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.

Dirty Letters Details

TitleDirty Letters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
ISBN-139781542016797
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Dirty Letters Review

  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    1,5 stars rounded up to 2 Do you want to read this book because you think it will be hot, fun and emotional? Well, let me help you… And before I start sharing quotations from the book, let me clarify something. I first thought I was reading an M/M book as I thought Luca was the guy's name so in case you think the same, let me make it clear that Luca is the heroine, Griffin is the hero. Kudos to awesome choice of names!*********************************************OK, are you ready? Here are some 1,5 stars rounded up to 2 Do you want to read this book because you think it will be hot, fun and emotional? Well, let me help you… And before I start sharing quotations from the book, let me clarify something. I first thought I was reading an M/M book as I thought Luca was the guy's name so in case you think the same, let me make it clear that Luca is the heroine, Griffin is the hero. Kudos to awesome choice of names!*********************************************OK, are you ready? Here are some examples from their hot and dirty letters… Luca: I have a nice collection of vibrators—the LELO INA Wave rabbit being my favorite. It gives dual internal and external stimulation. Hey, girls, bear this in mind. You need to be as informative as possible about your sex life and remember that giving a man the brand name of your vibrator and informing him about its capacity (how many modes, etc.) will turn him on; don’t ever forget!Griffin: Do you have genophobia? I definitely don’t.Huh, what? Oh, no they are not 12, or 14. They are 25 year-old mature adults, having this dirty sexy talk in their letters. Why would you think they were adolescents? Huh, weird?! Let's move on.Our hero Griffin wants to be the perfect guy for her so he asks all the necessary questions. Griffin: Do you prefer Cavalier or Roundhead? (Uncut or other.)Well, great, just great Griffin! That’s an important question to ask a girl you are interested in. So, will you shape it the way she likes? I just wonder?? And I also wonder if you can revert the action? I mean if yours is circumcised and she likes uncircumcised, then what? Well, of course, Luca, my girl, asks a question as good as Griffin’s.Luca: Do you prefer shaved, runway strip, or full carpet?Griffin’s answer: I will take you any way you give yourself to me, whether bald or hairier than the grizzly bear.Oh my God, oh my God, so hot, so so hot, isn’t it? Do you feel the burn? Do you feel the sexiness of the letters? Why don’t you take notes so that you can do dirty messaging with your partner and blow his mind? This book has such a rich archive of this kind of precious dirty talk that you can use it as a guidebook to being sexy. Confessions from our dear Luca:Luca: I never told you, but I have a secret nickname for you: Mee-Mee. The story behind it is pretty embarrassing. … Do you remember those little Furby key chains? The vibrating ones that McDonald’s gave out in their Happy Meals years ago? … I had a few of one little Furby in particular. Yep, you guessed it. . . his name was Mee-Mee. Well, I got the bright idea to give Mee-Mee a try inside my underwear. I held him against my privates and let the vibration stimulate my clit. I’m pretty sure I had no idea what I was doing—but boy did I hit the jackpot. That night I had my first orgasm ever—one hand holding your photo up to look at and the other pressing Mee-Mee against my body. So basically you were a big part of my first orgasm. Was that TMI? I hope not.TMI? Oh no, of course not! Why would she think so?Atta girl! That’s how you sound sexy to a guy – by explaining how you used a cute vibrating toy as your vibrator! Let me also say that the book also gives insight to how you need to end your dirty letter. Take Griffin's endings as an example...Later, gator, Griff Later, traitor, GriffinHot, right?And when they see each other in real life, their sexy conversations continue.Griffin: I want to do a lot of things with you.Luca: Like what?Griffin: Off the top of my head? Well, I’d like to take off your shirt and titty fuck you.Do you see how their relationship gets hotter and hotter? Well, if you have the full grasp of how hot and sexy this book is with their dirty letters, let me now show you how endearing our hero is. Guys, I am saying it here: Griffin is such a great candidate to being one of your best book boyfriends!Griffin: I’ve had a lot of sex, but most of the time it’s a means to an end, and when it’s over, there is nothing worth clinging on to. I’m not proud of that, but women (at least out here) make it too easy for men. For the most part, we’ll take what you offer up, but it’s nice to have to fight for it sometimes. I don’t want to be with someone who’s okay with me just sticking my dick inside her and going home. You wouldn’t believe how many shallow women I come across each day who are just perfectly fine with—as Americans say—“wham bam thank you ma’am.”See? He is a gem! I wonder why we cannot find such a perfect guy in real life ☹Griffin is also very mature as you may have already guessed.Well, here is another example:The hero, Griffin, and the heroine, Luca were pen pals for many years when they were children and they shared a lot. They were like soul-mate pen-pals! Because one lived in England and the other was in the USA, they never had the opportunity to meet in person. Then, at the age of 17, Luca stopped answering Griffin’s letters and now, they are 25 years old and Griffin sends her a resentful letter one more time after 8 years of silence. And he says to Luca, “You SUCK!”I hear you saying,“WTF? Are you 5 or what?” No no... Griffin writes this when he is 25. I just don’t understand why you would think he was 5, huh, weird! Griffin is not only hot, fun and mature but he is also very smart and creative.Griffin: “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” this letter will hopefully lead to more correspondence. I can only hope that my “Dancing Queen” takes a hint and writes me back. The only question is . . . how the fuck will you get a letter to me? “Mamma Mia,” what a conundrum. Take it as a challenge. How does one receive letters on the road? I don’t care how you do it, just “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” Figure out how to get me your letter. You have my schedule. I challenge you. “I Have a Dream” that you’ll find a way to do it. Could I BE any more annoying using ABBA songs to communicate with you?I am answering: No, you couldn’t! Oh oh, Luca also answers to this letter using the songs of Abba but to read that priceless answer, you need to read the book; I can’t do that many favors, you know…As I said, Griffin is many things and one other precious quality of Griffin is his honest and decent character.Luca wants to share photos and also meet Griffin in person. Neither of them knows what each one looks like. However, as Griffin is now a famous rock star followed by paparazzi and Luca is agoraphobic; Griffin thinks that it is not a good idea and so he does what any decent and honest man would do. He hires a PI and asks him to find her and take her photos because he wants to see how she looks like. Of course, he doesn't want her to know how he looks like.Things happen, bla bla and they finally meet in person. I have no words to describe what an epic first meet it was so I am not even trying to describe it!What was I saying? Huh, I was talking about what an honest and decent man Griffin was. Luca is a writer of many famous novels and later in the book, when he wants to read her books, the conversation goes like this:Griffin: Will you let me read your books?Luca: It’s not like I could stop you if you really wanted to, now that you know my pen name.Griffin: You’re wrong about that. If you didn’t want me to read them, I absolutely wouldn’t violate your trust.Ha ha ha, I can’t stop laughing.. Just a moment… OK, OK… I am trying to stop…Aren’t you the one who sent a PI after her back??!Well, do you see what a hypocrite Griffin is?!Oops, no no, I was going to write what a decent man he is, typo typo, sorry!*********************************************Well, the book is, as you see, very hot, emotional and fun with two decent, mature and lovely characters. But the unfortunate thing is the book is only 244 pages and honestly, I couldn’t get enough of them ☹In addition to all this awesomeness, there is a weird therapist obsessed about birds, many many therapy sessions about agoraphobia, never-ending mourning after the death of her best friend, a glimpse of the sad and lonely life of famous people, fairy tale like coincidences, which all add value to the book. *********************************************Also, the book made me see some facts about mourning that I’d never thought of before. The reason Luca stopped writing to Griffin was that her best friend died in a fire at a concert and from then on, she stopped being the lively girl she was. She retreated into her own world, started fearing crowds and now she is agoraphobic. She has been suffering from severe panic attacks. During that 8-year separation, Griffin lost his mother to cancer and he needed his pen-pal, his best friend Luca, but she never answered his letters.Now, after that famous letter in which he said, “You suck!”, Luca finally writes back to him and explains what happened back then. Our hero Griffin is so very sorry about her loss and he realizes that his loss was not as great as hers; therefore, he apologizes! He says one may expect to lose parents, even at a young age as his mother, but losing a best friend and bury them was unthinkable and unbearable. To solidify this fact, the book shows that Luca’s mourning after the death of her best friend lasts 8 years and turns her into an agoraphobic person during that period of time.So this precious book showed me that you cannot compare losing a friend to losing a parent or even to losing the love of your life because the pain of losing a friend lasts longer and it hurts deeper! Well, I knew that whoever you lose, when you lose a loved one, it should hurt badly, but strangely, I never knew losing a friend hurt the most. The book taught me that! If asked, I would say it depends but now I learnt that it didn’t. *********************************************Final words:We did a buddy-read with my book soul-mates, Funda and Sanzida and we had great fun reading this book! I hope I was able to explain what kind of a treasure this book is. I think you should join us and share its awesomeness but if you don’t want to read a hot, emotional, fun and sexy book, then, it is your problem and of course, your loss!So, you may wonder why 2 stars?! Oh, well, I might just be jealous of its awesomeness, seeing I would never have the talent to be able to write such an epic book... Yeap, that must be it...
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  • Kilikina
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I'm so upset! I'm just not connecting with this at all! :( I don't know if my expectations are just too high or what? But I can't get into this and keep switching to read other books instead. Putting this on hold for now at 34% - not sure if I'll come back to this one or not.____________Edit: that cover model can write me pen pal letters ANY day ___________I have no idea what this is but I need it!
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    'DIRTY LETTERS' Is a full length stand alone, romance novel by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'Mr cover hotty was just perfect! Dirty Letters, was steamy and sexy, throw in some swoony moments and I inhaled this! From start to finish I read this in one sitting, so easy to get into, hard to put down!In the opening chapter we meet Twenty five year old Luca who is on her way to Manhatten to empty out her fathers apartment who has passed many a blue moon. The thing 'DIRTY LETTERS' Is a full length stand alone, romance novel by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'Mr cover hotty was just perfect! Dirty Letters, was steamy and sexy, throw in some swoony moments and I inhaled this! From start to finish I read this in one sitting, so easy to get into, hard to put down!In the opening chapter we meet Twenty five year old Luca who is on her way to Manhatten to empty out her fathers apartment who has passed many a blue moon. The thing with Luca is that she suffers from anxiety which can bring on a panic attack any given time but usually occur when she's out of her comfort zone and surrounded by crowds. So to say she's not looking forward to this moment in time is an understatement.It's whilst she's cleaning that she comes across an old letter, not just any old letter BUT a letter from her long lost pen pal Griffin!! These two started exchanging letters way back when they were just seven years old. He was the one she could open up to, she could even go so far as saying that he became her best friend.𝐼𝓃 𝓈𝑒𝒸𝑜𝓃𝒹 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝒹𝑒, 𝓂𝓎 𝓉𝑒𝒶𝒸𝒽𝑒𝓇, 𝑀𝓇𝓈 𝑅𝓎𝒶𝓃, 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓉𝑒𝒹 𝒶 𝓅𝑒𝓃 𝓅𝒶𝓁𝓁 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.But things got in the way and she stopped writing him..No explanation..It had been close to eight years since they had exchanged letters. But the thing was he never did..And this last letter she opens and reads...He was pissed..Going so far as to say that she sucked!!fastforward..She decides to write him back..And things between them get back on track..Neither know the other's name, neither know what each do for a living..So buckle up for a fun ride as these two reconnect, it all started over dirty words written in letters!!
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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: DIRTY LETTERSAUTHOR: Penelope Ward, Vi KeelandRELEASE DATE: November 5, 2019GENRE: New Adult / Rockstar RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Friends to LoversRATING: 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG*stares at the cover**eyes glaze over**wipes drool**clears throat*That guy on the cover is the hottest thing since Dragon's Breath pepper. Ahem...So...DIRTY LETTERS is the new co-authored friends-to-lovers/rockstar romance by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland that I found utterly TITLE: DIRTY LETTERSAUTHOR: Penelope Ward, Vi KeelandRELEASE DATE: November 5, 2019GENRE: New Adult / Rockstar RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Friends to LoversRATING: 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG*stares at the cover**eyes glaze over**wipes drool**clears throat*That guy on the cover is the hottest thing since Dragon's Breath pepper. Ahem...So...DIRTY LETTERS is the new co-authored friends-to-lovers/rockstar romance by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland that I found utterly refreshing. The heroine is agoraphobic, that first reared its ugly head after her best friend died in a fire at a concert. And there, of course, is also survivor's guilt. When Luca was seven years old she became pen pals with a boy in England. They became best friends and confidantes over the years, their honesty one of the most remarkable features of their friendship. Until the fire.Luca was in her senior year when she ghosted Griffin. Griffin, now a famous rockstar known as Cole Archer, lets her know how he feels about this in a petty letter eighteen years later. I have to say, I was happy to see how fast Griffin forgave Luca. For a few months these two communicate only by letter and they find back into their easy friendship with the addition of a growing attraction. But Griffin, who has learned the hard way that fame comes at a price, cherishes the fact that Luca doesn't know who he is. Money and fame couldn’t buy happiness, and I was starting to think I’d trade thousands of women wearing my face on their chests for one woman resting her face on my chest at night. I have so much love for all the characters in this book. Griffin was a great guy, an amazing friend and a patient, understanding boyfriend who was totally besotted with his girl, how he held on when things got rough, never letting her down. The way Luca's debilitating condition was portrayed made her relatable and my heart ached for her because, really, when you can't go out of the house without fearing a panic attack, how do you deal with rabid fans and press and paps? The despair because you're trapped in your head...what do you have to offer except your heart? “It will never be perfect. It will never not be scary. So if you’re waiting for this to not feel terrifying, it never will. There will be hard times. But there will be amazing ones, too. You have to decide whether we’re worth the hardships. In the end, it’s going to come down to one thing: whether love is enough.” Lastly, there is Doc, Luca's therapist, who was simply the sweetest. In my mind he looked like Doc Brown from Back to the Future. He is Luca's rock and I loved how he showed up with a borrowed RV and took his patient on an unforgettable, life-changing road trip.Dirty Letters packs a good portion of steam and a mountain of emotions and a lot of material to think about. I love that these two authors always put their own stamp on a story and make it refreshing and original. I enjoyed every minute, every word, every decision these characters made were with the love for the other one in mind and that's what true romance is. The epilogue was (with a tiny caveat) sweet and I was so happy to see Luca and Griffin getting their well deserved happy ever after.  You can't go wrong picking this up. "I won’t always be able to give you your light back, because sometimes you need to find that within yourself, but I’ll stand by your side and hold your hand in the dark so things aren’t so scary.”
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsOverall Opinion: Don't hate me friends! I struggled with this one. Lately, I've been unable to read the way I had in the past, so when I do read I want it to be great. I figured with practically nothing but raving reviews -- this would be a winner! I should've known better. I hardly ever seem to get on with the books that have a lot of hype following them. This just didn't work for me. I never felt connected to either character, I absolutely didn't feel their connection to each other 2.5 StarsOverall Opinion: Don't hate me friends! 🙈 I struggled with this one. Lately, I've been unable to read the way I had in the past, so when I do read I want it to be great. I figured with practically nothing but raving reviews -- this would be a winner! I should've known better. I hardly ever seem to get on with the books that have a lot of hype following them. This just didn't work for me. I never felt connected to either character, I absolutely didn't feel their connection to each other (other than maybe friendship), I felt zero chemistry to where I didn't even find their sexy times to be all that....sexy, it had themes that should've felt angsty but instead fell flat, the humor didn't even get me, and the ending left me with unanswered questions! I was just bored 🤷🏻‍♀️Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Luca and Griffin's story. When Luca's dad dies and she goes to clean out his apartment, she finds a letter from her childhood pen pal that is ranting about how much she sucks for stopping their correspondence. Luca had been through some trauma to throw her life off track, but she never forgot Griffin or how important their relationship was to her. They start writing again and reconnect in a big way. There are some sweet and sad scenes, some sexy times...and they get a HEA ending.Point Of View (POV): This alternated between Luca and Griffin's POV.Overall Pace of Story: Alright, it did feel really slow at times but I never skimmed.Instalove: Yes! I feel like we started after they had fallen in love and we didn't ever get to experience any of the development of feelings. I think some more of the old letters would've gone a long way.H (Hero) rating: 3.5 stars. Griffin. I liked him, but I felt like he was a little too beta for me. A little too sweet and not enough grit to be the (view spoiler)[rock star (hide spoiler)] I come to expect.h (heroine) rating: 3 stars. Luca. I found her contradictory at times, but she was sweet. Just an okay 3 Stars for me.Sadness level: Low, no tissues neededPush/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ The h pushes away, and I'd say that the H is the main pursuer of the relationship. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Alright. They have some okay tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.Descriptive sex: YesOW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: NoSex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: NoSeparation: Yes (view spoiler)[They are separated shortly, but there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time. The H does say at the end that if he had to wait longer in their separation he might've slept with another woman -- which I honestly found disturbing and unnecessary. (hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[ Loss of a close friend in an accident (off page), ptsd/agoraphobia/panic attacks (on page), and loss of parents (off page) (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had what I would reluctantly call a HEA ending (view spoiler)[they're getting married and she's pregnant (hide spoiler)], but I didn't feel like it was enough closure. I had too many unanswered questions in the end about their future.Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have the h pushing the H away- Does have a separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse- Does have a HEA ending (see above) (hide spoiler)]
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    <3 5 STARS <3My favorite duo wrote another brilliant,emotional and heartwarming romance!I devour it in one sitting, I loved it so much!Dirty Letters was a captivating story, and it has an original story!Luca and Griffin are my new favorite couple!I ach for them and I wanted to see them together!I loved the letters, I find it brilliant!I loved how the story begins and I liked how Luca and Griffin's relationship developed!Luca is a lovely heroine who has to deal with something serious, <3 5 STARS <3My favorite duo wrote another brilliant,emotional and heartwarming romance!I devour it in one sitting, I loved it so much!Dirty Letters was a captivating story, and it has an original story!Luca and Griffin are my new favorite couple!I ach for them and I wanted to see them together!I loved the letters, I find it brilliant!I loved how the story begins and I liked how Luca and Griffin's relationship developed!Luca is a lovely heroine who has to deal with something serious, however she is strong and sweet.Griffin is sexy and fun! I loved everything about it!    
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars Love is everything. It matters more than fear, more than death. It transcends time. I haven't read a book by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward in a while, but when I saw the cover for Dirty Letters I had to pick it up. I'm really glad I did, because I enjoyed this story a lot.Luca and Griffin meet when they're children as pen-pals. Luca is in the USA and Griffin is in the UK, but through their letters, they become close friends and sort of grow up together. When Luca goes through a tragedy 4 stars Love is everything. It matters more than fear, more than death. It transcends time. I haven't read a book by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward in a while, but when I saw the cover for Dirty Letters I had to pick it up. I'm really glad I did, because I enjoyed this story a lot. Luca and Griffin meet when they're children as pen-pals. Luca is in the USA and Griffin is in the UK, but through their letters, they become close friends and sort of grow up together. When Luca goes through a tragedy during her senior year of high school, her entire life is changed. Through all that, she doesn't only go through the hardest thing of her life, but she sort of ghosts Griffin and quits responding to his letters. Almost ten years later, the two happen to reconnect. This story is a journey. We see so much growth in Luca, and I loved how patient and loving Griffin was with her. I also enjoyed the way that the heroines condition was portrayed. It wasn't something you see in every book. Andi Arndt and Jacob Morgan narrated this audiobook and it was a joy to listen to. I would definitely recommend the audio. I loved the chemistry and connection of these characters and I especially enjoyed their friendship, as well as their romance. I loved the friends to lovers/pen-pal aspect of Dirty Lovers and it stands to be repeated... I really, really love this cover! This story had a great balance of sexy, emotional, romantic, and even funny at times. Another hit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!
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  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    *****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Authors} ”We all have light and dark inside us, love. We try to hide the darkness from others because we’re afraid it will scare them away. But your dark doesn’t scare me, Luca. It only makes me want to hold your hand and be your light until you can find your own again. That’s what people do when they’re in love. I won’t always be able to give you your light back, because sometimes you need to find that within yourself, but I’ll stand by *****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Authors} ”We all have light and dark inside us, love. We try to hide the darkness from others because we’re afraid it will scare them away. But your dark doesn’t scare me, Luca. It only makes me want to hold your hand and be your light until you can find your own again. That’s what people do when they’re in love. I won’t always be able to give you your light back, because sometimes you need to find that within yourself, but I’ll stand by your side and hold your hand in the dark so things aren’t so scary.” This book is EVERYTHING that is truly amazing about the writing duo of Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland. "DIRTY LETTERS" is going down as my absolute TOP FAVORITE by these two incredible authors. It had so many things that I love in a good romance-- friends-to-lovers trope, a gorgeous British Rock God as the Hero, and some gut-wrenching angst. Griffin Marchese has all of the traits to make him one of the most unforgettable and beloved book boyfriends. I instantly fell so hard for this beautiful character. ”DIRTY LETTERS” is a true page-turner! It’s one of those books that you will want to immerse yourself in without any interruptions. I am not exaggerating when I say it’s unputdownable!! Griffin and Luca’s story is so heartachingly beautiful and at times agonizingly angsty but it was so worth the pain!! I loved that they started off as childhood penpals and later became true soul mates.Here are my overall ratings:Hero: 5++++Heroine: 5Plot: Angst: 4.5Steam: 5Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++Quite a few books are releasing this week, but ”DIRTY LETTERS” is the one you should bump to the top of the list! I HIGHLY recommend this one!Amazon ➜ https://fave.co/2W5yQujAudio ➜ https://fave.co/2N3vVOBAmazon Print ➜ https://fave.co/2BAX9a8
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARS In case I wasn’t clear, love is enough for me, Luca. But you have to let me love you.” It took me two days to read this book. Why? Because I'm fairly certain that I spent an entire day staring at that cover. Can we talk about that cover for a hot second? Because mother of ovaries! That cover is everything.Suffice it to say, with a cover like that I was really hoping to love this book. And I was seriously bummed that I didn't. I will say that this is ultimately more because of 2.5 STARS In case I wasn’t clear, love is enough for me, Luca. But you have to let me love you.” It took me two days to read this book. Why? Because I'm fairly certain that I spent an entire day staring at that cover. Can we talk about that cover for a hot second? Because mother of ovaries! That cover is everything.Suffice it to say, with a cover like that I was really hoping to love this book. And I was seriously bummed that I didn't. I will say that this is ultimately more because of personal preference and bias rather than anything with the book itself. Clearly I'm the black sheep and so many loved this one. I wanted to be one of those that loved it too, but unfortunately it just wasn't my cuppa.If you're a fan of sweet, slow-paced and character driven romance, you'll definitely want to try this one. As for me? Well, it just didn't work. I didn't even mind the insta-love vibes, which speaks to how likable the characters are. Where it began to lose me was in the pacing. The story dragged in parts and almost felt like filler in others. Where the pen-pal letters was a sweetly unique addition at first when Luca and Griffin were young, it quickly took a turn to cheesy and almost cringey when they were older. The supposedly sexy parts didn't feel sexy at all, and were just...well...odd. I loved the budding relationship through letters that Luca and Griffin shared when they were younger. But admittedly I struggled to connect with them in their adulthood. The chemistry was just missing for me. Ultimately, it just didn't feel like a story meant for a full book and more like a novella. It was cute, sweet and with plenty of emotional parts. It just wasn't enough to grab my interest and hold it. I found myself skimming through the majority of the book. Do I think most would enjoy it? Absolutely. Sadly this was a case of me and my own personal preferences, so take this review with a grain of salt.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Vi Keeland
    January 1, 1970
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  • Funda Demir
    January 1, 1970
    Give up at 55%.I am pretty certain that Keeland and Ward were desperate for money when publishing this. Or they were forced to it through a contract, and couldn't come up with anything so just wrote down anything. This was so bad, that my book soulmates (Sanzida and Dilek) and I did have fun at the beginning to see if it got worse (it did). But I can't do it anymore. The following are some of the things I'd rather do than to carry on with this 'book':- Rip off my toe nails with pliers. - Go Give up at 55%.I am pretty certain that Keeland and Ward were desperate for money when publishing this. Or they were forced to it through a contract, and couldn't come up with anything so just wrote down anything. This was so bad, that my book soulmates (Sanzida and Dilek) and I did have fun at the beginning to see if it got worse (it did). But I can't do it anymore. The following are some of the things I'd rather do than to carry on with this 'book':- Rip off my toe nails with pliers. - Go through all of my emails and delete over 1000 of them- one at a time. - Get a root canal without anaesthetics. - Stay alone with OJ Simpson in a kitchen full of knives. - Cut my fingers then dip them in salt. - Get life advice from Charles Manson.- Listen to Kanye talk. - Listen to Trump talk. - Go to a Miley Cyrus concert.- Watch Twilight.- Play Russian roulette with 6 bullets in the chamber. - Stay alone on a movie set with Harvey Weinstein. - Get a colonoscopy. - Trust Bill Cosby with my drink. - Teach my mum how to use her iPad. - Get a full Brazilian. - Be a passenger in a car driven by Stevie Wonder. I am absolutely and 100% done with these authors.
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  • Penelope Ward
    January 1, 1970
    DIRTY LETTERS IS LIVE! You can download the ebook for FREE! Also free in Kindle Unlimited or on sale for $3.99.Amazon: https://fave.co/2qjRBhKAmazon UK: https://amzn.to/2PK9UqX Amazon Audio https://fave.co/2WGyVooAmazon print (Currently on sale!) https://fave.co/33iUGx1 ★ ★DIRTY LETTERS IS LIVE! You can download the ebook for FREE! Also free in Kindle Unlimited or on sale for $3.99.Amazon: https://fave.co/2qjRBhKAmazon UK: https://amzn.to/2PK9UqX Amazon Audio ➜ https://fave.co/2WGyVooAmazon print (Currently on sale!) ➜ https://fave.co/33iUGx1
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  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    January 1, 1970
    As grade-schoolers Luca & Garrett’s schools were involved in an international pen pal exchange through their respective schools. The American girl and the British boy start up a friendship through their exchanged letters. The weekly letters continue into high school creating a strong bond between these two until one day a letter goes unanswered. The unanswered letter fuels 8 years of pent up frustration for Garrett. Unknowingly to him, Luca experienced a tragic event in her life. As part of As grade-schoolers Luca & Garrett’s schools were involved in an international pen pal exchange through their respective schools. The American girl and the British boy start up a friendship through their exchanged letters. The weekly letters continue into high school creating a strong bond between these two until one day a letter goes unanswered. The unanswered letter fuels 8 years of pent up frustration for Garrett. Unknowingly to him, Luca experienced a tragic event in her life. As part of her survivor's guilt, she has been punishing herself by not allowing herself the comfort of Garrett’s friendship. Now that they are in their mid-twenties Garrett reaches out as a last chance ditch. To Luca’s surprise she answers back and they rekindle their friendship through their letter writing. The anonymity of their situation allowed them to share their deepest sexual fantasies among other things like sharing jokes and playing games like, 2 truths & a lie.”I’ve been in a relationship with pieces of f*cking paper and words for the past several weeks.”Once they finally had their face to face meeting it was unconventional but perfect for the two of them. It showcased their nervousness and quirkiness. And most of all it was playful. Luca has a friendship with a fatherly figure and as a secondary character, he is spot on. He was supportive and encouraging and someone readers will want to be their friend. DIRTY LETTERS is a standalone written by the fabulous duo of Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward. Dirty Letters is about childhood pen pals who have lost touch in their teen years and years later they strike up a friendship through their letter writing. ✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦✦RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2019Pre-order | order: https://amzn.to/2IOogCC**Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.** Follow Foxy Blogs at: Foxy Blogs ♥ Twitter ♥ Instagram ♥ Facebook
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  • arini
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 "Mee Mee" starsthis was so damn sweet and heartwarming. i liked the agoraphobia representation as well. griffin was almost too good to be true considering what he did for a living.not that i expected all the people who work in the same industry as him to be assholes. but he was just so charming and accommodating and understanding and perfect.overall, this book was really endearing and adorable. there was nothing in particular that i was totally against of. the rating was more due to the fact 3.5 "Mee Mee" starsthis was so damn sweet and heartwarming. i liked the agoraphobia representation as well. griffin was almost too good to be true considering what he did for a living.not that i expected all the people who work in the same industry as him to be assholes. but he was just so charming and accommodating and understanding and perfect.overall, this book was really endearing and adorable. there was nothing in particular that i was totally against of. the rating was more due to the fact that to me this book was just a decent enjoyable read.oh and having the male narrator who did the voice over for griffin's pov with that gruff and sexy british accent of his playing in my ears for hours was such a delight, lol. (read in audiobook)
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    5 'My sun, moon and stars' Stars!ARC provided by the the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward just keep getting better. This incredible duo have written another unique love story that is now surely one of my top favorites by them. Their stories have just the right amount of everything I love in a romance novel and Dirty Letters is no exception. Get your grabby hands ready because you don’t want to miss this release coming November 5th!So, Dirty 5 'My sun, moon and stars' Stars!ARC provided by the the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward just keep getting better. This incredible duo have written another unique love story that is now surely one of my top favorites by them. Their stories have just the right amount of everything I love in a romance novel and Dirty Letters is no exception. Get your grabby hands ready because you don’t want to miss this release coming November 5th!So, Dirty Letters is this duo’s upcoming novel and it’s a standalone contemporary romance. It’s focused in two childhood pen-pals that lost touch years ago and reconnect after Luca (the heroine) finds a new letter from Griffin while in a trip to New York. Actually, it was Luca who decided to cut that relationship short and now, feeling guilty over everything that made her stop writing in the past, she finally writes back to her angered friend. That is the start of a series of letters that become dirty, honest and sentimental and it also starts this beautiful love story. Sometimes when you follow your dreams, you realize they aren’t free, and the cost is far greater than you’d ever anticipated. Wow, that was such a fresh read! I knew when it comes to Vi and Penelope that it will not be a typical romance and that is what makes their stories so wonderful to read. Luca suffers from agoraphobia (consequence of a heartbreaking event in her past) and her rekindled connection with Griffin starts her slowly coming out of her shell. It was so touching to see the development of this love story, especially with the difficulties of Griffin being a famous musician and how that affects them both in different ways. As if his gorgeous face, flawless body, and sexy voice weren’t enough—God seriously pulled out all His tricks when He made this man. I just loved this couple so much, from beginning to end. I loved the start of their relationship with the letters, how those feelings and sexual tension exploded when they finally meet in person and how emotional everything became for them. Of course, Griffin was so swoony and, obviously, he is very talented with his mouth (and not only to sing!). The sexy scenes were amazing and the chemistry and connection between Luca and Griffin was to die for. It was a long and interesting journey for these characters but I am so glad they found their HEA. Love is everything. It matters more than fear, more than death. It transcends time. Therefore, I am rating Dirty Letters with 5 STARS because I always enjoy a unique romance novel and Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward definitely did not disappoint with this one. We even get a wonderful surprise in the end and, trust me, you don’t want to miss it. I loved Griffin and Luca, how they took their relationship to the next level and the special connection they share. I just love these two authors working together and I cannot wait for whatever is coming next!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: StandalonePOV: First Person - DualRating: Luca Ryan and Griffin Quinn befriended each other through childhood pen pal letters. For years they confided each other their hopes and fears until it suddenly stopped. Eight years later, she received an unexpected letter from him that not only brought back old dreams, but also future fears. This book immediately caught my attention with the sexy face on the cover. Then the pen pal plot sealed the deal. And this book is Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: StandalonePOV: First Person - DualRating: Luca Ryan and Griffin Quinn befriended each other through childhood pen pal letters. For years they confided each other their hopes and fears until it suddenly stopped. Eight years later, she received an unexpected letter from him that not only brought back old dreams, but also future fears. This book immediately caught my attention with the sexy face on the cover. Then the pen pal plot sealed the deal. And this book is more than just a sexy romance. "We try to hide the darkness from others because we’re afraid it will scare them away. But your dark doesn’t scare me, Luca. It only makes me want to hold your hand and be your light until you can find your own again." I loved both of the characters. Luca had issues to overcome. A lot of times it consumed her, yet she’s still willing to push herself to conquer it. Griffin couldn’t be any more perfect. He was selflessly patient and supportive. “I’ve heard that sitting on your lover’s face takes care of it.”My mouth hung open. “Oh really . . .”“Yes. It’s called CBFS, actually.”“CBFS?”“Cognitive behavioral face-sitting.” The story made me smile with their childhood innocence of earlier correspondences, then it turned dirty as they reconnected. I liked how their relationship kept a good momentum thorough out the book with a good balance of emotions and sexiness. Dirty Letter is a story of support and taking chances. It would appeal to readers who enjoy friends to lovers romance. ✖ ✉ ✖ . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . . ✖ ✉ ✖ For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I love Griffin, but I didn’t love Griffin and Luca’s relationship. I don’t know, there’s something missing between them. I felt at times that he loved her more than she loved him. Also I found myself skimming through for the last 25%. I loved the beginning but then it started to drag a bit. I know I am in the minority here but this book was just ok for me.
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  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comDIRTY LETTERS by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is one of the best contemporary romances I have read this year! This romance has a swoon worthy rockstar hero and a heroine who is battling severe anxiety after a life altering event eight years ago.Luca and Griffin became pen pals from the age of seven when Luca’s teacher set her class up to write to children in England. Luca’s life in New York could not have been more different than Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comDIRTY LETTERS by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is one of the best contemporary romances I have read this year! This romance has a swoon worthy rockstar hero and a heroine who is battling severe anxiety after a life altering event eight years ago.Luca and Griffin became pen pals from the age of seven when Luca’s teacher set her class up to write to children in England. Luca’s life in New York could not have been more different than Griffin’s life in England, but they became best friends. They told each other their deepest fears and secrets and formed a bond that lasted over years, until Luca stopped answering Griffin’s letters.Out of the blue, eight years later, Luca finds a letter from Griffin as she is cleaning out her deceased father’s apartment. His letter is full of anger over her breaking their connection.Luca reconnects by letter with Griffin, who now lives in California. Luca explains to Griffin the reason for her discontinued writing and when he learns the cause he forgives her. The spark and deep connection is still there and soon the letters go from the flirty childhood connection they had, to an adult connection full of their wildest sexual fantasies. Luca wants to meet in person, but Griffin is afraid that when Luca meets him, everything will change. Neither go by their real last names in their correspondence or professional lives. Luca is willing to take a huge leap and go find her friend, but what she finds is not what she expected. Can two such different people find a way to be together forever?This is one of those romances that pull you in and when you reach “The End”, you do not feel any time has passed and you do not want to leave Luca and Griffin’s world. I had all my emotions yanked, tossed and pulled and believe me, you better have tissues for the last few chapters, some for sad tears and ultimately for happy tears. The parts of the story told in written letters between the H/h had me laughing out loud, squirming in my seat (explicit and sexy hot) and crying like a baby. There is just something so much more in a written letter than today’s emails, texts and phone calls. Griffin definitely made it to my book boyfriend list. Luca is written with empathy and is a wonderful portrayal of living through the good and bad days with an emotional anxiety disorder. This is one of the most emotional, heartfelt and just plain romantic books I have read this year. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have “knocked it out of the park” with this collaboration! I highly recommend this romance!
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man, I love the idea of meeting someone for the first time after you’ve been in communication with them since your childhood. Someone you’ve been able to pour out your teen-aged heart and soul and angst to. Someone who just seems to be there for you, even though they’re thousands of miles away.And that’s just what was between Luca and Griffin. They were introduced as kids during a class “pen pal” project and wrote each other faithfully for ten years. Until the letters stopped. And then out of Oh man, I love the idea of meeting someone for the first time after you’ve been in communication with them since your childhood. Someone you’ve been able to pour out your teen-aged heart and soul and angst to. Someone who just seems to be there for you, even though they’re thousands of miles away.And that’s just what was between Luca and Griffin. They were introduced as kids during a class “pen pal” project and wrote each other faithfully for ten years. Until the letters stopped. And then out of the blue, a letter was received. Just when Luca really needed it most. Even if she didn’t realize it at the time.And with that letter, Griffin and Luca reconnected. Powerfully. Intimately. Their spark grew into a big ole sexy flame. And neither one could deny their attraction to the other.But I just wish that they hadn’t gone from enjoying the connection, rekindling their feelings to wham bam thank you ma’am sexy times. I have so much more enjoyed their budding romance if their friendship was stronger—more personal than what was shared through their letters. But, don’t get me wrong, I really truly loved them together—that they brought out the best in each other. And that’s really what was the best part of Dirty Letters for me—the connection, the trust, the willing to go above and beyond for each other. To try. ~ Missy, 4 stars***There’s so much goodness here, I don’t even know where to start. Complex, interesting, multi-layered characters. A sweet, sexy friends-to-lovers with a hint of second chance storyline. And the writing of this dynamic duo that never fails to pull me right in and keep me reading compulsively and obsessively.I loved the original idea behind this storyline. Texting as a way of communicating is one of my favorite things in books, so I knew that having these characters be pen pals would be fun. And it was fun, I enjoyed their letters even if I did sometimes think that they moved maybe a little too quickly and too easily into a sexually charged exchange. I didn’t always connect with that, and felt like I would have liked some more emotional depth to their story. I felt like the emotional piece was told to me, while the physical chemistry was shown to me, and in the end it left me feeling a little let down. I mean, this storyline by nature was incredibly emotionally charged and I think it could have packed a huge emotional punch – and I never really felt that.That said, it was still an incredibly addictive read. I still found myself needing to know what happened. And I still loved Griffin and Luca (and the adorably quirky Doc) pretty fiercely. Dirty Letters was a little bit of a mixed bag for me, but overall a satisfying read nonetheless. ~ Shelly, 3.5 Stars
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    This duo has done it again! I felt every minute of Luca and Griffin's suffering. Anxiety is no joke. And Griffin just wanted a real relationship, somebody who saw HIM and not his persona. This is what drives him to reach out to his long lost pen pal. With some help from a bird crazy doctor, Luca and Griff attempt to navigate an unconventional relationship. It is a long, bumpy journey to get from pen pals to soul mate. And I loved every sexy beautiful moment.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I've been meaning to read a book by these authors for awhile now and finally got the chance. Dirty Letters has a pretty serious vibe right from the start, as Luca deals with serious anxiety, panic attacks, can't handle crowds. Griffin was her pen pal back in school, and him randomly sending her a letter years later sparks the habit back up. I love Griffin so hard. He's so real, and honest with his feelings, and will bend over backwards to make things work. He just deserves so much happy. And all I've been meaning to read a book by these authors for awhile now and finally got the chance. Dirty Letters has a pretty serious vibe right from the start, as Luca deals with serious anxiety, panic attacks, can't handle crowds. Griffin was her pen pal back in school, and him randomly sending her a letter years later sparks the habit back up. I love Griffin so hard. He's so real, and honest with his feelings, and will bend over backwards to make things work. He just deserves so much happy. And all he wants is Luca and a bit of normalcy.Their journey isn't easy, but it's fate. I was rooting for this couple. Also, I loved the cover. This won't be the last book I read by Vi and Penelope.
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  • Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    All the stars! #ViPen perfection!Dear Vi & Penelope,I just finished Dirty Letters a few days ago, and I can’t stop thinking about this book. I have tears in my eyes, a smile on my face, and I must look like a lunatic writing this note to you. Dirty Letters is packed with sweet, sexy fun, and lovable characters. And the perfect amount of the feels! This friends-to-lovers rock romance is EVERYTHING! When my two unicorn authors co-write a book together, I drop everything and read it. I don’t All the stars! #ViPen perfection!Dear Vi & Penelope,I just finished Dirty Letters a few days ago, and I can’t stop thinking about this book. I have tears in my eyes, a smile on my face, and I must look like a lunatic writing this note to you. Dirty Letters is packed with sweet, sexy fun, and lovable characters.   And the perfect amount of the feels!  This friends-to-lovers rock romance is EVERYTHING! When my two unicorn authors co-write a book together, I drop everything and read it. I don’t know how you two manage to make magic every time you write together (or apart), but you do. Best of 2019!This story is the reason so many people fall in love with song lyrics and romance books.  Lucky I have a big heart and love animals. Move over Pixy the goat; you are now sharing space in my heart with a lovable pig. Thank you for Dirty Letters. This book and these characters have embedded themselves in my heart and on my favorite bookshelf! Griffin’s music and letters made my heart sing!  P.S. - If this book doesn’t become an Amazon Bestseller I will kiss the ugliest pig I can find.P.P.S - Dirty Letters was unputdownable and on my Best of 2019 Romance Books List.P.P.P.S - This book is Kindle CrackLove,Cheri @ Kindle Crack Book Reviews
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  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    January 1, 1970
    This is a tough one.On one side, I enjoyed reading Dirty Letter. It definitely won’t be on my favourites of the year but on the flip side, I can see a few people enjoying this book. Why? Because it has everything we love about romance novels…It’s dreamy, it’s sweet, it’s seductive and a little CLICHE.I like the premise of the whole childhood penpals. I mean, who didn’t have those growing up, right? But the whole secrecy made my eyes roll so hard. I was like “Let’s be adults about it. If you can This is a tough one.On one side, I enjoyed reading Dirty Letter. It definitely won’t be on my favourites of the year but on the flip side, I can see a few people enjoying this book. Why? Because it has everything we love about romance novels…
It’s dreamy, it’s sweet, it’s seductive and a little CLICHE.
I like the premise of the whole childhood penpals. I mean, who didn’t have those growing up, right? But the whole secrecy made my eyes roll so hard. I was like “Let’s be adults about it. If you can send dirty letters to each other talking about all those bedroom secrets.. Don’t be a weirdo especially if you are going to send a PI and find out more about her.” Oops guess I spilled a spoiler. I really had high hopes regarding this book to be honest. And I feel disappointed because perhaps I am ssounding like a spoilt child but when other authors are releasing some dang good books, our expectations and tastes change.Dirty Letters was an ok read for me.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: November 5, 2019 Actual Rating: 4 stars Second Chance Romance | Sweet Romance Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are a dynamic duo when it comes to romance novels. How they churn them out over and over and still impress me is quite amazing and I am forever looking forward to their next reads. In this one readers will fall head over heels for sweet Luca and her charming, long lost friend, Griffin. This book is LOW on drama, high and adorableness, and just an overall charming read. Release Date: November 5, 2019 Actual Rating: 4 stars Second Chance Romance | Sweet Romance Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are a dynamic duo when it comes to romance novels. How they churn them out over and over and still impress me is quite amazing and I am forever looking forward to their next reads. In this one readers will fall head over heels for sweet Luca and her charming, long lost friend, Griffin. This book is LOW on drama, high and adorableness, and just an overall charming read. There are certainly some heartbreaking moments- Luca has had a hard time in the past few years, but seeing her (slowly) come out her her shell was nice to watch. Griffin was on pace with Luca the whole way though which us another aspect of the story I really liked. It's nice to see a softer hero and that's exactly what you get here. All in all, this is a wonderful read and I recommend it to romance readers alike. Be prepared for a sweeter read here though, there aren't many heavy topics plaguing the book (or it's characters) besides one big thing that happened in Luca's past.
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  • ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea - honestly - where to start on my thoughts about “Dirty Letters” by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but it will come to me as always once I start. Maybe with the words – I am still trying to recover from reading it – trying to sort my emotions. Wow. . .There was so much in there that spoke to me and not only on one but many different and very personal levelsThe main subject for the female in the book is not mentioned in the blurb so it is difficult for me to skirt around it – but it I have no idea - honestly - where to start on my thoughts about “Dirty Letters” by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but it will come to me as always once I start. Maybe with the words – I am still trying to recover from reading it – trying to sort my emotions. Wow. . .There was so much in there that spoke to me and not only on one but many different and very personal levelsThe main subject for the female in the book is not mentioned in the blurb so it is difficult for me to skirt around it – but it is a subject I can relate to as on a smaller scale I share some points with the female lead so everything in there from the opening words to the plot hit home full force …. So full it hurt - Vi and Penelope did a wonderful job bringing this subject to the readers. In all details, it was easy to understand and relate and I hope that even people that have not yet been confronted with this should be able to understand everything that goes along with being in this situation. The next thing was that when I was about 18 years for some reason I told a friend he should write his girlfriend something romantic and he responded saying he had no idea how and I asked him if he ever listened to a song in the radio closely. He said – he never did … at that time (and yes I AM THAT OLD) – ABBA was one of my favorites and I knew ALL OF THEIR SONGS by heart so I pointed out a specific song text to him and he noticed for the first time that songs actually had meaning. I was astonished I thought people knew so I asked around only to learn that due to the fact that I was bilingual and the others were not – English was for me normal but they never made the effort to translate the texts. I was shocked to see what they were missing. Years later I noticed that almost all the songs I loved were songs that had a text which transferred real meanings. And that I always told people what I felt the meaning was when they said they shared my feelings for that song. Thinking back to when it started I came to that moment with that ABBA song. Where am I going with this you ask ? Letters and Song texts have a lot in common and you will understand where I am going with this when you read the book. Again Vi … Penelope … you hit close to home …. Wow… Then there is the male lead - many of my best friends are only in my life because of a real life person like him. I am sorry to be vague again as the plot is not mentioning it – I will not be the one to spoil the beans. There is really not much more I can say except that this is again a hit close to home. And if there is a person out there that is not in love with Griffin after reading his story I would love to read the explanation for that because I feel that it is simply impossible not to fall in love with him.So with all of this you might imagine that the whole plot is leaving my emotions all over the place , crying, laughing basically the whole range that is to be expected.The books by this writing duo have a dynamic that is one of my absolute favorites and their writing together will be a one-click without even taking a closer look at the plot at any day. I will never ever be able to look at a furby again without smiling. And I probably can point out every other person looking at a furby that read this novel just be looking at them. …. Let me close with the words I borrowed from Benny Goran Andersson & Bjoern K. UlvaeusThey passed me by, all of those great romancesYou were, I felt, robbing me of my rightful chancesMy picture clear, everything seemed so easyAnd so I dealt you the blowOne of us had to goNow it's different, I want you to knowOne of us is cryingOne of us is lyingIn her lonely bedStaring at the ceilingWishing she was somewhere else insteadOne of us is lonelyOne of us is onlyWaiting for a callSorry for herself, feeling stupid feeling smallWishing she had never left at allI saw myself as a concealed attractionI felt you kept me away from the heat and the actionJust like a child, stubborn and misconceivingThat's how I started the showOne of us had to goNow I've changed and I want you to knowOne of us is cryingOne of us is lyingIn her lonely bedStaring at the ceilingWishing she was somewhere else insteadOne of us is lonelyOne of us is onlyWaiting for a callSorry for herself, feeling stupid feeling smallWishing she had never left at allNever left at allStaring at the ceilingWishing she was somewhere else insteadOne of us is lonelyOne of us is onlyWaiting for a call═══ PLEASE SUBSCRIBE / LIKE / FOLLOW US ════Blog : https://www.jerisbookattic.comFB Page : https://www.facebook.com/JerisBookAtticTwitter : https://twitter.com/JeriTRyanGoodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...Bloglovin : https://www.bloglovin.com/@jerisbooka...Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/jeris_book_...
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    4 - "Where there’s a will, there's a way…" Stars!Pen-pals to lovers in with an 8 year gap in-between. The light and shade between Griffin and Luca worked really well, especially in the fact he lived his life in the public eye, while she could barely cope with going out in public. It was endearing to read of his attempts to make everything as easy as he could for her, so they could take their relationship to the next level whilst spending as much time as he possibly could with her.Sweet, fluffy, 4 - "Where there’s a will, there's a way…" Stars!Pen-pals to lovers in with an 8 year gap in-between. The light and shade between Griffin and Luca worked really well, especially in the fact he lived his life in the public eye, while she could barely cope with going out in public. It was endearing to read of his attempts to make everything as easy as he could for her, so they could take their relationship to the next level whilst spending as much time as he possibly could with her.Sweet, fluffy, and easy to read. The Anglicization was a bit off a couple of times, because knickers are a woman’s undergarment, not a man as intimated in here, but it wasn’t so bad it got annoying. I loved the letters, texts and dual POV. A nice low drama, stress free read.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone seems to be loving this one… I wish I did. I liked it, didn’t love it. The premise grabbed my interest but somewhere along the way I felt a bit disconnected. The emotional stuff felt… one dimensional, like I was being told I should feel something but it fell short. Particularly with Luca, my compassion for her really started to wane as the story progressed. I don’t mean to sound heartless, but idk, she started to annoy me…Griffin and Doc were great.
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  • nikki
    January 1, 1970
    “ 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 absolutely love books that are based around letters/tracts/emails between the two main characters. When I read the blurb for this one, I just knew it was exactly what I was looking for...and guess what! I was right!!! Griffin and “ 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 absolutely love books that are based around letters/tracts/emails between the two main characters. When I read the blurb for this one, I just knew it was exactly what I was looking for...and guess what! I was right!!! Griffin and Luca are swoony (is that even a word?) I found myself getting just as excited as they did when each of them received a new letter. I’m pretty sure this is my favourite Keeland/Ward collage to date and I know I’ll be reading it again and again!!
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  • RJ
    January 1, 1970
    Seems to be a case of just-not-for-me. I'm sure others will enjoy this book. The whole pen-pal thing seemed very interesting. Stopped reading at chapter 6.Hit some major turn-offs for me: *warning spoilers below*- very experienced manwhore H with a h who has 3 shitty partners and never had an orgasm with a man- i can already sense the OW drama that is to come.. "The last time I saw Melinda a few months ago, I was backing her up against the wall as we fucked in the sound booth." UGH fucking Seems to be a case of just-not-for-me. I'm sure others will enjoy this book. The whole pen-pal thing seemed very interesting. Stopped reading at chapter 6.Hit some major turn-offs for me: *warning spoilers below*- very experienced manwhore H with a h who has 3 shitty partners and never had an orgasm with a man- i can already sense the OW drama that is to come.. "The last time I saw Melinda a few months ago, I was backing her up against the wall as we fucked in the sound booth." UGH fucking gross. the last thing i want to read about is the hero thinking about is some OW he fucked.- him hiring a PI to snap pictures of her cause he wanted to see what she looks like while hiding his identity was the last straw. that's just so fucked up. - they're reconnecting after 8 years and within the first couple letters are exchanging all these sex details. i'm pretty sure all their letters from here on out are gonna be pretty sexual. while that is great & all i was hoping for more of an emotional connection first. well, the title of the book is literally DIRTY LETTERS lol i can't even claim to be taken by surprise.i have a hard limit for manwhores paired with h's who have had shitty or no sex life so that's my main reason for DNFing.
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  • julie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward did it again. I cried so much, it hit me like a hammer.Luca suffers from PTSD, anxiety and Agoraphobia. And reading about her struggles, her fears, her panic attacks felt so relatable to me, I had to stop few times to actually breathe.Griffin is the most precious and pure male interest I've read in a long time and they own my heart.This book is so important, it's beautiful and hopeful. I am ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward did it again. I cried so much, it hit me like a hammer.Luca suffers from PTSD, anxiety and Agoraphobia. And reading about her struggles, her fears, her panic attacks felt so relatable to me, I had to stop few times to actually breathe.Griffin is the most precious and pure male interest I've read in a long time and they own my heart.This book is so important, it's beautiful and hopeful. I am begging you to pick it up in November.
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