Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward


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My Rating: 3 stars

Genre: New Adult

I’m going to be completely straight up here and say that the first part of the book I disliked and the second half I enjoyed. It didn’t help that the storyline had me thinking this book would go a different way but what I got wasn’t what I thought I would get. Surprises aren’t necessarily bad things but I figure I was just particularly looking for a darker read revolved around this theme.

So just to give you a little bit of background:

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.

When I read that blurb I was like I need to read this and after repeating this mantra many times  and getting through the books I knew I had to finish first, I finally got around to it. Did I enjoy it? Sorta. Although like I already said, the beginning wasn’t the best. Their chemistry developed far too quickly. And I know in their situation it was acceptable because they were horny teenagers, but if maybe I got more description as to how their feelings happened then I would have liked it much more. Because for an attraction to defy the passing of time, it must have been very strong.

In the beginning I thought Greta to be a little annoying. I felt she should keep her mouth shut a little more and may be not run after this guy who doesn’t give her the time of day. But I guess at that age everyone is like that. But eventually she grew on me and I started to sympathise with her situation. It must be rather difficult knowing Elec wasn’t going to be around for long. Their little banters were hilarious. Elec knew how to make an awkward situation seem less intense by his funny remarks. I felt extremely sorry for him, how his father treated him and how things were never really easy for him. So I guess it kind of excused his jerkish behaviour in a way.

The part after Eric leaves was more enjoyable to me. Especially once they come face to face again, oh boy the unresolved feelings in the air. I got rather emotional, shedding a couple tears here and there because even after coming face to face again, they couldn’t be together. But then they experience new things, as adults and it puts them in a better place to really discover how they feel about each other. Greta is still always there for him and Elec knows it but he’s only in town for like 2 days before he has to leave again. God it had me wrecked. I thought that the part where Elec retells the past was un-needed. It kinda went downhill for me again. I already know what happened and didn’t need a re-telling of it to be frank. There were certain parts which I figured were important but only they should have been placed importance on, not conversations that I had already read about.

Overall, I’d say I enjoyed it but it wasn’t what I was expecting exactly. What made it good was the anticipation when they meet the second time around. Apart from that it didn’t particularly have me intrigued but everyone has different tastes aye?

3 thoughts on “Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who had an issue with Elec re-telling the past. I thought it was really unnecessary and annoying at the same time because it’s so repetitive.. I think it would have been better if Penelope Ward just put wrote it from a dual point of view from the very beginning.

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