This author writes the most perfectly broken people, I can barely read her work for being doubled over with chest pains from all the damned feelings she makes me feel.
This is the fourth and last in the Everything I Left Unsaid series (though can be read as standalone), and we see Tiffany’s life spinning out of control. She turns up at her friend Annie’s (books’ 1 & 2 heroine) house in the dark of the night with her three kids in the back of the car and wearing her slippers. Her estranged husband, Phil, turned up at her apartment and she had to flee out the back window. Phil is a violent and abusive man, and poor Tiffany has been on the run from him.
Annie’s in the middle of a party in the mountaintop retreat she lives in with Dylan. At the party is Blake, Dylan’s business partner. Blake is also Phil’s brother, and a year ago, when he found out Phil had a family, he paid Tiffany off so she didn’t try to contact his mother. Blake is a machine. He’s cold and hard after years of cleaning up after his brother’s mistakes, and boy does he hide his emotions well.
He wanted to protect his mother from heartache and he thought Phil was using a fake wife and kids to get back in her favor. He’s a wealthy man and a master manipulator, but he didn’t anticipate how much he would come to care for Tiffany, or how much those feelings would cost him.
They become lovers, of a sort (inc. by Blake offering to pay Tiffany to let him bring her to orgasm), and the angst and the sex in this book are set to overdrive.
If you like your heart being mangled with denial of feelings, self-sacrifice and selflessness, you’ll love this. Plus both Tiffany and Blake are hard, resilient people. There’s no soppiness to them, which makes it all the more exciting when they clash. Wrangling their feelings caused my heart a work out I haven’t had since I met my other half. Check out these conversations:
“Don’t tell you you’re beautiful?”
“No. Don’t lie. It’s a rule. Like kissing and touching. We can’t lie to each other.”
He nodded. “All right. No lying. You’re beautiful.”
“You have constellations on your thigh, Tiffany,” he said with perhaps the sexiest smile I’d ever seen in real life. “I’m just studying them in case I get lost.”
Or how’s about this one:
“Did I say at one time he wasn’t handsome? What a liar I was. It was like saying the night wasn’t dark because I was scared of the dark, like that could change the nature of the dark.”
Tiffany is so independant, and so damaged from her relationships with her family as well as Phil, yet so bolstered by her kids and by her own sense of self preservation. Accepting help from Dylan is a huge deal, yet she gives him so much back. If anyone needed emotional rescue, it’s this guy. He has a person at his boxing club he uses to beat the crap out of him when he can’t cope with the world. Tiffany saves him from himself and it’s beautiful and poignant.
I’m a huge fan of this author, as I very much enjoy being wrecked by my reads. This book destroyed me. It’s nearly 4am and I’ve just finished the ARC having got it yesterday. All I’ve done for the past 24 hours is try to find a clear run to read it without interruption. That’s how great I knew it would be.
Hands down, this is my favourite of the series, and I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the couple in the same way we did Annie and Dylan. They had two whole books to conclude their HEA, and I’d loved to have seen Blake take a little longer over his transformation of feelings. More because I’m a sucker for punishment than that there’s anything wrong with the book.
And the ending? So sweet, I hugged my kindle. I wish this series wasn’t over. I’m so crazy about it.
(Sleep deprived note: What was it that Blake was doing at his house when he called Tiffany? I thought this was going to be a grand gesture but we never saw the conclusion of it. If anyone works this out, let me know.)
*ARC provided for review
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Wait For It
by Molly O’Keefe
Release Date: February 28, 2017