Saturday, November 14, 2015

Review: Everything I Left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1) by M. O'Keefe

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 stars
Date published: October 13th, 2015
Publisher: Bantam
Synopsis: 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 I Thought:

I've been a fan of Molly O'Keefe's from the moment I read my first book by her, Crazy Thing Called Love. Her stories have always been emotionally engaging and memorable, so when the news broke she was releasing an edgier new adult duology, I knew it was going to be fantastic. Yet I still waited to read it. In a way I am glad I didn't read this book until the second book was released, because I know I would've been tortured by the wait to find out what happened in The Truth About Him.

Everything I Left Unsaid is amazing. In the beginning of the book I was intrigued to find out what Annie had run away from. I hated how scared she was about whatever it was and can't tell you how happy I was when she felt safe enough to do things she was terrified of doing before. I loved Annie's determination to not let her fear take over her life and I loved how brave she was to do the things she did to get free of that fear. I loved watching her take herself back and learning about the things she liked. I also loved Annie's work ethic. That woman did not know the meaning of taking it easy. I also loved her big heart and watching her push her boundaries and the things she thought she knew. If it isn't clear yet, I really, really loved Annie. Even though Annie was growing strong mentally and physically every day, she still had moments where her vulnerability showed through. Even when she was faced with seeing a situation similar to the one she'd left and how she handled it from start to end showed how much she'd grown. You wouldn't think anyone would thrive living in a broken down trailer, but Annie did. 

If I loved Annie, I was head over heels for Dylan. Dylan is as broken as Annie is, but in different ways. My heart hurt for Dylan and all he'd experienced as much as I felt for Annie. While the book started off with Dylan hiding himself, I loved seeing him open up to Annie on the phone. It truly was like they recognized something in each other just from their voices and I could feel that connection through out the book. I like Dylan and Annie was always eager to see what would happen between them. I eagerly turned pages waiting to see what they'd say to each other and even reveal inadvertently. I kept hoping they'd somehow find a way to deal with everything in their lives that was keeping them apart and from opening up to each other fully. Both of them were determined to keep their secrets yet wanted the other to be honest and open. Of course it wasn't that simple. I won't share more because I want you to be as surprised by this book as I was. 

Reading Everything I Left Unsaid was truly an experience. This book is so much more than a romance. It's multiple journeys of discovery, not just for Dylan and Annie, but for others in the book too. There is a wonderful cast of characters you can't help but like and root for. There is plenty of heart break, angst, and emotional agony, but there's also lots of heat, compassion, and kindness. The story takes so many turns, and just when you think you've figured out what's happening, even more layers and complexities are revealed. Hats off to Molly O'Keefe for writing such an outstanding story and leaving readers frantic for more;  You've been warned that this book will blow your mind and the cliffhanger at the end will have you scrambling to read the next book. 

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About the Author
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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*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy 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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