Title: The Crush
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Photo: Harol Baez
Model: Jeremy Santucci
Release Date: February 22, 2021
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.
Wow! The Crush was fantastic. A childhood crush, friends-to-lovers, forbidden, second chance romance turned out surprisingly emotional and intense. Jace and Farrah have known each other for quite sometimes. Jace is the best friend of Farrah’s brother Nathan. When Farrah’s parents unexpectedly passed away Jace moved in with Farrah and Nathan to help with living expenses. Farrah had a secret crush on Jace since they were kids but now they are all grown up. Nathan is always protective and playing big brother dearest but how long can he keep his feelings bottled up? It was easy for Farrah to ignore her crush but now that they are living under one roof it is impossible to not lush over her older brother’s best friend. Little that she knows the feeling was mutual. The attraction was undeniable. It’s was inevitable that they fell for each other. But what happen when Nathan found out Jace and Farrah have been sneaking and lying this whole time? Let’s just say Jace did not deal with the situation well. He totally destroyed Farrah’s heart and broken all the trusts. They did not see each other again until 7 years later. Farrah is no longer a naïve girl pinning over a guy that won’t stick around. She built a wall around her heart and determined to not let anyone in. It’s an uphill climb for Jace if he ever wants to get back in Farrah’s good grace. I have to say Jace and Farrah’s road to HEA is a huge roller coaster of emotions, slow burn, and full of angst. There are some sweet, light-hearted and sizzling part as well. The Crush is about forbidden/second chance romance but also a story about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness and redemption. What a beautiful read!
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.