Saturday 2 November 2019

✪ #ExcerptReveal ✪ DIRTY LETTERS ✪ Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 5 November 2019
• standalone rock star love story drama 
5 Stars
From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story that starts long before the lovers meet.

I’d never forgotten hima 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 oneone 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 moremore Griff, in the fleshso I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.

But what I found could change everything.


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 catalogs 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.
G. 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?


↓ Check out B's review ↓

Luca is on her way to New York City to finally clear out her dad's apartment. The only problem is ... she doesn't do New York. Or any public places really. She gets panic attacs whenever something is too overwhelming or too full of people. But she has to do this!
In her dad's apartment she finds a letter - addressed to her. Something she hasn't seen in eight years. A letter from Griffin. He was her pen pal in school since she was only seven years old! He was her best friend. But then things happened and she stopped writing.
He didn't stop for a long time. And he's mad at her for never answering.
She's answering now - and those childish and teenaged letters they used to write change into something much more adult!
But how can a scared recluse from Vermont find her happily ever after with a famous person from Los Angeles?
Let the fun times begin! 

What will happen to Luca & Griffin?
Will there be a HEA?


Luca is so cute! Ever since what happened to her years ago, she's so scared of things but she still has an amazing job and an adorable pet and an amazing almost-live-in therapist!
And Griffin. Sexy, rich, famous. He should be over the moon happy. He has everything he ever dreamed of. But there are many bad sides to this life. He would rather be living with Luca in her Vermont loneliness.
But he loves his job too and he wants nothing more than to combine their lives in some way - but that won't be easy - maybe even impossible.

I really adored their love story. It was so cute to read their old and new letters. To see how they went from talking about childish stuff to more sexy things.

The whole book is somewhat calm. A little too calm here and there for my tastes. There's no arguing and no fighting and no ... no idea. It's like Griffin tries to be all nice and quiet ... he doesn't want to spook Luca. It was a tiny bit too much for me. It makes Griffin a bit too softish. Not really the manly hottie I was hoping for. But I still loved him. He's so sweet with her ... perfect book boyfriend material! And now that I'm done with the book I almost deleted what I just wrote, because it got better, but it's still a little bit quiet. But I really adored the book. Griffin is amazing! And Luca is trying so hard to fight her way out of her fear!
I cried a lot! ☺

This book has a really great cast of people/animals - I sooo wouldn't mind seeing this on TV one day!

Also Christmas is very soon - where can you buy a little pet pig around here? Asking for a friend! ☺

DIRTY LETTERS was such a sweet and fun and heartbreaking kinda-second-chance love story! I adored (aaaalllmost) everything about it! ☺ Run to your nearest amazon for your own Griffin & Hortencia - these two are MINE!!!! ☺☺☺

P.S. I LOVE that the cover - but that goes without saying with all the Vi & Penelope books!!! LOVE THEM!

ARC received for an honest review

Firstly - I love the cover.  I don't usually even bother with the covers, however I love this duos covers.

It seems like forever since we have had a Vi/Pen collaborations, and I went into Dirty Letters blind.  I know that I am going to enjoy their stories, so I don't have to know what it is about!

Luca and Griffin's story is kind of a second chance story - though can you have a second chance if you were never together to begin with? 💁

With a book called Dirty Letters and a rock star, I was expecting things to be a little more dirty, escpecially from him.  However he was the calm to the storm in Luca's life, and you can't help but adore him even more for that.

My heart hurt for Luca, for what she has been through. For what she is going through.  Yet you can feel her strength through it all.  I was her biggest cheerleader.

What I really liked though is that there wasn't the "thing".  In every Penelope/Vi book, there is the "thing" that happens, and I was turning each page, waiting for it to happen.  And I didn't!  And I cheered! Yay, ladies!!

I laughed and I shed a tear or two whilst reading, however I came out the end of it with the biggest dorkiest smile on my face.

 Other Books by Vi & Penelope:



British Bedmate

Rebel Duet Book #1

Rebel Duet Book #2

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Books by Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother & Neighbor Dearest

Room Hate

vi keeland bio.png
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Books by Vi Keeland