Book Review: Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

“It will never be perfect. It will never not be scary. So if you are waiting for this not to feel terrifying, it never will. There will be hard times, but there will be amazing ones too. You’ll have to decide whether we are worth the hardships. In the end, its going to come down to one thing, whether love is enough”. – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward in “Dirty Letters”.

Ok! This is it for me. I love, love loved this book from start to finish. First of all, I loved the cover and then the story turned out to be the bomb. This is my first 5 star rating this year and I am excited to review this one.

Luca and Griffin are childhood penpals who lost touch when Luca turned 17 due to a trauma she experienced. 8 years later, she receives a letter from Griffin out of the blues and their friendship is rekindled but this time they are adults and a lot has happened in their lives. They are both skeptical if the other would accept who they are now and when they finally meet, they wonder if love is enough for them.

I was smitten from the first few pages of this book and I am not ashamed to say I cried at some points, laughed alot and several other parts made me feel shy. Many times, their letters to each other tugged at my heart strings. I am hopelessly in love with Griffin (Oh, I will have to answer to my husband on this now). I found him very patient, understanding and romantic. He was almost too good to be true but I know there are good men like him all over the world. He was my best character.

I had so much fun reading this book. At some point, I stopped, had to pause and listen to songs by “ABBA” which both Griffin and Luca loved, it was awesome. I loved the way the book tried to make people understand the price rock stars, movie stars, etc. have to pay for being in the lime light as they are not as happy as they seem to be and they would probably trade anything to live normal lives like everybody else. It also touched deeply on emotional traumas (agoraphobia in particular) and I was educated about people with this condition and the challenges they face.

On the downside, this book while it is advertised as a romance novel, it is seriously borderline “Erotica” in my opinion where most of the letters were as “dirty” as they could get. They literally made me blush a number of times but besides that, it was a joy to read.

This is a perfect love story with a fairy tale ending. You can call it a modern fairy tale but I call it looooove. I highly recommend this book to all romance lovers but take note “its strictly an adult novel” No teenagers allowed!

Why do I feel like my next book will bring me down from this high “Dirty Letters” has taken me to? God help me!

So many quotes from this book I would love to share but….

“But sometimes we need to stop living in the past to allow ourselves to be happy.” – Vi keeland, Dirty Letters.

“What comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.”
― Vi Keeland, Dirty Letters

Rating: 5 Stars

Published: November 19, 2019 by Monteblanke Publishing

Pages: 294

Genre: Romance (Fiction)

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The Author: Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-six languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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