Review Tour ~~ The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward
Sandy’s 4.25 BLUSH Review
Carys is a former ballerina whose career was cut short and is presently a single mom with an adorable baby named Sunny.
Deacon, the gorgeous next-door neighbor, with a penchant for bringing home women and showing them a good time. A very loud good time.
Not exactly ideal circumstances for a sleep-deprived single mom but an effective vehicle to bring these two together. Maybe they are not as different as they think. Maybe these two people can have a real friendship. Maybe…..not…..
The Anti-Boyfriend is a friends to lovers story told in a dual point of view. I liked knowing what was going on in both the character’s minds.
These two don’t know much about each other as people are so inclined to be these days. When they meet at their mailboxes, Carys “like-Paris” mentions that his headboard banging kept her up. After an apology and a mention of monkey balls, Deacon volunteers to pick up a vanilla latte and diapers for her. She’s too grateful and overwhelmed to refuse his offer and so it begins. They become fast friends, especially when Sunny takes a liking to Deacon. As in, she stops crying whenever he holds her.
As they spend time together and the friendship grows so does the chemistry. Deacon is not looking for a commitment and he certainly is not wanting to be an instant dad. Carys whole existence revolves around her baby. Both have been burned in the past. Despite that, we feel the slow burn until things take a turn – cause friends talk about everything right? How about sex? How about you tell your sexy “friend” you haven’t had sex in a really long time because you have no idea he has the hots for you. That conversation changes the trajectory of their relationship.
Penelope Ward knows how to write funny, angsty, with some heartache, sexy reads. That’s what she’s given us here. I don’t care if she heard him banging dozens of women through the wall. This is not real life – it’s fiction. It’s a perfect read to get lost in for a few hours and forget everything that is going on outside of those pages.
Louisa’s 4 Blush Review
I have always been a fan of Penelope Ward books. My one “issue” with this one was the way in which these two meet. Hearing your soon to be love having sex with another woman just turns me off. I wish there was a way they could have met without that. I do have to say the conversation between the two when Caris confronts Deacon is pretty funny but the overall concept just didn’t do it for me.
Once I got past that, I fell for Deacon just like Caris did. Not wanting to ever be a Dad or have a serious relationship was the plan for Deacon, but as we know – when the right girl, and her adorable daughter, come into your life, you can’t say no. Oh, Deacon and Caris said no…a lot. There was some serious slow burn happening here between these two, but I loved that it took them a while to get together. They learned to be friends, to rely on each other for that friendship which made their relationship, that much stronger.
There is a little bit of everything in The Anti-Boyfriend; laughs, tears, sweetness, and angst. An absolute read for a romance fan.
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my neighbor Deacon frustrated me.
was great-looking and friendly.
walls were thin, and on occasion, he’d bring women to his place and keep me
awake while he “entertained” them.
mother to an infant, I didn’t appreciate it.
it was my turn.
daughter wouldn’t stop wailing one night, Mr. Manwhore came knocking on my
at the sound of his voice, Sunny stopped crying. And when he held her…she
eventually fell asleep in his arms.
rough on the exterior, but apparently on the inside? Mr.
Single-and-Ready-to-Mingle was a baby whisperer.
night, we became friends.
coffee runs. Come over to chat. Normal friend stuff.
time, our conversations ran deeper. We got closer.
night we crossed the line.
friendship turned into a complicated mess.
and fallen for a guy who’d sworn off commitment and kids.
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.
wrong for me—so wrong that I’d dubbed him the “anti-boyfriend.”
did I wish more than anything that I could be the one woman to change him?
Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author of contemporary romance.
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.
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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