DRUNK DIAL (A standalone)
by Penelope Ward
Release date: 8/21/2017
A Contemporary Romance Novel
4.5 Call Me Up CROWNS
Let me start by saying this book is one of my top 5 Penelope Ward books. I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters, the chemistry that sizzled from thousands of miles away, and the flawed and difficult nature of their relationship. I was thoroughly entertained by this abnormal love connection.
I often find it is hard for an author to create chemistry between a hero and heroine when they are not living in the same area or even spending actual time together, but Penelope Ward absolutely nails this aspect of the story. Over thousands of miles and not seeing each other, readers can feel the sparks between these two ignite, leading to some serious build up that is worth the pay off when they explode in steamy ball of fire.
These two are way more than just sexual chemistry, though. Penelope Ward has created characters that are flawed and broken, leading to them living lives they never expected. Once they cross paths, they have no choice but to confront their past choices and how it may affect their present relationship. Although some readers might but turned off by their pasts, I enjoy that Rana and Landon aren’t perfect. Readers often want the perfect hero and heroine, but I found the imperfections to be what drew me to them, because by loving, accepting, and forgiving their flaws, the authors exemplifies what real love is about.
The story moves at an appropriate pace for the type of story line the author takes readers on. She allows them to get to know these characters and to become enamored with them and the magic they create through the phone. The well placed foreshadowing of these ominous secrets keeps readers engaged in their romance. Obviously, the tension comes about as a result of secrets being exposed, continuing to pull the readers in as they struggle to understand and accept what they learn. The one aspect of the story that is troubling is the weirdo neighbor. I didn’t get his point in the book. He showcases attributes of our hero, but the constant references to a certain characteristic gives the readers expectations that are never met, which is a bit disappointing. When she returns back the the story, the author delivers and ending that I truly loved, reinforcing the idea that relationships and the people you love aren’t perfect but it is worth it.
Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward will be another smash hit for her readers. For those who haven’t read her books, the themes alone in the book make it a worthwhile read, but she also delivers amazing chemistry and lovable characters, solidifying the need to one-click this book today.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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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About the Author:
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.
Connect with Penelope Ward
Other standalones from Penelope Ward:
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:
Jake Undone (Jake #1):
Jake Understood (Jake #2):