Review: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

  • Title: Everything I Left Unsaid
  • Author: M. O’Keefe
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release date: Oct 13, 2015

Blurb: 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.

What I thought: Best book boyfriend alert, all around. When I started reading Everything I Left Unsaid I didn’t know there would be a second book telling the story of Annie and Dylan, so I was a bit annoyed at the end of the book (spoiler alert: it ends with a cliffhanger). Nevertheless, this book is perfect for fans of hot, scorching, sexy, toe-curling scenes that make you wish Dylan was a real person and you could actually call him up (ha!).

M. O’Keefe delivers way more than just a sexy novel, though. Annie and Dylan felt like real people who have been badly damaged in life and are trying desperately to live through the pain. It was at times painfully realistic to see their struggles and the hesitations that come from having a terrible past haunting you (Annie with an abusive husband and Dylan with his wild past).

It was the first time I read a book by M. O’Keefe (how? have I been living under a rock?) but I will make sure it won’t be the last. Now go out and get it! 🙂

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review

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Short reviews #1

  • Rohit Bhargava, Non-Obvious

Rating: ♥♥♥

As I have a background in business I often read business/strategy related books to keep up to date. However, lately I’ve found myself more and more upset with my reads because I never feel like they bring anything new, different, or exciting. Rohit’s Non Obvious brought me a new perspective on a subject I wasn’t familiar with and gave me a few specific ideas on forecast and thinking outside the box. Great job.

  • Portia da Costa, How to seduce a billionaire

Rating: ♥

I couldn’t finish this book. I was in no way connected to Jess and/or Ellis, and overall the story was just predictable and flowed in the wrong way. It upsets me to say this because I did anticipate this book, but sometimes the feeling just isn’t there.

  • Joe Pulizzi, Content, INC

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Brilliant. Innovating. Ground-breaking. If you enjoy business, own a business, are thinking about possibly opening a business, read this book. Now. It’s not a get-rich-quick book, and it’s not about making your first million, but it will show you just how things get done in the word of content marketing and how you can take advantage too.

An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I could probably summarize this review in a word: meh.

It was my first Liane Moriarty book, and although the writing was good and I do admit the stories were all blended together perfectly but for some reason the feeling never got to me. I never truly cared about the characters enough to root for them to get a happy ending.

It doesn’t put me off reading another Liane Moriarty book, but I won’t be running to the bookstore (or to the Kindle store, for that matter) to find out what her new story will be.

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) – J.R. Ward

#notreallyworthafullreview

Sadly, I must say this book was a huge disappointment for me. Many of my friends love this series and so I put it aside on purpose for a few years until I could fully dedicate myself to it (*cough*havingafulldayonthebeach*cough*).

In my humble opinion, Beth was a ridiculous character and Wrath (what kind of name is that?) was never, at any point, even the slightest bit sexy. How can you really root for your main couple like this?

I won’t give the book 1 star because I managed to finish it (skimmed it is more likely the appropriate word, really), but it’s a series I won’t pick up anytime soon, unless for some reason the rest of the series madly improves.

Review: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Barton

Fair warning: I might fangirl a little bit during this review. Proceed with caution.

I love, love, love Amy A. Bartol’s writing (in general) and this series in particular. It’s truly impressive how captivating she managed to keep this second-book-in-the-series (which I typically find the least interesting). A couple of weeks ago after I finished reading the first book in the series – Under Different Stars – I was left with the impression that I loved it so much it couldn’t quite be real. It couldn’t be quite as good as I remembered it. So now reading the second novel it’s amazing to realize how your first impressions were right.

I found Sea of Stars strikingly different from Under Different Stars. It’s a lot more action packed and we have come to know most of the characters well enough that we can focus on what’s happening to them rather than on their motivations. Reading it at one point became so intense I could almost visualize the things that were happening on Ethar (it made me wonder if someone might pick up the movie rights in more than one occasion).

“You made me love you!” he says harshly. “You’re not allowed to give up, do you understand? No surrender to death. Whatever happens, you have to survive it.”

“But what if things get really, really bad?” I ask.

“Then you fight, like you always do, and we’ll pick up the pieces of us later.”

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Recommended for: Anyone.

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Go out and read it. You won’t regret it (but don’t forget to start with Under Different Stars). I can’t wait to get started with Darken the Stars.

Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

  • Title: Escaping Reality
  • Author: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release date: May 5, 2015

Blurb: At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loved to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten—even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets her guard down, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing billionaire recluse, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give?

What I thought: It’s a bit strange to admit this in a review, but I don’t know how I feel about this book. I found the story confusing at times and then over simplistic, and then over the top again in the span of a couple of chapters. I guess my biggest problem was that I couldn’t quite sympathize with Amy’s problems (probably because I couldn’t quite understand what her actual problem was) and Liam felt hot and cold, and not always in the good way .

Having said that, I couldn’t bring myself to give the book one or two stars, because the ending left me wondering what the next book will bring, and all the wonderful possibilities that could be explored now (and I really hope it’s not the romantic, it-was-all-a-misunderstanding solution either).
Rating: ♥♥♥

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Review: Wrecked by Priscilla West

There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken. Things between us shouldn’t have gone this far in the first place. Then this never would’ve happened.”

I have read some books by Pricilla West that I enjoyed, so I was expecting a light, sexy weekend read with this one. Her books are usually quick delightful reads (not life-changing reads by any means, but we don’t always need to read life-changing books) with sexy male characters and that was exactly what I was expecting from Wrecked.

Unfortunately, I was a bit let down by it. I couldn’t get into the characters – Lorrie has been through an incredibly traumatic event in her life after the death of her parents, and my impression was that her relationship with Hunter is meant to be portrayed as two tortured souls coming together and dealing with their messes to be better as one. Sadly, I never really bought it.

I found Hunter mysterious enough, but Lorrie was immature throughout the entire book – she wants to be just friends and throws a fit because Hunter hooks up with some girls, and he actually puts up with it?! I didn’t find it very realistic.

Another thing I found very unrealistic were the “mean girls/boys” in college, since I don’t think people would/could be quite so cruel to someone because of the way they lost their mom.

Overall I don’t think I will be returning to read Rescued (the continuation of Lorrie and Hunter’s story). Priscilla West is a talented writer though, so I will definitely give other books she writes a try again.

Recommended for: Fans of Priscilla West who can forgive a less-exciting book than her previous work

Rating: ♥½

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An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review