[Review] The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward

Title: The Anti-Boyfriend
Author: Penelope Ward
Publication Date: August 31, 2020

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?

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Review: This was such a sweet friends-to-lovers single parent romance! I loved Carys and Deacon’s friendship so much and all the moments he was with Sunny were enough to make the ovaries swoon. This was a good story, but there were some things that took away from the story. While I can appreciate a time jump, there were a few in this one and it made it feel choppy and rushed. There was one part that actually had me going and holding my breath for a moment, but I felt it could have made for a more emotional punch. I also thought there were a lot of moments that could have been cut back description-wise as well because it did feel like the book went on for way longer than it needed to. One very important message I didn’t expect when I started this story was about autism. I won’t say too much, but I love how autism was portrayed throughout this book as a whole. 



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