!!

  17. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesOctober 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Yay so glad you loved this, that means I will too lol. I got this soon after it released. I love Penelope's writing, I've read a few of her books and they're awesome.

  18. Holy Hell!! YES You will love it! Read it NOW! Drop what you are doing and get onto it!!

  19. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesOctober 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Well I'm going to have to now!!

  20. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesOctober 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Oh wow! This book is getting a lot of buzz as well. Gotta get on it! :)


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