Step-Lover by Bella Jewel

Step-Lover: A Stepbrother Romance


You’ll only ever have one forbidden love. 

Care to know why?

Because when you find it, forbidden love that is, you’ll forget everything else. You’ll forget your first kiss. You’ll forget the first boy who made you smile. You’ll forget all the bad, and remember all the good. You’ll forget that it’s wrong. You’ll forget that it hurts. You’ll forget everything that came before him. 

Forbidden love, it has a way of changing you. The secrets. The lies. The guilt. You want something so much you no longer care about the world around you. The passion takes away the pain. I’ve felt it. I’ve lived it. I didn’t need it, but it chose me. 

I met him before I knew. I loved him before I knew. 

I didn’t know that he was my stepbrother. I knew I had stepbrothers, but I didn’t know he was one of them. Now I know, I have to walk away. My mom, she deserves this happiness so much more than I do. If she ever knew…it would destroy her. 

You have to understand why.

I saw my father die right in front of my tiny, eight year old eyes. He took my sister with him. All that’s left is my mother and I. She’s found her happy place, the only place she’s had since our worlds were destroyed. 

So you see, I can’t have him. 

I can’t want him. 

But there’s this problem with passion, and love, and destiny. 

It doesn’t give you a damned choice.


I must admit Step-Lover was a bit of a miss for me. I know step sibling romances are big right now for some reason, and it is usually not my thing, but I was hopeful that I would enjoy this one. I liked some of the authors other books so I thought this one might be good as well. It wasn't the worst book ever, but it just didn't work overall for me.

This book starts off with Aria meeting her step-brothers for the first time. A year ago she met and fell in love with a guy one weekend, but she didn't even know his name. Now he is back, only now he is her step-brother! Woah. So Blade and Aria are both like we can't do anything, we are step-siblings now, this would be wrong. At the beginning it was way too much we are brother/sister!! for me. It was mentioned every two seconds and I just felt like I get it. I get that even though you met before your parents met now you are weirded out by it, but get over it! Just stop with the mentioning how you are related by marriage every two seconds. I will be the first to admit that I get squeaked out by sibling love stories, even if they are step siblings, but at first this would have been fine with me. They never lived together, they were not like family, and they knew each other before they were even related by marriage. Go for it I say.

Only they don't really. There is just a back and forth between them the whole book. Aria acts like a two year old at first and is just I can't do this my mom would hate me cause this would ruin everything!! Which I didn't completely get. I know your dad and sister died 11 years ago and you are still not close to really moving on from that, but your mom would understand if you just talked to her. Why wouldn't she? On the dad/sister note the whole time I just kept thinking Aria really should get some help. It has been a long time and she still cannot even talk about her dad/sister. I know it was horrible what happened, but to still be so affected by it after so much time just doesn't seem healthy. I know you will never forget, but you should be able to at least think of them once and a while.

So Aria and Blade are kind of angry with each other and mean to each other to try and stay away, but there is such an attraction they can't. He left her a year ago without a word, and then *spoiler alert* he does it again! Alright so to me then this would be over. I mean how many times are you going to let him walk all over you and treat you like crap before you move on? Seriously.

So skip to a year later. Aria is in the family, she loves her step-brothers and step-dad and everything is wonderful. Until Blade shows up again with another girl on his arm (the same girl he tried to be with when they met a year ago, but couldn't. Apparently he could after all). Blade is determined to be with this other girl even though he obviously is still attracted to Aria. And Aria is just fine with letting him back into her life the minute he wants her again. Really I had started enjoying the story before Blade left, and even afterwards, but then once he came back I just really didn't like him. Also it has been a year and Aria is really family with his family now so now it just weirds me out a bit. Like it had been too much time, too much settling into their family dynamic for it to work for me. Then when they finally get together (which was not really under ideal circumstances) and their families find out most of the reactions are not really realistic. It has been too long to just be like oh cool, you knew each other before so this is fine. For me this would be upsetting after all this time. Although I will admit the reasons Aria are skeptical of it, why she thinks it is odd to try and continue this relatonship, are my exact feelings! They are things I always wonder about in this kind of situation. It would just be too strange for me.

So this book started off not too good, got better, then went back downhill again for me. Overall just an okay read. I had hoped for more since I have enjoyed the authors books in the past, but unfortunately you don't always like them all.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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