Review: THE CRUSH By Penelope Ward

the crush

The Crush by Penelope Ward
Genre: contemporary romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: February 21, 2021
Rating: ★★★★✰

Ah forbidden love is one of my favorite reads! The Crush had all the feels for a love story that was complicated, but beautiful.

Jace and Farrah had a long history, with him being best friends with her brother and all. She always had a crush on him and he only seen her as his best friend’s kid sister, until one day he started to see her as more. I really liked Jace and Farrah, their chemistry was a amazing! and holy heck HOT!! Life threw a lot at them and I was rooting for them every step of the way.

If there was only one small complaint and I mean teeny tiny complaint I would have loved more angst, BUT all and all it was a lovely, sad, tragic, SEXY and beautiful read.

4 Stars!


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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone, second-chance story of forbidden love…

It’s natural to want the one you can’t have. And for as long as I could remember, I’d secretly wanted my brother’s best friend, Jace.

He was six years older and always treated me like the sister he never had.

Fast forward a decade.

We were all in our twenties now. Jace had moved in with my brother, Nathan, and me to help us make ends meet after our parents died.

It was just the three of us—an odd family dynamic.

Living under our roof, Jace was as bossy and protective as ever.

But he certainly didn’t look at me like a sister anymore. That was what made things so complicated.

I was pretty much hot and bothered twenty-four-seven.

And he was torn.

The signs were subtle, at first. Like on movie night, I’d casually rest my leg against his, and he wouldn’t exactly shift away.

Still, I assumed he would never…go there.

Nathan would kill us.

The knowledge of that wasn’t enough to stop the inevitable, though.

Eventually our slow burn exploded.

But more than the physical attraction, we’d developed a strong connection.

We just couldn’t get caught, right?

That sounded simple.

Until it wasn’t.

This is a story of forbidden love, broken trust, and an unexpected second chance.

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