Review – Burn Down the Night (Everything I Left Unsaid #3) by M. O’Keefe

September 22, 2016 Review 0

Review – Burn Down the Night (Everything I Left Unsaid #3) by M. O’Keefe

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

Title: Burn Down the Night
Author: M. O'Keefe
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wait For It, Lost Without You
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Wait For It
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Author
Published: August 9th 2016
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Motorcycle Theme, Mystery
Pages: 334
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I won this book on another author’s Facebook page and I’m so glad I did.  I was completely unaware of M. O’Keefe and I’m excited to get this introduction to her work.

The opening scene is one of the most unique I’ve ever read.  Sure, explosions in seedy bars may not be unheard of but the perpetrator and the reasoning are.  Joan has more guts than any woman I’ve ever known just to try to get away with the stunt.

Joan and Max have so much chemistry.  They both know it but for different reasons have not acted upon it.  It’s well into the book before they finally do but there’s plenty of hot sex scenes even before.  The sex is different from the standard romance fare, too.  In a very good way.

Joan and Max are both very gritty.  They’re tough.  Their whole lives have been harsh.  They don’t trust easily and are very guarded of themselves.  Joan kidnapping Max and holding him hostage isn’t going to help him trust her for sure.  Joan’s reason for keeping her distance have little to do with Max and are harder ultimately to overcome.  I’m glad O’Keefe didn’t have them quickly falling for each other and finding a white picket fence happily ever after.  It might have still been a good book to read but would have been far from realistic.  As it is, the two must fight the overwhelming odds they face to get any semblance of a promising future.

It’s amazing to watch Max deal with Joan once he decides he wants a future with her.  He’s maybe the only person alive who can tell when her self-defensiveness is kicking in and how best to deal with it.  He’s also willing to deal with her continued efforts to push him away.  Even though I was pretty sure there would be a happy ending, I didn’t really trust it would happen until the last word.

Like Max and Joan, the rest of the characters are dark, gritty and not easy to identify with.  You’d think that would make it hard to like them but they are so well written I actually found a lot of empathy for them.

This is no Cinderella story but it’s all the better because of it.

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