Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe

Posted October 5, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Between the Sheets by Molly O’KeefeBetween the Sheets by Molly O'Keefe
Series: The Boys of Bishop #3
Published by Bantam on July 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.

Back again with my favorite “go-to” author! Here’s another reason why she stays on this list.

 
Quick summary
Shelby Monroe was humiliated six months ago (see Wild Child) and she’s soldiering on until she meets neighbor Wyatt (Ty) Svenson. She’s got a formula she uses to manage her life that keeps everyone at a distance and she’s yet to have a meaningful relationship. Ty’s new to Bishop and is struggling to figure out how to be a father to his newly-discovered 11-year old son, Casey.

 
The heart of the story
While Shelby’s willing to keep everyone at arm’s length emotionally, she doesn’t have a problem tangling sexually with Ty. At some level, this works for both of them for a time until he realizes he needs more. There are some very interesting reasons why Shelby’s wired this way and it doesn’t help that she’s struggling with her mother’s increasing debilitation due to Alzheimer’s.

 
Why I loved this story
I felt Shelby’s humiliation in Wild Child to my core but I didn’t know much about the character, thinking she was just a rather naive woman…sympathetic but without much depth. This story turns that notion completely on its head as you won’t find a character with more emotional complexities. Ty’s simpler but what makes him extraordinary is his ability to apply life lessons so readily to new circumstances. He’s a biker that destroys every stereotype and his stretch to connect with his son was at times raw and at others uplifting. Ty’s emotional growth bleeds messily and beautifully into his romance with Shelby, which she resists as if her life depends on it. The dynamics are riveting.

 
The bottom line
The constructs of these characters are brilliantly written and presented. It’s a tough terrain but I never felt hopeless. This was an all-nighter for me because I couldn’t find a decent stopping point. The story is just that good and O’Keefe continues to earn her distinction as a very talented writer.

About Molly 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.

Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.

Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006 and her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas was nominated for a RITA in 2009. Her book Crazy Thing Called Love won the RITA in 2014.

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