“Burn Down the Night” by M. O’Keefe

aboutA battle for control turns explosive as a beautiful con woman takes a bad-boy biker hostage in this edgy, seductive novel set in the world of Everything I Left Unsaid (“Toe-curlingly sensual.”—Katy Evans) and The Truth About Him (“Absolutely one-click worthy”—J. Kenner).

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.

review

I had recently seen this book on so many trusted “Best of 2016” lists, I knew I had to get it and read it right away. And YIPPEE…the system works! The reviews and the word of mouth about this book paid off and I am so so thankful!

I love this author when she writes as Molly O’Keefe, but I had a tiny hesitation that her darker, more erotic work under M. O’Keefe might not work for me. Low and behind…a great writer is a great writer. And this author brought such an intensity to the build up of the relationship between these two broken characters that the PAY OFF was off the charts.

Ok, so we’ve got some gems of plot set ups here: Joan is a stripper with a vendetta. Also come to find she was a wife of a polygamous cultist. And she plays with explosives. All in the name of saving her sister. You still with me? Hang in there.

Max is a bad dude. President of the Skulls, a motorcycle club filled with bad dudes doing bad things. One of those bad things is trying to kill Max.

All of this is just the set up. Strip these details away, and what you’re really left with is not a typical motorcycle club romance. HELL NO.

These are some damaged characters, but in ways that HURT you as a reader. I felt a lump in my throat and a tightness in my chest just begging for a breakthrough for both Joan (whose real name turns out to be Olivia) and Max. But never once was I entirely certain it would/could happen. They’re fucked-up-ness runs deep. And not in these shock-value ways that some other “dark” books approach. But in this honest, stripped-bare way…hurt people hurt others. Damaged people don’t know how not to be damaged. People who are desperate enough for change have to fight for it.

This journey with Olivia and Max was hard, it was HOT, and eventually it turned sweet, in these surprising and subtle ways.

Like

As I mentioned, there’s a real honesty in how these characters were written and what makes them “bad”, broken. It’s so not stereotypically what I’ve read in the past. This book is a lot deeper than one might expect at first glance.

love

Well…for starters…MAX. Ummmm…that cover model? MAX. If you love a bad boy who is redeemed by love…MAX!

beware

I think the build up took it’s time and the history of what made both of them so fucked up was a slow burn. So, when the emotions turned and when the “happy” found it’s way into the story, it felt a little surprising to me…almost too rushed? And the epilogue, though I LOVE a good happy wrap up, felt a tiny bit over the top sappy.

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If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary read, this ain’t it. But also, if you’re looking for a biker romance that’s gritty and shocking, this also ain’t it. If you want a exploration into how people get hurt in their lives and have to battle to allow themselves love? Yeah, this is your jam.

bookinfo
burndownthenightTITLE: Burn Down the Night (Everything I Left Unsaid #3)

AUTHOR: M. O’Keefe
PUBLISHER: Loveswept
LENGTH: 334
RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon 

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