Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Everything I Left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1) by Molly O'Keefe

Title: Everything I Left Unsaid
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #1
Author: Molly O'Keefe
Publisher: Bantam
Published: October 13th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 352
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!

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Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free. 

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.

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Holy fuck. There's no other way for me to express my feelings over Everything I Left Unsaid but that. Well at least none that leave me as satisfied as firing off a good old F bomb did. This was such a brilliantly dark start to a series and one with probably the biggest cliffhanger I've ever encountered before. Ever. I had to pick my jaw back up off the ground after reading the final words and then desperately kept trying to slide to a new page on my Kindle thinking "No! No there has to be more! YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THIS!!!"

Sigh. I'm hooked.

It's haunting and beautifully written and completely full of characters with deep dark secrets. Some people's secrets you learn as you meet them, others are slowly revealed and discovered and people aren't exactly what or who they seem to be. I mean, you meet and fall in love with a character only to later discover some pretty horrific thing(s) about them that tears you up because on the one hand they seem nothing like this big secret you find out about them and on the other this huge thing did happen and it's hard to think of them the same mild and sweet way. The majority of the characters you meet do live in a trailer park so things aren't all sunshine and roses to begin with.

Annie was a brilliant main character. I loved her naivete. It was the perfect blend of endearing and heartbreaking. Annie is a survivor, which is totally evident as you find out more and more of her story. She's gone through so much and is, for the most part, completely sheltered to the ways of the world and things outside her tiny life up to the start of this book. The fighter in her is so inspiring and watching her take control of her life and be bold instead of tiny and hidden was so much fun.

Dylan was just as good of a main character as Annie was but in such different ways. Where she lived her life in a sort of forced isolation, Dylan is living his in a self imposed one. He's led a very tough life and been through a lot in his 28 years. He hides himself away in his compound and it's extremely rarely ever leaves it. He's one of those slow reveal characters. You find out bits and pieces all the way to up to the end and even the worst thing that I barely know the details of to this point in the series are not enough to make my feelings for this guy waver. He's dark and demanding and I loved every second of it. I think that what hooked me on Dylan was the same thing it was for Annie. Every time he talked to her, even that very first phone call where he had no idea who she was or what her story could possibly be...Dylan always makes a point to say "Are you okay?" 

Hold on. Need to get my heart working again. Sigh.

You know you'd think it would have felt wrong, this sort of instant thing that happens between Annie and Dylan over the phone but it wasn't. It was dangerous and exciting and thrilling. And oh my word the instant sexual tension was just so freaking thick and I found myself desperately awaiting their phone calls. For them to keep connecting and build this...whatever it was that was happening between them. I was starting to need it. Crave it. Crave them together.

Start to finish this book is such a whirlwind. It keeps you guessing and takes you by surprise. It's deliciously sexy and hauntingly dark. I ate everything up it had to offer and it still left me desperately wanting more. I can't wait and am going to be dropping everything the moment The Truth About Him comes out next month!! I wish I could fall asleep tonight and wake up to November. 

Huge thanks to Bantam (Random House) for the opportunity to read and review this book!!

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