Stepbrother Dearest

Narrated by: Simone Lewis
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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New York Times best-seller and number one in romance.

You're not supposed to want the one who torments you. 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. But things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night. Then, just as quickly as he'd come into my life, he went 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.

©2014 Penelope Ward (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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Ms WARD I WAS EXPECTING GOOD & YOU GAVE ME GREAT

What a peach, what a find and what an addictive storyline between the deep, complex, moody, tattooed and pierced badboy Elec and his virginal caring step-sister Greta. He was a troubled boy coming to stay with his estranged father and his new ready-made family so the animosity and resentment between father and son was high.. but there were secrets too. And, from the moment Greta and Elec meet at age 17 sparks flew - and not always in a good way but, after many months of understanding, compassion and acceptance from Greta, some of Elec's walls had been scaled and a bond was formed. He was meant to stay for a year but circumstances suddenly change which made them confront their hidden desires and a forbidden night of passion and unspoken feelings followed.. but in the morning he'd still be leaving.

Fast forward seven years Greta's living in NYC with a failed engagement under her belt and she and Elec have to return home for his father's funeral.. and Elec's not alone - so Greta has to try and hide her jealousy, her true feelings and the strong sexual pull Elec has on her.. but it's difficult because she can see he's struggling too. And what follows is an emotional rollercoaster of heartache, joy, sadness, a deep connection and bitter-sweet memories because Elec, who hadn't physically crossed any lines but verbally.. wow, was again still going to be leaving Greta. However, it wasn't over because two months later Greta would get a text that would change everything.

What a great story this was as the misunderstood adolescent badboy finally showed his true feelings and the grownup man tried to hide his in a valiant but ineffective attempt not to hurt anyone. When you finally hear from Elec's POV (from the pages of his book) you see how much he cared, how sweet and tender his feelings were and that there were many layers to his character. Greta had always deep down loved Elec but the timing was never right for them until it was.. and it was everything I'd hoped for when they eventually got their HEA ending. Strong chemistry, a couple of sex scenes, humor, passion, heartache, butterflies, gut churning and toe curlingly awkward scenes, a mega twist and sighworthy romantic chapters made up this very enjoyable listen that was told from Greta's POV. And I couldn't fault the narration because each Chapter came to life as vivid mental imagery played thanks to a good narrator.

Worth a credit? I'd hoped for good and Penelope Ward gave me great - so YES IMO very very creditworthy.

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Better than expected

I'm familiar with this authors work so despite the title and my concerns it could be weird given the step relation I gave it a shot. So glad I did. Way better than I expected. In fact, it might just be my favorite from this author yet.

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Worth it

I was skeptical of this story being that it's about step siblings but I was pleasantly surprised. The story was angsty but good. the only thing that I didn't like was how the author covered Elec's point of view. It was very repetitive. Also Greta was kind of weak, I liked her character but I found myself wishing she would stand up for herself. Overall I liked it a lot

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5 GREAT ALL AROUND STARS!!!!

I really enjoyed this book!!! The characters have a great history so it's not instant, first plus for me! The story is original, second plus for me! There is no cliffhanger, third plus for me...and that's only a few reasons! The writing was great, the story was gripping and the ending was perfect! I can't think of 1 things that i didn't really like about this book!

The narrator did an amazing job and really helped bring this story to life! book + narration = 5 stars!!!! I will be looking for more works by both the Author and Narrator!

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🎧AudiobookObsession

I still have some unidentifiable feelings about this book. It was so interesting and complex that it had my attention from the very start. But, at the same time it was so taboo and unexpected that I am still reeling from it a month later. Do not let the title deter you from reading this book, it is so much more than something with a stepbrother.

The narration was great, Simone Lewis did a great job with the emotions in this book!

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What a great romance!

Sometimes these books drive me nuts with the titles and the covers. I know that I must be alone in my thinking but I feel as though it cheapens the book. And Ms award wrote a fantastic, enthralling, gut wrenching romance. Yes, he was her step brother but that had very little to do with it and is not the primary focus of the book. It is very well told and it was very nicely narrated.

I had to dock to a 3.5 star because 1/4 of the book is the female MC reading the male MC's POV when we already had heard the exact same thing through the female POV, if that makes sense. Point is, it was redundant and I actually skipped ahead because it was so exacting.

Great listen, I enjoyed it.

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I loved Every. Minute.

What made the experience of listening to Stepbrother Dearest the most enjoyable?

The storyline is fresh and the writing exquisite.

What other book might you compare Stepbrother Dearest to and why?

Not sure-- This was the first book I have read like this.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too Many to list out.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I couldn't consume it fast enough. Amazing story!

Any additional comments?

Last week I won an audio copy of this book from the author. I expected to listen to this throughout the week, as time allowed. My friends have been sharing how much they love this book so I knew it would be good. I was in no way prepared for the journey I was embarking on. I never expected to be completely enthralled—gripped in the clutches of the pages. So much so that I had to one-click the ebook copy as well. I couldn’t put it down.

In the last 24 hours I have laughed and cried. I have been a nervous and sexually frustrated teen, a heartbroken girl having her first taste of love, a strong willed woman refusing to give into her urges—basically a complete emotional basket-case. And to tell you the truth, I loved Every. Single. Minute of it.

I was never one to buy into the “stepbrother” books. I couldn’t see the appeal. I had a stepbrother in my teenage years and I can’t imagine the allure. With that said, if all of those “stepbrother” books are written this well-- sign me up!

This book is real, raw and gut-wrenchingly beautiful. The depiction of emotions and teenage angst is exquisite. These characters are complex and relatable. The world fades away and the words suck you in to this amazing book.

The ending is perfection. It completes the story, but still leaves you reeling and wanting more. These are characters that will stick with you long after their story is done.

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All I can say is wow

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This book is one of my all time favourites, if not my favourite book so far in 2015. It was well worth all the lost sleep. I liked how you heard the story from both sides and you don't have to wait for the next book to come out to hear it from the man's point of view.

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Not What I expected

What did you like best about this story?

When they finally meet up again as young adults, that's when I got into the grove of the story.

Which character – as performed by Simone Lewis – was your favorite?

Really enjoyed them all, I think Simone did a wonderful job. The only thing that did sound a little strange was the earlier years, Simone has a beautiful voice but did sound a little to mature at times. But it was perfect as the aged to young adults.

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this is a great story

I almost didn't buy this book because of the other reviews about the female lead, I'm very glad I did. it was a great story and I loved how the story was told from both sides. Thanks for the great listen

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  • Mrs H
  • 07-19-15

What a ride

Loved this book found my self wanting to jump forward to see what happens. I'm exhausted because I couldn't stop until it was done.

It's a journey of tears and laughter. x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-22-19

weird and boring

skip so many parts. single POV is weird when there are so many chapters are repeated to show hero's POV. struggle to find the good part since this author is usually good

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  • dora
  • 03-23-18

It was ok.

I found the story interesting but the second half of the book pretty much repeated things over again. I didn't like the narration.

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  • Virginia Planas
  • 09-25-17

beautiful

I don't normally bother with reviews but let me tell you that this book is beautiful, captivating, enthralling! I couldn't out it down!!

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  • keith
  • 06-05-17

Good listen

Found this audio book funny entertainment sad in places and sexy all at the same time

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  • Kerryanne Costello
  • 12-19-16

Brilliant

One of the best books I've listened too in a while! You find yourself wishing the story has a happy ending.

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  • maryg
  • 12-12-16

Lovely

This book had me gripped from start to finish. Loved the story and presented well.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 08-23-16

already had the book

I read the book a year or 2 ago, and had forgotten lots of it, so this was a nice easy listen. the narrator was very good carried off the male and female role really well.

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  • Jim
  • 07-21-16

Brilliant book.

What a brilliant book. It's been a long time since I've listened to a book from start to finish in a 24hr period. I only had 4hrs sleep, just so I could listen to "one more chapter".

Loveable charaters, excellent story, great twist and a satisfying ending. It's the type of book you can listen to/read again and again.

I'll be looking for my next book from this author straight away!

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  • angus
  • 08-25-15

Brilliant book

I so enjoyed this book and its twists and turns. Highly recommend you wont regret it

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  • Bronwyn
  • 05-02-19

OK

At least 2 hours of this book is repeated, good story though. Loved the ending

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  • ELL
  • 06-27-20

the second half was a struggle

I liked the author's writing style. her intimate scenes are quite steamy. But I could do without the exhausting anguish of the characters and the repetition.

The first half of the book was quite good. It would've made a great novel on it's own.
A couple of hours worth of the first part were repeated in the second part from but the guy's perspective, which didn't add much to the story. descriptions of physical appearance were also repetitive. I got bored and found it difficult to finish. too much character torment for my taste.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-14-20

love this story

this was well written. i just could not stop listening to it. 5 stars all the way.

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  • Olympia
  • 07-31-19

Good story line.

It took me a little to get into the book as young Greta and Theo were little too corny. But really like them when they were old. Really liked the Theo’s memoirs. What a story regarding his father, fathers son and mum. Very messed up situation.

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  • Chook74
  • 04-22-17

Beautiful

Incredible story brought to amazing life. Sensational author. One if my favourite stories of all time

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  • Amy
  • 09-23-16

Amazing

Such a great book, it made me laugh, cry and scream at the characters. Such brilliant writing and brilliant voice acting. Well done :)

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  • Bronwyn
  • 10-21-15

A beautiful love story

Loved it and just couldn't stop listening to it. I know I will be listening and it again soon.