When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.
I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.
At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.
Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.
It had been years since I’d seen Elec.
When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.
And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.
I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.
Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.
**Contains sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+
What I say: After reading the blurb and a few reviews I was expecting to dislike Elec. I have to admit that although I hated the way he treated Greta at times, he charmed me in a similar way to Jared Trent from Bully. Penelope Ward has created a demanding character in Elec. He doesn't always make it easy to like him, but he won me over and I really enjoyed his and Greta's story.
Greta's life is overturned by the sudden arrival of her new stepbrother Elec. Whilst Greta is sweet, caring and thoughtful, Elec is confrontational, moody and often really mean. This tall, dark and tattooed badboy has a strained relationship with his father Randy (Greta's stepfather and all round horrible man) and takes an immediate dislike to Greta and her mother. Greta's sweet nature and her insta-attraction to her irritating stepbrother, mean that she goes out of her way to help him and ignores his attempts to torment her. The knicker stealing scenes really made me laugh.
Greta thinks the attraction is one-sided but the two find themselves drawn together. Eventually one night changes everything and they are pulled apart again. The story leaps forward many years and we're faced with two adults rather than teens. They're in very different places but are still seemingly drawn together.
I don't want to spoil anything here so I'll just say the twist really surprised me. Although I had my suspicions about the ending I wasn't expecting the route the characters took.
In the end I really liked both characters - there were a few times when I wanted Greta to stop moping or to tell Elec to shove it. I ended up feeling really bad when certain events came to light and when we got to understand more about his past and how he had tried to fix things.
4 Stars in my Sky!