REVIEW – EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID (Everything I Left Unsaid, #1) by M. O’Keefe

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

I took a deep breath, feeling overwhelmed by the empty space around me, usually filled in with so much fear. Without that fear, with the rules – said and unsaid, implicit and explicit – I felt undone. Unmade. As if I’d been pruned, allowing —God, please, please allow–new growth.

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Annie McKay is a young woman who is trying to start her life over in a new town far from her old home in Oklahoma. She had been planning her escape for quite some time. Annie’s married to an abusive man, and she knew that if she didn’t leave soon, her days were numbered. She hasn’t had an easy life because she grew up with a mentally abusive mother. She went from one abusive relationship to another in her short life time.

Annie has escaped to a small town in North Carolina and is making a new home for herself at the Flowered Manor Trailer Park, where she also has landed a job which entails cleaning up the landscape for the trailer park. On her first day in her new home she finds a cell phone that is ringing and something compels her to answer the call. A seriously sexy voice is on the other end and she ends up having a conversation with the man. Dylan asks if she could keep an eye on one of her neighbors in the trailer park, named Ben. For some reason Dylan and Annie become intrigued by one another. They carry on this weird relationship through several phone calls.

I was kind of bored during the first half of this book and I was seriously questioning all the really great reviews. Annie and Dylan’s conversations turn into sexy talk rather quickly which had me shaking my head because, seriously, Annie had been so sexually repressed by her abusive husband, I found it a little unbelievable that she was that eager to have phone sex with a total stranger. Even though the thought of having phone sex with a hot stranger is a serious turn on, those scenes seemed a little awkward.

Later on in the story, we find out who Dylan is and then it starts to get interesting. At about the 60% mark the two finally meet and that’s when I was seriously invested in this story. I couldn’t put it down and the sex was explosive!! This went from being a Three Star to a Four Star read for me at this point.

I kind of predicted what would happen at the end but that didn’t stop me from wanting to jump right into the second book. Luckily it’s out and I can get my answers now.

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