Book Review: The Truth About Him by M. O’Keefe

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Title: The Truth About Him (Everything I Left Unsaid #2)
Author: M. O’Keefe @MollyOKwrites
Reviewed by: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
We played our roles, told each other lies.
 
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
 
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
 
The thrilling danger.
 
The raw, naked desire.
 
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
 
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Ivy

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“Love is a knife that really only cuts one way, and that’s deep.”

The Good: I loved Dylan and Annie. Full stop. They are one of those couples that you think about long after you finish the book. Answers are given, characters and their true motivations are exposed, and nothing is an “easy” answer. I think all of the players here are complex and drawn well. Ms. O’Keefe’s prose is still among the best I’ve seen of romance writers active today.

I’m keeping this review a bit vague as both books are best enjoyed without spoilers. Suffice it to say, I’m happy with the romance as well as the overarching mysteries and their resolutions. I thought that the cliffhanger paid off and sent the story spinning in the proper direction.

The Bad: Nothing that I can think of. I mean, ok, I’m not a fan of stories spread over multiple books, BUT I have to say that it works here and it is not dragged out just because. There’s a change in POV and overall tone from the first to the second that allows the reader to get to know Dylan and his past. It’s a tricky thing to pull off but it worked for me.

Everything in Between: This is slower in pace, though satisfying emotionally. I would have loved to see the action and tension have continued as it did in the first book. While several subplots percolate and bubble over, it felt as if all of the storyline tension was saved up for the finale, which was a bit rushed. Even so, I loved Dylan and Annie’s HEA and the way things ultimately end. Best yet, there are possibilities for more visits to this little ‘verse through supporting characters. The best of all worlds for me.  
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I really enjoyed this two parter, though it was different than I expected. The character development, the excellent prose, it’s all crafted so well. Cliffhangers are so not my thing but this story is an exception to my rule. I’d recommend it.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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