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Drunk Dial Paperback – August 21, 2017
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism. With over a million books sold, she is the author of sixteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot, and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland). Email Penelope at: email@example.com Newsletter Signup: http://bit.ly/1X725rj
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Rana Saloomi is chronically single, living with a creepy roommate in Michigan. After a particularly trying night at her belly dancing job and a little too much wine, she decides to call up her old crush and neighbor. She doesn’t expect him to answer, let alone call back and strike up a conversation. What I really loved about Rana was her realness. We all have body issues and insecurities. Rana isn't perfect and Landon loves her flaws and her crazy.
“Over the years, I’d thought about Landon a lot. Never once had I considered looking him up or contacting him, though. Until now.”
Landon Roderick moved from Michigan after high school to make his way in Los Angeles. After some crazy lessons learned, he’s a business owner running a food truck gaining popularity all over the LA coast. He’s never forgotten about Rana over the years but never expected to hear from her either. Landon's got his own skeletons and secrets, and Rana realizes she needs to overlook them to get their relationship on the right track.
“You’re a mystery…but you’re good for my soul, Rana.”
So here’s what we’ve got: single Rana and Landon. Both had feelings for each other as teens but were too young and nervous to ever act on it. Rana has roots built in Michigan and if it wasn’t for that, she’d head to LA to be with Landon.
“I fell in love hard with the flawed girl who drunk dialed me and makes me laugh.”
I. Loved. This. Book. I know I say that a lot with Penelope Ward’s writing, but seriously, I loved it! Drunk Dial is fresh and fun with Penelope’s signature comedic writing style, but so much heart as well. There were a few jaw-dropping moments for me that had me constantly turning that page. Drunk Dial is easily one of my top reads for 2017. It hit on all levels for me and really kept me guessing until the end.
By the end of the first chapter I was literally hooked. Completely into this story and couldn't wait to see how everything played out between Rana and Landon.
Drunk Dial was funny, sweet, swoony and heart melting romance that you just want to read while relaxing in your backyard next to your Koi pond while listening to a waterfall. So I just described exactly how I read this book. It was the perfect reading scenario for a book lover.
Landon and Rana's story had me feeling completely giddy. I mean the intro to these two reconnecting was thrilling, a little or a lotta nerve racking and I could picture myself in Lana's shoes. There were moments in this story where my heart leapt out of my chest from being nervous as hell to being completely smitten with Landon.
And at a certain points in the book I felt myself welling up a bit from some of the emotional heavy we get along with the sweet romance.
This was one of those book that you definitely Swoon about and I would absolutely recommend this if you are looking for a romance that will make you feel all types of giddy while pulling at your heartstrings.
One of the best things about this book was the fact that Rana was a WOC. Maybe that doesn't matter much to most people but it really made me happy to see more diversity, especially in this genre. It really doesn't take much to make character be more diverse, both ethnicity-wise and also in the way that they are and they're struggles. With this book, we get both.
That being said, I loved the diversity but there are a few things that kind of bothered me.
1. stop calling POC characters “exotic looking” we’re not freaking birds or something lol. It just might be me but i hate when people come up to me and say “oh you look exotic” like wtf am I supposed to say to that? i don’t even really know if that is a compliment or an insult. just stop doing it
2. comparing her body to kim kardashian…i mean, why? just say she has huge tits and a big butt, don’t be lazy and compare her to the one person who basically gets rich off of black culture.
I've never read a book by Penelope Ward besides one book with her and Vi Kneeland so I wasn't sure what to expect and I was a little worried I wouldn't like it since there is so much hype surrounding her books.
I thought this book was entertaining as hell and a really quick read that made me smile more than once. I do think that things progressed pretty quick between the characters and I would've liked to see them be together longer (minus all the long distance time where they talked mostly over phone) but I did feel connected to their love story and I did want them to have a HEA.
I thought Landon was a really great guy and I liked that he was flawed but worked hard to be a better person. He didn't try and make excuses for the things he's done or the way he's lived his life and he was always honest with Rana no matter how hard the words were to say and I really appreciated that. It really made me feel like she could trust him and it eased some of my worries. There was just one thing that bothered me about Landon and it was in the beginning of the book.
I didn’t like how Landon didn’t really seem into her romantically/sexually until he saw the picture of her. I don't know but it made it seem a bit insincere especially when he couldn’t stop talking about how “hot” she was. I get that he didn’t really have a picture of what she looked like to start developing real physical attraction towards her but I wanted to see him want to be with her, before he even saw the picture. It felt like he was ok with being friends, and then once he saw the picture (which wasn’t even of her face btw it was a pic of her butt/back) he was like oh snap she’s hot, and then says he’s into her. Ugh no.
As for Rana, I really loved her character. She’s not perfect and she has a lot of bad qualities, mostly centered around her insecurities but I think that’s what makes her an interesting character. I’ve read so many reviews where people complained that they didn’t like Rana because she was insecure. And that kind of baffles me because if anything she should probably one of the most relatable character for women . I may not be insecure at the level that Rana is but I can’t be the only woman out there who sometimes feels uncomfortable with the way they look (whether that be beautiful and dealing with the kind of attention that attracts or feeling like the ugly duckling compared to other people and wanting to change parts of you so that you are society’s idea of beautiful). I wish that Rana had never messed with her body the way that she did but seeing the kind of person that she is, it makes sense that she did it. And it kind of bothers me how harshly people seem to be judging her for not being what they think is a "strong" heroine. I think that Rana is very strong especially because of her flaws.
Overall I'm happy I read this and I'd definitely recommend if you're looking for a fun, sexy and quick read!