Untamed by M. O’Keefe

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• BLURB •

Marriage has always meant violence. I don’t trust it, but it’s the only thing keeping me afloat in these dark undercurrents. I married for safety but I got the most dangerous thing in the world—Ronan Byrne for a husband.

Now we’re returning to Bishop’s Landing to face our demons. Mine. His. We have real enemies to conquer, but it’s the fear in my heart that beats the loudest. I can’t stop being in love with him. Except the killer with the heart of stone doesn’t love me.

I don’t know whose family I belong in anymore. Or whether I should stay with Ronan when this is over. But I may not live long enough to make the choice.

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• MY REVIEW •

Legit. Happy sighing with this third and final book in the Hearts trilogy! 😊 It’s bittersweet knowing that Poppy’s and Ronan’s story has reached its end. I immediately took a liking to their story ever since the momentous opening scene when they first met. And from there it was one heart-palpitating event after another.  

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This conclusion left me with a range of emotions. The second book ended with such an eye-popping cliffhanger that I was eager to start this book to see how that twist would turn their situation around. I admit it took a little while for me to get settled into this one. The first half of the story felt like everything was up in the air and was one big waiting game. So, in saying that, the pacing was on the slower side. It didn’t pick up pace until halfway through when things finally started to progress. But trust me when I say that once you do reach that point in their story, you won’t be able to put it down!

Ronan’s character growth was leaps and bounds in this book. You see a gradual change in his overall mentality in the first two books, but by this third one it was like a friggin’ dam broke! It was truly swoony and heart-squeezing to see his struggles with willing to open up and take a chance in fear of it all being taken away from him in an instant. Putting aside that Ronan is this hot, broody Irish alpha of an anti-hero, early on in their story I couldn’t fully understand how he could be so jerky towards Poppy— I had some idea why, but it didn’t completely make sense until this final book and seeing Ronan give in more and more that I accepted his reasonings for why he felt the need to keep her at a distance. Ronan is a scarred and complex character yet his characteristics are relatable in so many ways that I easily felt protective over his wellbeing in this suspenseful conclusion. 

Poppy is an engaging enough heroine. For the most part, she’s this sweet, caring character who’s emotionally driven. Even after having been put through the wringer, she had her moments of rebelliousness and gumption. But her level of grit and determination in this book was what I was waiting to see from her. She went from a mundane (albeit likable) heroine to one that matches Ronan’s explosiveness perfectly! They certainly balance each other out. 

Told from dual POVs, I was hooked in seeing the predicament they were in from both their eyes. It’s full of suspense and definitely builds-up as the story progresses. There were a few predictable plot points but it didn’t deter me in any way from continuing—which was a huge relief because there were certainly a couple of interesting developments that caught me off-guard but nevertheless held my attention. One, of which I was totally lusting after and was hoping wouldn’t be one that didn’t end with this book. 🙈🙏

The other I’m on the fence about, but plenty curious to see how it plays out. I’ve mentioned this before in my other reviews but this Midnight Dynasty world is addictive and the fact that it’s an ever-expanding world has me giddy!

Whilst all the books in the Midnight Dynasty is centred around a different character and/or couple, and you can pick and choose which ones you want to read, I do enjoying seeing characters make appearances/crossovers as it really make their world interconnect.

O’Keefe did a grand job of the secondary characters who made an appearance in this story. Not only has she kept the feel of said characters similar to how the other authors have initially written them in their books, but she effortlessly tied in new ones that are upcoming and added enough intrigue that you can’t help but look forward to what’s to come.

Untamed was angsty. It was sweet. It was shocking. It was a rollercoaster ride I could get on board. There was constant sense of dread and of time catching up to Poppy and Ronan, but there was also a sense of hope throughout. 

This is a dark, contemporary romance with mature themes. Please note it contains sexual content and violence, and is intended for readers 18+ only. The Hearts trilogy is one continuous story; therefore, each book must be read in order.

If you enjoy reading contemporary romances with an edge to it, you might like this trilogy. It contains the following tropes:

  • Billionaire Romance
  • Age-Gap Romance
  • Forbidden Romance
  • Marriage of Convenience
  • Slow Burn
  • Opposites Attract

The start may have dragged a little but it definitely had a strong finish! Sure, there were some things I felt were left unanswered and who knows if I’ll ever get answers to any of them, but when it comes to Poppy and Ronan? There’s no doubt that their story had a beautiful conclusion. It left me feeling like Poppy’s and Ronan’s story was just kicking-off. Thinking back to the very beginning, I realized that their story has come full circle. With what they’ve both been through in their lives, they deserve their HEA.

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This trilogy was my introduction to O’Keefe’s writing and not only has it sold me in checking out her backlist of books, but her addition to the Midnight Dynasty world has been unexpectedly gripping. I never would’ve guessed after crushing over a Constantine here and a Morelli there, that Ronan, a hired gun would be stiff competition! 😜😍

I enjoyed Poppy’s and Ronan’s journey and glad I took a chance on it. It’s vivid, easy to follow storytelling with relatable and realistic subject matters. It’s hearty, multifaceted, and full of emotion.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Molly O’Keefe, Dangerous Press, and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🖤

🔔 Interested in reading the Hearts Trilogy? Grab your copy here:

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🧡 Read my reviews for the Hearts Trilogy!

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Book One: Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

Book Two: Broken Hearts by M. O’Keefe

(The first two titles within this trilogy were renamed to Ruined and Broken)

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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