ARC Review: The Heart of It by Molly O Keefe

29 Feb 2016

Book Title: The Heart of It
Author: Molly O Keefe
Series: Standalone - Novella
Release Date: February 29th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
On the outside rich and successful Gabe Paterson has everything.

No one would guess the ghosts from his past are tearing him apart.

Desperate, he reaches out to Elena – a resilient call girl, with her own childhood scars – for help.

In their moments of honesty, the two forge the most surprising relationship of their lives.

But will they be brave enough to make it into something more?

Seriously, this is why I tend to loathe novellas! You take an author with the gift to write like Molly O'Keefe has, and you stick "novella" in her head and it's like going to an ice cream store and getting a spoonful. I NEED MORE dammit! Ok, rant over...onto the review.

The Heart of It is a quickie story that highlights the premise of finding that one person in your life that makes a difference...the game changer. Elena is an escort when she meets Gabe as a client. What seems like a superficial, non-important on the scope of life "relationship" is so much more to him... And in the end, to her. It just takes that one to slay the demons that have haunted Gabe since youth. Not money, not success, nothing...until Elena.

The Heart of It is just different than a lot of book tropes I've read. And I had no clue Molly O'Keefe could write so poetically. It's artistic and beautiful; erotic yet touching; meaningful and addictive.

Just beware, it ends at 77%. If I can say one thing about this book, it's proof positive she needs to expound on their "love" story. The gripping love story is 100% there, I just want more...please.

Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.


Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she's not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

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