Review: Where I Belong by M O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the second part of The Debt series, and is not standalone. If you like your love awash with all the feels, go read my review of book one Lost Without You. Better still, go grab the prologue (review here) for free and see if you like the writing.

We good? Okay, so we left off with Tommy and Beth on the run. They’ve stopped for gas and food, but in the café Beth realizes the news channels are running an appeal from her evil mother, saying Beth needed to be brought back to psychiatric care. Everyone is looking her—Tommy too—so she flees back to the car. In the meantime Tommy is set upon by two gangsters lurking in the men’s room. Bates sent them as Tommy hadn’t delivered on his debt repayment, which was Beth’s delivery to her evil mother. [Read more…]

Review: Baby, Come Back by Molly O’Keefe

Reviewed by Joanna

Second in the Bad Boy Romance series, we already met Jack and Abby, the main characters of this heart wrenching tale. They made appearances in book one, Bad Neighbor, where we found out Abby got pregnant and was running for her life from Jack, the baby’s daddy. We also know her twin was seeing Jack’s brother and even the brother thought Jack was dangerous and no good.

But when we met him in that story, there was obviously more to him than meets the eye. Deadly but not evil, weighed down with duty and broken bits, and carrying an unloaded gun, Jack is fascinating. He works for Lazarus, a mobster and a very bad man, but he’s not one of them.

What I was very interested in was why, all of a sudden, Abby was terrified of the guy she’d likely been in love with. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:

 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]

Review: The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe

truth-about-himReviewed by Joanna

This is the second book following the story of Annie and Dylan, and is not a standalone. If you haven’t read the excellent Everything I Left Unsaid, look away now cos this contains spoilers.

We good? Okay. As you’ll recall, Annie was on the run from her violent husband, Hoyt, who’d taken control of her family farm, her life, and almost killed her. In her new life in the trailer park, she got into a phone-relationship with Dylan, a scarred-yet-super-rich-and-handsome man. Dylan lives on a mountain, designing car parts and making megabucks whilst hardly ever having to talk to anyone. [Read more…]

Review: Burn Down the Night by M O’Keefe

burn down the nightReviewed by Joanna

Okay okay – new favorite novel (of the month at least). Yow is my reaction to Burn Down the Night. It’s explosive, dark and gritty and you’re so sure everything’s just going to get worse, but MO’K clearly loves her readers and I’ve found a new author I’m just about ready to devour.

Joan’s a stripper and an avenging angel. She sets a series of bombs in the nightclub she dances in to use as leverage to get the location where drug dealer scum Lagan is holding her sister as one of his ‘wives’. [Read more…]