Friday, November 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for The Truth About Him ( Everything I Left Unsaid #2) by M. O'Keefe

The highly anticipated end to the Everything I Left Unsaid series is here and thankfully we didn't have to wait so long to find out what happened to Dylan and Annie! 


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.


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★★★★★ stars

I rarely finish one book in a series and immediately start reading the next. I like to stop and process what I've read, read something else and then maybe go back and re-immerse myself in the world I just left. That wasn't the case with Everything I Left Unsaid and The Truth About Him.  The moment I finished reading Everything I Left Unsaid, I scrambled to pull up The Truth About Him on my e-reader in the middle of the night. I read both books back to back in 5 hours and got no sleep that night, but it was worth it. The Truth About Him closes out Dylan and Annie's story in a way that's unbelievably amazing. I can't even articulate how good this book is.

First of all the book starts off right were it ended, dealing with the massive cliffhanger. I was on edge from the very first word of this book because I knew a lot was going to go down and not all of it was going to be pretty. It wasn't just Dylan and Annie dealing with things, but their friends and family around them as well. The multiple story arcs started coming together and each revelation had my heart racing. I can't think of a moment where I was reading this book and hoping it'd slow down or speed up. There wasn't a single dull moment in this book. In fact, it was like Dylan, Annie, and their friends and family were on borrowed time and we were all waiting for whatever catastrophe was going to happen next. 

If Everything I Left Unsaid was mostly about Annie and her journey, then Everything I Left Unsaid focused mainly on Dylan. This series really felt like a true duo and I think this dynamic worked fantastically. You see the issues Annie and Dylan are facing are big heavy ones. They can't be dealt with simply and easily. I absolutely loved how M. O'Keefe handled them. There was no sugar coating of the tough realities Annie and Dylan faced, but just they way they were addressed was great. You could tell that while self recriminations were there, neither of them judged the other for their actions. I loved how Dylan loved and cared for his family, even if he knew he couldn't save them and found it hard to forgive them for past misdeeds. 

I'm an emotional reader. When a story captures my attention, it's like it literally has me by the throat. This book had me in a thrall. I knew it wasn't going to be nice and neat, but that doesn't mean I wasn't hoping it'd be. There weren't so many laughs or light moments in this book but there so many intense ones. Ones with passion, love, and understanding. There were times when I was reading through tears and I didn't even know I was crying. I felt like I was a part of Dylan and Annie's story. I was there when they incidentally met, there when they began exploring each other and themselves, and there when they realized that even though things were terrifying, they were there for each other. At the heart of this book is a love story. Annie and Dylan are providing each other with support while life happens at a terrifying pace and there are no certainties. The past is crawling into the present and it's terrifying. The power of familial love is also showcased. The themes of forgiveness and redemption are also addressed. The unselfish and giving gift of friendship is another part of this book I loved. The book isn't perfect. There are a number of tracks that were started that weren't followed to their conclusions, but I'm hoping there will be more books that will answer any remaining questions. 

Brava to Molly O'Keefe for writing this series. This magnificent book is almost impossible to describe and forget. It's one of my standout reads for this year. I sincerely hope Molly continues to push her writing limits. I know it's a big risk any time an established author writes something different from what they're known for, but Molly O'Keefe has shown she has the talent to pull it off, and do it well. In fact I think it's safe to say this now my favorite book and series by her. I can't wait to see how she does her self with her next book!

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*  

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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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