Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: September 28th, 2014
Genres: New Adult
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. 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 graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+
“You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden, and fuck me if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”
Nothing makes me one-click a book faster then one that includes a forbidden relationship between step-siblings. I like to blame this specifically after reading Rival by Penelope Douglas because that book rocked my world. So to say my hopes were high for Stepbrother Dearest is an understatement and more than likely the reason was I was left underwhelmed and unsatisfied.
“I have no desire to sit on your dirty bed.”
“Is that because you’d rather sit on my dirty face?”
Stepbrother Dearest has all the trimmings of what could be a delectable story. First you have Elec, a cocky asshole with a sharp tongue and good looks. Second you have Greta, the virgin stepsister that secretly covets an attraction to Elec. The angst and illicitness to be had by all would be great if it was there. But mainly my issue with this story is all the wasted potential. Greta is a forgettable character. All she does is fawn over Elec despite how rude and demeaning he is to her. Elec had a little more personality but I never felt warm towards him even when he showed vulnerability and true emotion. And the two of them together? Well it felt like the attraction and lust was forced. You know that saying about showing and not telling? I feel like I was told how in lust and connected the two of them were instead of drawing those emotions on my own.
“I know I’m not supposed to care. But when it comes to you, what I’m supposed to be feeling has never seemed to matter.”
Again, I hate to compare this to Rival but I can’t help it. Rival succeeded with strong characters that stood apart from one another but had the ability to ignite together. It also was able to give a backstory in just a few flashbacks that really touched on the forbidden and set up the foundation for the rest of the book. With Stepbrother Dearest the potential is there but it’s just potential. While I think that there are plenty of people that would love this story it just didn’t do wow or excite me.