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Dirty Letters

Written by: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Jacob Morgan
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story that starts long before the lovers meet.

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.

©2019 Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Endearing characters and a well rounded story

As a fan of Vi & Penelope's novels, Dirty Letters did not disappoint. I loved the concept of two people as penpals as children being the premise of this story since I'd done the same when I was young.
When Griffin (narrator Jacob Morgan) and Luka's (narrator Andi Arndt) letters to each other suddenly stop, Griffin is upset and frustrated by the disconnect and always wondered why Luka stopped exchanging letters with him.
Many years pass and their adult lives take shape. Griffin in a drunken state decides to write Luka one more time to tell her how angry he was at losing his penpal. But there is a valid reason for why Luka stopped writing to Griffin. A traumatic event in her youth causes her to develop a severe panic disorder.
When Luka decides to reply to Griffin's recent letter they discover their young attraction to each other is still there. As their adoration grows through snail mail letters the story builds to show that his life and hers are so dramatically different that the likelihood of them being able to be together as a couple is improbable.
Luka's loveable therapist named Doc plays an integral part in how Griffin and Luka's relationship grows.
There are some truly touching moments and the story is well laid out. I found the middle of the book a bit slow, however, this is where the listener learns the true depth of Luka's condition and how willing Griffin is to understand her.
Dirty Letters is well worth the listen.

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wowsers!

great listen! I normally just listen at work...so it can take a week or two to get thru most audiobooks. this one took me two days...I was hooked. the back nd forth of each character reading their letters was nice change nd immensely enjoyable. I am much like Luca in many ways so I identified with her mindset nearly the entire time. being in the grip of panic attacks nd constant anxiety/worry is a very real nd very difficult thing. Griff was the perfect fantasy man...cause obvs they all hafta have a British (or even Australian) accent to swoon over...not to mention all his other swoonworthy attributes. nd my lord! that narrator! Holy cow! What an incredible voice this guy's got! I looked forward to his chapters the most...even the not naughty ones. there was sweetness nd passion. apprehension nd bravery. love nd loss. neuroses nd calm. The perfect balance of everything in my opinion. I was feeling emotions with both characters thruout the entirety of this journey. Laughing out loud at some parts nd cheering them on in others. I even teared up near the end. this would make a helluva movie - but then again, maybe not. Wouldn't wanna ruin the fantasy.

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steaming hotttt and romantic!

this book should be a movie. please make this a movie. it's so good. their love story is so epic!
it made me want to write letters so much.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 2019-11-08

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I really loved this story. At first I thought it was going to be too angsty for me but it wasn't at all. I love when characters aren't perfect like Luca but they are truly trying to get better. Character growth is a big deal for me. I also loved that Luca & Griffin have a very long history but it still feels new. This book has great characters, lots of humor & is very sexy. I smiled a lot, felt a little sad at times and want my very own Griffin! He was sweet, understanding and just went along with everything as much as he could even if it wasn't his ideal situation. He just loved Luca for who she was... SWOON!!! Doc might be the best side character ever too!

The narration was perfect, Andi Arndt as always was great but Jacob Morgan stole the show with his British accent.

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  • Val
  • 2019-11-06

True Love.

Dear Penelope & Vi,

Oh, my baby Jesus!!!! I am pretty impress about this story! I love Luca how she keep going forward and doing her best to LIVE IT!!! As, Griffin does the same! Now, the title is not what you think, it’s so much more. I don’t think it’s dirty at all to be honest. This is just a sweet and beautifully written. It kicked up a notch when you have the audio narrators: Andi Arndt & Jacob Morgan!!!! Thanks.

Your reader,
Val

P.S. This story gives hope for people struggling with anxiety.

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  • DebWey
  • 2019-11-08

Love 💕

I’m drying my tears as I write this review. This story is everything you want in a book!! I want to shout it from the roof tops! I LOVE DIRTY LETTERS!! Read it! Listen to it! You too will love it from beginning to end! Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have written a wonderful love story with heart and heat! I can’t wait for your next book!! Hurry, please!!

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  • Ella Harlow
  • 2019-11-06

Makes the 3 most hated female characters

I’m a very empathetic person, and I tried to be so towards the female character (named Luca which reminds me of leukoplakia, oral keratosis and the bullying nickname given to Lucas in the 80s film. Not cute) but Luca turned out to be an emotionally, mentally and spiritually crippled whiner who was such a life sucking milquetoast she not only didn’t deserve Griffin, she ruined the entire book. I get what the writers were trying to do—inject a romance book with substance and depth but these books are meant to be an escape from the drags and stresses of real life, reading about a fragile nutty shut-in attempting to woo a gorgeous, sexy British International rockstar while she drug everything down with her complete ineptitude at every encounter in life while he did literally everything...it was just absurd. He moved mountains to accommodate her endless hang ups. It was impossible to see Luca as anything but a meek mess, so then hearing about their explicit sex scenes involving pleasuring with furbies was just gross and entirely unsexy. Andi Arndt is truly great but starting feel a bit mom-ish for steamy books. And Jacob Morgan is flawless as always, and his British accent sounds spot on as well as how he seamlessly moved from American to British in a breath without missing a syllable. The narration is where the stars are on this one for me.

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  • Lilian
  • 2019-11-09

Brilliant

If I have to explain why Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward books are an auto download for me.. this particular book is probably on my top picks to sum it all up. I don't know how they do it! They took the basic trope of friends to lovers and molded it into a story that was so epic that by the end my heart broke because it was over!

This is a story of a famous reclusive author and a rockstar who fell in love before fame and tragedy stuck. Life happened and they lost each other. After each character takes one leap after another they finally get the HEA that they were destined for. This particular book deals with overcoming fear that can't easily be explained or solved. It also highlights the importance of being "all in" when it comes to fighting for what you want.

Andi Arndt &, Jacob Morgan .. do I really have to review them?.. If you haven't listened to these narrators then you are in for the best 8 hrs of story telling time that will probably ever encounter...

Worth a credit for sure.. I would have bought this listen outright if i didn't have credits to use because it was just that damn good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-08

An amazing read. 5 brilliant stars!


After reading this, I understand more about the affects of trauma on a person. Brilliant

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2019-11-06

OH MY HEART.. MY HEART

What an emotionally gripping, romantic and heartachingly beautiful love story you two gifted authors have written.. about two pen pals who lost touch with each other in their teens and how their new rekindled adult letter-writing turns into a sexy ‘n sweet fairytale of a romance. From the story, I felt the hopelessness, the frustration, the anxiety and the optimistic anticipation because it oozes from your well-crafted pages as twenty-five yr old agoraphobic Luca mentally wrestles with her phobia while she bravely takes step after step outside her comfort zone for love. And Griffin is a Rockstar in more ways than one as Luca takes her tentative steps towards their future, Griffin is so supportive, deserving and eager to do whatever it takes to be right by her side, hold her hand, slay her demons and unconditionally love her forever. However, their journey isn’t easy, it won’t be won in a day and it won’t be without it’s heartbreaking pitfalls and challenges.. but it will be oh so worth it in the end.

Worth a credit? This is a gem of a love story and yes, so worth a credit.. it’s got romance, tender sentiments, touching words, sex, a couple of endearing secondary characters, a drop of humor.. and even a pet pig. Clean it up a wee bit and it’d make a great Disney Romance movie.. but the excellent dual POV narration by Andi and Jason guaranteed it’d be a glorious 5 star listen.

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  • susan b
  • 2019-11-06

What an amazing story

I half read and half listened to this wonderful story. It deserves 15 🌟 stars I truly believe this because I wanted to leave a review way before I finished this book. The letters were funny, sweet, and beautiful. Loved the characters. Luca and Griff were perfect for each other. It was a long road for both of them to find their HEA. And it was perfect. The narrators were awesome. They performed both male and female role to perfection. So I definitely say buy this book/audio, you won't regret it.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 2019-11-06

An emotional and sweet romance

You can always count on VK and PW to write an emotional and enjoyable story and having Andi and Jacob narrate it really elevates it to a different level. I mean just the British accent alone is swoon worthy. Love the premise of the story and the emotional depth of the writing. The letters are so innocent and sweet when they were reread. Now the grownups version are dirty indeed.

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  • turzas
  • 2019-11-15

Enjoyed this second chance romance!

Luca suffers from severe anxiety following a deadly fire, 8 years ago. Doc has been treating her, and is her source of support. They travel to NYC from her refuge in Vermont. Packing her deceased father’s home she finds a letter from her forgotten childhood pen-pal, Griffin.
The emotional story is full of second chances, friends to lovers, dealing with real life struggles of fame & anxiety.
I felt these authors did a good job of showing how difficult it is for someone who has debilitating fears. Their struggles were realistic & relatable.
I loved Luca’s friendship with Doc & her pet pig. Griffin is a lovable hero with his sexy British accent, rockstar ways & his dirty letters he wrote to Luca.
I’m a big fan of Vi & Penelope, their stories never disappoint me.
5 “Bird loving” Stars
I read the first half & listened to the audible version the last half. The narrators were good to listen to.

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