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.Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1
Published by Bantam on October 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
The story is told from the first person point of view of Annie McKay, a young woman who is obviously hiding out from something or someone. She’s living in a camping trailer in a rundown trailer park near Cherokee, North Carolina. Her personal circumstances are revealed slowly through conversations she has with a man she only knows as Dylan who was the voice on the other end of a cell phone that was left in the camper by the previous renter. We also get Dylan’s perspective in a third person narrative making this an intriguing exploration of two very compelling characters.
I loved this incredibly complex and compelling story of two people drawn to each other by chance. Through their conversations, we learn more than just the essential details about them as their anonymity seems to give them license to open up and expose their vulnerabilities in a unique way. Their individual tragedies isolated them from the rest of the world but connected them to each other inexplicably. Their phone interactions were sexy and erotic, strengthening them over time.
There were times when I couldn’t understand either character but ultimately it all began to make sense. I became so emotionally invested in them individually and as a couple. The story was riveting, exciting, frustrating and oddly romantic. It took me days to stop thinking about them.
The book ends with a frightening cliffhanger (we were forewarned by the author) so make certain you have the next book queued to begin immediately after this one. Annie and Dylan’s relationship is unlike any other I’ve read, a good thing. While this is Annie’s story to tell, I thought it brilliant to weave in Dylan’s perspective. The contrasts added complicating layers, which deeply immersed me into the story. Loved it!
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