SO Much to Say! Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

Posted October 23, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 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.

SO Much to Say! Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’KeefeEverything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1
Published by Bantam on October 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

 

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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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About M. 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.

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4 responses to “SO Much to Say! Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

  1. AH, this book! I am with you on that cliffy! I IMMEDIATELY started the second book after finishing. I actually love how they met and opened up to each other

    • Tonyalee, aren’t you glad you had the next book in the queue? How they met was rather unique and a nice change of pace.

      Did you know that more books are planned in the series? I’m thrilled.

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      I loved how they slowly revealed themselves. Very complex and interesting characters I definitely became interested in.