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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Review: The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

Review: The Truth About Him by M. O’KeefeThe Truth About Him by M. O'keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #2
Published by Random House November 24, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Everything I Left Unsaid
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We played our roles, told each other lies.

But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.

We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:

The thrilling danger.

The raw, naked desire.

The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.

Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Annie and Dylan are back, hotter than ever but with still a pretty big life mess to work through.  A mess that gets a whole lot messier before they figure out how to clean it up.

O’Keefe gave us a dual POV that really allowed us to dig in deep to Dylan’s mind.  He’s had an interesting life and how he reconciles and fights his past was something I enjoyed getting first hand.  Dylan is a man who struggles with his position in life and in Annie’s life.  He wants nothing more than to be by her side, care for her, love her…but he’s unsure of what love really is and if his love is even a good thing for Annie.

 

Annie, on the other hand, has to reconcile her choices.  She needs to come to terms with what those choices have led to and who her heart wants.  I loved the gumption she had when dealing with Dylan.  She sees life and family in such a different light than him and wasn’t willing to let his apprehension get in the way of what she thought best.  Something Dylan isn’t used to…people telling him what to do.

Oh, God, I tried not to smile. But I loved her like this. Unchained and furious. It was pure. A mess, but it was a pure mess.

As the two tread the waters of love, the dangers around them never cease and it’s one exciting ride!

For as opposite as these characters are, O’Keefe balances them together remarkably well.  Especially in a world full of power, greed, betrayal and hurt.    O’Keefe is a powerful author.  One I will be on the lookout for in the future, especially if some of the side characters from this series get a little more attention!

 

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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Review: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

Review: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’KeefeEverything I Left Unsaid by M. O'keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1
Published by Bantam October 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Also in this series: The Truth About Him
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I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

What a yummy surprise Everything I Left Unsaid was! Sometimes you can look at a cover and get an idea of what kind of book you are about to read. Sometimes, you have to read the synopsis. Sometimes, you see the cover and read the synopsis and the book still takes you in a completely different direction than what you anticipated. That’s what happened here for me.
 
This was a dark and more suspenseful tale. A story of a woman on the run and a mysterious man that helps her find a strength in herself she never before possessed.
 
Annie immediately appealed to me, she’s a very interesting character. She’s not open and honest with others, but she’s quite honest with herself. She sees herself pretty clearly, knows she has things she wants to change and kind of grabs those scary things by the horns.  I admired that about her. Even when I was questioning that bravery and what would come of it.
 
Dylan comes into her life by complete mistake and surprise, but there is an innate interest and connection between them.  A interest and connection I ate up like my favorite flavor of ice cream.  They both live inside so many secrets and lies, I was so eager to find out all the details of those.  Some are fairly evident, others not so. Those secrets threaten the fragile life that Annie is building for herself, though.
 
Outside of Annie and Dylan’s strange relationship, O’Keefe writes a unique cast of side characters. All with interesting stories of their own.
 
Everything I Left Unsaid is an exciting, page turning read full of intrigue, danger and sexiness. I can hardly wait for the next book!

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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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