The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe #Review

The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe #ReviewThe Truth About Him by Molly O'Keefe

Series: #2 Everything I Left Unsaid
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Bantam Spectra on November 24, 2015
Pages: 337
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Whew! After the startling ending of the first book, I was jazzed to pick this one up to see what happened. This one continues the story of Dylan and Annie- two very wounded people who found each other under unusual circumstances. It was one intense, emotional, ride full of red-hot passion and lurking danger.

I now have the dilemma of sharing my review thoughts on this second book without messing up the cliffhanger at the end of the first book. I’m taking the coward’s way out and skipping my usual summary and going straight to my thoughts.

I didn’t realize, looking at this beautiful woman, that sometimes you just had to feel it. Sometimes you had to let the terror and the anger and the fear tear you apart.

So you could feel what came next.

And like that, just like that, I was blown open.

“I love you,” I said.

Loc 4164 Dylan from The Truth About Him

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This book kept up the intensity and gripping emotional plotting of the first one. It’s first person alternating point of view between Dylan and Annie. The first book focused on Annie’s dark journey into the light after a lifetime of neglect and abuse and now the focus will move to Dylan. His past is possibly more horrific than hers in some ways because the troubles are still ongoing. Dylan is at a crossroads through this book- stay in the darkness or reveal it all to Annie and trust her to handle it and help him move into the light. I liked how there was drama, but it was well within the reasonable scope for what was going down. There is a crisis at the beginning that rocks both of them. What they have together is so new and fragile that it was understandable to see it fracturing under the pressure. But they both showed some strength and clear-headedness in turn.

“…I am scared of me. Of who I am right now. Of what I’ve become.”

“Annie, you’re a survivor. And if you can admire that in me, you can admire it in yourself.”

Suddenly, that was a thought she could follow out and away from the knot in her brain. That was a comfort she could use.

“You’re going to be happy again,“ Dylan said. “I swear it. We can…we can get through it. You and me, I promise.”

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I had one moment with an action that Annie took, basically not taking ‘no’ for an answer. It left a nasty taste until, relieved sigh…Annie realized the import of what she did and begged forgiveness. Thank you, Molly O’Keefe for writing that the way you did.

I was glad to see that the author didn’t let this romance become insular like emotional romances are prone to do. These two are dealing with some drama between them and because of their pasts. I was glad to have familiar characters and story threads from the previous book carry over like Annie’s trailer park community and the dangerous situation going on at the strip club. Dylan is dealing with his issues with his brother, Max, and their dad, Ben. This latest encounter with Max has me really excited for his upcoming story. He makes Dylan’s darkness seem like Dylan’s the angel of light.

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Oh, and I loved getting the extra three scenes that the author put in her newsletter that acted as a prequel and caught the reader up on Dylan’s past. I don’t know if she’ll put them up at her website, but if she does they are well worth it for the reader to get in between the books. The book can be read without them, easily, but it sure enhanced the experience.

All in all, I was riveted from cover to cover just as I was with the first book. It was hot and tantalizing between these two. So this book tied-off Dylan and Annie’s story. It wasn’t easy, but it was satisfying. Contemporary Romance fans who like intense, emotional and hot reads should try this series. Definitely get it in order.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    Hi Sophia Rose these two books sound Incredible I’m putting them on my wish list for reading after the New Year! Thanks!

    • They were something different for me from this author. Very hot stuff, but lots of emotion and suspense, too.

  • Love the covers for these books!

    • They really capture the essence of the books.

  • This the season for love…I guess it’s year round for all of us. Its a bonus when we stumble on a book or series that hits all the marks

    • Yeah, so far these have been pretty intense emotionally. The one that I think will really be good is his brother’s story.

  • Oh crud crud crud. I still have book one on my review pile. These will have to be the first ones I tackle in 2016. You have me wanting to read em now, Sophia!

    • Yeah, I thought I was going to go nuts waiting to see if I got accepted for book two after book one left me on a suspenseful note. They are hot stuff, but have a lot of other stuff going on too.
      I have so many that I want to grab right now. I need the gift of splitting in several pieces and each piece being able to read a separate book. 😉

  • I really like that quote

  • awesome cover indeed. See, I love growth of characters especially when it comes to a “dark” story telling or romance. I Love the make up dynamtics on this couple…oh maybe Sophia, maybe…lols. MY TBR pile is so out of control right now 😉

    • I hear you. I look at the number on my kindle and glance over to the stack of books and shudder. And yet I struggle to say no. LOL

      Yes, this was an interesting series because of the way these characters are now and how their pasts developed them. That is one hot cover as is the first one.