“I loved this girl, and I couldn’t do anything about it.”
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.
When Greta’s stepbrother came to live with them during her senior year, she never expected him to be such a jerk, and she certainly never expected to feel so drawn to him. He was stunning. Gorgeous. Hot. Tattooed and pierced (yes, there!!) with bad habits and a bad attitude to match. And yet she sensed something behind his abrasive behaviour… something that showed her a vulnerability and hurt that she could see was eating away at him, and she was determined to get through to him one way or another.
He was rude, he lashed out with his words, paraded girls in front of her, and toyed with her emotions… and yet the next moment he was putting himself in harms way to protect her. One thing was certain: there was more to Elec than met the eye.
Once they got past their initial differences, he made it still clear that there were some lines he would not cross. And once she got to know him it became clear that underneath all the anger that he showed the world was a guy with a very good heart who wanted her just as much as she wanted him.
“You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden, and fuck me if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”
But just when things were looking up, one night and one phone call changed everything. Forever. And just as quickly as he entered her life, he was gone again. And she didn’t see him again for seven years.
When a family tragedy brought them both back home, they were both shocked to see how some things (heartbreaking things) had changed so much and others hadn’t changed even one bit.
This is a sexy, angst-filled story of first love and forbidden desires. It’s a story with imperfect people who sometimes choose wrong. It’s a story with heart break and angst, but also with healing and growth. And most of all it’s a story of learning to follow your heart. Sometimes, you just have to listen to your heart.
“I want to be the only one to show you everything and to be the one you’ll always remember for the rest of your life.”
Oh my gosh, their reunion just punched me in the gut. Again. And again. And again. That little twist. My poor heart was just shredded. But at the same time, I understood what had happened. It made sense given the timeline… but it didn’t make it one but easier to read.
“I know I’m not supposed to care. But when it comes to you, what I’m supposed to be feeling has never seemed to matter.”
There are no good stopping points in this book and it keeps you desperate to find out what happens next. But especially from about 54% on til the end, I’m pretty sure I didn’t move once from my spot on the couch and just sat there madly flipping pages and devouring the story.
“I’m… 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.”
This is the kind of book where, once you start reading, you’ll want to cancel all your plans for the rest of the day so that you can just keep reading it. I loved the way the author incorporated both sides of the story. It was a very unique way to show the dual POV and I thought it really worked well for this. There was so much that I loved about the story but it also wasn’t perfect for me. There were some things (in the second half) that I might have wanted a little differently but they didn’t stop me from loving the story and there’s really no doubt that this book was completely unputdownable!!
If you want a sexy, unique, unconventional romance to fall in love with, try this one!!
Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone New Adult Romance.
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3 winners will signed copies of Stepbrother Dearest.
I was up all night reading this! LOVED IT!
So glad you loved it!! 😀
This is next on my TBR!!! Gonna start tonight:)
Happy reading!! 😀
Suzanne Martin says
I love this book. I could not put it down . Read it in a day.
I agree!! It’s unputdownable 😉
Started reading while the kids were in school, cooked dinner and I was reading, went to the bathroom and I was reading, husband was watching football and I was reading. OMG it’s 4 am and I’m done!!!! What a great book, thx Aesta for recommending it, I know I can always count on you!
Love that!! You’re so welcome!!!! 😀
I agree with you, Mariana, we can always count on Aesta!
I love that word ‘unputdownable’, and, as always loved your review! I’m reading this one, for sure. I’ve been reading a lot of books that you recommend and I love most of them all!!
You’re great Aestas.
Heehee, thank you!! 😉 And I’m so glad you’re loving the books on here!!
I love Stepbrother Dearest too, sweetie, thank you for the recommendation!
mikey earl says
I have read over 100 books this year along from 50 shades arthors voice and everything in between and this book is by far my favorite of all… im so in love with this book… thank you so much…
Ahhhhh that’s awesome!!! You’re so very welcome 🙂
CAN YOU ONLY READ IT IN KINDLE ???!!!!!
No, it is available on other eBook platforms as well.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I was up until 2am last night finishing it! I really want to win this! Thanks for the chance!!!!
I love Elec!! Would love to win it in paperback!!! Thanks for the chance.
April W says
OMG!! LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE!!!!
This book looks interesting!
I haven’t read this one yet! On the long TBR list… 😀
Crissy Mackey says
I haven’t read this book yet, but I am really, really, really dying to read it.
I FREAKING LOVE THIS!! <3
Charlene E says
Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
Debbie Grim says
Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!!!!
Absolutely LOVED this book. I need this one to go along with my signed Penelope Ward collection!!!
Alison Philips says
Loved this book, thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway 🙂
This book was great!! Thanks for the giveaway !!!
Kristina L. says
Great giveaway! Loved this book!!!
Cristina Riquelme says
Thanks for the chance!!!!! love Penelope!!!!
i loved this book!!
I love this book!!!
Melissa Jones says
Great book, loved it! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Melanie Tracey says
Loved this book so much! Read it in one sitting!
Lorie Glowania says
Want to read this thanks for the chance
Vera Machado says
This book seems to be great! Can’t wait to read it!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! 😀
I really have been dying to read this book.
I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the chance!
Antonela Devetac says
Omg, I really, REALLY want this book on paperback in my hands *sigh*
It was sexy, funny and unique. I totally loved.
Thanks for the chance 🙂
Lacy Daniel says
Loved Stepbrother Dearest!
Ashley Jasper says
Can’t wait to read this…heard nothing but good things.
The book is awesome! I love Elec.
Thanks for the chance to win!!!
One of my favorite books this year, hated it to be over!
Maricris Patrimonio Dimla says
I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews about this book. It’ll be next on my reading list. Thank you for the chance! 🙂
Heather Sperry says
Loved this book! I need this pretty book on my shelf!
shabby arora says
All my friends, book clubs, blogs are talking about this book and I think I’m the last person standing who hasn’t read it as yet
Desire Slover says
Loved this book!! A signed copy to collect would be awesome!
Kristy Petree says
I haven’t read this book, but it sounds AWESOME! Thanks 🙂
I could not put Stepbrother dearest down!!! Absolutely addicting, loved it!!!
I haven’t yet read it but I surely want to.
Jessica Frider says
Thanks for the chance. This is on my TBR list
I love Elec, if he was my stepbrother, if fall in love with him too!
Lori Christensen says
HAven’t had time to read it yet! ARGH!!!
Ashley Graham says
I actually just started reading this one! I’m loving it so far!
Amanda Hanley says
I want to read this book so bad!!!
KellyMae Helfrich says
OMG! I have to have this book! I read it and LOVED it. One of the best I’ve read this year 🙂
Patrice Jamie says
I can’t wait to read this!!! Thanks for the chance♡♡♡
Thanks for this giveaway! This book was amazing. Love Elec and his bad boy ways!
Dalina J says
I love this book but it will be awesome to win a signed copy 🙂
This book is by far my BEST read of the 2nd half of the year!!! I couldn’t put it down (well I had to because I had to sleep at least 3 hours before going to work). But I read it in 2 sittings. It’s a definite MUST-READ!!
Ren G. says
I’ve just started reading it and holy hell I can’t put it down!!!
Penelope is one of my go to authors I’ve read a few of her books and loved every one of them. Stepbrother Dearest is no exception. I absolutely loved this book and fell in love with Elec. I read this in one sitting it was that good, a real page turn I could not put it down.
Stella M says
Amazing book…. Would love to have a signed paperback 😉 Thanks for the chance!
Andi M. says
I’ve heard so many awesome things about this book.
Shelby Porter says
I love love loved this book . I stayed up all night just to finish it …. would love to win a signed copy so I can have Elec in my hands 🙂
Ohhh this book was soooo good love, love, love Elec. This is the kind of book you should’t start before bed and you have to wake up early to work trust me I went to work without sleep but it was so worth it. Thanks for the chance awesome giveaway 😉
Jessica Ann says
I loved Stepbrother Dearest! Amazing book, I was hooked.
Jacquie J says
Awesome giveaway! Can’t wait to read
Maria Theresa Santos says
thanks for the chance
This is the best book Ive read all year!! Penelope is one of my favorites!!!! I could not wait for it to come out!!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this and add it to my collection!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the chance!! Aestas is one of my favorites too!! Thanks for being so great!!! XoXo
Glenda Gregory says
Haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but I can’t wait to! Sounds amazing 🙂
Arijana Pejic says
I can’t wait to read this!
Jay Benitez says
Thnx 4 the chance
Sasha cavanaugh says
Have not read it, but definately interested. Sounds really taboo and I like that!!
Tiffany Wagner says
I fell so hard in love with elec! He is such a perfect book boyfriend!!! I love this book so much it makes me laugh, cry and want to scream it was a emotional roller coaster. I will deffiently be re-reading this for many times to come I hope to read more from you!!!
I would love to read this book! I have heard so many great things!!
Irma Jurejevčič says
I read the book and I looooovvvvedddd it! I read it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. I would love to win one copy, that would be amazing.
Jackie van der Walt says
I have read the book and loved it. Read it in one sitting, couldn’t put it down. Thanks for the chance!
Nikki Flannery says
Love this book. Thank you for the giveaway
Arwen Shoemaker says
This looks like an awesome read, haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Elena Lim says
Haven’t read the book but will check it out. Thanks for the chance ABB. XD
Clayr Catherall says
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your book but have it on kindle 🙂
Christina R. says
LOVE LOVE LOVE both the quotes you used and your review and the awesome author!! Awesome concept for a romance 🙂
thank you so very much 🙂
H. Marie says
I’m told to be ready for a book hangover with this one!!! Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win!
Clare Flack says
Not read yet but heard so many great things bout it, This is such an awesome giveaway thank you for the chance, Finger’s crossed.
tracy supple says
Absolutely loved this book would highly recommend it thanks for the chance
Bianca Thaci says
I’ve heard soo much about this book – can’t wait to read it!!!
Magda Cała says
Thanks for the chance!
Yash Levi says
I really loved Stepbrother Dearest! So thank you for the chance to win this! <3
Alexandra A says
Awesome giveaway, thank you.
Danessa Gaston says
Thank you for the chance for an awesome giveaway
Jen Wildner says
I can’t wait to read this books!! Thanks for the chance to win!
Jennifer Taylor says
Thank you for this amazing giveaway.
Lisa M says
I look forward to checking this book out!
Thank you for this giveaway =)
Chantale F says
I haven’t read this yet but I just added it to my long TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win
I would LOVE to win this! Thanks for the chance!
Wendy Bree says
One of my absolute favorite books of the year!
♡♡♡I love Elec♡♡♡
Erin Carnevale says
I have it but haven’t had a chance to read it 🙁
I absolutely loved this book – which is why I want a signed copy! It was so good.
Lyndsey Aaron says
I LOVED this one! Start to finish in 4 hours 🙂
Gabrielle Compolongo says
I absolutely loved this book. It is by far one of my all time favorites. Definitely top 3. LOVE Elec!!
Ashley Gill says
I’ve not read it but have heard some wonderful things about this book. I can’t wait!!
Kim S. says
Read this book and loved it. It kept me up half the night. I could not put it down!
This book is definitely next on my TBR! Can’t wait to start reading 🙂
Stephanie F. says
I’ve been really eager to read this book, it sounds fantastic.
Betul E. says
I have read this book and LOVED IT!!
I have this one my list and have been hearing great things about it!!
Would love to read it!!
Great read – I loved it
Bethany Macielag says
I loved this book!
This is definitely a book I would love to have physically!
Thank you for this awesome giveaway
Amanda Vinson says
This is my #1 on my TBR. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
Marcia W. says
Thank you for the giveaway and I am looking forward to reading this book!
Tonya Coleman says
I have not read this book, but I have heard good things!
Jenny Dauksa Schaber says
Thanks for this awesome chance, Fingers crossed
Shelby Leah says
I could NOT put this book down. It was amazing. Best read of 2014!
Nicola Kate says
Love this book
Sara S. says
Great giveaway! The book was great!
Micky Barnard says
I absolutely loved this book and would love a PB copy!
Dinna Ken says
AWESOME giveaway!! Thanks <3
Staci Pope says
I have not read Stepbrother Dearest; but it is sitting on my Nook carousel to be read soon.
Jenny R. says
I absolutely loved this book! <3
I loved Elec and Greta’s story so much! Thank you for the chance to win a paperback! 🙂
I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
Kim Perry says
I really enjoyed it! Elec and Greta were great together! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Stephanie Mahnke says
I can’t wait to read this one on my new Kindle my hubby got me for my birthday! 🙂
Aye LS says
Yessssss!! AWESOME giveaway!! Thanks!!
Maria Vicuna says
I haven’t read this book yet but it is on TBR list and I can’t wait to read it!
susan beamon says
Reading the book on my kindle slowly. don’t like reading on my kindle. gives me a headache. want the print copy of the book.
thanks for the chance! hope I win, read good things about this book.
Wendy Roberts says
I look forward to reading it!
Kristen K. says
I’ve heard great things about this book!!!
See Lee (aka Sunshine) says
Penelope Ward is amazing. I’ve followed her since the beginning. Awesome giveaway. Thanks!
Wendy Syposs Litz says
I also Loved Step Brother Dearest! After all the raves about it,I bought it ,and was not sorry! BTW,you have a lot of Great Books listed on your site!
thanks for the giveaway
Absolutely loved this book! Amazing from start to finish!
Thank you for the giveaway! Love her work!
I’m just finishing it and I love it! I’m glad I had a chance to read it. I can recommend it to everyone.
Judith Lattin says
This is next up in my TBR. I am excited to read it. Thanks for the chance to win.
Vickie Imacosmetologist Carter says
I haven’t read it yet but I know someone who has. She said that it was awesome
Jennie Schmitt says
This book is fantastic. Would love a signed copy. Thanks for the chance!!
Annette Popa says
I absolutely loved this book so much !!!!
amy bowens says
I have this but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
I have to tell you I deal with Alzeimers residents all day so when I get home all I do is read! I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from you! Thanks for the chance to win!!
Jenn McElroy says
I read it and LOVED it!! 🙂
Loved this book. It grabs you from the very beginning and even when it ends you can’t stop thinking about it.
Jenn H says
I am currently reading this book. Loving it too! Thanks for the chance to win.
Kristalovesher Kindlebooks says
Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway! Can’t wait to read!
Brenda Quezada says
I already read it & love it!! 🙂
This book gave me my first book hang over. I cant stop thinking about it. I keep telling my friends to read this book. I could NOT put it down
Stephanie Lashbrook says
Sounds like I will have to make sure I start this on a weekend so I won’t have to worry about waking up the next day when I can’t stop reading it! 🙂
Karina G. says
I was at home sick the day the book came out, and was able to read it in one sitting. It sucked that I was sick, bit it didn’t matter I loved the book! Oh Elec, I wish I had one of him to myself. It was a gut punch, when they met a couple of years later. I know a book gets to me when the back of my neck gets hot from what’s happening in the book, and it was fantastic! Just reading Greta going through it, I don’t think I would of had her grace. I can’t wait to read it again!
I already read it and loved it! ❤️
Filia Oktarina says
I wanna read this book! The title book make me curious to know the stories!!
Jennifer O'Connell says
Just finished reading Stepbrother Dearest, a great read!
Diana Doan says
Thank you for the chance!!!!
Thanks for the chance!!
I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance 🙂
I love Penelope Ward so much! I would love to win this!!
Love this book!! Stayed up all night because I couldn’t put it down!!!
Loved the book. Couldn’t put it down and certainly didn’t want it to end!!
I read Stepbrother Dearest and you are absolute right it was unputdownable!!
I couldn’t get over Elec, and had the biggest grin on my face the whole time I read it, I really didn’t know what to do with myself once I finished reading it 🙂
Patty Romero says
I soo need to get it together and read this book!!! I want in with everyone else lol
I read it the day it came out and I loved it!!!
Btissame swi says
I haven’t read this book yet , but i would love to ^_^
Gina H says
I LOVE these kinds of stories, I know it’s kind of a taboo subject matter, but you can’t help who you fall in love with! Thanks for the chance to read!
María Isabel says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kristina Hohrman says
Thank you so so much for the chance! You guys are simply amazing and I would so love to win this book!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!
Kathy Oscar says
Just finished this. I am wrecked!!! Such beautiful writing, such a beautiful story. Whew!
Wow! This was not the storyline I was expecting. I loved that the author added his thoughts behind all of his actions into the book and the prologue was one of the best. I don’t often do this but I read the prologue three times just because I couldn’t let it go.
Karen Machamer says
On my TBR list and hoping to get to it soon.
I recently discovered your blog. I’ve loved every book you recommended, but sadly not this one. The writing seemed very immature to me. Sorry!
Ann Reader says
This book just didn’t do it for me! Usually love all your reds!