ARC Review: Wait for It by Molly O Keefe

28 Feb 2017

Book Title: Wait for It
Author: Molly O Keefe
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #4 - Standalone
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
In a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.

Tiffany: After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.

Blake: I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.

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The Everything I Left Unsaid series was my first foray into M. O'Keefe's writing. Since that time, I've picked up each and every new release she writes. I'd thought this particular series was complete until I found out Wait for It would be releasing. I knew this book would be unlike all the others in the series because of the two characters it highlights and the almost impossible chance that they'd bury the hatchet, much less fall in love.

Tiffany Edwards we met very early on in this series. Back in the trailer park, she was a postcard for poor rural America. Three children, barely making ends meet, uneducated, and unfortunately married to a man who both verbally and physically abused her. A seemingly impossible situation to overcome with no financial means or family ties to do so. So when her husband's wealthy brother finds out about their existence, he doesn't do the right thing, he does the exact opposite. He pays her to get out of their lives and never come back. I see hatred runs in their family. She's more than happy to oblige.......

Blake Edwards thought paying off Tiffany would preempt her getting anywhere near his family with her needy little family and his deadbeat brother. But on a dark night when she comes knocking on a friend's door with no place else to go, a home he happens to be present at, he realizes Tiffany is as much a victim of his brother as his own family is...and those poor kids.

Tiffany, regardless of being abused for years by Phil, amazed me with her backbone. She doesn't cower to Blake and she will do whatever she can to keep herself and kids afloat. She detests Blake for thinking money buys anything and has no desire to have any sort of family reunion either. Blake, however, realizes just how wrong he was pushing them out of their lives. She has nobody. Her kids have nobody. Can he change their opinion of him and his family, aside from his deadbeat brother she married?

This book is by far my favorite in the series. It was so angsty. Tiffany's sheer hatred for Blake was palpable and her tough life gave her the tools to push back like the best of them. Blake thinks everything is fixed with money and he's suddenly realizing money can't fix the mess he's made with her. As he tries to right his wrongs, he's also keenly aware of his growing attraction to this feisty blonde bombshell. Her walls are high, especially protective of her kids. She's like Fort Knox but can he get in to help? Suddenly the cold and aloof businessman Blake has a heart and soul and it's drawn to Tiffany.

Go For It kept me riveted to the pages- both characters extremely complex with different burdens to bear. Tiffany didn't make things easy for Blake and I loved her backbone. Blake, as much as a total jerk he could be, I loved that deep beneath all his self-protective persona, he had a big heart for Tiffany and her kids. He also had a strong attraction to her and when that ramps up, it's explosive. There's a fine line between love and hate and when those two get together it's combustible.

I loved everything about this book! Characters perfectly developed, drama but not overly so for drama sake, a deep sense of family as the story progressed. It had it all. Bravo.

Advanced review copy received by Random House Loveswept via Netgalley 
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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