Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Bantam Spectra
Released on November 24, 2015
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.
[quote]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[/quote]
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.
[quote]“…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.”
Loc 828 Annie and Dylan, Truth About Him[/quote]
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.
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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