Review: Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

Posted August 21, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Drunk Dial by Penelope WardDrunk Dial by Penelope Ward
on August 19, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 283

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.

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Drunk Dial has got to be one of the best meet cutes that I’ve ever read. Seriously! From the get go, it’s exciting, witty, it gives you little butterflies in your stomach and makes you so excited for everything to come. The banter and flow are exquisite. From that first phone call, I couldn’t wait for the journey that these two would take me on.

Clearing my throat, I did my best to sound like a composed woman, one who’d maybe just had a drunken demon exorcised from her. “Hello?”
He let out a deep breath. A moment of silence passed, until he finally said, “Rana Banana?”

Landon is so sincere about wanting to know Rana again, it’s so sweet. She originally just wanted answers from him but once he picked up that phone call and realized who she was, you can feel exactly how much he wanted to talk to her. It’s amazing. And sweet. And swoony. Landon is all of the things.

“What do you think I look like?”
“I’ve been picturing you like how you used to look but wearing a belly dancer outfit. It’s confusing. I honestly don’t know what to imagine.”
“So, you see me with short, black hair and a unibrow?”
“You said it, not me.”

Landon planning a date is the best thing ever. When I read about the first date that these two went on, I’m pretty sure I had legitimate hearts in my eyes and I think I might have melted from swooning so hard. So prepare yourself ladies! This is serious stuff. Landon is the kind of guy that exemplifies top Book Boyfriends. He’s just that good.

“Who’s this?”
For the first time, Landon’s mouth curved into a slight smile. “This is my girl, Ace. She just doesn’t know it yet.”

I don’t know, I might be the only one, but I felt like this relationship moved very fast. From the first phone call to several, to the emotional intensity and the ‘I love yous’, I just felt like it moved extremely quickly but without really getting deep into the relationship and learning who they are as people now. They became very dependant on the other person quite early on. I think because of all of this, I ultimately had a harder time trying to connect with the characters as a couple.

“I overreacted. I’m so flawed.”
“Yeah, well, so are some of the most beautiful diamonds. There’s nothing wrong with having flaws. They’re what make us human.”

So at this point, you’re probably thinking, “but Shannon, you rated it 3.5 stars! Why would you do that if you’ve loved everything up until this point?” Well thanks for asking! Let me tell you. I felt like over the course of the book, this story went from out of this world with its vibrancy and charming hero, fun banter and exotic situation to for lack of a better word, ‘meh’ with its cheesy dialogue, predictable twists and scenarios and heavy nature. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for heaviness when dealing with important issues and such, but this book in particular when dealing with these issues, lost all of the vibrancy that I had initially loved about it.

Though I feel the need to mention that I do like that these characters talked to each other about their issues instead of just waiting for it to come out some how. This way, they controlled how information was received and it left little room for miscommunication, this eliminating couple drama from said dreaded secrets.

“You can’t put out a fire by dancing around it. You have to deal with it, douse it with water until there’s nothing left. Once the fire’s out, you can either choose to rebuild or abandon the rubble.”

There’s one little part of the storyline that I honestly can’t figure out how it’s suppose to fit in. It just doesn’t make any sense to me because it doesn’t lead anywhere. In the beginning it was kind of a deal but then completely phased out until no one cared anymore. Was there a point to this?

Cute story over all. I did indeed like it, my three star rating is more for the fact that I was head over heels in love with it in the beginning, but couldn’t really care less by the end. I mean, come on! How could you read this and not fall for Landon? The beginning of this book for me was magic. It just turned from said magic to a sense of like, to then mildly entertaining but with an underlying feeling of uninspired. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just grumpy? That’s also a valid option.

We were both silent until he said, “Don’t stop talking to me, Rana.”


*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.


About Penelope Ward

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 seventeen 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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