Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Oh, Penelope, you got me again. I jumped into this book expecting some sort of college-prank love affair but instead got my heart strings pulled. I really shouldn’t have been so surprised because this is what Penelope does (yep, I’m going to allow myself to be on a first-name basis with her); she writes so many twists and turns into a story and you didn’t even know there was a curve in the road.
Even though we get an alternating first-person POV, most of the story feels to be centered on Rana. Don’t get me wrong, Landon brings quite a lot to the storyline, but it felt as though his story was secondary to how he fits into Rana – her past, present, and future. I quite liked how they dealt with their faults – they each had lots of rough edges, but their respective edges fit together like puzzle pieces.
There were times when this book made me think of Sevin (my all-time favorite book by Penelope). There were some darker tones to this story, but that didn’t stop me from liking it. In fact, my favorite parts of the book happened at toward the last third of the story. I heart how Penelope wrote Landon. I didn’t quite connect with Rana until the end (thus why I said I liked the last part of the book), but I think that is when the story really came into focus for me.
I give this story a solid 4 stars ~
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 standalones from Penelope Ward:
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:
Jake Undone (Jake #1):
Jake Understood (Jake #2):