Thursday, 14 September 2017

REVIEW: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward



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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.



I’ve read enough Penelope books to say with certainty that her blurbs barely touch the surface of the story, which is a good thing. She hooks me in with her blurb without fail, usually about the MC’s meet-cute (and always delightful, if I may add) and once I immerse myself in her story, I get so much more.

Rana and Landon had a brief childhood history bec things went sideways really fast for young Rana. Fast forward to adulthood, and thanks to Rana’s drunken stage, these 2 reconnected.

This is about accepting yourself and accepting your past so that you can hopefully look to the future. Rana and Landon’s separate pasts provided a complexity to an otherwise simple story about 2nd chances. Because that’s the thing with 2nd chances, right? Sometimes, things occur in between the 1st and 2nd chances that could have major repercussions in how you move forward. Hmmm, maybe it’s not simple after all, the more I think about it. Maybe it’s just how Penelope lulled me into thinking that the MC’s story is simple. There is such an ease to the flow of the story that I’m almost blindsided by how complicated things have become as more details were revealed. Oh the feels!!!

Rana’s decisions have lifelong ramifications and while it might be hard to relate to some of them, I at least understood why. There are decisions in your youth that made sense at the time. There are decisions that may be wrong but is the right thing to do. At core though, she is a good person.

Landon was just one lost soul in his youth but he turned his life around and by the time Rana made that fateful call, things were actually moving along just fine. He really is a sweet guy, and a sincere one as well. Might I add that cover was perfect!!! *heart eyes*

There were parts I thought that were superfluous; and some parts that I felt went down just a little too smoothly. Overall though, for a Penelope read, the feels and turn of events were just right, just something I would expect from Penelope; meaning, I expected the unexpected and I got just that.


 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.

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Mack Daddy:

Neighbor Dearest:

Stepbrother Dearest:


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):

My Skylar


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