Sunday, 20 August 2017

♕ REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

TITLE: Drunk Dial
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: August 21st, 2017
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.

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DRUNK DIAL: Is a new, sexy, standalone romance novel by Penelope Ward. In this we have the privilege of meeting the gorgeous hot tatted up Landon Roderick and belly dancer Rana Saloomi. 

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Our story was a lot like a Rubik's Cube - colourful and complicated. It took years to work it out, but then suddenly like magic, on a random Sunday, everything all came together. 

These two unlikely duo met way back in their early teens when Rana’s family lived in Landon’s families converted garage on their property. Landon used to tease her relentlessly, leave her little notes and his nickname for her was ‘RAH na Ba NAH na’ 

Why do you always look away when you catch me staring at you? Sometimes I'm trying to send you telepathic messages and you totally ruin it. You haven't started barking like a dog so I'm guessing you didn't get my last command. 

For the time her family lived there he was everything to her. But when her family uproots and suddenly left that was the last time she ever saw him again. 

But needless to say every now and then her mind would always wander back to the boy that stole her first crush. Now both twenty-six she wonders what his life is like now. 

One night after work as a belly dancer, one bottle of wine later she thinks why the heck not look up Landon, drunk dialling his number seemed like an even better idea. Then drunk rambling down the mouthpiece giving him a piece of her mind seemed like such a brilliant idea at the time too. 

It would've been romantic if I wasn't drunk as a skunk when I dialed him. 

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Cold reality when she ends the call and she’s sitting there wondering what the fuck she’d just done.

Moments, seconds, minutes later the phone rings and rings picking up she never expected to hear his voice from just moments ago reconnecting so soon afterwards after she'd hung up on him. 

Day by day, night by night over the continent they reconnect via phone calls, all walls come tumbling down, slowly they let the other in, lines become blurred when their feelings transgress from friends to unchartered waters. A slow burn romance ensues, devastating secrets are revealed, that to others may break them but only made them stronger. 

This was a sickly, sweet emotional novel, from start to finish I was absorbed in their story, their ups and downs, their triumphs, their sexy times. You could even go so far as calling this a second chance romance, I loved how slowly their reconnection progressed, I loved how he didn't try changing her, he accepted her flaws and all and vise versa, secrets revealed, and it ended perfectly on a high note though I would've loved to have read if she'd reconnected or found her mother. Other than that this was a perfect Sunday read. 

* Teaser used is off the Authors facebook page * 

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