Review – ‘Stepbrother Dearest’ by Penelope Ward – A solid start that leads to a slow finish

stepbrother dearest

Format: e book, paperback, audible

Format read: audible

Series: stand-alone

Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, themes


In the first book of the series, we meet Greta who is adjusting to life with her new step-father when she learns that her new step-brother is going to come spend the year with them. She wants to not like him, especially since he’s mean to her, but both of them can’t control the connection they have even through the years of time.

I wanted to like this story, I really did, but there was so many ups and downs that I just couldn’t really get into the book enough to say that I ‘loved’ it. First off, the way that Elect treated Greta was more than just mean. He was pretty much a bully and what’s worse is that Greta just kept going back to him making me think she’s a bit of a masochist.

I started to like when we start to see why Elec is the way that he is. He is a lot more complex than on the surface and shows the reader why he is swoon worthy. He has his moments that he can still be an a-hole, but overall you get a feeling of liking him before you go to the second part of the book.

The second part with filled with some much angst that you start to have anxiety attacks as you wait for them to get together. (This is not really a spoiler alert. You could figure this was the way of the book just by reading the blurb.) At times it gets frustrating, but not in a bad way, because of the situation that Elec and Greta find themselves in.

The ‘climax’ of the book was long and really dragged on. We basically got retold the whole story but from Elec’s point of view. I would have liked to have seen more of their time apart as Greta tries to move on and have Ward do what a lot of other authors are doing, release a full length novel from the man’s point of view separate from the main book.

I listened to this book on and it’s the only reason that it didn’t go below three stars. The woman who read the book was able to really capture that angst and longing that Greta has for Elec, but the story just didn’t interest me enough to move it past three stars.

Rating: C

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