Monday 24 February 2020

✪ JUST ONE YEAR ✪ Penelope Ward ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 24 February 2020
• standalone New Adult Romance
4.25 Stars
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start.
On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude. (In the men’s room. Don’t ask.)
I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.
So, the spare room went to someone else: Calebthe British guy from the mens room.
And so it beganmy love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that order?

The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons.
Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.
He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me.
That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.
So frustrating.
Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.
And hot.

He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year.
Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between usfor so many reasons.
I definitely couldn't fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one year.

Teagan is 19. She's going to college in Boston to become a marine biologist. She still lives at home with her dad, step-mom and half-sister.
And Caleb.
He's the british student who's living with them for the year.
At first it was a bit of insta-hate. But Teagan and Caleb are slowly starting to like each other.

Let the fun times begin! 

What will happen to Teagan & Caleb?
Will there be a HEA?


This was such a cute college romance.
Or rather roommate romance. We're basically just at home with Teagan and Caleb. Talking. Telling secrets. Arguing. And there's lots of sparkage, but of course we don't want to start something because he's leaving soon. Plus he's kinda dating someone.
But of course we can't resist the hot brit with his sexy accent forever.
But we're scared of what will happen once he has to go back home?! We're still all so very young. Will he come back? Are we going to London? What's with school? Will there be a jump in time even?

I really loved reading this. It was adorable and pretty slow with A LOT of way too much talking and not much doing.
Caleb was amazing. Such a great guy. But he should've shown some tiny little bit more bad boy-ness. He was too good. Way too good to be true really. I hate unnecessary drama in books, but no drama at all was almost a bit boring.
But the love story was cute and funny and very moving. Both our darlings have some family stuff to deal with.
A very sweet New Adult romance with an amazing british hero!

JUST ONE YEAR was a sweet & funny & emotional slow-burn New Adult love story! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Caleb - this one is MINE!!!!

P.S. I LOVE that cover - but that goes without saying with all the Vi & Penelope books!!! LOVE THEM!
P.P.S. JUST ONE YEAR? Weird title. Yes, Caleb stays for a year, but they don't even kiss until only weeks before he has to leave again :/

ARC received for an honest review

Firstly - I love the cover.  I don't usually even bother with the covers, however I love Pen's covers - sooo much.  They are very lickable.

Now, I am an old fart, and I don't go much for the NA genre these days, however I know that Penelope Ward will not do me wrong. Ever.
And I was right.
Teagan and Caleb's story is kind of a lot of sitting around the house and talking, but oh so much as well. Lots of D & M's, with flirtage and sparkage thrown in.   

 I laughed out loud at the meet-cute, then my heart ached for both our lovelies as their stories were revealed, and was left with a big ol' smile on my dial.  There isn't any OTT angst (which I can find quite tiresome), just a lovely, heartfelt story.

One of my favourite Penelope Ward reads to date.


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. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Other books by Penelope:

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother & Neighbor Dearest

Room Hate

Mack Daddy







 Books by Vi & Penelope:



British Bedmate

Rebel Duet Book #1

Rebel Duet Book #2

Dirty Letters