Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tour-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe


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.



“When’s the last time you said no to someone?” he asked.

“Why does it matter?”

“I have a sense, Layla, that you give away your yeses without thinking.”

Oh, he was right. So damn right.

“And you want my no’s?”

“I want something you don’t give away.”

My knees buckled and I leaned back against the wood-paneled wall, feeling light-headed. How . . . how did we get here? What has happened to me?

“Tell me no, Layla,” he murmured.

No was dangerous in my old life. A red flag in front of a murderous bull.

I wasn’t brave enough.

“No.” It was barely a whisper. A breath. A rebellion that screamed through me. It was like Les Misérables in my chest cavity.

“Do you remember my name?”

Inherently, somehow I knew what he was asking. Say my name.

“No, Dylan.”

The sound he made—half sigh, half groan—was easily the most erotic sound I’d ever heard, and suddenly there was no more wondering, no more innuendo. He wasn’t asking what I was wearing, but the effect was the same. The intent was the same.

This is . . . oh my God, this is phone sex. I’m having phone sex with a stranger in a shitty trailer in the middle of nowhere!


Everything I Left Unsaid is the epitome of sexual tension and suspense buildup.  Right from the start and through to the very last page, you're kept on edge for multiple reasons and until you get to around 75% in, you get only minor releases to barely whet your appetite.

Annie is a broken young woman, trying to start over but still hiding from her past.  Dylan is also broken and has secrets in his past, though his we don't discover until almost the very end of the story.  Together they embark on an unconventional journey, with the tension and angst continually building until around that 75% point.  But even then, things are not resolved and there are still secrets and their pasts haunting them.  And the buildup to get there is risqué with a touch of the erotic, and opens Annie up to a whole new way of experiencing life.

The story has a unique setup, and touches on some sensitive subject matter (domestic abuse).  It also has some scorching sexual scenes between Dylan and Annie--and not necessarily when the two of them are physically together...which adds an element of the taboo and erotic to their shared scenes.  Their chemistry is of the combustible variety, no matter how hard they try to stay away from each other.

When you put it all together, the result is an engaging read that, while for me moved a little slow at times, ultimately still grabbed and kept my attention and had me desperately wanting to uncover all of the secrets being hidden.  Now add in a fascinating mix of supporting characters who have secrets of their own, and everything becomes even more convoluted and pulls you even deeper into the story.

Be warned...this book does end on a cliffhanger.  It's a doozy, but also not entirely unexpected (or at least it wasn't for me). One thing's for sure though--it will definitely hook you for the second book to see how Dylan and Annie's story ends up.  4 sensual and suspenseful stars for Everything I Left Unsaid, recommended for 18+ only due to adult language and adult sexual situations that border on the erotic, as well as the sensitive subject matter mentioned earlier.


Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she's not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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