by Penelope Ward
Released: September 23rd 2014
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Narrator: Simone Lewis
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
“STEPBROTHER DEAREST is a quick read and it was overall enjoyable.”
~ Under the Covers
This book has been sitting on my shelf since it came out. I originally bought the ebook because in a sense this was the first very successful “stepbrother” book I saw. But when I didn’t read it right away and the rest of them started coming out, I felt like it may be sleezy like those looked. So I kept putting it off. And it’s finally time for me to get it off my TBR!
Since then, I’ve read a few things by this author and I have enjoyed them so I was curious as to what my take on this one would be. And I can say it wasn’t all that. I actually enjoyed the story in STEPBROTHER DEAREST. Granted, this is not the first time I read about stepbrothers falling in love. I mean, this was a thing even from way back in the day when I read the trope written by Lora Leigh. What I did enjoy about this book is that it doesn’t necessarily focus on the physical relationship between Greta and Elec. So, no, it’s not a stepbrother porn where they are banging like rabbits just because they live in the same house. Color me happily surprised! To be honest, I don’t find this topic so taboo. They are not related after all, so what’s so difficult to understand that they may like each other just like any other two people!
As I find it’s usual with Ms. Ward’s books, there’s a “before” and “after” feel to this book. It was nice to see them connect when they were teenagers, and then reconnect as adults. I can’t say the characters were “mature” adults, but they didn’t get on my nerves like some new adult characters can.
Now, do I think this was worth the big hype it got? Not quite. It didn’t blow my mind in any way. The characters were not all that memorable and I didn’t find anything exceptionally hot about them together. But I’m glad that I read it to clear my misconceptions. STEPBROTHER DEAREST is a quick read and it was overall enjoyable. But it definitely didn’t leave me running to get the next stepbrother book like crack. I must be lacking a gene or something. 😉
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