I didn’t think answering someone else’s cell phone 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.
Ah. This book. It was so unexpectedly good. And by that, I don’t mean that I didn’t expect anything good from this author. I just meant that the discovery was refreshing. This genre is saturated, to say the least. So finding something as good as this book (series) is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s been so long so I’ve been wowed by a little-known book. I read till 2 in the morning then proceeded to download the second book soon after. I can’t tell you how tempted I was to keep going but with only 3.5 hours left until my alarm goes off, I had to put my iPad down and sleep.
Molly O’Keefe’s writing has an addictive and compelling quality that lent to the ease in which I devoured this book. It’s simple, yes. But her story was far from it. As most of these stories go, you’ll meet a woman on the run from a dangerous past. She finds herself in a trailer park where she would have a fateful phone call with one Dylan Daniels. As cheesy as it sounds, the connection was instantaneous and dare I say, heated. Soon, the two started looking forward to these explicit phone calls. Over time, Dylan has managed to reach into Annie’s courage buried underneath all her insecurities and fear that her past is going to catch up to her. So much courage, in fact, that Annie started making demands of her own. But Dylan has a past of his that left him living in a hermit-like existence. So something’s got to give; honesty and acceptance are the only way for them to actually have a shot at being together. And if they’re not willing to face their own demons, there was no way they’re going to have the happiness that had so eluded them for years.
These two people are both scarred inside and out. And I know it’s something that we’ve probably read one too many times. I can’t convince you with my words to read this book. All I can do is ask you to try it. I know I’ve said it before that New Adult is a territory I very seldom venture into, so take that under consideration after reading this review. You will find two characters who, against all odds, have learned to live their pasts but not truly overcome them. In fact, the first two books in this series will have them running from the demons that chased them. It is not angsty in a relative term, but their situations were terrible enough to incite heart palpitations.