Review: Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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.

They’ve exchanged sweet innocent letters since second grade, pen pals to best friends, that’s how they rolled. Until that unfortunate night when Luca stopped writing and became agoraphobic, too anxious even to go out of her own house.

Her pen pal, Griffin was devastated. Too caught up with their past, even eight years later, he couldn’t let Luca forget about her betrayal. So, he sent that one last awful letter that struck her to the core. It was only a matter of time before all hell broke loose onstage and in the deepest recesses of their hearts.

I, like Luca and Griffin, love sending and receiving and reading handwritten letters. In this age of social media and everything online, love letters are now underrated and considered a thing of the past. So it’s a welcome respite to read Dirty Letters by the dynamic duo, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Together, once again they created a beautiful story that makes their readers feel old school and nostalgic about hand-written love notes. Only in this case, there’s nothing innocent in between those pages. No, Griffin and Luca made sure that they covered all bases when it came to finding about their real bedtime preference, their fantasies and liquid dreams. Boy, oh boy, these characters surely made a mess in my head.

Luca and Griffin, the next -to- impossible lovers, crossed borders and struggled to beat all odds in order to come full circle. The fear and anxiety within Luca plus the wildness and openness of Griffin’s world collided and imploded, thus making their story riveting and burning.

Gotta hand it to Keeland and Ward, they’re the tram to beat and there’s no stopping them in penning romances that will have you melting like a candle.

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