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A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling 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’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.

Author's note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Copyright © 2016 by
Penelope Ward
Looking tense, he placed his hands slowly into his pockets as he looked at me. “What exactly happened last night?”

“What are you talking about?”

Nice try dodging the question.

He moved in closer to me. “What am I talking about? You leaving me with a giant fucking basket of muffins and running off before I could even say anything? Ring a bell?”

“I thought you’d be alone. It caught me off guard.”

His eyes softened. “You were upset…”

“No, I wasn’t.”

“You’re a terrible liar, Chelsea. Fucking horrible at it. You don’t hide your feelings very well.”

“You think you know just about everything there is to know about me, don’t you?”

“Not everything. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to read you. It’s one of the things I like about you, though. You’re one of the least fake people I’ve ever met.”

“Then, tell me. Why do you think I was upset?”

“Honestly? I think you’re confused about me.”


“Yes. I think you’re wondering why I opted not to have dinner with you and instead ended up with a woman I’d literally just met, someone who isn’t as sweet as you and sure as fuck isn’t as pretty as you. So, you’re wondering what the hell I was thinking. Am I right?”

That’s exactly what I was thinking.

He continued, “I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but I do feel a connection with you, okay? If you’ve sensed something, you’re not imagining it.”

“Well, if I wasn’t confused before…now I definitely am.”

“I feel like I need to say this now, because I can’t stand the thought of you thinking that I somehow find you undesirable when it’s exactly the opposite.”

I crossed my arms. “Again. Not following you.”

He closed his eyes as if to try to find the right words. “It’s just that I know for sure that I can’t ever be what someone like you needs in a boyfriend, in a partner. It’s not that we wouldn’t have fun or be great together at first. I’m just not good for you in the long-term—not marriage material. And the reasons are too complex to get into, except to say that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. I can’t, in good conscience, start something with a girl like you.”

“A girl like me…”

“Yes. You’re not the kind of girl a guy takes home for a quick fuck. You’re the girl he keeps.”

Right. Just like Elec did.

About the Author:
Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Additional Books by Penelope Ward


Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Sins of Sevin:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2):



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Penelope Ward has another awesome book to add to her list of achievements. ‘Neighbor Dearest’ is 5 star read that draws you in from the start. The main character in this book is one we have met before in ‘Stepbrother Dearest’ although in that book things didn't work out for her so now she gets her own story.

Chelsea has had her heart broken and doesn’t feel she will ever get over it. Uprooting everything to move out of the flat that she shared with her ex as it has too many reminders both good and bad but overall it is just too much for her. Settled into her new flat she meets her new gorgeously handsome but also very uptight angry neighbor. Her neighbour begins to get under her skin even though he doesn't talk to her and only grunts in her direction but she cant help but admire his looks.

After initial frustrations caused by his dogs things take a turn when they begin chatting and a sexually charged friendship begins. Damien makes it very clear that he wants nothing to happen between the two of them even if though the air is thick with chemistry and sexual tension. Damien even goes as far to help Chelsea set up an online dating profile but she can’t help wanting Damien as more than a friend.

“I was developing a massive crush on this man. It felt like there should have been a warning alarm going off at the same time, though. He’d told me he had no interest in a future with anyone who wanted to get married or have kids. His last relationship ended because of that issue.”

Damien and his double D’s (his dogs Dudley and Dreyfus) will steal your heart before you realise it. He is beyond hot and sexy but also arty and romantic. He’s sweet, considerate and even self sacrificing in order to make others happy and get everything that they deserve even if it is not what he wants deep down. We also find that he can be possessive and dominant when it comes to what is his and it makes him so much hotter.

A story of friendship and love that will pull at your heart and have you praying that everything works out. There were parts I was dreading when reading as I was scared that it wouldn’t go how I wanted but regardless I could’t put the book down and had to read it in one sitting. You truly believe in the love and decisions made to be everything for the person who holds your heart.

This develops into a story of true soulmates willing to sacrifice and be there for each other. Chelsea grows from a broken person into a strong and determined female that knows what she wants. She is an extremely likeable character and  the book is told from her perspective. What can I say about Damien other than you will LOVE him. The heat between them is riveting to read as the writing is wonderful as always with Penelope Ward. If you haven't already read Stepbrother Dearest I also recommend giving that a go and I live in hope that there will be another book added to this series about Chelsea’s sister Jade. I highly recommend to all romance lovers.

Reviewed by Louise G.