BOOK REVIEW: My Skylar by Penelope Ward

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal and redemption…with a twist that will rip your heart out.

Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I’ve spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever.

First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I’d never see her again.

But now she’s back…and living with him.

I don’t deserve her after everything I’ve put her through, but I can’t live without her. This is my last chance because she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it her eyes: she doesn’t love him. She still loves me…which is why I have to stop her before it’s too late.

My Skylar is a STANDALONE story of 99,000 words and a companion to the novel, Jake Undone. It does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.


So I’ve had My Skylar by Penelope Ward on my Kindle for months and while I was browsing around my unread e-books, I came across it and decided to finally start it and OMG I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOVED it!!! And I don’t know whether to barrage myself for waiting so long or to be thankful that I kept such a gem waiting for me. Whichever, I am over the moon thrilled that I got to experience such a fateful love story between two incredibly stunning characters.

Like Mitch Nichols, I too feel in love with Skylar Seymour from the very moment she came running into his life with those adorable pigtails. I knew there was something so special about her just from the way she needed to make Mitch feel better without even knowing who he really was and what he was really about. She felt a sense of foreboding, like he was meant to be a part of her life and boy, did she hit that one right on the head. Skylar was inspirationally brave during so many moments in this book. Her journey alone is arduous and I felt as emotional as the people around her when she goes through something so terrifying and life altering. I loved that the author showed such a vulnerable side to her without breaking down her character to ruins. She persevered and she did it with such grace and poise. I think I’d fallen in love with her even more then. There is no better book than having an equally strong hero to go hand in hand with his heroine. Mitch Nichols definitely held up to this. He made my skin tingle, made my heart beat like crazy, and I pretty much lost all sense of sanity around him; I’m sure very much like Skylar did. The way he loved her for those many years made me yearn for the very same thing.

Their journey is long and many times painful but beyond that, it was exquisitely worthwhile. I don’t know how to quite express it but I felt such a connection with their story even though it held no semblance to anything I’d gone through in my personal life. I honestly believe it was all in how Penelope delivered their story. She drew you in and I quite literally, felt tethered to Skylar and Mitch. I was rooting for them all the way through even during the most frustrating and desperate times. There just seemed to be such strong forces against them but hey, aren’t the loves that are destined usually the ones that have to battle most? The weight of their heartbreak time and time again made me feel depressed and I wanted to cry even while driving in my car because I couldn’t get their story out of my head. All I wanted to do was read and find out exactly how everything was going to pan out. Penelope Ward made me an addict, waiting for her next fix. Not only did this book have the romance and the angst but it also had quite a bit of humor and wit.  What’s more amazing to me is that this book wasn’t littered with “hottie tottie” scenes. Don’t get me wrong, they’re there and my goodness are they deliciously thigh clenching but here’s the thing… Those scenes and those heated moments don’t try to overcompensate for the lack of substance. My Skylar is a beautiful love story that goes far beyond the physical need.

This book… Ugh.. Even a day after I’ve finished it, I’m still feeling it. I ate this up, gobbled it down starved for every ounce of Penelope’s words. I pray, I am on my knees hoping that maybe Penelope will find it somewhere in her talented heart to give us a little bit more of Skylar and Mitch—maybe a short story about where they are now? I loved the ending, loved the direction she took both Skylar and Mitch in but as with any addict out there, the need for more is always stronger. My Skylar had everything that I long for in a book and of course, first loves have and will always be my weakness. What sets Skylar and Mitch apart is that they aren’t just each other’s first loves, they are each other’s forever loves. What can be better than that?

I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re looking for something addictive that will keep you up late into the early morning then My Skylar is just for you. I guarantee a most pleasant book high which I’m sure will only fuel the same need I have for a  little bit more.

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About the Author:


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of Stepbrother Dearest, which hit #3 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include, the New York Times bestseller, Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood, Gemini and the most recent, Sins of Sevin.


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