The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward

Synopsis: 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?

Review: I had read a few of Penelope Ward’s novels and I was delighted to see that another of her books was translated into French. So I jumped in with great pleasure.

Carys didn’t have an easy life. Single mother, she takes care of her Down’s syndrome baby all alone and realizes that she has no other life. So when her neighbor keeps her awake every night because his activities are a little too lively, Carys gives up! But Deacon turns out to be much more than what she expected. This man is perfect, but he has no desire to commit. He has even less desire to be responsible for a child.

This was a nice novel, even if the pace is quite slow. It’s too bad, because I expected a little more. The author offers us a fairly classic romance with two characters who are trying to rebuild themselves and who will have to accept each other to move forward.


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