Self-Publishing Phenomenon

“Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare.”
― Stepbrother Dearest, Penelope Ward


I love a successful self-publishing story!

And Penelope Ward is a phenom. As she should be, because Ward is an excellent writer. In this scenario, Ward had good timing as well. There was a stepbrother romance trend happening awhile back on Amazon. I remember seeing a few stepbrother romance titles topping the bestseller lists. So, I’m not sure if she capitalized on that popularity or if she was the pioneer of it. Regardless, she does the trend justice with this one.

I got a hard copy at my library, which shows how popular this book has become (self-published to library circulated)! I finished in one sitting, it was that good. And really, there were only three love scenes.

Every backstory, supporting character, storytelling maneuver, and sex scene was near perfect.  It was well paced and intriguing due to the two leads (Elec and Greta) who pull you in. The circumstances under which they initially get together, down to the event that brings them back together, felt realistic, never forced.

Chelsea provided excellent conflict for Elec and Greta. A near perfect supporting character. The storytelling maneuver of Elec’s book was a great tool to experience his point of view. And the anagram tool was also a great device throughout. It gave the ending a sweet touch. So much to love!

Congrats to Penelope Ward. I’ll be checking out more.


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