Tuesday 22 August 2017

Review Blitz ~ Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

Drunk Dial is LIVE!!!

Book Description:

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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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Do you have a Rana? If not, I feel really bad for you. So, I don’t want to be Rana when I grow up. Because there’s only one Rana. And she’s my friend.”

Drunk Dial is not what you would expect from the title…yes this does begin with a drunk dial, but the story was so much more than one intoxicated phone call. Our hero and heroine had been friends when they were younger until they were thirteen. Best friends and neighbours, until one was taken from the other. One bottle of wine later, one rant for not trying to find the other and old wounds are opened and one long distance friendship begins. These two had history and a lot of chemistry…surely distance was something they could overcome once they ironed out their past? Rana Banana and Landon’s Lunchbox will have you swooning in no time!

“In many ways, our story was a lot like the 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.”

Rana Saloomi was incredibly lonely, her past was that of a poor family, a mother who deserted her and a father who stifled her with the best intentions. Rana Saloomi had made a lot of mistakes, ones that she had learned from and had no desire to repeat, but with abandonment issues and self-esteem issues, the chances of putting herself out there were slim to none. Despite the above though her profession as a belly dancer was something she enjoyed, despite the low self-esteem and one where she could forget and where more importantly no-one knew her.

“She may be imperfect, but her love for you isn’t. It’s unbreakable.”

Landon Roderick was not the boy that Rana once knew. Long gone was the thirteen-year-old neighbour that seemingly had the world at his feet. In his place was a man that was a little lost, tattooed and yet had turned the corner and was trying to make the best out of the hand he had been dealt. Landon went away to find himself, something he hadn’t yet found…but it seems his answers may have found him after one drunken phone call.

“…a wise boy once told me that ‘maybe it’s not really a mistake if you learn from it.’”

I loved Landon and Rana’s back stories, neither was perfect, neither knew their place in life, both were still searching for answers. I adored the too and fro of their messages and their chats as they reconnected. Landon had such a huge heart and it was obvious from the beginning that he had a lot of love to give. Rana was such an adorable heroine, despite her insecurities, which I have to admit were not what I was anticipating. The effect the relationship we have with our parents can be what moulds us, but also in the extreme can break us and Rana’s past did just that.

Penelope Ward delivers a book that I didn’t expect. This was emotional at times, heart breaking and all-consuming. The banter between Landon and Rana was relatable, believable and honest and their connection only grows in real time. While I will admit the ILY came quite quickly, because of their history and the amount of time they had spent catching up and reconnecting it did not bother me and I found myself swept away in their story.

This was a fantastic story, one I couldn’t put down and one that totally blindsided me. It just goes to show how much a title can skew your expectations, I thought I was getting one thing and yet, I got something so much better. Adored this one!!

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.   

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Other Books by Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother Dearest


Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)

kobo: http://bit.ly/1LQ7Fvk

Mack Daddy

Kobo: http://hyperurl.co/r3hv19

Room Hate

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2149B7w
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2149EQE
iTunes: http://apple.co/1PgsvE7
B&N: http://bit.ly/1PLGnSL
kobo: http://bit.ly/1POvSnW

Co-Written with Vi Keeland

Playboy Pilot

Cocky Bastard

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