From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him.
Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.
I didn’t think he’d call me back.
I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.
Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.
Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.
A complete STANDALONE.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Ms Ward’s new release couldn’t have landed on my Kindle at a better time. Firstly, I’d just finished an ugly cry read and was in bad need of a pick-me-up. And I can’t argue that Drunk Dial did the trick. Secondly, this standalone contemporary romance with a good dose of humour, characters who are really likable and the right amount of angst to get you flipping pages, is the perfect summer holiday book. I loved the way the author’s cleverly wove the story around Rana and Landon’s pasts and the originality of it is superb. Saying that, as the story unravels, there are a few scenes which had me sniffling.
Only Ms Ward could come up with such a laugh-out-loud nickname for her female protagonist. Rana Banana intrigued me! In fact, not only did I spend a good part of the book trying to discover her roots, but I also wondered why this exotic young woman whose job is just as entertaining as is her persona, was such a solitary person. Regardless, Rana’s not lacking in wit or imagination and constantly laughs at herself. Her craziness is wrapped up in much more than taking things light-heartedly though. She’s good-natured, keeps herself to herself which a found a tad bizarre seeing she works where she does, but she’d definitely be my go-to-person. So why the title? Well, liquid courage certainly helped Rana lose her inhibitions!
The author’s cannily construed a tale going back to Rana Saloomi and Landon Roderick’s past neighbourly relationship, guiding the reader to what I’d thought, was perfectly imperfect! How it should be when we are young…when we have doubts, insecurities and inexperience. A hitch or three in between and I still couldn’t suss out why Rana was so hung up. But there’s much more to her story than I could have imagined. My assumptions were proven to be paradoxical, so don’t be fooled folks, the beauty of this story is it keeps you guessing throughout.
Rana…the Spanish translation is cringeworthy, yet it is what it is… She’d never forgotten Landon. Time goes by, circumstances determine who they become and how they live their lives. Landon’s a really nice guy and quite forthcoming with his past which I liked a lot! And get this, his sense of humour is on par with Rana’s! Consequently, the telephone conversations they have are absolutely hilarious, until of course, a change in their relationship flowers. Landon’s a very easy-going chap. Easy to talk to; after Rana gives him an earful, he takes it all with a pinch of salt and then the party begins!
Rana and Landon’s stories are sensitively narrated, heartbreaking, and as you will discover for yourselves, not a bed of roses. However, if there is one thing that drew me into their lives with such an ease was how they coped with the hurdles life thrown at them. The parallel ease of optimism they showed for the future, their acceptance of said setbacks good or bad, looking for solutions and being on par with each other is what Ms Ward drove home to the reader. She has also outdone herself with the character development, too. A third young character older than her years literally had me rooting for a happy ending which to my mind of thinking, is what she, Rana and Landon deserved. Argh–not everything is what it seems! The author will pull you through a string of twisted knots and unexpected turns making you wish you could read faster than fast!
My only tinsy-winsy complaint which shouldn’t influence you in one-clicking in the least, were a few details I couldn’t possibly mention as they would be a spoiler and a half! That being said, these two horrendously adorable guys merit a one-click. Should I mention the steaminess in this read is off the charts, or the banter is is incredibly realistic? Yes; Rana and Landon’s story has unique depth where successes and failures are stripped bare of any pretentiousness. I’d really like you to find out for yourselves ‘cause quite honestly, what Ms Ward has written, is blinkin’ marvellous! Bravo!!!
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.
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