[696]: Wait For It by M.O’Keefe

From sizzling chemistry to boring compatibility.


Wait For It
by Molly O’Keefe

Tiffany and Blake’s meet cute wasn’t so cute. It was contemptuous to start, possibly even explosive. It’s the reason why I was chomping at the bit to read this installment. Because there’s no other romantic device I love more than the enemies-to-lovers trope.

By the first few pages, it was not as earth-shattering as I’d hoped for, unfortunately.

Blake has had to clean up for his brother all their lives. Phil was very good at leaving a trail of brokenhearted, and more often, abused women in his wake. So when Tiffany and her kids came into the picture, he was there with a cheque book ready to buy her off so they may disappear from their lives. Thinking of her kids and the need to flee her abusive husband, Tiffany took the money and ran towards a fresh start. Only it didn’t last long as Phil found them again picking up where he left off.

So the explosive meeting between Tiffany and Blake fizzled practically from the very start of this book. Which is disappointing because that was the main draw for me. It was like meeting two different characters. I can say, however, that separately, Tiffany and Blake are admirable in their own ways. But as a couple, I thought they went from having sizzling chemistry to boring compatibility.

It’s when they added sex into the mix that did it for me. Tiffany has all but lost her libido during the course of her married life with Phil and who could blame her? Phil was verbally and physically abusive so any inkling to indulge in carnal activities left her feeling cold. Blake thinks he can light up her fire again (and he did). But the sex, I found, was gratuitous and awkward at times so I didn’t find it steamy to say the least.

 The underlying lesson of this book is that you can’t buy everything; not happiness, not love, and especially not trust. Blake had to find that out himself. Though he had very good intentions, his method of atoning for his brother’s sins was messed up. You can’t erase traumatic memories of abuse and desolation by money. Tiffany was the hard lesson that he had to learn. Tiffany had some learning she had to do as well. Mostly, independence and courage. This installment could’ve been good but I had a hard time digesting the sexual dynamics between these two. Frankly, it left me feeling cold.

  • Sounds like it was a bit of a fizzle for you Joy… a shame because I was hoping thais would be a good read…

  • Sorry to hear that the sex wasn’t done very well…that can really set the tone for a book especially in a romance. I do like that it deals with learning life lessons, making mistakes and personal growth and healing.

  • Bummer about the steamy parts especially, lol. I read the one with the biker and the chick with the missing sister (oh my memory, where did it go?) and it sizzled. But damn were those two ever filled with the angst!

  • Aw, I’m sorry this book wasn’t all that awesome : And the steamy parts weren’t done well? That’s just sad, haha 🙂 But glad you still liked parts of the book .<3 Hugs. Lovely review Joy, as always 🙂 Hope you are doing good. <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t had a lot of luck with O’Keefe’s more recent works, so I think I’m going to be skipping this one. It seems like it had a lot of potential but in these books if the sex isn’t working for the reader then the novel loses a lot. Thanks for your honest review, Joy!

  • RO

    Just stopping by to see if you’re relaxing a little, and maybe eating a cheeseburger. (lol) Hugs…

  • You cannot buy happiness with money. This is very true. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you. Good luck on your next book.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I’m also a big fan of enemies-to-lovers romances. Hope your next one will be better!

  • Erm so let me get this straight….Blake slept with his sister-in-law?! Talk about a fucked up situation, especially when kids are involved, and you’re their UNCLE?! What even? I’m sorry this one was such a miss 🙁

  • Oh no. I am sorry this one didn’t work out for you. It seems like it just didn’t have that steam and spark that you look for when you read an NA novel. I hope your next read can be a whole lot more enjoyable for you!

  • Karen

    I’m reading a romance like this right now and I’m STRUGGLING. So I’ll be skipping this one.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Aw I’m sorry this was a miss, sounds like it could have been something better 🙁 I get so bored when reading characters with a lack of chemistry, it’s like watching an uninteresting couple on a tv show but worse D:

  • I’ve not read this author. And after reading your review I don’t think I want to. Sorry it wasn’t a better one for you. Good honest review!

  • Ugh, that’s disappointed, especially since I really enjoyed Everything I Left Unsaid!

  • I was thinking about this one when I saw it on NetGalley but I didn’t let myself request it. I am pretty happy about that decision now that I am reading your review. Sorry this one wasn’t better for you.

  • Boring compatibility and awkward sex? I think I’ll pass. Sorry this was a bust, Joy!

  • JenM

    Too bad you didn’t like it. I just read Bad Neighbor by her and there was a sample of this book at the end. It definitely drew me in. I will probably give it a try.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this was mostly a disappoint for you. It’s nice the characters worked on their own, but as a romance, not working as a couple is definitely a drawback.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Hmm, that’s disappointing. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you, especially since you had somewhat high hopes for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, though. Hope you’re reading better books this week. 🙂

  • I just say meh

  • Hi, Joy! I’ve been of hiatus, but I’m back. I’ve recently binge read Molly O’Keefe’s Boys of Bishop series, and enjoyed it a lot. I want to read something else by this author. Wait For It is a fourth book in a series, am I wrong? Have you read previous?

    A heroine that have lost her libido because of some events in the past and healing with the help of the hero is frequent topic in this author’s books. I’ve read two books written by her with similar theme. To her credit she writes about this topic tactfully and realistically.

    I’m sorry this book wasn’t a winner for you. The reason we read such books is romance, and when it leave you feeling cold it’s never a good sigh. Wonderful review!

  • RO

    Those life lessons sound pretty good, but I’m not sure I’d run out to grab this book! lol

    Loved your review though. Hugs…

  • ah sorry you coudln’t connect that much

  • awww. i read a few of her books and they were pretty good. i have this ARC too see how

  • Ahhh what a shame. I was really excited about the enemies to lovers aspect of it when I started reading the review but it definitely doesn’t sound like there’s much chemistry between the characters. Also I think the whole getting with your brother’s ex-wife thing is just a tad awkward…

    Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

  • Sorry you didn’t like this one, hope your next read is spectacular!