[665]: Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe

27970260 Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid, #3
Loveswept | August 9, 2016
Adult Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

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.

It is with my utmost and heartfelt regret that I’m writing this review. If I’m being honest, my real feelings go deeper than dislike. I had so many problems with this installment – mostly centered on the major characters. Frankly, they did some things that I didn’t agree with and the stuff they pulled on each other was despicable. Regardless of how the story went and no matter how satisfying that ending was, I couldn’t get past my initial revulsion. This is why I’m not cut out for angst or anything resembling dark erotic tales. It reminded me of how I felt about Tiffany Reisz’ The Original Sinners novels and A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty series. My curiosity got the better of me on that one.

In case you’re not familiar with this series, the second book ended with Max and Joan/Olivia on the run from the MC gang that Max used to lead. Having barely escaped death, Joan drove to Florida where she knew her aunt would be able to fix  the bloodied and beaten Max. Her plan of rescuing her sister from the hands of a sadistic drug lord was temporarily on hold – at least until Max recovers from his wounds. But Max was bent on revenge so Joan had to literally handcuff him to make sure he doesn’t escape. This did not bode well with Max. Thus begins the agony of watching a twisted foreplay before my eyes. While some would find it erotic, I found it painful to read. They were borderline abusive and toxic; so much so that it made me feel uncomfortable.

There was also a scene that I couldn’t bear to read. I’d rather not say what it was, but I wasn’t a fan. I skimmed that part mostly because I really hated it. At that point, I debated whether or not I should continue. Truth be told, I haven’t DNF’d a book in a couple of years, so I was not about to let this book change that. I persevered but my face had a permanent grimace the whole time I was reading it. Personal feelings aside, Molly O’Keefe captured Max and Joan in all their broken glory. They’re both determined, albeit, self-destructive; guilt-ridden but their hearts are in the right place – at least when it comes to protecting their families. It takes patience to be able to endure them, and unfortunately, they caught me at a time when I was feeling a bit less generous.

Despite my abhorrence to this book, I’m very excited to read the next one which is, hopefully, Tiffany and Blake’s story. From what I’ve read so far, these two are a ticking time bomb. Everything I Left Unsaid is, arguably one of the best NA series out there. I hope this review will not deter you from reading the books because you would be missing out on stories that are true, gritty, and heartbreaking.

  • Ack! One star reviews are the very woooorst 🙁 So sorry that this book was so goddamn awful. Ack. It sucks to read an awful book, lol. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous thoughts about this one 🙂 So not for me, haha.

  • This series has only just popped up on my radar, unfortunately… And it’s a shame you didn’t like this one. I am curious to see what happened though that put you off! I need to get Everything I Left Unsaid… I missed the sale! Bugger!

  • RO

    Yikes! I knew it wouldn’t be good when I saw the 1 Star. Things got worse with two words – abuse and toxic. Review was right on point! Hugs…

  • oh my I am sorry to hear this was not a good turnout of a read for you. I can be a bit picky about angst books especially if the characters are so horrible to each other. Hope the next book is win though!! 🙂

  • I’m pretty impressed your still going to be reading the next one even though you seemed to mostly just detest this one with a passion. Hopefully your next read was a lot better than this one 😀

  • Aw damn, I got this one because I heard the first one was so good but I can’t handle toxic. Sorry this one was a bust for you. I DNF all the time it’s very freeing 🙂

    • The first two books were awesome, though. And I suspect the next one after this will more than make up for this blunder…I hope.

  • kindlemom1

    Yikes. It sounds like you couldn’t get past the bad, which, I don’t blame you, that is hard to do especially if you weren’t expecting it.

    • I tried, I really tried. I was just too mad to think about anything else.

  • I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one :/. This type of romance definitely isn’t for me though. I hope you enjoy your next read! 🙂

  • Oy, this sounds like a train wreck of epic proportions. I do have Everything I Left Unsaid on audio, so I may give that a try.

    • I mean, some (okay, a lot) people truly enjoyed it based on the rating average it got on Goodreads.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you at all, but hopefully the next one will be better!


  • Jazmen

    Man tthis sounds like total crap, thanks for helping me avoid it!

    • The first two books are awesome, though. I hope you’ll give them a try.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Aww, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, Joy! I know how much you loved the original duo in this series! This series hasn’t worked out for me from the beginning so I’ll definitely be skipping this one. Thanks for taking one for the team, dear, and I hope you’re next read is a vast improvement over this. 🙂

    • Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the first two books, Keertana. I absolutely adored them! I really hope the next one will make up for this.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I admire you so much for not DNF-ing! I DNF all the time! I simply can’t force myself to read something I hate when my schedule is so full and I have so much to choose from. I’m sorry this was such a disappointment!

    • I really think I should start. Sigh. Life is too short to keep reading awful books.

  • I tried to read a couple of books with a couple that was a lot like the couple you described in here. Not one of those books worked for me so I’m pretty sure this would be more of the same. I’m curious about the other books in the series though. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Oh, yes! You must try the first two books. I absolutely loved them. 🙂

      • Then they’re going on the list! Thanks Joy!

  • I think I would find this immensely frustrating and awkward that’s for sure. I do not want to spend my escapism reading abusive and painful to read. Personally I commend you for getting to the end otherwise I would most certainly have DNFd it! Great honest review. 🙂

    • Exactly right. But the things they put each other through might be consequential but it’s not my idea of a good time, you know?

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “They were borderline abusive and toxic; so much so that it made me feel uncomfortable.”

    I think I’m going to pass on this one Joy! I love a good erotic romance, but the dark erotic stories where they push the envelope in terms of unhealthy relationships just aren’t for me. I’m more a light, fluffy, adorkable kind of romance girl. Sorry this was a rough one for you, but hopefully you get Tiffany and Blake’s story next and it’s everything you want it to be:)

    • I’ve read many a dark erotic tales, but I’ve yet to develop a strong stomach for them. Sigh.

  • *sigh*
    I feel you, Joy. I had such high hopes for this one based on my feelings for the first two books, but this was just really messy. I agree that the relationship was way too toxic. I don’t think they were a good couple. I think they both needed softer people because they were both so hard. In reality, these two would wind up killing each other, in my opinion.
    And are you referring to that first bedroom scene? I was very uncomfortable with it. I’m not opposed to scenes between people like that, but it didn’t add anything here and there was zero discussion.
    I hope Tiffany and Blake turn out to be stronger and better for us, Joy!

    • I hear ya. I wasn’t ready for the kind of in -your-face reality that they showed me. I’m confident Tiffany and Blake would be awesome!

  • I see beards are even more in now

  • I’m not a big fan of NA since the books that I’ve read seem to have little plot and simply focus on sex. I’ll pass on this one too since the romance doesn’t sound very healthy.

    • I’m the same, but once in a while, I find myself indulging.