September 4, 2020


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

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?


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The Anti-Boyfriend is Penelope Ward’s newest standalone. I didn’t read the synopsis so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and that excites me even more! I just know once I start one of Penelope’s books I won’t want to put it down, and that definitely happened with Deacon and Carys story.

Carys and Deacon are neighbors. They have only crossed paths a few times in passing since she moved in. All that she knows about him is that he is gorgeous and lately that he enjoys the pleasure of company. At night. While she is trying to sleep. Apparently, the walls are line in this complex in the city. She wasn’t mad about it, he was a young single man in NYC but she did love her sleep especially when home with a baby 24/7. So, she tells him just that and to her surprise the conversation turns into the start of a beautiful and complicated friendship.

It’s a friendship that neither of them saw coming. They get each other. They surprise each other more every day. And to see Deacon with Sunny? So adorable!! Carys thinks so and Deacon shocks himself at how much these two mean to him. They are like family so when things cross a line, things get complicated. He doesn’t want to hurt them. She doesn’t want to lose him. Can they figure out a way to balance their friendship, feelings, and future?

Aw!! I love Deacon, Carys, and Sunny! They are too adorable, sweet, and complicated at the same time. It’s definitely a rollercoaster of emotions. I swooned. I cried. I laughed. I got frustrated. I wanted to slap someone. I wanted to hug them too. It totally had me swiping the pages faster and faster at the same time I wanted to savor it. It might just be my favorite Penelope book. I do say that a lot since I fall so hard. Every. Time.


As I watched him rock her back and forth, my ovaries felt like they were about to explode. This man was sexy when he wasn’t holding a baby. Now? Off the charts.

My knees shook as I sat down on the bed, feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement, the muscles between my legs giving new meaning to the term eager beaver. (*LOL)

“You look so beautiful it hurts, Carys.”

Kara's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Anti-Boyfriend is Penelope Ward’s newest standalone romance. It’s a neighbor, second chance at love story that I loved every word of. Deacon and Carys are neighbors. He’s a player and she’s a single mom to her daughter, Sunny. After a neighborly conversation about sound traveling through walls, they become friends. Small chats over coffee. Deacon becomes someone Carys can count on if she needs help with pretty much anything. The closer they get, the more their feelings for each other grow. Carys has a healthy crush on Deacon and he seems to care for her, but he’s hiding it better. One night they cross the line and he’s afraid he ruined their friendship. It takes time, but they get back on track. But obstacles keep coming their way. They need to fight for each other or it’s never going to work. This is a story about letting go of your past and taking control of your future. Of being able to love again even when you think you aren’t worth it. How one little girl can change your outlook on life. Deacon is one of my favorite heroes of Penelope’s. He’s just so handsome, sweet, funny, smart and lovable. I loved watching him with Sunny! Carys is strong, funny and such a good mom! Overall, I loved it! I laughed, cried, smiled, got upset, mad and hot and bothered!

Author Bio
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.
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