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- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publication Date: September 28, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NVY6JPC
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wanted a fun fast, taboo romance read and a lot of people have raved over this book. If you love it, I am super happy for you.
The biggest problem I had with this book was the writing was so extremely juvenile. The talk between characters was so awkward and weird. Literally no one would ever say what they said in real life. On top of that, you had to read the book Elec published which was WORD FOR WORD what already happened in the first half of the book, but in his POV. Now, this could’ve been a cool element to add since it was strictly in Greta’s POV the whole time, except the author added in all the same dialogue. So yes, you had to relive the awful dialogue for the second time. IN THE SAME BOOK.
Now on to the story. Within the first couple pages, Greta is all hot and bothered over Stepbrother Dearest (see what I did there?) and I absolutely hated that. This is supposed to be a forbidden romance so why is the main character head over heels for her step brother within 30 seconds of meeting him? On top of that, of course she has to be a virgin and extremely polite and nice and naive. Gag. She also let’s Elec treat her like absolute garbage. Now I am all for enemies to lovers tropes, but there is a difference when the male is a top notch jerk and the girl is still fawning over his every need. Hard pass.
On top of this, the characters had zero development. Elec was supposed to be some bad boy with a rough past (yawn) who was a sex god. But when it came to the sex scenes, they were so sub par. I was expecting some hot a** writing with all that build up and it was just so l a m e.
The ending was boring and predictable.
Overall, I am clearly disappointed. I never know what to expect when reading books by this author because they are VERY hit or miss for me. I have ranged her books from 1 star to 5 star. But I truly am sad about having to give this book such a low rating because I wanted it to be good so bad.
I am sad I wasted $4 on this ☹
As weeks turn into months, Greta and Elec begin to develop a friendship and one night, that friendship becomes more. But the next morning, Elec is gone and Greta knows she will never be the same.
7 years later, death brings Elec back into her life but now, even though Greta's love for Elec is stronger than even, he is no longer available to her. How will she be able to face him in his time of need and not lose her heart for a second time?
I loved this book! I loved how it is separated into two parts, when Greta and Elec first meet as teenagers and then again as adults. Any first, Elec is a difficult character to like, but the more you learn about him, the more you will come to love him. Both are complex well written characters.
I loved how Elec's side of the story was given in the form of a book he wrote which gives the story a different spin. You know that there is something to Elec's relationship with his father the whole time but I never anticipated it would be what it actually was.
Although this book is called "Stepbrother Dearest" the stepbrother taboo is a very small part of the story and for those who are wondering, even though Elec is in a relationship when the story picks up again, you don't need to worry, there is no cheating in this story.
POV: Mostly from Greta with sections from Elec
Quick hook or slow starter? 5 (I was hooked from the first chapter)
Character development: 5
Level of Romance between characters: 5
Passion/Heat level: 5 (there is not a lot of sex, but what there is works perfectly for the story)
Angst/Heartbreak: 5 (the middle of this story will run your heart through the ringer and make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster)
Cliffhanger?: No, it is wrapped up in the end with a beautiful epilogue.
Overall, I loved it and this author is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I can't wait to go and read some of her other books.
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The item came in perfect condition and safely packaged. The quality of the cover is not very strong, it is thin and bent easily. The paper inside is thick and good quality. The writing size and font is easy to read and overall the item is good.
WOW!! I was hooked on this book from the moment I started it and I could not put it down until the end!! An angsty, unconventional love story and such a roller coaster! It was absolutely unputdownable lol. my only problem was how sent that text message??? that was never discovered but i understand. loved this book so giving it 4 stars!!!
From the first page I just fell so in love with Elec & Greta & the emotional journey they found themselves on. Penelope packed so much heartfelt emotion into their story, it bled straight from the pages & into my soul, connecting me them on a crazy level. It was like i could touch their hurt & taste their anger all while soaking in their love & passion. Their was so much regret it made my heart ache, especially not knowing how or if their love would prevail.
From beginning to end I laughed, cried & loved right along with them. There truly wasn't a single moment I didn't love in this entire book, even when the angst was almost to much to bare. I know without doubt this will be a favourite re read. Hell I've already read some of my favorite bits several times over. I don't think I'll ever be ready to let them go.
6 Second Chance Stunning Stars
Forbidden love is always a good read and this book was no different. Very hot and steamy!
Greta has a stepdad who has Son, Greta has never met her step brother Elec but when she walks through the door one day she knew she was in trouble. Walked in her handsome step brother Elec. He was mean from the moment she walked in the door. Pretty...plain he told her what her appearance was but underneath Elec knew he would be trying hard to keep his emotions in check. Elec hated his dad and was going to take it all out on his step sister but he would think it difficult to keep up the bad boy persona. He kept teasing Greta and then when Greta was asked out on a date he did seem the protective older brother but it was more than that. More like the protective boyfriend. As things started to get more heated Elec was called back to his mum leading of their last hot and steamy night together. They both take a piece of each others hearts that night. They would never speak or see each other for many years later when tragedy struck the family of Elecs dads death. Now comes very hot older Elec who is with a new women. Through the grief and Elecs bibliography we learn all the secrets which makes his past make sense. Will they eventually get back together or will he always just be her stepbrother.
A very hot and steamy romance with witty humour. I would definitely recommend buying
I fell completely in love with this story right from the offset. Greta and Elec’s circumstance drew me in so deeply that I couldn't get enough of the unconventional dynamics of the overall plot.
It isn’t unheard of for step siblings to share a mutual attraction, infact, my Great Grandmother married her Stepbrother in the 1920’s and it made me wonder how it all came about. Did they have the same concerns? Were they worried what people would say, would think? It was a different time back then, and it made me appreciate how strong they both must have been to move forward and embrace the love they shared. I wish I could go back in time and ask them because without their love, I wouldn’t be here today, so I guess you could say this story holds a special place in my heart.
In this instance, Penelope Ward incorporated many obstacles that felt believable for this situation, and you just routed for Greta and Elec from the start, to find a way, to make it work. It certainly has a guilty-pleasure feel to it, but at the same time it was nurtured and formulated beautifully into a love story with depth and substance. It had everything, including step family drama; or rather a son and his estranged father under the same roof, the good girl, the bad boy and the sexual tension that fused it all together in a wickedly tempting and compelling package. To say I loved Stepbrother Dearest would be an understatement. It consumed me, and I read it in an evening and early morning sitting.
I’m not going to go into a full plot overview because I don’t think it actually needs it. This isn’t a slow build story either, right from the start we really get to see the two combine together like oil and water, only then to start working together in unison and it was such a pleasurable experience.
The flow, the dialogue, the prose - everything was so well thought out without too much fluff or filler. Even the time-lapse was approached well, and the re-introduction of each character years later was palpable and heartwarming, even though it produced a few bumpy roads along the way.
A brilliant story of life, love, loss, and second chances. I absolutely loved it!
I truly adored Elec and Grata in every way possible, they gave me so many different emotions. The story begins with the stepbrother, (not blood related) comes to stay with his father for a short. Elec does nothing but test Greta for her reactions, and she does nothing but annoy him, , only their chemistry builds, he protects her and they end up sharing one hot, sensual, mind blowing night, leaving heart-breaking consequences.
Seven years later his father dies, and Elec and Grata, end up facing one another again only things have changed, or have they?
The ending is perfect and Penelope, does a fantastic job.
Wonderful story, will recommend.
The first part of the story definitely made the book what it is... It has all the feels, F*** I cried my eyes out my heart was breaking with them and for them... The way the Author used words and described everything sad you feel that pang in your chest... I'm absolutely in love with these characters... It's the type that stays with you long after you've finished it.. 😍😍
I also thought the female character was an absolute wet lettuce and a people pleaser. The lead male describes her as 'hot' but the impression I got from her speech and the way she dressed was more like librarian. I just couldn't get a good enough picture in my head. She was immature and I was constantly cringing at the things she said. The sex scenes for me were a bit unbelievable as well, I just couldn't connect.
The storyline was quite good and I like the concept, there were some nice ideas in there. I just didn't like the delivery.
Stepbrother Dearest spans a 7 year time frame and since finishing it I haven't stopped thinking about it and I know that it is a book I'll keep thinking about and going back to for a long time to come.
It was addictive. I started it at 9pm on a Friday night and finished it at 2am. I could not stop reading.
It's a book that makes you feel from start to finish. I had goosebumps so many times I lost count... We're talking proper head to toe goosebumps, the kind that literally start at your scalp and travel down your body in a prickly hot/cold shiver.
It's not a happy book really. It is a romance that is full of passion and angst. It's pleasure that goes hand in hand with pain. It's a book that rips your heart out, jumps up and down on it a few times, then picks it up, dusts it off, kisses it better and shoves it back in your chest. Bruised, sore but still beating and begging for more.
I thought it was well written, well edited and I love the cover.
I don't really know what more to say on it beyond I highly recommend it! If I could give it 10 stars I would.
I fell in love with this story right from the start.
It starts with Greta awaiting the arrival of her stepbrother, whom she has never met. And boy when she does meet him she is in for a shock. He is arrogant, cocky and sexy as hell.
Elec does not want to be there, but as his mother is working in London, he has to spend the rest of the year with his dad.
From there a beautiful and tension filled story unfolds.
This story sucks you in and sends you on a roller-coaster of emotions.
I devoured this book, once you start reading you cannot stop, i only moved to feed my children and use the bathroom.
This book was written from both POV's and in two parts and the writing flowed so perfectly that the combination is everything you want in a book, making it perfect.
Stepbrother Dearest is in my top ten favourite books of this year.
Wowsers!! I truly enjoyed this read xx it captivated me!! I stayed up until 2am this morning and was kinda heartbroken as it was the airport scene, but I just needed a little break! I was up first thing and finished it off!! Phew! I'm so pleased with the ending as I was beginning to have doubts xx
The story is mostly based in Greta's POV although there is a section towards the end that we see some of the story from Elec's POV.
Although a lot of this section was copied dialogue, it was his internal thoughts that kept me interested and stopping this section becoming too repetitive, which can often happen when the pov's are mixed.
There was enough angst to keep me turning the page and enough to make my heart ache by just the right amount!! And the sex scenes were pretty hot too!!
Overall a really great read and I can't wait to download more from this author xxx
Greta tries to make her new stepbrother Elec feel welcome when he comes to live with them but Elec acts like a big jerk. ....plain and simple. But there is something about him that pulls Greta to him in every way and vice versa. Elec may at first act like a complete prat but he begins to show Greta a little of his softer side and just as they are getting closer...BAM...Elec has to leave and return back home.
Greta doesn't hear from Elec for 7 years and when a family tragedy occurs, Greta must face the hard fact that her past will come back to haunt her and may break her heart all over again.
This is a 100% without a doubt a must read. Fantastically written and it's a standalone so you have no naughty cliffhangers :-)