Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

22843341Blurb from Goodreads

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.

Kindle Edition, 232 pages

Published September 28th 2014 (first published September 23rd 2014)

genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

My Thoughts

So I picked this book up because the blurb interesting me. But at the same time I was kinda worry that it doesn’t as good as what I hope, because most of the things that attracted me seem like it’s just another same old NA contemporary romance book. I like reading NA but lately they are just less appealing for me since they feel more similar one and another.

When I read part one, I thought my doubt become reality. It was just a story when the main characters, Greta and Elec, have an insta-attraction, if not an insta-love, and are lusting each other since the first time they lay on each other eyes. Despite their status as step siblings, I know instantly that it’s just about it, keeping each other distant but can’t do it so they keep backing to square one. Oh, they have their moments I liked, but I felt like it doesn’t enough for me to connect with them. I liked their banter, it is funny made me smile and even laugh out loud. And in some part I felt sorry for Greta because Elec is such a jerk. I even loved one simple thing that Elec does randomly, telling scramble letters to Greta. His anagram to her can be sweet, funny and also annoying and hurting. I really liked it because I never ever think of those anagrams before. But they didn’t make it easy to love them as characters. I didn’t like how they keep going hot and cold toward each other and didn’t just accept their feeling. It was quite frustrating reading their banter, though I was enjoying it, and at the same time made me felt like I want to scream at them to just open up to each other.

And then part one end, left me with a feeling that I should keep reading it. Fortunately part two made very opposite impact on me, though in a way I also felt bored with the repetitive dialogues from Elec’s POV which is the same as from Greta’s. I grew to love Greta and Elec and can finally connect with them. Those frustrating and annoying things in part one slowly made sense in part two. The blurb says this story span in years, from their teenage life to their adult life. The best thing is they grow as characters and I can feel and see it.

While I read, both in part one and part two I kept thinking that the story is so predictable. In part one there isn’t anything that surprised me. It’s mostly the same as in other YA/NA contemporary romance. That predictable! But apparently the author still has something in her sleeve. I really liked the twist and surprise she throws me in part two. That predictable story turns out surprising me in a very good way. I just love it.

I also love that Greta and Elec has someone else in their adult life. Although they love each other, they keep trying to move on and have another life with someone else. And the fact that that someone else are good people, not some kind of bitchy girlfriend for Elec or an ass ex-boyfriend for Greta is really refreshing. I’m glad they don’t turn to be the same old classic pattern.

In the end I can say that I really liked and enjoyed reading Greta and Elec’s story. This was my first encounter to Ms. Ward books and surely won’t be the last.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars


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