From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
At first, my neighbor Deacon frustrated me.
Sure, he was great-looking and friendly.
But our walls were thin, and on occasion, he’d bring women to his place and keep me awake while he “entertained” them.
As a single mother to an infant, I didn’t appreciate it.
So, finally it was my turn.
When my daughter wouldn’t stop wailing one night, Mr. Manwhore came knocking on my door.
Miraculously, at the sound of his voice, Sunny stopped crying. And when he held her…she eventually fell asleep in his arms.
Deacon was rough on the exterior, but apparently on the inside? Mr. Single-and-Ready-to-Mingle was a baby whisperer.
After that night, we became friends.
He’d go for coffee runs. Come over to chat. Normal friend stuff.
But over time, our conversations ran deeper. We got closer.
Until one night we crossed the line.
Our friendship turned into a complicated mess.
I’d gone and fallen for a guy who’d sworn off commitment and kids.
I knew Deacon was starting to care for me too, even though Sunny and I didn’t fit into any plan he’d ever imagined for himself.
He was wrong for me—so wrong that I’d dubbed him the “anti-boyfriend.”
Then why did I wish more than anything that I could be the one woman to change him?
5 Heart Review by Lorena
I think this is Penelope's best of 2020.
I absolutely love how this author always spins her stories, they always leave me wanting more. I get hooked from page 1 to the end and I have the biggest book hangovers after.
This friends to lovers is definitely going on my top of 2020 for this trope.
The story was full of laughs and it had its sad and emotional moments. Having a neighbor that you didn't think would click with you the moment you said "hi" is definitely a plus especially when he looks like a god. It's no wonder his headboard is always banging against the wall and you can hear every moan and whimper coming from there. Your first impression is never good when you hear that every night or almost every night from next door and it's a revolving door because there's always different females coming out of there. But a person is never what you think they are.
Both characters had pasts that were kind of hard to shake up and because of that, they friend-zoned each other. But they had a great friendship with a lot of sexual tension and flirty texts that had me smiling from ear to ear.
Totally a worthy read!
About the Author
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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