|Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward|
|October 25th 2021|
From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
It all started with a bet.
When my young son inherited half of his great grandfather’s historic inn, I decided to move us both to the place where I grew up.
Notice I said half of the Inn. The other half now belonged to Levi Miller, the famous quarterback who had other ideas about what we should do with the property.
We won’t mention that I accidentally injured him during our first meeting, causing him to get eight stitches.
You could say we got off on the wrong foot.
We bickered a lot as we both moved into the property while we figured things out.
He wanted to unload the rundown place which, admittedly, needed a lot of work.
I wanted to restore The Palm Inn to its original beauty and re-open it as a bed and breakfast.
We couldn’t agree on anything. So Levi made me a proposal. One he thought I would surely lose. If I could sell out the place by the time he had to leave for training at the end of summer, he would back off and let me run it.
But in the weeks that followed, we got more than we bargained for while we were living under the same roof.
Levi and I got closer, and before I knew it, my nightly fantasies about the brawny Adonis became a reality. Not to mention, he was so great with my son.
We were in over our heads in more ways than one.
Because not only was he the last man on Earth I should be falling for because of our deal, but Levi was also my ex’s older brother.
And now the inn was the least of my problems.
Ahh… I don’t know where to begin…. Maybe with the fact that I cried during the first 10%. That’s a first… Let me tell you why I cried so hard, that I could not see a thing.
Well Played by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is the perfect combonation of funny, sexy, heartwarming and sad. This story is full of emotions and so personal. It was really beautiful and it touched my heart while reading it.
I mean, if you know the stories from Vi and Penelope, you know that there is never a “bad” story. There are always amazing. But this one really hit the top of my favourite list. It was perfect. The characters, the dialogues, the scenery… Everything! And sometimes it was even a bit bittersweet… but in a good way.
So this book is definetly a 5 star Read. I highly recommend this book to you, if you search for a good laugh, an ugly cry and an heartwarming story. I can’t wait for the next book from these two.
|August 29th 2021|
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
The one that got away. Every girl has one, right?
Mine was a charming, British aristocrat who turned my world upside down one summer.
From the moment I first spotted Leo in the distance through my binoculars, I’d been captivated. I certainly never expected to find a man showering outside of the property across the bay in his birthday suit.
Then I noticed his housemate staring back at me with binoculars of his own—watching me watching Leo.
That made for an interesting conversation starter when I inevitably ran into them.
Turned out, the handsome Brits were only renting that house for the summer in my seaside town.
Leo and I formed an instant connection, even though we were technically opposites by all appearances. I taught him how to dig for clams, and he taught me that not all wealthy and powerful guys are pretentious.
Despite knowing he was totally wrong for me, I couldn’t seem to stay away.
It was a wild and crazy few months. And before I knew it, we’d fallen in love.
We both had one wish: more time together.
But Leo had obligations back home. He lived a life I’d never fit into. And I was going to law school. So, we decided to end it and never look back.
A part of me always felt like I’d let my soulmate walk away.
I believed our story was over.
Until five years later when he sent me a letter that shook me to my core.
I’d thought my world was turned upside down that first summer?
Well, I knew nothing yet.
This book was definetly a ‘Don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover’ for me. The cover didn’t quite catched me, to be honest. I can’t explain it, but the guy was not my style. But after my friend said that she loved it, I gave it a try. And the first 30% of the book were so boring and slow that I was seconds away from stop reading. But I contienued…… and then came the change. And what a change that was. I don’t know if Penelope did this on purpose to build up the tension, but after the 30% there is a lot of emotions and love and I couldn’t handle it. It left me in tears.
So we meet Leo and Felicity. They start a summer-fling, but they found real love. It seems as if they can’t make it work. There is so much that is standing in their way. It seems impossible for them to get together. Then there is Sigmund. He is more than a side character. His story is also very special and brought me to tears.
Don’t get me started on the music. Damn, the tracks were just perfect for every scene. From Chris de Burgh (who is one of my favourite singers) to Coldplay. Even Whitney Houston. PERFECT!!
So I’ve never been so wrong about a book. This is the best story from Penelope Ward. Be ready for so much love, so much laughter and a lot of tears.
|Vi Keeland , Penelope Ward|
|November 5th 2019|
|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 have no idea honestly where to start on my thoughts about “Dirty Letters” by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but it will come to me as always once I start.
Maybe with the words – I am still trying to recover from reading it – trying to sort my emotions.
Wow. . .
There was so much in there that spoke to me and not only on one but many different and very personal levels
The main subject for the female in the book is not mentioned in the blurb so it is difficult for me to skirt around it – but it is a subject I can relate to as on a smaller scale I share some points with the female lead so everything in there from the opening words to the plot hit home full force …. So full it hurt – Vi and Penelope did a wonderful job bringing this subject to the readers. In all details, it was easy to understand and relate and I hope that even people that have not yet been confronted with this should be able to understand everything that goes along with being in this situation.
The next thing was that when I was about 18 years for some reason I told a friend he should write his girlfriend something romantic and he responded saying he had no idea how and I asked him if he ever listened to a song in the radio closely. He said – he never did … at that time (and yes I AM THAT OLD) – ABBA was one of my favorites and I knew ALL OF THEIR SONGS by heart so I pointed out a specific song text to him and he noticed for the first time that songs actually had meaning. I was astonished I thought people knew so I asked around only to learn that due to the fact that I was bilingual and the others were not – English was for me normal but they never made the effort to translate the texts. I was shocked to see what they were missing. Years later I noticed that I almost all the songs I loved were songs that had text which transferred real meanings. And that I always told people what I felt the meaning was when they said they shared my feelings for that song. Thinking back to when it started I came to that moment with that ABBA song. Where am I going with this you ask ? Letters and Song texts have a lot in common and you will understand where I am going with this when you read the book.
Again Vi … Penelope … you hit close to home …. Wow…
Then there is the male lead – many of my best friends are only in my life because of a real life person like him. I am sorry to be vague again as the plot is not mentioning it – I will not be the one to spoil the beans. There is really not much more I can say except that this is again a hit close to home. And if there is a person out there that is not in love with Griffin after reading his story I would love to read the explanation for that because I feel that it is simply impossible not to fall in love with him.
So with all of this you might imagine that the whole plot is leaving my emotions all over the place , crying, laughing basically the whole range that is to be expected.
The books by this writing duo have a dynamic that is one of my absolute favorites and their writing together will be a one-click without even taking a closer look at the plot at any day.
I will never ever be able to look at a furby again without smiling. And I probably can point out every other person looking at a furby that read this novel just be looking at them. ….
Let me close with the words I borrowed from Benny Goran Andersson & Bjoern K. Ulvaeus
They passed me by, all of those great romances
One of us is crying
I saw myself as a concealed attraction
One of us is crying
Staring at the ceiling