REVIEW TOUR ~ DIRTY LETTERS by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Today we are thrilled to be sharing our review of New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward’s all-new contemporary romance stand-alone, DIRTY LETTERS


I’d never forgotten him—a man I’d yet to meet.

Griffin Quinn was my childhood pen pal, the British boy who couldn’t have been more different from me. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, we became best friends, sharing our deepest, darkest secrets and forming a connection I never thought could break.

Until one day it did.

Then, out of the blue, a new letter arrived. A scathing one—one with eight years of pent-up anger. I had no choice but to finally come clean as to why I stopped writing.

Griffin forgave me, and somehow we were able to rekindle our childhood connection. Only now we were adults, and that connection had grown to a spark. Our letters quickly went from fun to flirty to downright dirty, revealing our wildest fantasies. So it only made sense that we would take our relationship to the next level and see each other in person.

Only Griff didn’t want to meet. He asked that I trust him and said it was for the best. But I wanted more—more Griff, in the flesh—so I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.

But what I found could change everything.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

When Ward and Keeland get together, I don’t even have to read the blurb because I know their dual-penmanship is going to get more than a laugh out of me. Seriously, this read stirs all the feels and has everything I look for in a romance. It’s different, refreshing and super entertaining. But saying that, the storyline has an incredibly sensitive touch to it, making me root full out for the heroine.

‘Stopping our communication was probably one of my biggest regrets in life.’

What the heck do you do when crowds make you come undone? It’s not an easy feat for Luca to handle her anxiety. She wants to. She just doesn’t know how to go about it. In steps her eccentric but adorable shrink and bestie who will make you giggle, listen to his solid advice and bowl you over with his hobby. Less said about this the better since you’ll find out that birds of the feather haven’t got as much to do with the plot…or do they! Okay, what is it about these two authors obsession with animals! They introduced us to the fainting goat in Cocky Bastard. Here, ladies, we have a PIG! An adorable squeaky, oink-oink creature which if you’re that way inclined, will make you want one, or at the very least, give it a hearty cuddle!

‘In my next life, I want to come back as a pig and be adopted by you. Is that weird?’

With made-up names, penpal letters had been the only way they’d communicated as youngsters. They’d become close friends and figuratively speaking, held each other’s hand in times of need. Suddenly, there was no news but then years later, a letter is received out of the blue. One conveys their grudge on paper without knowing the whys and wherefores of the other’s years of silence. Nonetheless, interests are piqued.

‘My mum used to say I hold grudges. But I prefer to think of it as I remember the facts. And the fact of the matter is, you suck.’

These two wasted no time getting to know their adult likes and dislikes. The Furbies…remember them? Once you find out what Luca told Griffin, I can see you all shopping online ‘cause they worked a steamy dream for her! Now then, I’m not really into reading so many subparagraphs but they are so enthralling that I couldn’t wait for either of them to receive each other’s reply. Naughty isn’t in it. Just wait until these two get together!

“Anyone I have to murder?”
“Not unless it’s a Furby.”

Griffin is to me like white chocolate. Not at all bitter and when its creamy flavour melts in your mouth, all those tastebud sensations rage for more. That is he! Nope, I’m trying not to swoon but honestly, he’s learning how to get to know this gal and being awfully considerate to boot. So how can a long-distance relationship work for them with so many handicaps? For sure, if it weren’t for the constant flow of letters and texts between these two, the whole story would have fallen flat.

“Just because something is easy doesn’t make it better. We have our issues. But being with you still feels better than anything in the world…”

Flirtatious banter is something Vi and Penelope have always given their readers. I also loved the music references and although Luca is happy for Griffin’s success, it’s short-lived because the mere fact is she knows if she can’t overcome a past happening, she’ll never fit into his world. She has the means, so why it’s such a struggle kinda caught me off balance. That being said, I have no personal reference to compare her fear factor with. You’ll have to read the book to see if she’s capable of grabbing the bull by the horns and doing something about it.

“We’re just so different, Griff. You’re a round hole, and I’m a square peg. We don’t fit.”

Low on angst but great one-liners, character development and a plot with a difference make for a worthy read. Bravo ladies!

EXCERPT

© 2019 Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
All rights reserved.

 

The small dining room table had a pile of mail. I’d had Dad’s mail forwarded to my house, so mostly it was just catalogues and junk. Once a month, Mrs. Cascio sent me everything that arrived, even though I’d told her it wasn’t necessary. I mindlessly fingered through the pile, not expecting to see anything worth keeping. But I stopped at an envelope addressed to me—well, not me, but Luca Ryan. That was a name I hadn’t heard in a long time. In second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Ryan, started a pen pal writing program with a small town in England. We weren’t allowed to use our real last names for safety reasons, so the entire class used her last name—hence I was Luca Ryan. I checked out the return address for the sender’s name.

  1. Quinn

Wow, really? It couldn’t be.

I squinted at the postmark. It was from a PO box in California, not England, but I didn’t know any other Quinn other than Griffin. And the handwriting did look pretty familiar. But it had been close to eight years since we’d exchanged letters. Why would he write now? Curious, I ripped it open and scanned right to the bottom of the letter for the name. Sure enough, it was from Griffin. I started at the beginning.

Dear Luca,

 Do you like scotch? I remember you said you didn’t like the taste of beer. But we never did get around to comparing our taste in hard liquor. Why is that, you might ask? Let me remind you—because you stopped answering my letters eight damn years ago. I wanted to let you know, I’m still pissed off about that. My mum used to say I hold grudges. But I prefer to think of it as I remember the facts. And the fact of the matter is, you suck. There, I’ve said it. I’ve been holding that shit in for a long time. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not obsessive or anything. I don’t sit in my house thinking about you all day long. In fact, there have been months that go by when thoughts of you don’t even enter my brain. But then some random thing will pop into my head out of the blue. Like I’ll see some kid in a pram eating black licorice, and I’ll think of you. Side note—I’ve tried it again as an adult, and I still think it tastes like the bottom of my shoe, so perhaps it’s that you just have no taste. You probably don’t even like scotch. Anyway, I’m sure this letter won’t find its way to you. Or if by some miracle it does, you won’t answer. But if you’re reading this, you should know two things.

  1. The Macallan 1926 is worth the extra cash. Goes down smooth.
  2. You SUCK.

 Later, traitor, Griffin

 What in the hell?

I’d never forgotten him—a man I’d yet to meet.

Griffin Quinn was my childhood pen pal, the British boy who couldn’t have been more different from me. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, we became best friends, sharing our deepest, darkest secrets and forming a connection I never thought could break.

Until one day it did.

Then, out of the blue, a new letter arrived. A scathing one—one with eight years of pent-up anger. I had no choice but to finally come clean as to why I stopped writing.

Griffin forgave me, and somehow we were able to rekindle our childhood connection. Only now we were adults, and that connection had grown to a spark. Our letters quickly went from fun to flirty to downright dirty, revealing our wildest fantasies. So it only made sense that we would take our relationship to the next level and see each other in person.

Only Griff didn’t want to meet. He asked that I trust him and said it was for the best. But I wanted more—more Griff, in the flesh—so I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.

But what I found could change everything.
 


Meet Penelope

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a twenty-one time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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