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Neighbor Dearest

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING 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
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published August 13th 2016 by Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
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Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man oh man! Where on earth do I start? If you could see my now then you'd honestly see a crazy loon of a bookworm sitting with the biggest smile on her face, with a heart that is POUNDING, skin COVERED in goosebumps, tingling from SO MANY EMOTIONS and I'm HOT, like burning up from the pure epicness that is Neighbour Dearest.

Captivating. Neighbour Dearest is captivating. From the prologue I was dragged into this story, and held hostage by words that held so much emotion I couldn't escape, I didn
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars!!


If you haven’t read anything by this author, 'Neighbor Dearest' is the perfect book to start with. Why? Because this perfect little gem has everything that makes a book a great, wonderful read. I’ve read several books by this author, so trust me when I say her newest release is one of her best work so far. 'Neighbor Dearest' was sweet, funny, sexy but also emotional, intense and so heartwarming at times and most important of all, it was so different from what I thought it will be in
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Jun 06, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A sexy STANDALONE New York Times bestselling friends-to-lovers story that does NOT have to be read in conjunction with any other book.


Read First Chapter Here:

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Jennifer Kyle
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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5 Unicorn STARS

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Ever wonder what happened to Chelsea Jameson after Elec and Greta found their way back to one another in Stepbrother Dearest? This is Chelsea’s story of her hard fall for the hot, angry, artist that just so happens to be her neighbor in her new apartment complex. His name is Damien H. Hennessey and he is especially yummy my friends…

“I didn't care that Damien was my friend. When he looked at me, I wanted him to regret the decision he'd made when he labeled me just
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It's been quite some time since I read 'Stepbrother Dearest', which I think was probably for the best in hindsight. At first, the multiple references to Elec and Greta had me thinking that I would need to reread that book prior to reading, or rather listening to, this one. As much as I loved 'Stepbrother Dearest', I was glad to find that 'Neighbor Dearest' read easily as a standalone.

If you're like me, you vaguely remember the nice g
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE+++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I was somehow connected to Damien in a way that I didn’t even understand, connected to the way he made me feel, the way I knew he understood me, the way his heart beat for me.

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You know the feelings of euphoria you get after having read a really phenomenal story?!! Well, I am definitely flying high on those feelings even three days after having finished Neighbor Dearest. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced such strong emoti
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!! OMG!! I just finished this AWESOME new book! I honestly can't stop smiling. The ending was perfect!! Like, I'm literally sitting here grinning like crazy while I type this because this book was seriously just SO GOOD!!!! Ahhh!! It was exactly what I was looking for. SWEET, SEXY, and UTTERLY ADDICTIVE with a heart-melting hero who is guaranteed to make you SWOOOOOOON!!!! I loved how they went from friends-to-lovers and I was so curious to know what his secret was. Their chemistr ...more
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LIVE EARLY! And still recovering from covergasm!

Stand-alone book 2
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 throug
Hulya Kara Yuksel
I LOVED it soooooo much! You have to meet Damien asap! He's gonna make you swooooon. :D <3

Ps. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It was so hot and funny. :)

XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Not gonna lie, I've read sooooo many books that at first, I had the distinct impression that I'd read this before. After a little while, it felt like a different story I'd read. Finally, it started to define itself a bit better and I had my "aha" moment. I liked Chelsea. She was funny and sweet. Definitely at that stage in her life where she is trying to find herself and questioning where she's at. Damien was sexy and caring. Honest to a fault. I really loved that about him. No games. He was pro ...more
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Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
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HOLY FUCK my heart is so full I could literally burst into tears.

You know what, fuck it, I’m going to let these fucking tears stream down my checks with pride.

I can’t even form the right fucking words to express how I feel right now, all I know is that it’s a feeling I always get after reading a Penelope Ward book.

She always seem to have the ability to make me bawl my fucking eyes out with her beautiful words.

I’ve read TWO FUCKING BOOKS in six weeks! Yes, SIX.FUCKING.WEEKS. This book funk I
Ramona Popescu
Without any doubt, Penelope Ward is in my top 5 book authors. She is brilliant and I've devoured her books one by one, without finding similarities, which is FANTASTIC how original she is.

"Neighbor Dearest" is a pleasant way of spending a lazy weekend reading and thinking that PERFECTION exists in this world. Once meeting Damien, you will be hooked and he will totally ruin you for any other book-boyfriends for a while.

The story follows Chelsea, Elec's ex from Stepbrother Dearest. After their sp
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

*****5 Stars*****


“As long as I’m walking this Earth, I’m going to love you … You’re it for me.”

There are some authors who I put on an extremely high pedestal; Penelope Ward is amongst this list. Penelope Ward is definitely a one click author for me. She has such a way with drawing me in with her beautiful writing, captivating and interesting characters, who always have an amazing back story. One of my favourite romance themes are the friends to lovers stories and Penelope Ward captured the p
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who likes friends to lovers story
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Female

Chelsea Jameson was heartbroken when she was blindsidedly dumped by her boyfriend Elec. She was still struggling to mend her heart when she moved next door to someone who reminded her of him.

Damien Hennessey was a beautiful tattooed bad boy. With his bad attitude and two noisy hellhounds, he became the source of Chelsea's irritation. Soon enough, easy friendship bloomed but it stuck there because the thing with heart
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5 "You're My Unicorn" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-"You only get one true love, one soulmate. Not everyone is lucky enough to find that person in a lifetime."

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Chelsea Jameson is a 25 yr. old woman living in San Francisco, & working at the Mission Youth Center. After the guy she thought was her soulmate breaks her heart, Chelsea needs to get away from the apartment with all the memories of her ex Elec.

She finds a fabulous new apartment in the mission district that she loves. The only issue
5 Unicorn Stars

“You were never able to understand how he could do what he did to you, why things happened that way. I figured it out. You know why it didn’t work out with him?”
“Because God made you for me.”

Damn, did I love reading this book! I loved that it doesn't follow a formula that I was expecting. I loved the humor and easy banter between Chelsea and Damien. These two are hot as f**k, even before Damien finally gave into his feelings. Most importantly, whether friends or more th
Dee Montoya
FIVE Unicorn STARS*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

Two broken hearts destined to fix each other. Just when you think all is lost and you can't never love again, you'll find the most unique and perfect heart, just next door...

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Chelsea is a girl we once knew, she got her heart broken by a man who was in love with another, and now she is trying to pick up the pieces of the mess he left behind. Everything reminds her of him, her home, her job, everywhere she looks she sees pieces of the happi
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
-4.5 stars

I never get disappointed with Penelope Ward's books! I adored this one so much! The storyline was fantastic and the characters original and realistic.


The first thing I loved in this story was Damien! Im in love with him and how protective, smart, sweet, friendly and sexy he was! And Chelsea was the one who changed through the story. She started as an ok character and became one of my favorite heroines! Sweet, shy and lovely. They start as friends having sweet and funny moments and some
Lo Bookfrantic
4.5★★★★FIRESTARTER Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

"Sometimes, the best things are right under your nose all along."


Chelsea Jameson; is living a single life after a bad breakup. She is trying her best to move on however she is finding it so hard to do so because she somehow feels like she failed as a person when she discovered that her ex has cheated on her and falls in love with someone else. Chelsea has some issues to work on; moving into her new apart
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penelope Ward is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her stories always bring a huge smile to my face and I love falling into them. Neighbor Dearest is no exception. Chelsea and Damien meet when she moves into his building. He is her angry artist neighbor with loud dogs and she is the desperate sad girl.

I swear their meet up was perfect. Due to a much-needed repair, Damien can actually hear all about Chelsea’s failed relationship. You may remember Chelsea from Stepbrother Dearest she w
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Neighbor Dearest is yet another example of how amazing Penelope Ward is as an author. I love her writing style and how she always manages to captivate me with her words. Damien and Chelsea's book was very intriguing and I loved the friends-to-lovers aspect. It was really well done and there was no over the top drama that came along with it, which I very much appreciated.

With this book we got laughter, sexiness, friendship, and a strong chemistry between these characters. Page after pag
Geri Reads
This book is smack dab in the middle of the scale for me. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. It was okay.

If you're a long time Penelope Ward fan, the plot is a familiar one: heroine falls for the hero but hero is reluctant to commit because of a big secret. The familiarity isn't a knock on Ms. Ward talent as a writer because for one, she does this type of story really well. And two, Ms. Ward definitely knows how keep her readers invested in the story.

My issue is that Neighbor Deares
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TITLE: Neighbor Dearest
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 25 | Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: August 15th, 2016


“A STANDALONE NOVEL that does *not* need to be read in conjunction with any other book.”

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NEIGHBOR DEAREST: In the 'Prologue' we're introduced to 'Chelsea' who has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend Elec, she knew
RATING: 4.5 Unicorn Hearts! <3


Neighbor Dearest is another shining example of Penelope Ward’s trademark trifecta—angst, humour, and swoon-worthy romance; a captivating combination that ensures an entertaining read from beginning to end.

“You know why it didn’t work out with him?”
“Because God made you for me.”
Chelsea and Damien’s relationship begins how every great relationship begins—from a place of conflict, or in their case, highly amusing neighborly disputes à la non-stop
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“I want to enjoy my life unapologetically, and I don’t take anything for granted.”

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A year has gone by and Chelsea Jameson still hasn't really recovered after her heart was shattered by her ex-boyfriend Elec. No matter what she does she can't move on, she's always trying to pinpoint where she is lacking that caused him to walk away. Things take a turn in her life when
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!! It's insanely good. People, just read it!
Recommended to Talia (Red Hot Ink) by: Hulya Kara Juksel
10 ++++++++ stars.

Probably the best book of the year. I don't care if this is like, the third time I've said it since the beginning of summer. This book is truly one of a kind. I devoured it in 24 hours and still feel like I've lived a whole life in this short time.

Oh, Damien... *Sighs contentedly*. I'm still waiting for the moment I'll realize he's not real and that my neighbor is actually a cranky divorcee with a chiuaua and thirty years on me. Life is cruel... aaaand I'm rambling again. Bette
Stacey is Sassy

Love…thy neighbor.

First off…it’s bloody hard (for an Aussie) typing neighbour without the u so don’t be surprised if a few neighbour’s pop up here or there. So what did I think about Neighbor Dearest? I actually really enjoyed it. There are lots of things buzzing around in my brain after finishing and I’m struggling to get it all clear in my head. I have to say, I’m absolutely stoked that I never read Stepbrother Dearest. That sounds bad, but I know the type of reader I am and there’s a bloody g
Dilek VT
That was a very sweet romance with low angst. There was a little bit of a drama but it was not a “making-you-ugly-cry” kind of drama. It was solved in a good way. This novel was sweet, it was hot, it was fun and it was definitely heart-warming.

It is about a couple who are apparently attracted to each other but the guy resists to be anything further than friends, saying he is no good for her in the long-term. So, you wonder what his reason for staying away from her is and when you learn, you unde
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s

When I first heard about this book, I had a mini heart attack thinking this was about Greta and that her and Elec had broken up. Thank goodness it's about Chelsea, Elec's ex girlfriend.

To be honest, I never gave Chelsea much thought. I wanted Elec and Greta together and that's it. After getting to know Chelsea and her feelings about everything, I feel could you not?

As the title suggests, Damien is indeed Chelsea's neighbor and when they first meet, sparks do not fly. Dami
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok




I'm so annoyed.

*takes a deep breath*

Let's begin. Neighbor Dearest is my first Penelope Ward book. Obviously I was disappointed. Cait and I buddy read this and we were super excited. We ended up both super annoyed with this.

The first half of it was good. I liked Damien and thought he was a sweetheart but I didn't care one bit about Chelsea. I liked how their relationship was building. Also, it was humorous. Then, the dreaded second half arrived. I lost all inter
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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.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beau

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