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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Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
She is currently working on her fifth novel, Jake Understood. She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest.
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A sweet and sexy second chance romance? Um, yes, please. A sweet and sexy second chance romance with a fun and enticing premise from a must read author? How can you say no? Drunk Dial is your typical Penelope Ward read with magnetic and compelling characters, a unique and entertaining storyline, plenty of feels, and tons of fun. Whether you are already a fan of this author or just love a wonderful and intriguing romance, you will no doubt become a new devotee.
With one simple nickname, I was a goner. Every single time Penelope Ward captivates me with one silly situation or another sure to draw you into her captivating and addicting stories like no other. Drunk Dial is no different. And yet it is. While this situation is just one big disaster waiting to happen as Rana finds herself tipsy, thinking about the boy next door from her childhood, and more than a little upset at how the two lost contact, you can't possibly see this situation ending well, at all, but you know you are in for one heck of a ride. It is much the same fashion as many of this author's previous stories' preposterous meetings or reconnections, but this time there is an emotional edge that is virtually guaranteed to instantly grip you.
One thing I always love about a Penelope Ward book is that there is no BS between characters. Her characters usually tell it like it is. Now there may definitely be omissions or secrets truths, but there is never any childish, melodramatic misunderstanding that could have easily been resolved by a little simple communication. Ward's characters act like adults, instead of children, they speak from their hearts, they say what they mean, and they don't mince words. They also almost always seem to say exactly what you would want to in their situation or better yet, what you wish you would have the courage to voice yourself.
I also love that Penelope Ward's characters are not perfect, by any means. I can't think of any characters that are more real or relatable than this author's. Between Rana who made some pretty big mistakes in her youth as a result of a strained relationship with her mother and her own deep seated insecurities and Landon who rebelled against some pretty earth shattering news in some of the worst possible ways, we see two characters who are flawed, who have had to work through and come to terms with their actions, and who still, many years later, are dealing with the consequences of their actions. And yet, at least a little bit of that is in us all. It's refreshing to not only experience these characters' trials and tribulations as a result of their past transgressions, but also find redemption, acceptance, and forgiveness. Not only are these characters not perfect, but neither is life. And while it may seem a bit weird when reading a romance novel, I found the imperfection of life and circumstances and mistakes and troubles to be the best part. People don't have perfect lives, life isn't always fair, things almost never turn out the way that we plan, but half the fun and all of the accomplishment comes from rolling with the punches, adapting, learning, and overcoming and this story is the perfect example of all this and more.
With a shocking surprise I never saw coming, more emotion than I bargained for, and just enough sexual tension to have you chomping at the bit, Drunk Dial is just another example of why I love Penelope Ward's writing so much and why with each new release, she is a drop everything, must read author, every single time.
*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars