R E V I E W ➠ The Crush by Penelope Ward




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.

RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2021

Not my first read by the author, I am a huge can and have read all of her books from beginning to now!

Okay I have to say it but THE FORBIDDEN in this give me ALL. THE. FEELS. and I am loving it. I am going to try and not give out too much, after all I do spoiler-free review’s but this one it’s going to be hard not to blurb it out. This is a forbidden, brothers-best-friend reverse romance. I say reverse because it did feel a little backwards at the end but there is a reason. And I do have a little downfall because of the actions through out the book the ending did feel kind of rushed. Yes there is a reason but still felt rushed. That said here we go:

Heroine is the ‘little sister’ who lost a lot at a young age, only has her older brother who is very protective of her and JACE the hero. Jace is 6 years older and them 3 had a very weird family dynamic, after Farrah’s parents died he moved in to kind of help out. After a night where she couldn’t hide her feelings anymore she finds out that Jace has been feeling the same but it all felt so wrong. Fast forward 3 years, we come back to a HARD Farrah I mean who could blame her, I would have guarded my heart very much so too. With her current asshole of a boyfriend, she is glad that Jace is back in Nathan her brother’s life because their friendship means a lot to them. But what does it mean for Farrah’s heart? Can second-chances really happen?

That’s all I am going to say because otherwise I’ll just spoil it. It’s not a tradition time line, you get both POV’s and there is a lot of where the hero and heroine are dating other people, at the beginning there are some personal minor triggers but I will be honest and skipped over that small part (what can I say I really wanted to get the full feel of the story) glad I stuck with it, it was definitely unique and a slow to fast back to slow burn type of feel. But the epilogue will have you SO HAPPY!

Beautiful story of 3 people whoa re forever bound by an event, where a forbitten romance struck that never stood a chance against and a love shared not just between the main characters. Lot’s of depths, definitely wish it was longer as always I crave that with Penelope’s books but I’ll take what she gives us. Highly recommended, pure Penelope fashion writing!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Type: All Tags on top of this page!
Recommended: ☑ HIGHLY ☑


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