31 August 2020

Book Review | The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward (@penelopewardauthor)

Title: The Anti-Boyfriend
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2020


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?

What is the book about: 

A single mom, and former ballerina meets a handsome and baby whisperer ex-jock. They were neighbors but didn't really "meet" until Carys-not-Paris decided that the noise from the other side of the room has to stop. It wasn't helping her sleep let alone feeling alone in her bed, while the other side of the thin walls is obviously having fun until the wee hours of the morning (talk about stamina). He was gracious with what she told him, and that started a friendship. 


What I like about this novel is it didn't dive right into the relationship thing. There was attraction brewing, but, they stayed on the friendzone for a while and got to know each other. They respected the boundaries that were set, chemistry was palpable, but didn't feel awkward until both of them did something. (LOL)


How can you not love both?  

Carys is a pretty strong woman to raise a child on her own without the help of the sperm donor. She was a great ballerina dancer, but all went to the drain when she had an accident. Nevertheless, it didn't deter her with life. Sure, it was sad, but she managed. Life throws her lemons, and she made good lemonade out of it. It's great that she always put Sunny as her priority and not herself.

As for Deacon, he's just a swoony guy. Sure, he's handsome and all that - and may have his issues, but it was nice that he was trying to get pass through it gradually with the help of Carys and later his family. I love the fact that he takes care of Sunny as if his own and he tries even though its hard. (Yes, taking care of a baby is hard, especially when it's not yours. Raise your hand if you can relate!!!)

  • I love the two characters, and the fact that they chose to be friends first rather than crossing the line.
  • I love how they finally got together. 
  • I love that little fact she inserted about Sunny, just to subtly remind readers.True, she might have that little extra on her, but doesn't make her any different. (Yay for that). 
Readers would surely love this new book from Penelope Ward - it's light, fun and sexy and would give you thoughts to ponder upon.

Romance ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pacing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Author Bio

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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