Step-Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward

This was a quick and steamy read, exploring the taboo relationship of step-brother and sister.

Greta’s safe, happy home life is thrown into disarray when her step-father’s son, Elec comes to stay. He’s mean, moody and hates his father – something he takes out on Greta. But he’s also brooding, tattooed, hot and has a lip piercing. No matter how much she wants to stay away, Greta finds herself trying to be his friend. Things between them heat up until Elec has to leave abruptly, but a death brings them back together later.

I loved the chemistry between Greta and Elec, it was so hot! The battle of wills thing they had going on, and the denial of any sexual attraction just added to the heat. Greta was a little weak for me, she was easily upset and to be honest I just wanted a little more from her. Elec was every inch the dark, brooding book boyfriend and he saved the dynamic for me.

Parts of this book were repetitive because Greta reads something Elec wrote about their relationship which is almost the same as what we’ve already read in the beginning. So it just felt a bit re-hashed and rushed. I will admit that I didn’t see the plot twists coming, so as always that earns brownie points from me.





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