*Blog Tour/Review* The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward

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 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?


The Anti-Boyfriend is a sweet friends-to-lovers romance full of everything I absolutely love to find in a book.  This was a fun yet emotional standalone packed full of all the feels.   Carys is a single mom to a beautiful little girl named Sunny.  Deacon is her wall bangin, monkey ball, manwhore next door neighbor who had me swooning from the moment we met him.

I laughed, I swooned and I even got teary eyed on their road to love.   These two started off as friendly neighbors but their undeniably chemistry and attraction couldn’t be ignored.   I loved the banter and the funny conversations, flirty texts and Deacons sweet gestures in trying to help out Carys with whatever he could.  Coffee, Diapers, you know name it, he delivered and had a fun time doing it.  This caring, sweet, and sexy baby whisperer is certainly swoon-worthy.

This book had two great main characters and one sweet little girl that you couldn’t help just falling for all three of them and their story.   Another fantastic read from Ms. Ward!  I can’t wait to see what she gives us next!


Penelope 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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