Review: Burn Down the Night by M.O’Keefe

Review: Burn Down the Night by M.O’KeefeBurn Down the Night by M. O'keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #3
Published by Loveswept August 9, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 334
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Everything I Left Unsaid
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A battle for control turns explosive as a beautiful con woman takes a bad-boy biker hostage in this edgy, seductive novel set in the world of Everything I Left Unsaid (“Toe-curlingly sensual.”—Katy Evans) and The Truth About Him (“Absolutely one-click worthy”—J. Kenner).

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

There is something so appealing about the tortured characters O’Keefe writes, they instantly hook pull me in to their story.  Burn Down the Night was no exception.  Granted, we’ve briefly met Joan and Max in the first two books of the Everything I Left Unsaid series, but we knew so very little about them.  This was their book to shine.

Shine they don’t. They aren’t the type to do that. They are tortured, as I said. They are both this wild mix of selfish and selfless. That makes no sense right? But it’s very true in their case. Max and Joan each struggle with what past choices have done to the ones they love and they will stop at nothing to make those things right and to never hurt those people again. Including, putting their own happiness and desires aside.

Joan is a badass in her own rite. The story starts with a bang, literally, and a kidnapping. All at her own hands. However, the events that lead to her holding Max hostage in order to get much needed information to save her sister, start a ripple effect. Essentially solving a lot of Max’s problems -minus that whole being kidnapped thing, allowing him to evaluate his current life. Allowing him to evaluate Joan and see much, much more than she ever wanted anyone to see.

What I found missing from Burn Down the Night, what has my rating lower than the first two books…is the lack of intrigue/action/mystery. I really missed that element. It’s in there, but nowhere near the same level. This is much more a battle of characters than a battle of outside forces. That isn’t something I mind, necessarily, I just really enjoyed the balance of it all in the previous titles.

The action that we did see, was brief. Too brief. I would have liked the real climax of the story to be further fleshed out, a little less rushed.

These issues, however, in no way deter me from wanting more titles from O’Keefe. I truly love her characters and the style in which she allows them to grow.

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About M. O’keefe

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.



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