by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this heartwarming friends to lovers, second-chance romance.
It’s a stand-alone told from dual points of view.
As I’ve said many times before – I LOVE LOVE LOVE both Vi and Penelope as individuals, as solo authors, and as co-authors.
Their writing seems effortless, and the pacing of how their stories unfold is always perfect. They continue to write unique storylines that pull me in from the very 1st chapter.
Luca and Griffin became international pen pals in second grade and connected from the start.
They grew close through their letters, exchanged only one photo of each other, and then Luca stopped writing back. She experienced trauma and withdrew from societal norms.
Griffin wrote another letter eight years later asking why she stopped communicating with him, and their soul-deep relationship developed again, however this time, the conversations were mature and became intimate. (Um, my favorite part)
Dirty Letters was emotional, and the story allowed us as readers to experience Luca’s anxiety, PTSD, and agoraphobia. It’s heartbreaking to know there are people who deal with these fears daily.
Griffin, sigh. Let me tell you about this swoony British man.
This writing duo always creates amazing book boyfriends, but his wit, patience, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional love put Griffin on a whole new level of awesomeness. He’s also extremely talented, but I can’t tell you at what without spoiling the story.
“It will never be perfect. It will never not be scary. So if you’re waiting for this not to feel terrifying, it never will. There will be hard times. But there will be amazing ones, too. You have to decide whether we’re worth the hardships. In the end, it’s going to come down to one thing: whether love is enough.”
“We try to hide the darkness from others because we’re afraid it will scare them away. But your dark doesn’t scare me, Luca. It only makes me want to hold your hand and be your light until you can find your own again.”
“I won’t always be able to give you your light back, because sometimes you need to find that within yourself, but I’ll stand by your side and hold your hand in the dark, so things aren’t so scary.”
Another character that I absolutely loved was Doc. Everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like him in their lives.
You’ll enjoy this sweet, heart-melting, low-ish angst story of two soulmates separated first by an ocean, later by Luca’s fears, and then … you’ll have to read it to find out.
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