Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Pen Pal by J.T. Geissinger

Pen Pal

Publication Date: August 16, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Dark/Mystery/Alpha-Dominant/Intrigue Romance

Author: J.T. Geissinger

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Completely blown away! Not only was I moved to the point of speechlessness, but I felt ALL the emotional things that once I finished the book still keep leaking out of my eyes.

I feel completely gobsmacked. I fell in love with the beautiful love story and followed along trying to find all of the twists before they happened, but alas…I never saw the train before it ran me over. Holy smokes!! What a fantastic book!!!

I don’t even know where to begin without giving even the teeny-tiniest hint away at the ever evolving mystery or intrigue that grew throughout the entire book. Between the pen pal letters, secondary characters and main character plot development the entire book held me in its grip, gave me goosebumps and has basically left me with a lasting impression that will not be leaving any time soon.

Yes, this book is HAWT, and yes that needed to be capitalized, but it also delves into subjects well beyond the smexy, smutty times and I loved those just as much. Soooo, let’s recap what I haven’t been able to say, but I’ll reiterate anyway…WOW, just WOW!! Amazing book!

The first letter arrived the day my husband was buried. It was postmarked from the state penitentiary, and contained a single sentence:

I’ll wait forever if I have to.

It was signed by Dante, a man I didn’t know.

Out of simple curiosity, I wrote back to ask him what exactly he was waiting for. His reply?


I told the mystery man he had the wrong girl. He said he didn’t. I said we’d never met, but he said I was wrong.

We went back and forth, exchanging letters every week that grew increasingly more intimate. Then one day, the letters stopped. When I found out why, it was already too late.

Dante was at my doorstep.

And nothing on earth could have prepared me for what happened next.



This novel is a non-traditional romance with a non-traditional ending and contains content intended for a mature audience only. Due to explicit language, graphic sex, detailed depictions of death and grief, intense power play dynamics, and other possible triggers too numerous to list, it is not suitable for sensitive readers.

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