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.Burn Down the Night by Molly O'Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.
The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.
We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.
I didn’t know what I was walking into with this story given the end of the last one. Here we have Max Daniels, the president of the Skulls Motorcycle Club, shot outside of the Velvet Rope (a strip club) by his “brothers” who were trying to kill him. This after Joan, one of the strippers, had set off two bombs despite Max’s efforts to stop her. She gets him into her car and we’re off to craziness.
The only two certainties I knew about these characters were one was deadly dangerous and the other was a mystery. And, I wasn’t certain I liked either one of them. If this story wasn’t written by one of my most favorite authors, I’d take a pass otherwise. So, I dove in, holding my breath.
Honestly, I did take a complete breath until the end of the book. Max’s dangerousness is real and is a threat to Joan for a large part of the story. She’s an enigma as she shows no one who she really is, including her real name. We gain insights when she takes the seriously injured Max to her Aunt Fern’s home in Florida, a woman she hasn’t seen or talked to in seven years. It’s here that Max and Joan do a dance that eventually disarms them, allowing the other to take in revelations that leave them open and vulnerable to each other.
This is not a traditional love story by no means. It’s hard, sometimes mean, and refreshingly honest. Their journey had me participating more as a voyeur rather than empathetically as I had absolutely nothing in common with them to attach onto. But suddenly, I wanted them to win, survive and thrive because they’d earned it.
O’Keefe has once again done the impossible…made me care about characters who don’t seem to deserve my emotional investment. It’s an intellectually and emotionally rich story that I’m glad I decided to read, dragging feet notwithstanding. Kudos to the author who’s never let me down.
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