REVIEW – DRUNK DIAL by Penelope Ward


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.


*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!


Rana Saloomi is a beautiful, single 26 yr. old woman from Michigan. She enjoys her job as a belly dancer but doesn’t have much of a social life. One evening she gets brave after too much wine & makes an impulsive decision to look up her old childhood friend Landon Roderick. He’s the boy she could never forget. They were friends in junior high for about a year before she moved. She hadn’t seen him since she was 13, but as a kid, hanging out with him was what she lived for. She had a huge crush on him, & he meant everything to her. She still wondered about him often. Curious what he’s up to these days, she drunk dials him. Rana isn’t even sure Landon will remember her, but it turns out he hasn’t forgotten her either. She tells him off in her tipsy state and figures she’ll never hear from him again.


-“Will you drunk dial me again? I feel like I’m not done with your crazy.”

-“You’re good for my soul, Rana.”


Rana is shocked when Landon calls her back & they begin talking daily. They talk for weeks & the sexual tension continues to grow. The connection between them is still there. They share an intense mutual attraction & have both changed a lot over the years. Tomboy Rana now has an exotic look & Landon is tatted up, muscular, and looks like a bad boy rock star. They took different paths through the years, but now that they’ve reconnected they’re both crazy about each other. The only problem is Landon lives in California & Rana lives in Michigan. One spontaneous flight changes everything when they finally reunite face to face. Their greatest fantasy becomes reality, but will secrets from their past threaten the relationship their building, or will love conquer all?

I really enjoyed this second chance love story about two best friends who reunite years later & fall in love. Landon was absolutely delish!!!



-I’ve never wanted anyone like I want you.

-I craved him.

-Having his hands on me was quickly becoming my favorite thing.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He tasted like sugar and cigarettes, and all I wanted anymore in this life was to just keep doing this. I hadn’t realized exactly how starved I was, how badly I had needed the contact. But going from zero to Landon was like not eating for years only to be met with the most decadent of foods.



DRUNK DIAL is a sweet & sexy ”friends to lovers” romance filled with Penelope Ward’s signature brand of snarky humor. I predict that many a reader will be swooning over Ms. Ward’s latest charismatic Hero—Landon Roderick!

Rana Salome’s has faced many challenges in her life and at twenty-six, she never dreamed she’d be making a living as a belly dancer and sharing a tiny apartment with a deranged roommate, but somehow she perseveres. One night after having too many glasses of wine, she decides to google her long lost friend from her childhood and gathers enough liquid courage to call him. Landon Roderick and Rana were best friends back in Junior High. He used to write her cute and silly notes on a daily basis and thirteen years later, Rana still holds onto them. She reads them when times are tough and Rana’s in need of a “pick me up”. It only takes a few seconds for Landon to realize who Rana is and to say that he is tickled to be talking to his old buddy is quite the understatement. They seem to hit it off quickly and it’s as if no time has passed since they last spoke to each other.

Their texts turn flirtatious and after they exchange a few pics it only seems to intensify their attraction towards each other, although it would seem they always had feelings that went beyond friendship. The problem is, Landon lives in Southern California and Rana still lives back in Detroit. Trying to pursue a romance while living in different states proves to be challenging and when they eventually are reunited briefly when Rana comes to visit Landon, the distance feels beyond unbearable for the couple.

Both Landon and Rana have made some poor life decisions in the past and fear that it could negatively impact their relationship. They both realize that there’s no way they can move forward without being completely forthcoming with each other. As the story progresses we are left to wonder whether the couple will be able to leave the past behind them and will they continue to pursue a long distance relationship, or will they find a way to live in the same zip code?

Landon was a pretty amazing character. Penelope Ward has a true gift for creating some swoon-worthy heroes, but I wasn’t really crazy about the heroine. I honestly was wondering why Landon was so in love with her because I didn’t feel she was worthy of being put up on the pedestal that he placed her on.

DRUNK DIAL is currently available! Ladies, get ready to fall in love with Landon Roderick!!

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