Release Date: 11/05/2019
A Contemporary Romance Novel
New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
4 heartwarming friends to lovers CROWNS
The title of the book should have given me a clue, but I was rather surprised by the speed at which the flirty banter in the letters between Luca and Griffin accelerated, given that they were kids when they’d last written to each other over 8 years previously. Let me tell you, things got very racy very quickly! I loved the fact that in this age of modern technology, they stuck to the pen and paper method of communication and their letters were fun and funny and made me laugh. I enjoyed this aspect of the story but felt it could’ve done with a little more depth emotionally.
The majority of the book was light hearted, and often quite quirky, with Luca’s wonderful bird loving therapist Doc and Hortencia her pig, not to mention the fact that I’ll never be able to look at a Furby key chain in the same way again!
There was, however, a serious aspect to this book in the form of Luca’s anxiety, her guilt and agoraphobia, and much emphasis is placed on this part of her life. I think the fact that I felt somewhat frustrated with Luca at times, meant that these authors actually did a very good job communicating her difficulties in a realistic, although respectful way. The fact that there’s no quick fix, and progress is often one step forward two steps back, rang true. I loved Griffin’s acceptance of Luca and his willingness to accommodate her needs in whatever way he could. He was no pushover, but he wasn’t overbearing either, simply a gorgeous man.
The last twenty percent or so actually took quite an emotional turn that I wasn’t expecting. Although it was quite the contrast, I really enjoyed those last few chapters. I would, however, have liked to have seen more romance overall between these two but, nevertheless Luca and Griffin’s tale is an entertaining, heartwarming, sweet and sexy friends to lovers story that I’m sure many will enjoy.
4 See Ya Later Alligator CROWNS
While I was expecting a steamy romance, I wasn’t expecting the level of steam based on the synopsis. And let me be clear, if you read super steamy novels, you will not think this is uber-steamy but the quick paced love story caught me a bit by surprise.
These two are incredibly likable characters. Griffin and Luca had great chemistry, and I liked that they both brought each other a sense of peace from the chaos of their lives, which comes in different media platforms. They provided each other a sense of normalcy, which very much paralleled their earlier, more innocent relationship.
The one aspect of the story that was a bit jarring was the pace in which the rekindled their friendship and quick escalation to love. The friendship of their youth wasn’t solidified enough to truly believe their quick re-connection, and we didn’t really get to see them fall in love as adults. It just was. Once they are together, thought, things get hot and steamy. And while the conflict is pretty clear from the beginning, Vi and Penelope seem to pull a signature heave plot revelation that is surprising.
Dirty Letters is fast, dirty, and entertaining. It is an insta-love story that will certainly be a must read for many, especially those who prefer fast paced relationships.