Posted August 24, 2016 by MeliMel in Blog Tours, Book Love, Giveaways, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review, Our Reviews / 0 Comments

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A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.

Author’s note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review Meli Mel v2

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“I want to enjoy my life unapologetically, and I don’t take anything for granted.”

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A year has gone by and Chelsea Jameson still hasn’t really recovered after her heart was shattered by her ex-boyfriend Elec. No matter what she does she can’t move on, she’s always trying to pinpoint where she is lacking that caused him to walk away. Things take a turn in her life when she moves into an apartment. When she hears incessant barking every morning which ends up waking her up, she has had enough and decides to complain to her neighbor. This is where Damien Hennessey comes into the picture. There is something about the moody sexy artist that has Chelsea feeling some stirrings of attraction.

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‘I was somehow connected to Damien in a way that I didn’t even understand, connected to the way he made me feel, the way I knew he understood me, the way his heart beat for me.’

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Damien Hennessey may not have started off on the right foot with Chelsea, but once he learns more about her the friendlier their relationship becomes. Damien is quite the enigma but he was also such a charmer with great humor. He was also very sweet the more you get to know him. I loved how he cared for Chelsea, he was just so amazing. It’s no wonder why Chelsea finds herself falling for him. They were just so perfect together.

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“You know why it didn’t work out with him?”


“Because God made you for me.” Not even ‘I love you’ could have topped those words.

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This story was so much more than I ever expected which isn’t a bad thing because I was very pleasantly surprised. It was quite an emotional story that broke and warmed my heart. I loved Damien, he was such a great character and he made me swoon a lot. As was Chelsea, she was such a likable character. I felt bad for her and how much the break up with Elec affected her. I was so happy that Chelsea has Damien in her life. They are just so cute together. There were funny moments, delicious steam, and a bit of angst. It was such an enjoyable read. I love the friends to lovers theme, the sexual tension was fantastic. The connection they shared and the funny banter had me feeling giddy. The epilogue was so perfect and adorable. I definitely recommend you give this one a read.

~A.R.C. generously provided in exchange for an honest review.~

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About Author v2


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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