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+
Yeah, I just finished one of those. I knew before I started it that it would be good, but what I was not expecting was the laughter, the tears, the angry, the face splitting smiles, the need for a VERY COLD shower (I lie, I kinda expected that part from the teasers). There was not a moment, from start to finish, of this book that I did not love. The thing that really grabbed me was the uniqueness of the storyline. It is taboo but that is what made it so intriguing!
I think the thing I loved most about this book though is the author's writing style, which allowed me the ability to truly feel the scenes as I was reading them. I felt every emotion right along with the heroine. Greta's embarrassment had my cheeks reddening for her and I can't tell you how may times I laughed out loud (to the point I was getting strange looks from my hubs!) at her inner thoughts. And her confusion was mine as well when it Elec, along with the butterflies when things got heated between them.
But this book is SO much deeper than the undeniable physical attraction between Elec and Greta, though. Yes, the chemistry is there and it's strong. But Greta sees more than just a hot as f**k specimen of a boy on the cusp of manhood when she looks at Elec. She sees what he is trying to hide in the moments he is unaware that she is looking. When the truth of Elec's life was finally revealed, my heart broke for him. I cried for the little boy who didn't understand why he wasn't loved.
I don't want to say much more because I don't want to give away anything! This is a book that you MUST experience without really knowing what's coming! So, I am just going to close out my review here with some of my favorite (non-spoilerish) lines from the book...
Here are a few of Greta's inner thoughts that had be dying from laughter.
My vagina was a hopeless fool. The cruder he was, the stronger its attraction to him.
What would I have done if he were actually really nice to me: lose my mind altogether and start humping his leg?
And Elec....oh, Elec. He had me at the 2% mark when he dropped his towel. I was goner after that!
"Cocky much?” “You tell me. Don’t I deserve to be?” “God…you’re acting like—” “A giant dick?”
And the elevator scene! OH-EM-GEE, it left me...breathless with anticipation. Here is a little taste...
I’m in an elevator fighting the urge to back you up against this wall and fuck you so hard that I’ll have to carry you back to your room.”
Penelope Ward has cemented herself as a must-read author for me. I can't wait to see what she gives us next! Until then, I will be catching up on the books she has already released and maybe reading Stepbrother Dearest for a third or fourth time.