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The reason I wanted to read this book was because I loved the whole idea behind it. A woman finding a cell phone in a random place, with a sexy sounding stranger on the other side, yes please! And also, I’m not gonna lie, the early reviews were really great and that always grabs my attention.
The story starts off with a young twenty-something woman named Annie McKay who is obviously running from something, considering her living conditions and her change of appearance. She finds herself in an old beat up trailer park with just enough money to get by for not very long at all, and a couple of very colorful neighbors who I surprisingly really enjoyed. Then the phone rings, not hers because she left everything behind. So her natural instincts kick in and she answers the abandoned cell phone only to find a super sexy sounding stranger on the other end.
This is when you meet Dylan Daniels. And you realize that a whole bunch of hidden secrets surrounding these two characters and the trailer park and even the colorful neighbors that I mentioned before will be the focal point of this story. I’m not going to spoil anything but it was very interesting trying to figure out where this story was going to go, and each character had their own mystery laced behind them and I found that very intriguing.
Annie’s relationship with Dylan was very different than anything I’ve read, and I’m not just saying that because most of it was on the phone, but more so because of the bizarre intimacy that they shared as total strangers. It was almost instant that they had chemistry, but they didn’t act on it right away. You could tell immediately that both characters were extremely flawed in some way, but I had no clue what Dylan’s hidden skeletons were. This was just two people finding an escape and release in each other because of the fact that they were strangers. I believe that’s why they felt so connected to each other, because there were no strings attached. And both of them wanted to keep it that way.
When Dylan and Annie or (Layla as she called herself to hide her identity) decided to become intimate with each other over the phone I knew it would be steamy, and it was. But this is where I disconnected with them a little bit. I love terms of endearment, I truly do. And I even love it when a guy calls the girl baby, but I tend to cringe a little when it’s used too soon. And that was the case here in my opinion. I know that sounds silly, but it’s just a turn off for me personally, I’m sure plenty of readers love that stuff.
As much as I wanted to fall head over heels for this book, it just didn’t happen, I liked it well enough. The writing was very good, and it really kept me reading because I just had to know what was going to happen, and the cliffhanger wasn’t a terrible one at all, but I definitely want to read book two, because I do really want to see where these characters go, and what they develop in to. I found myself more connected to Ben, the colorful neighbor than the main character, Dylan. So I’m hoping book two will remedy that. Overall, it was a sexy, mysterious read, with a little more intrigue than romance. But towards the end, the romance definitely appeared.
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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