Oct 8 2015 8:30am

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Everything I Left Unsaid (October 13, 2015)

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe

M. O’Keefe
Everything I Left Unsaid 
Bantam / October 13, 2015 / $15.00 print & $7.99 digital

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 have yet to meet a romance reader who, upon reading a really good book, doesn’t then want to run out and press that book into the hands of other readers.  Librarians do a slight variation of this practice in our professional lives, which we call reader’s advisory.  That practice of matching up the right books with the right readers. Molly O’Keefe’s latest endeavor as M.O’Keefe is the stuff reader’s advisory interviews are made of. It’s a crossover book. It’s an amalgam of romance, women’s fiction and suspense. It’s the kind of book I want to buy a million copies of and give it to every reader who claims they don’t like romance. Buckle your seatbelts kids and prepare to have your mind blown, because you’ll like this one.

Annie McKay is 24 and on the run from an abusive husband. Taking a circuitous route from Oklahoma, she finally lands in the dumpy Flowered Manor Trailer Park in North Carolina. She’s cut and dyed her hair, slept in truck stops, and been looking over her shoulder every step of the way. Having gone from sheltered childhood to disastrous marriage where her husband cut her off from everyone and everything, it’s amazing that still naïve and innocent Annie has made it as far as she has. Then she hears a phone ringing. The last tenant in the trailer left behind a cell phone and on the other end of the line is Dylan.

Dylan had a former employee living in the trailer to keep an eye on an old man who lives a few doors down. Annie answering the phone is an unexpected surprise, for both of them. It doesn’t take long for the chemistry to appear, a shock to both of their systems. Dylan is essentially a hermit hiding from his past and Annie—well, Annie is completely unprepared for just about everything.

I call him and…what? Have phone sex?  Honestly, Annie McKay, is that what you’re thinking?  You have no idea how that starts.  How it even happens.

But I would bet my last seventeen dollars that he did.

Before I could talk myself out of it, I went back and grabbed my phone and took it back into the kitchen.

Away from the bed.

See how crazy you are?

Its face was dark and my intentions uncertain.

I’m twenty-four. Girls my age do this shit all the time, and worse!  Why do I have to be different?

The theme of this story is that “there are some things we just can’t outrun.”  Dylan is also running from his past, but we realize there is more to his story once we get to the cliffhanger ending which will lead readers into the next book, The Truth About Him.  Annie is running from her husband and looking for herself along the way.  It’s a woman’s journey out of Hell, running towards what she hopes is the light.  It’s a woman-in-peril suspense story where you hope and pray she’s able to get out from under a despicable man.  And it’s also a romance.  An awakening, sexually and emotionally, for both Annie and Dylan – even though people around them see disaster looming.

“Don’t come back, Annie.”

I blinked, stunned.

“It hurts me to say, but you’re a good girl.  Find yourself an easier man and don’t come back.”

But we know she will come back.  And so will we.


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1. Kareni
I just finished Everything I Left Unsaid; what an intriguing story. Now I'm ready for book two! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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