Title: Dirty Letters
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Publication: November 5th 2019
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.
MY RATING: 2/5 STARS
I received a copy from Thomas Allen and Sons in exchange for a honest review.
After reading Hate Notes from the same authors, I was beyond excited to read Dirty Letters. I loved Hate Notes so I wasn’t surprised when I slipped into the easy intoxicating writing from Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward in Dirty Letters but then I kept slipping…and soon fell in a rabbit hole where instant attraction, stalker tendencies, and underage sexual scenes lived.
Okay, before everyone freaks out over the underage sexual scenes comment, I want to let everyone know that they did not have sex when they were under the age of consent but there are explicit scenes of a young teenage girl exploring herself with a certain vibrating furry toy. Yeah. No. That’s a hard no for me and I couldn’t stop cringing from the visual image in my head and it was definitely not cute when they bring it back up again when they’re much older and they buy each other furry childhood toys. Nope!
The second reason why I had such a major disconnection from the story was that everything happened really fast. We are thrown into their world where their relationship was already built. They apparently wrote letters to each other continuously throughout their teenage years until it abruptly stopped. The only way they even have an idea of how each other looks like is from a very outdated photograph and yet, it’s enough for them to fantasize about each other once they reconnect. But of course, our heroine would love him regardless of his appearance because he’s a beautiful soul. She’s not judgmental at all.
Oh but of course, our hero is dying to know how our heroine looks like so he hires his good friend to trail her and snap photos of her without her knowing. WE’VE BEEN THROUGH THIS. THIS IS STALKER TENDENCIES. IT’S AN INVASION OF PRIVACY. IT’S NOT HOT. IT’S CREEPY. I’m over it but also, how did she not freak out when he told her all this?
Despite my three main reasons why I decided to give this book a 2/5 stars, I want to say that this novel is downright filthy, trashy, and explosive with drama. It’s an entertaining read minus these problematic areas and can be enjoyed immensely if you’re willing to overlook it. I think I would have loved it a lot if I weren’t feeling so critical for this past week while reading it but hey, this book just caught me on a bad day.
If you like romance novels with a dramatic flair, this one is for you.