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?
The Anti-Boyfriend has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite books by Penelope Ward list. I'm not usually a fan of the single mom / single dad troupe but Penelope changed that. I adored this book. All of the characters were lovable and easily relatable. Deacon and Carys (like Paris) were mature and Penelope does a fabulous job of explaining their backstory so you understand why. It is so refreshing to read a story that isn't insta-love and allows you to see their relationship build and blossom.
Deacon and Carys' relationship is sweet, hot, hilarious, and pure love. You could feel their passion through the pages of their story. We can't forget about Sunny. She plays a huge role in this book and I have to agree that if Deacon held me, I'd be much happier as well. Her sweet smile melted my heart.
I highly recommend you pick up a Starbucks vanilla latte and settle in because this is a book that you will read in one sitting. Once you start you won't want to put it down. I was engrossed in every page from start to finish. This is hands down a five star read and a must one click.
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.