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BLOG TOUR: Need You Now by M O’Keefe

9757F929-A13F-4E23-B841-0E15E548A456Book: 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.

 Blurb:

MARCO

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.

ROSA

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!

Buy links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2KGATzJ

Amazon Worldwide: mybook.to/NeedYouNow

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Lost Without You by Molly O’Keefe

Book: Lost Without You

Series: The Debt #2

Author: Molly O’Keefe

Release date: 19 June 2017

Main characters: Tommy MacNeill, grew up in the system and shares a painful history with Beth Renshaw, a fellow foster kid with secrets of her own.

Blurb:

ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

Tommy
Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe. 
I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer. 
When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.
Except seeing Beth again. 

LOVE IS NEVER FREE

Beth
No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too. 
I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone. 
I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well. 
And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.
Being kidnapped.
And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.

Why you should read it: Molly O’Keefe has a very impressive back catalogue of books of all genres. Lately, it seems that she’s drawn to the darker side of life. Her characters have always been multi-faceted but the characters in this series all have a lot going on! They’re also irrevocably linked by something that happened in their youth. Getting to the bottom of all that is going to be interesting to say the least. Both the prologue and this book provide a taster and some background to the characters and their predicament. Don’t expect to be satisfied by the end though. There are so many questions to be answered and I am certain that book three will provide those answers! As well as the main characters, there are some pretty interesting peripheral characters too. The foster system has affected both Simon and Carissa in very different ways, and their adult paths couldn’t be more different. And what does Bates have to do with all of this?! (You may remember him if you read Baby Come Back.)

What you may not like: Not going to lie, there’s some pretty heavy stuff the characters are dealing with or have dealt with in their young lives. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you made it past the prologue (which was quite harrowing) then I think the worst is over…at least, I hope so!

Rating: 4/5 for an interesting and intriguing read. I want answers and I want them now!

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