Book: Need You Now
Series: Linked to the Debt series but can be read as a standalone
Author: Molly O’Keefe
Release date: 9 September 2019
Main characters: Rosa Burns, mother to Ariella and wife of Marco Zambrano. Marco – the man who is determined to get Rosa back into his and Ariella’s life.
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.
Why you should read it: I actually forgot how much I love reading about the kids from St. Jude’s juvenile facility. The collective story is one of heartbreak, abuse and hopelessness for each inmate. This time, it’s Rosa’s turn. Her tale is one of bad luck and an even worse family. I really felt for what she’d been through. I totally understood her motives for protecting her own family and trying to get by any way she could. I also understood her bitterness at how things turned out. Her yearning for her family was palpable, but at times, because of her pride, she did tend to get in her own way, which was baffling and frustrating. There are some surprises along the way that I won’t spoil, but Rosa and Marco have a lot of rebuilding to do in their relationship and it’s not all plain sailing. Rosa isn’t the only one experiencing bitterness for the past, nor is she the only character who is suffering.
What you may not like: As the characters spend a fair amount of time sparring with each other, there is point-scoring going on and times when they deliberately hurt each other. There’s a particular scene where Marco makes Rosa feel like worthless – it’s a pretty well-used trope and one that really disappointed me. The easiest way to lash out at a women? The woman you love? Throw cash at her feet. Despite what she’d done or not done, this was a really cheap move that made me question my feelings about Marco.
Rating: 4/5 for another heart-wrenching story from the former inmates of St. Jude’s. For all the heartache and cruelty, I truly enjoy the interwoven stories of Tommy, Beth, Carissa, Simon and Rosa. I CANNOT wait to finally find out more about Bates – and hopefully Carissa too!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2KGATzJ
Amazon Worldwide: mybook.to/NeedYouNow
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2YEWYsj