Need You Now, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Molly O’Keefe is available now!
Release Date: September 9, 2019
I have loved Rosa since I met her in high school English, even though the odds have always been stacked against us. She is the child of criminals, resigned to a bleak future. I’m the heir to a successful construction company and am not afraid to go after what I want.
And I want Rosa. Always and forever.
I broke the law to make sure Marco got custody of our daughter, and I paid the price. But now that I’m out of jail, I’m terrified my ugly past might bleed into our daughter’s future.
The only way to ensure that doesn’t happen is staying far away from both of them.
But Marco isn’t letting me run from him. Not again.
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He looked at me across the room and slowly shook his head. “I don’t want to love you,” he said.
“Half the time I hate you.”
He looked away from me, his hands in fists, and I could feel the tension across the room, the fragile control he had on himself. How he was barely holding on. And I knew that he would never hurt me. The thing he was trying to stop himself from doing was touch me.
“I’m leaving,” he said and crossed the room in three angry steps. Everything in me told me to get out of the way. To let him go. But I didn’t. I stood right in front of the door in my gold vest and hot pants.
His face was flushed. “Get out of my way,” he said, and my mouth was full, my throat closed, and I shook my head. “Don’t make me,” he said. “Don’t make me touch you.”
It was exactly what I was doing, because I would take his touch any way I could get it.
“Fuck, Rosa,” he groaned. “Fuck you.”
And he put his hands around my arms and pulled me up and into his body so my breasts touched his chest, and between my legs I felt the hard pressure of him. I gasped and he turned. I expected him to let me go. I expected him to shove me away but he didn’t. Oh god, he didn’t. He lifted me off my feet and took two steps forward, pushing me against the wall. Not gently. But not rough. And then he leaned against me, his entire body against mine. And I was electrified. Every inch of my skin burned where it touched his.
I burned so hot I burned right through all the years. All the pain fell away and it was just us. Marco and me and the desire so pure it kept changing the course of both our lives.
He held himself so still, so carefully, and he was going to walk away. I knew he was. He would walk away and this moment would never happen again.
“Please,” I begged, because it was all I had left. No more pride. No more distance. I was only need.
I’ve been thinking about this story for the last couple of days and the more I think about what I read, the more torn I become on how to rate it or review it.
SPOILER ALERT AHEAD
So here’s the thing, I honestly do not think this book stands on its own and at the same time, even if you had read the previous books in The Debt series, this book would still be problematic. It lacks serious depth. Actually, it’s extremely superficial. The drive behind this story is Rosa and Marco breaking the chains of their past and circumstances to finally be a family. There are two major plot points that make up Rosa’s past/circumstance. One is the foster home she was sent two four years prior and two is her father (and her stepbrother but more the father).
Foster home: It’s a total shit show. It’s a dark place that put me on edge and that’s all I’m going to say about it. When you read the book you’ll understand. But here’s the thing, this book doesn’t paint enough of a picture for you to really feel the darkness and perverse experience of this Foster home. I can tell you these things because I know, but from previous books. What you learn just from this book is superficial and lacking. You have to use your imagination in my opinion to justify her actions in the now. The force behind why she does the things she does today is just not presented in the proper depth …. In my opinion.
Her father: Everything Rosa did and does is because she wants to make sure her father can’t/won’t touch her daughter and Marco. Every single thing. The depth of sorrow that I felt for this girl was unbearable at times. But again, not because this book gave me the depth of obscenity and viciousness this man was capable of and perpetuated. Yes, there were scenes in this book where you could use your imagination, but Rosa gave up everything because of this man. EVERYTHING, because she was afraid for her daughter. As a reader, I didn’t see enough atrocity in this book to justify her behavior. And man did that make me sad. I’m not trying to say that I needed a play by play of her entire life under this man’s thumb, but you have to make me believe and I only believed because I’ve read this entire series AND I re-read it before I dove into this book.
Okay, I’m gonna stop now because there’s no need to drone on and one but I am just so frikkin disappointed at the potential that was right there on the pages and was just …. *sigh*
I love Molly’s work. I honest to God jump for joy every time one of her books goes live. I’ve read just about every type of romance from her. She’s multi-talented. She can write everything and anything and it is glorious. But not this time.
Molly O’Keefe is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances. She lives in Toronto Ontario with her husband, two kids and rescue dog.
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