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.
Praise for Everything I Left Unsaid
“Exquisite, thrilling, and toe-curlingly sensual . . . a delicious guilty pleasure I never wanted to end!”—New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans
“I am head over heels in love with Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe. Everything about this book hits the mark—the exceptional prose, the brilliantly defined characters, the delicious plot, and all the wonderful, dangerous secrets. It’s an absolute must-read keeper-shelf book!”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
“I couldn’t put this book down. Annie’s story is heartbreaking, liberating, sweet, and sexy—I want more!”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“Sweet, sizzling, sexy, and heart-wrenching, Everything I Left Unsaid broke my heart and left me yearning for more.”—New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart
“The mystery, the excitement, and not to mention the elusive and very demanding Dylan Daniels will leave you breathless!”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones
“O’Keefe is one of the best contemporary romance authors writing today. . . . Elegantly sensual and blisteringly sexual, the story immediately hooks readers and keeps them captivated with help from beautiful writing, complex characters, and a healthy dose of secrets, while a cliffhanger ending will have them eagerly awaiting Book 2. Breathtaking and passionately intense—a must-read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[O’Keefe] moves skillfully into . . . romantic suspense with this excellent series launch. . . . [She] infuses the situation with distinctive life and absorbing detail. Captivating characters and a cliffhanger ending will keep readers coming back for more.”—Publishers Weekly
“Beautifully written, this richly detailed storyline, coupled with beguiling and complex characters, takes us on an emotionally charged journey filled with lust, betrayal and secrets. Captivating secondary characters only add fuel to the fire as a chance meeting between two damaged souls opens the doorway to what could be their salvation or personal hell.”—RT Book Reviews
“Intense . . . O’Keefe has deftly penned a story of hope, growth and courage peopled with complex protagonists. It’s a smorgasbord of visceral emotions.”—BookPage
Everything I Left Unsaid is intended for mature audiences.
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About the Author
M. O’Keefe can remember the exact moment her love of romance began—in seventh grade, when Mrs. Nelson handed her a worn paperback copy of The Thorn Birds. Writing as Molly O’Keefe, she has won two RITA awards and three RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two kids.
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Escape smelled like a thick layer of Febreze over stale cigarette smoke.
I dropped my duffle bag on the patch of linoleum in front of the trailer’s stove and closed the thin metal door behind me. It didn’t latch the first time and I had to slam it.
The whole trailer shook.
I’ll need better locks.
Not that locks had kept me safe before. Locks and sitting very still and being very small had not kept me safe at all.
Everyone minds their own here. They all keep to themselves. That’s what Kevin, the park manager, had said when I put down my cash for the trailer. It’s safe and it’s quiet and we don’t truck with no nonsense.
Safe, quiet, and no nonsense made this little scrap of swamp a perfect place to end my week of helter-skelter traveling. Doubling back, buying a ticket west only to go east. Buses. Trains.
Out in front of my trailer, there was a used car—a POS Toyota with bad brakes and a broken radio. I bought it in Virginia, from a high school football player with dreams the crappy car could not hold, and drove north before heading south again.
But I had to stop somewhere. I couldn’t drive forever.
So, seven days, hundreds of miles to here. To this place that didn’t even show up on a state map of North Carolina.
“Home sweet home,” I sighed, putting my hands on my hips and surveying my new kingdom.
Kevin called it a trailer, but really it was an old RV that had rolled to a stop at the Flowered Manor Trailer Park and Camp Ground and refused to keep going. Someone had taken off the wheels and put the RV up on blocks and maybe that same someone had carefully, lovingly planted the morning glory vines to hide those cement blocks.
The flowers were a nice touch, admirable really in their delusional quality, but didn’t much hide the fact that it was an RV.
A crappy one. In a crappy trailer park so off the beaten path it was practically impossible to find.
Perfect. So, so perfect.
My deep breath shuddered through me and I allowed some of the fear I lived with to lift away, like crows startled from a winter field. Usually I gathered the fear back because fear kept me safe.
Fear was familiar.
But in this crazy little trailer, there was no need.
We don’t truck with no nonsense.
Good, I thought, smiling for the first time in a long time. Bravado making me giddy. Neither do I.
I also didn’t truck with the smell of this place.
It was two steps from the kitchen to the dining area and I leaned over the Formica table and beige banquette seating to pull back the curtains and yank open the windows. A fetid breeze blew through, slipping across my neck and down the collar of my white cotton shirt.
I closed my eyes because I was tired down to my bones and . . . it felt good. The breeze, on my skin . . . it just felt good. Different.
And these days I was in the business of different.
My entire life I’d had long hair against my neck or pulled back in a ponytail so heavy it made my head hurt. My hair was naturally red and curly and thick. So thick.
Mom used to say it was the prettiest thing about me. Which is one of those kinds of compliments that isn’t really a compliment at all, because it leaves so much room for awful to grow up around it. But it was the nicest thing she said about me, so I took it to heart, because she was my mom.
Chopping it off had been a weird relief. Not just from headaches and the heat, but this new butchered hair allowed me to feel the breeze like I never had before. The sun against the nape of my neck was a revelation.
When the wind blew, my short hair lifted and the feeling rippled down my back, like a domino fall of nerve endings.
I liked it. A lot.
The quiet was broken by the distant, muffled sound of a phone ringing.
It wasn’t mine. I’d left my cell in the bottom of a trash can in the Tulsa bus station. The other trailers were close, but not so close that I’d be able to hear a cell phone ringing in a purse. And that’s what it sounded like.
The counters of my small kitchen were empty. The driver and front-seat-passenger captain seats that had been turned to create a little sitting area were both bare.
There were no purses left forgotten by the previous tenant.
I glanced down at the fabric of the bench seats that made up the banquettes.
Am I really thinking about putting my hand in there? It looked clean enough, for all its shabbiness, but still . . . disgusting things fell between seat cushions. It was a fact.
The phone rang again and with it the instinct to answer a ringing phone kicked in, and I shoved my hand down into the crease between the top and bottom cushions and then wedged it along sideways, running into nothing, not even cracker crumbs or the odd toy car, until I hit the plastic case of a phone. I pulled it out and glanced at its face.
With a small brush of my thumb, I touched accept.
So small a thing. Really. In the crazy mix of drastic shit I’d been doing this week—answering that phone seemed like nothing.
Just goes to show, I guess.
“Jesus, Megan, where the hell have you been?” a guy said, his voice not angry so much as exasperated. Relieved, almost.
“I’m sorry.” I wedged my hand back into the cushions to see if anything else had slid in there. Money. Money would be nice. “This isn’t Megan.”
Aha! I pulled out three quarters and a nickel.
The guy sighed. The kind of sigh I was terribly used to. The put-out sigh. The angry sigh. The this is your fault sigh.
And I had this visceral reaction, screwed into the marrow of my bones over the last five years, to do everything in my power and some things incredibly outside of my power to appease the anger behind that sigh. To make it all okay.
But those days were officially over.
Sorry, Dylan. No one sighs like that at me. Not anymore. Not ever.
I pulled the phone away from my ear and lifted my thumb to turn it off, but his voice stopped me just before I disconnected the call.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I got no reason to treat you like that. Is Megan there?”
“No.” Okay, I was pulled back in by an apology. Because apologies were nice and they were rare. And this guy sounded sincerely worried. Megan might be his wife. Or girlfriend. His daughter. “She moved out a few days ago. She must have left the phone behind.”
His chuckle was deep and very masculine, and it made me think that I haven’t heard many guys laughing in my life. And that was too bad. It was a nice sound.
“She must have,” he agreed. “Have you moved into the trailer?”
My protective instincts were new and fragile but they were working, and they rose on shaky legs to stop the unthinking answer that came to my lips.
I don’t know this man. I don’t know him at all.
“Just cleaning it,” I said. “I don’t live here.”
“I hope that’s not as bad a job as it sounds.”
“No. It’s fine. Megan must have kept it real clean.” I rolled my eyes at myself.
“What’s your name?”
This is a man. Not a boy. Not a guy. But a man. His voice had a low quality, a rumble and a rasp, like maybe he hadn’t done a lot of talking today. Or maybe he didn’t talk much at all. Or he smoked a pack of cigarettes a day—which shouldn’t sound so good. But it did. He had an accent—something Southern. And despite his apologies he sounded . . . rough.
Something weird was happening to my heartbeat.
“You know mine,” he said.
I nearly closed my eyes as that dark tone sent chills across my back like a cool breeze.
“Dylan,” I said. “It said your name on the phone.”
“Right. Well, I guess you don’t have to—”
“Layla.” The name came out of nowhere. Layla was my cousin, a wild girl I’d only met once but a name I’d heard over and over again in Mom’s warnings and stories of forbearance. “You don’t want to end up like Layla, do you?”
Which was hilarious, because last I’d heard Layla was an extremely popular makeup artist in Hollywood and happy.
So, Mom’s horror stories had worked, and no, I didn’t end up at all like Layla.
But in this new life . . . maybe I’d endeavor to be more like Layla.
Layla had been bold. And confident. Embarrassingly sexy to utterly staid and uptight me. Annie McKay.
“Are you okay?” Dylan asked, pulling me away from thoughts of my cousin.
“What makes you think I’m not?”
“People don’t end up in the Flowered Manor Trailer Park and Camp Ground because everything’s going great in their lives.”
“Tell me about it,” I laughed. The relief of sitting still, letting go of some of that fear I lived with, and the . . . weirdness of this call made me giddy. I felt like a stone kicked downhill. Rolling faster and faster toward something.
This run-down trailer park had the market cornered on last-ditch efforts. Everything and everyone from Kevin to the morning glories out front seemed to be holding on with a white-knuckled intensity.
“You know the brochure did promise modern amenities, but I haven’t caught sight of the spa,” I joked. “And weedy watering holes don’t count.”
There was silence after my words. And I knew silence as well as I knew sighs. The variations, the cold undertones. The hot overtones.
The razor-edged silence that came before You got a smart mouth, girl.
The heavy echoing silence that came before a backhand.
Stupid joke. It was a stupid joke. I am made of stupid jokes.
“You just can’t trust advertising anymore, can you?” he asked.
“Especially when it’s on a bathroom wall in a truck stop.”
We both laughed, and this was officially more fun than I’d had in years.
“Are you safe?” he asked.
The question with its implied concern bit into me, sweeping away my laughter like someone taking his arm over a dinner table, sending plates crashing to the floor. Tears burned in my eyes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another cliffhanger? Really? No thanks.
Annie McKay is on the run from her life which includes an abusive husband and a traumatized childhood with an unstable mother. She ends up in a crappy trailer park in rural North Carolina. For the first time in her life, Annie can make her own decisions and come out of the cocoon she had retreated into to survive. By accident, she starts a phone relationship with Dylan which quickly turns to the erotic. For most of the book, their relationship unfolds only through their phone conversations. I am not a big fan of this trope, but that being said, the author does it very well. Dylan has his own demons haunting his life so these two very wounded people have a hard path to follow. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story is well developed and the writing quite good; however, the gritty and very harsh realities of reading about women in abusive relationships is not something I generally actively seek. I am impressed enough with this author to try out her other works. Annie and Dylan's story continues in the next book, THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM.
Fantastic but didn't realize cliffhanger ending for which I am bummed...
4.5 stars! I've been a fan of Molly O'Keefe's from the moment I read my first book by her, Crazy Thing Called Love. Her stories have always been emotionally engaging and memorable, so when the news broke she was releasing an edgier new adult duology, I knew it was going to be fantastic. Yet I still waited to read it. In a way I am glad I didn't read this book until the second book was released, because I know I would've been tortured by the wait to find out what happened in The Truth About Him. Everything I Left Unsaid is amazing. In the beginning of the book I was intrigued to find out what Annie had run away from. I hated how scared she was about whatever it was and can't tell you how happy I was when she felt safe enough to do things she was terrified of doing before. I loved Annie's determination to not let her fear take over her life and I loved how brave she was to do the things she did to get free of that fear. I loved watching her take herself back and learning about the things she liked. I also loved Annie's work ethic. That woman did not know the meaning of taking it easy. I also loved her big heart and watching her push her boundaries and the things she thought she knew. If it isn't clear yet, I really, really loved Annie. Even though Annie was growing strong mentally and physically every day, she still had moments where her vulnerability showed through. Even when she was faced with seeing a situation similar to the one she'd left and how she handled it from start to end showed how much she'd grown. You wouldn't think anyone would thrive living in a broken down trailer, but Annie did. If I loved Annie, I was head over heels for Dylan. Dylan is as broken as Annie is, but in different ways. My heart hurt for Dylan and all he'd experienced as much as I felt for Annie. While the book started off with Dylan hiding himself, I loved seeing him open up to Annie on the phone. It truly was like they recognized something in each other just from their voices and I could feel that connection through out the book. I like Dylan and Annie was always eager to see what would happen between them. I eagerly turned pages waiting to see what they'd say to each other and even reveal inadvertently. I kept hoping they'd somehow find a way to deal with everything in their lives that was keeping them apart and from opening up to each other fully. Both of them were determined to keep their secrets yet wanted the other to be honest and open. Of course it wasn't that simple. I won't share more because I want you to be as surprised by this book as I was. Reading Everything I Left Unsaid was truly an experience. This book is so much more than a romance. It's multiple journeys of discovery, not just for Dylan and Annie, but for others in the book too. There is a wonderful cast of characters you can't help but like and root for. There is plenty of heart break, angst, and emotional agony, but there's also lots of heat, compassion, and kindness. The story takes so many turns, and just when you think you've figured out what's happening, even more layers and complexities are revealed. Hats off to Molly O'Keefe for writing such an outstanding story and leaving readers frantic for more; You've been warned that this book will blow your mind and the cliffhanger at the end will have you scrambling to read the next book.
More than I expected. Everything I Left Unsaid was more than I expected. The story is deep with the hero and heroine both being tormented, tortured characters by their own actions or those done to them by people in their lives. I found myself drawn to the story, even when I realized there was going to be aspects of the book I might not be able to handle. Annie McKay is a twenty-four-year-old who has found herself in an abusive marriage. In a moment of surprising strength, courage, and determination she made a decision to leave her abusive marriage. Now she’s running for her life and finds herself in a crappy RV park in North Carolina. Dylan Daniels is a twenty-nine-year-old grouchy, grumpy hermit. He has his own reasons for being the way he is, but he still manages to have a caring heart for those people in his life he feels deserves it. Dylan is a man full of secrets and when those secrets are exposed, they are surprising and heartbreaking. Annie and Dylan’s lives converge when Annie picks up a ringing cell phone belonging to someone else. She’s drawn to Dylan’s voice and this initial phone call is the start of Annie’s self-discovery. Everything I Left Unsaid is one of those books that is tricky to talk about. I don’t want to give too much away, because part of not knowing what was going on was part of the intrigue to me. Annie is married and sleeps with another man. On the surface it’s wrong, but when you look at her life I can't fault her. With Dylan’s help, Annie is pulled out of the so called “safe world” she’s been in. This book is about an awakening for both Annie and Dylan. The book ends in a cliffhanger, with a moment I feared would happen. There’s no question I have to see how the story of Annie McKay and Dylan Daniels will end. **Received a copy from Random House in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Authors should warn their readers when a book ends in a cliffhanger. Not everyone wants to pay $10+ to finish a story. The first half of this story was just okay for me. Narrative switched between 1st and 3rd person, which I didn't care for, and while I liked the plot idea, I found myself putting my nook down for long periods while reading this one which is really unusual for me. I'm not sure why but I just couldnt get into this one like I wanted to. If not for the cliffhanger with no warning I may have given this author another try, but won't be buying anything else from her for that reason.
Rich story . Deep character development where H & h initialy connect under guarded emotional and physical bounderies. In spite of these restrictions or because of them their individual growth takes place taking them forward into a solid connection with one another.
Opens your mind to possibilities. Moving on to the conclusion with Annie and Dylan.
But I HATED the cliffhanger ending
Literally did not want to put this down. From beginning to end I was drawn in. With intense characters, humor, emotional substance and not to mention a most interesting plot (not just any typical trailer park community but a RV trailer park camp ground complete with its own al naturale swimming hole) this is book has it covered.
Great flawed characters and lots of twists
Annie ran halfway across the country to escape her abusive husband and finds her safe haven in a rundown trailer park. For someone who had been sheltered her entire life, living on her own is strange but she is determined to enjoy the experience and an enticing voice at the other end of an abandoned cell phone opens Annie to a world of sexual pleasure and exploration. Two damaged strangers sharing their deepest secrets and desires in anonymity, without judgement, without expectations. A naïve and sheltered woman coming into her own sexually, a reclusive millionaire and lots of steamy and titillating phone sex. But soon that's not enough. Annie wants more, but is Dylan willing to give her more? Can Annie trust Dylan? I struggled a bit with this book, especially the slow beginning and I can't say that I enjoyed this book completely because I was left with mixed feelings at the end. This book was quite far from the sweet, soft and loving emotions I look forward to when I pick up a romance. This was raw and heart-wrenching and a bit dark and uncomfortable for me but as I read on, I found myself getting into it. I enjoyed the writing and the characters Ms. O'Keefe created - Annie and her contradictions, sweet and tart, bold and shy, inexperienced seductress; and the remote and secretive Dylan; and I enjoyed the secondary characters in this book. Each one of them brings flavor to the story. However I wanted more development of their connection and relationship outside the sexual exploration. Also, it's kind of hard to believe that someone who had been abused as much as Annie had would easily trust a faceless stranger with her unexplored desires so freely, but yet as I write that I realize that the anonymity and freedom may just be the perfect reason to do so. EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID made me think about the less than pretty side of relationships in general: the secrets, pain, anger, hurt and the hope that it can get better. It's hard to rate this book because I enjoyed the writing and the characters and all their connections but felt very little connection to the main characters. I'm holding out hope that the second book would resolve all the reservations I had about this one. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Innocent, intriguing, suspenseful, heart wrenching and off the charts scorching! Ever had those moments on a call with a stranger that just rocked you to the core? Well, reading Everything I Left Unsaid brought me back to a few of those moments. Everything about this stranger becomes safe and compelling especially those desires we keep hidden in the dark recesses of our mind. After all, what could be safer than to indulge when there is no one there to see or to really know… no one but you and your stranger? Annie is about to find out just how liberating a call from a stranger on an abandoned cell phone can be. On the run from her past, Annie has plenty of secrets to keep. But who is this man who keeps her intrigued and on pins and needles needing to hear his next demand? Life has definitely become interesting in this backwoods trailer park Annie has run to. In all her innocence she never dreamed she’d be claiming her cousin Layla’s identity and taking on her carefree sexually adventurous persona. Nor did she expect she’d be playing spy on her neighbor for the mysterious voice on the phone. All she knows about the voice is that it belongs to a man named Dylan and his voice does things to her that have never happened before. Dylan is a hardcore race car engineer that’s made it big… big enough to own his own side of the mountain. He’s got a past and he’s a bit incredulous at times that Layla doesn’t know who he is or that she can be quite as innocent and almost virginal as she sounds. She intrigues him. She also keeps him up thinking about the next time she’ll call. But if she should ever find out who he is or about his past then they are done. At least that’s what he tells himself... Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. This is one man that is hooked, reel, line, and sinker… he is so done for. Getting to know Annie and her brand of innocence was a real treat. Sometimes it’s hard to recall those days when you yourself were ever so innocent. At the same time, you see an underpinning of vulnerability with a healthy dose of strength to turn things around. Everything I Left Unsaid deals with some hard-hitting abuse issues and the way some victims deal with it. Ms. O’Keefe was spot on in her presentation of the issue. At the same time, this was definitely a coming of age story… even if a bit later in life than one would expect. Hence that overwhelming sense of innocence you get from Annie. That sense of innocence juxtaposed against the very carnal calls these two have definitely hit the scorch meter. Everything I Left Unsaid definitely left me wanting more. It ended on an HFN with a bit of a cliffhanger when Annie’s past comes calling. This is one cliffhanger that will certainly see me picking up the next in the series, The Truth About Him. Review copy provided via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions.com*****
4.5 star The story has laughs, pain, abuse, suspense, and heartbreak. This is Annie (Layla) and Dylan’s story. Annie is on the run from her abusive husband. When she answers a lost cell phone she meets Dylan. Dylan pulls her into a world of fantasies. The hot and steamy phone talk is a distraction that they both crave. Annie is inexperienced and Dylan is a willing teacher via the phone. Through calls and text messages he teaches her in the art of pleasure. Lots of dirty talking fun for the both of them. Throughout the story you learn a little about both of these characters but not there entire story. With them both being a little broken will they only end up hurting each other in the end? Will they get to a point where they don’t need the other person? This book ends on a cliffhanger. Lots of unanswered questions left in this story. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
Okay I can honestly say that answering the phone for me has NEVER been this hot!! We begin with Annie setting up in a trailer park after she flees her abusive husband. She has a lot to figure out and things are just upside down at the moment. Then the phone rings only it’s not Annie’s phone. However being a woman she answers it (COME ON you know you would too if you found a ringing phone in your new place!) Answering the phone is when she is introduced to Dylan and the best phone sexual tension I have ever read. The fact hat these two spent half the book on the phone with one another and not face to face yet still have that kind of tension just goes to show the literary genius of Molly O’Keefe. I want a phone call like that! Annie is a very strong woman whose life is out of her control. In fact she hasn’t been allowed to have that control yet out that has come a woman who won’t just give in anymore. She is determined to not only be brave but independent which makes her very relateable. Dylan is the perfect book boyfriend! He is super sexy and mysterious with just the right amount of tortured in there. We learn a lot about him and his past, who he is but there is something there that is just within your reach about him yet you can’t get to it. I can’t wait for book two to find out what happens! I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This review was first published at Blushing Reads.
Annie has had a hard life. Her mother was a little crazy and her husband is an abuser. When Annie’s husband almost kills her, she decides to flee. While this book touches on abuse it is not overwhelming part of the story. Annie finds herself at this trashy trailer park miles away from where she lives. She agrees to work there in exchange for rent. The first day she moves in, she hears a phone ring. The only thing is, she doesn’t have one. She finds the phone, stuck between some cushions and the caller ID says “Dylan”. She cautiously answers it. On the other end is this voice, a voice she seems strangely drawn to? Dylan asks Annie to keep an eye on a resident named Ben. So of course the only way she can keep Dylan up to date is to call him. Over time their telephone conversations grow more personal. Dylan pushes Annie to open up and start asking for what she wants. This is new and scary for her. In the past, asking for what she wanted would get her hit. Soon though, their phone conversations are not enough. Annie wants to meet Dylan in person but Dylan shuts down at that point. He has a lot of secrets and inner turmoil. His is somewhat mysterious. He feels he is too dangerous and Annie is too innocent. However when danger comes to the trailer park, Annie is brought to Dylan’s place. What comes next is a lot of hotness and passion. But they both still have secrets, which tears them apart. This is a very intriguing story. I like how Annie begins to grow and gain more confidence in standing up for herself. There is only one thing I don’t like about this book and that is it ends on cliffhanger. I did not see that one coming. However, I think this book keeps you interested enough to want to read the second one. I know I do.
4 stars-- ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 13, 2015 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. REVIEW: EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID is the first installment in Molly O’Keefe’s contemporary adult Everything I Left Unsaid erotic, romantic suspense duology focusing on Annie McKay and Dylan Daniels. Told from first person point of view (Annie) and third person perspective (Dylan) EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID follows Annie aka Layla on the run from her abusive husband, arriving in Carolina from the Flatlands of Oklahoma. Layla is hiding and working in a run down, trailer park to escape her life and the man who has all but destroyed everything she has ever loved. Enter the mysterious Dylan Daniels, a former NASCAR driver, and the man who will be the focus in all of Annie’s fantasies and dreams. When Annie answers a lost cell phone, she will inadvertently becomes part of Dylan’s life, but Dylan wants to remain anonymous, and Annie becomes a distraction that he isn’t willing to give up. A good portion and the foundation of the storyline follows Annie and Dylan’s phone Sex and text messages. Not having yet met face to face with Annie, Dylan and Annie’s relationship is sexually aggressive and suggestive with Dylan instructing Annie in the ways of pleasuring herself and talking dirty on the phone. Annie is an innocent; inexperienced; and naïve. Dylan is an enigma with a dark past, and an even darker present. What little we know, leaves us wanting more. Most of the $ex scenes are limited to phone $ex; their physical intimacy has an expiry date when Annie decides she doesn’t want or need Dylan’s help. EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID has a large ensemble cast of characters from the Flowered Manor Trailer Park and Camp Ground: Joan the stripper who hides her true identity from those around; elderly Ben whose past is mired in dark and dangerous secrets; Kevin the trailer park manager who hires Annie for maintenance and clean up; and Tiffany, a young mother in an abusive relationship. The world building focuses on the lives of the people at the Flowered Manor Trailer Park and Camp Ground; Annie’s need to keep ahead of her past; and Dylan’s hermit existence upon the mountain he works and owns. EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID ends on a cliffhanger that leaves many unanswered questions about the how and why. Dylan’s life is revealed a little at a time, but our leading hero has secrets that he doesn’t want anyone to know. EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID is a story of mystery and suspense; flawed, impassioned characters with heartbreaking stories and tragic lives but saying that the storyline barely scratches the surface of the truth. EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID leaves you wanting more-right now ! Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley
*I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for an honest review* Annie is an abused woman on the run and Dylan is the man who makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. Annie finds strength and hope with Dylan, the man on the other end of the cell phone, who speaks to her hidden desires, but Dylan is a man with secrets who carries scars of the past deep within him. Will they eventually overcome their pasts? Well, we have to wait and see because of the dreaded cliffhanger! There is also an assortment of interesting characters in the dumpy trailer park where Annie is hiding out and the invisible connection between each is revealed layer by layer all leading to a not entirely unexpected end to this first book. This book is well-written and engrossing and I couldn’t put it down. It’s going to be a long wait until November 24th, when The Truth About Him (book 2) comes out.
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!! "That was the truth, wasn't it? We could all be so many things. Victims and criminals. Sinners and saints. Devious and virtuous." Wow! What a crazy, crazy ride!! This one of those books that takes you on an experience you will never forget! It all started with a phone call. Annie had no way of knowing that when she answered that cell phone, her life would forever be changed. You see, the person on the other line was looking for someone, but that someone was gone. What the caller got, was Annie. This voice on the other line made Annie feel alive for the very first time. One phone quickly turns into two and the next thing you know, Annie and Dylan have formed a sort of friendship. Dylan makes Annie feel safe and is constantly pushing her limits and testing her boundaries. They're both keeping secrets from one another, but that's not enough to make them stop whatever is going on...... Everything I Left Unsaid sucks you in from the very first page. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I dived into this read and I am so glad that I didn't. Let me tell you, once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I quickly became addicted to Annie and Dylan. Dylan was dark, mysterious and intriguing. He was hiding so many things. I wanted to know more about him; learn his secrets. And Annie...she was dealt a pretty tough life, running from her past. Talking to Dylan made her be brave. He made her try and experience things that she never felt possible. Together these two lost souls bring out something in the other that they thought was lost. I loved the connection between Dylan and Annie. Yes, they had great chemistry, but I was honestly just intrigued by them and their story. Everything I Left Unsaid was is told from dual points of view. It is such a unique and refreshing read. It is sexy, intriguing, and mysterious. It is so easy to get lost in the story that is being told. I will warn you though, this story does end with a cliffhanger and let me tell you, it is a good one. I for one can not wait to get my hands on the next book to see how everything will play out! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first book by this author and I must say she has a new fan in me. In the beginning I wasn’t sure if the whole “stranger on the phone” thing would be worthwhile or not. I imagined it could go wrong very easily and turn out to be a cheesy phone sex thing. But that was not the case at all. The story was interesting and deep, yet at the same time it was sexy and exciting. I think the author is a very talented storyteller, and the writing was flawless as well. Every single character had a purpose and the way they all tied together in the end surprised me. The story between Annie and Dylan was one surrounded by pain and darkness. They both had secrets and felt the need to protect each other -Annie by lying and pretending to be someone else, and Dylan by not revealing anything and following his own set of rules. Because of this, it took them a long time to overcome their fears. I understand that their whole story could not be wrapped up in just one book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest. With that being said, the ending of this book left a bad taste in my mouth. Towards the end, I saw it coming but that didn’t make it any easier. I am not a fan of cliffhangers and for that matter, I don’t know anyone who is. I think the first book in a series can end on a satisfactory note and readers who liked it will still want to continue. Anyway, like I said I am looking forward to the next book but not because we were left hanging at the worst possible moment but because overall it was a fantastic book. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*