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Release Day Review: Everything I Left Unsaid: M. O'Keefe


Everything I Left Unsaid
M. O'Keefe
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Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free. 

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.

Annie McKay had no idea answering a stranger's phone would change her life. She was already in the process of making hew own positive steps, but the voice on the end of the line awakened something in her. Eventually he becomes an anchor while also encouraging her to push her boundaries and really live.

Annie's kind of a dichotomy. She has lived through some bad stuff so is jaded in some ways, but is also somewhat sheltered, inexperienced, and naive. She's seen bad and had it directed at her. She has been living in fear for a long time. But she is now trying to start over and begin a life for herself. 

Dylan Daniels is a sexy, broody, compelling, mysterious voice at the end of the line. He is protective, caring, bossy, and pushy. He's rich, intelligent, and a loner. He has demons and issues from his past that make him feel unworthy and limit his social contact. He has the "Beast" vibe going. 

They are two lonely, broken people finding a sense of passion and a connection in a safe non invasive way. They both have secrets and a past they fear sharing. They have boundaries that they keep pushing and personal rules that they have a hard time maintaining. Trust is slow to build. They hold tight to their secrets. The sexual tension and foreplay is a slow burn and they make each other lose control. I could feel their connection and needs growing. Dylan leads Annie towards living life and finding pleasure she has never experienced while giving her a sense of security. Annie humanizes him and makes him feel. And eventually it will either not be enough or will be too much for one of them, 

What happens when their worlds finally collide and secrets come to light? Will they find the rejection they are used to or acceptance and honest attraction? Can they help each other forget their burdens or just cause more for each other?

I was pulled in and easily immersed in the story. I enjoyed getting both points of view but it felt a little odd to me at times that Annie was in first person and Dylan was in third person, but it still flowed well enough. The side characters all had depth to their personalities and intriguing background stories. Annie and Dylan were both multi-faceted, mysterious, and full of secrets that are given a little at a time. They were likable, survivors, and had strength despite their issues. I loved the build up and unraveling of their story. This was intriguing, compelling, mysterious, seductive, romantic, hopeful, and suspenseful. I am looking forward to the next installment to see how everything plays out in The Truth About Him. There is definitely still more to learn especially about Dylan, and more to be dealt with.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
The Truth About Him  (Everything I Left Unsaid #2)
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Expected November 24, 2015

For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul.

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.
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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