on November 5, 2019
Also by this author: The Baller, Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet, #2), Rebel Heir (Rush Series Duet, #1), Sex, Not Love, Inappropriate, Neighbor Dearest, RoomHate, Stepbrother Dearest, When August Ends, Drunk Dial, Just One Year
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 him—a 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 one—one 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 more—more Griff, in the flesh—so I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.
But what I found could change everything.
I should start by saying that I ❤️ this story, but I made a huge mistake. Actually, I did it many times before and promised myself I won’t ever repeat it, but it seems I can’t learn my lesson. I’m talking about that moment when I finish a book, a book I like/love and before writing my own thoughts on it, I stupidly read other people’s reviews first. Since it was a low-rated one, now I feel sort of like justifying myself for loving this book. Does it make sense? Probably not. Is it wrong? Definitely.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
I really loved this book. I don’t think I’ve read a book by Vi Keeland or Penelope Ward that I didn’t enjoy.
It kept my kindle glued to my hand. I couldn’t put it down for 5+hours, I was super engrossed in the story.
It stirred up all sorts of emotions, which is something we all want from our books, right? I mean, the perfect one makes you laugh, makes you cry, shatters your heart, makes you swoon and so on.
Let me break it down for you.
Griffin & Luca (points for the heroine’s cool name) have been pen pals since second grade.
“I lived for her letters, for her nonjudgment. Luca was literally the only person left in this world who truly saw me for me. “
They became the “bestest” of friends and once the hormones started kicking in, they also started feeling attracted to each other. Due to a really traumatic event around the age of seventeen (btw, about five years ago this really happened in my country and it was truly devastating), Luca developed some mental disorders, like agoraphobia and major anxiety, which made her stop all communication with Griffin and live like a recluse.
“Not so shockingly, men tended to disappear fast when telling them about yourself and using words like agoraphobic and anxiety. Which in turn meant the remaining dating pool needed a bucket of chlorine.”
Fast forward eight years later, drunk Griffin decides to write her again. It was an angry letter, which ended with “you suck, Luca”. She responds by explaining herself and everything that happened. They mend fences, so they start kinda where they left off. The attraction was still there, so they also touched some dirty topics.
Long story short, because he wasn’t very forthcoming when it came to his professional life and also refused to exchange more recent photos, brave Luca embarks on a journey from one coast to another to meet him in person for the first time in almost two decades!
Spoiler alert: our Griffin is a super famous rock star. It was heartbreaking seeing them fighting for a relationship, because of Luca’s health problems.
“I couldn’t exactly tell her that her trusty friend Griffin was now Cole Archer, lead singer of the band Archer, well-known to legions of fans around the world. Luca would freak the fuck out. My life was the antithesis of hers. She couldn’t even go shopping during the day, for heaven’s sake, let alone deal with the onslaught of people who would inevitably follow her around if word ever got out about us.”
I heard people saying these Dirty Letters not being that dirty. Well, maybe they aren’t scorching hot, but I found them sexy and funny. That McDonalds/Happy Meal thing really cracked me up!
“my dad never did figure out why I’d suddenly become obsessed with going to McDonald’s. Needless to say, Happy Meals made me pretty damn happy for a while after that”
Oh, if you’ll feel like it, I found some for you too on ebay
I feel like this is a controversial book. I mean, its most liked review on GR is a negative one and from what I’ve noticed so far, you’ll either love it as it is, or hate it with passion/dnf-it.
For me, it was definitely a winner just of all the fun I had reading it and also because I stayed up all night to finish it, since I couldn’t put it down. Oh, and that ending?! My Goooooood!
In the end, I really think you should give it a try.
These two are amazing authors and they truly deserve you taking a chance of their latest work. 😉