Untamed by M. O’Keefe

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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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Dangerous Romance Club Spring Box

So… something cool happened a month back. I was lucky enough to score a gig as a rep for the #DangerousRomanceClub! I am officially a rep for their Spring box! 🙌🙌

What with the box coming from the US and me living in Australia, I had already anticipated receiving mine later than most of the other reps. But it’s all good. It’s finally here! Would you check out all the goodies below!? 

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Dangerous Romance Club is a seasonal subscription box. It comes in three different sizes (Standard, Grand, and Lux) depending on what your preference and budget is. 

The box pictured is the Spring Standard Box. Here’s a list of what’s included:

  • Tales of Darkness and Sin (paperback)
  • Stolen Hearts (special cover edition paperback)
  • Bookmarks and Author Bookplates
  • Exclusive DRC 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • A pair of #happibox hair ties
  • Bookish quote tote bag

It’s honestly perfect for fans of romance books and amazing to give as a gift! They ship internationally. If you’re interested in grabbing one, they’re still available in store. But you got to hurry — The next seasonal box is coming soon!

Side note: I’ve read both the Tales of Darkness and Sin Anthology and Stolen Hearts, and they are both phenomenal reads! Just one reason as to why I think this box is a gem for any romance book lover! 💗 

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“These are the books they warn you about.”

🌹 Dangerous Romance Club 🌹

Use my discount code to save on your order:

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(Discount code valid for both subscriptions and the anytime shop)


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

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Broken Hearts by M. O’Keefe

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• BLURB •

Ronan.

His name thrums through me like a heartbeat.

I climbed out of the smoldering crater of my life only to find myself back in the middle of a slow-motion trainwreck. I’m hunted, torn between my past and present, ripped apart by two warring families. My husband is dead, and his killer is the only man who’s ever felt the deep well of emotion I keep hidden from the world.

Ronan.

Vicious and scarred—his rough touch is seared into my skin, but his soft caresses are what break down my walls bit by bit. Until there’s only me left. My soul in his bloody hands, and my broken heart beating just for him. Only him.

Ronan.

My shadowy protector, my phantom lover—kiss me or kill me, I don’t care. As long as you’re the one who does it.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Woah. One word comes to mind… ANGSTY!!!!

This book was one big, very dramatic, angsty continuance from where Stolen Hearts concluded! I felt like the pacing definitely slowed down since the first book, especially now that Ronan and Poppy are out of their normal environment and trying to figure out a way out of their problems.

Please note, similar to the first book this one also has sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers such as violence, physical abuse, and attempted kidnapping. It also contains detailed sexual content — readers 18+ only!

This part of the story will have you learning more about Ronan. He was such an enigma in the first book, and in this one you will get to see glimpses of his past, how he’s become to be the man he is now, and the reasons behind everything that has happened so far where Poppy is concerned.

Unfortunately, by the end you’ll still be left with tons of questions about Ronan. He’s a complex character who tends to blow hot and cold in a blink of an eye. Now that the level of drama has escalated, his intensity has also increased. You’ll either swoon for him, want to give him a comforting hug, or the complete opposite wanting to throw things at him for being such a frustratingly closed-off man. Gah! 🙈

Poppy and Ronan are in unchartered territory, and are forced to be in each other’s space. They struggle with their growing emotions for one another, and honestly reading through their push-and-pull relationship gave me mixed feels. On one hand I was happy to see some development in their relationship (no matter how complicated it is), yet on the other hand any sort of new development between them was fleeting and I was left reluctantly disappointed.

Although there are plenty of steamy scenes, it still comes off as a bit of a slow-burn romance. There’s a lot of pining involved and, in a way, a twisted unrequited love situation going on between them. To truly understand it all, you’ll have to read this story. 😉

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But ugh… If you love angst in your romance reads, then you will absolutely get your fill from this one. I couldn’t help but sympathize Poppy for what she has been through and what she’s still going through in her life. From the very beginning, she’s been portrayed as this meek young woman; a pawn in the world of the Constantines and the Morellis. She’s forced into situations where she has very little to no choice of her own. I admit the overall atmosphere is gloomy and isolating, but I’m relieved to see O’Keefe has included unexpected comic relief here and there. Some of which could be as small as a funny one-liner but it certainly had me perking up and smiling… and most of these light-hearted moments were due to Poppy. So, I’m hoping despite with where things are heading that we get to see her become more resilient and head-strong.

There’s a couple of secondary characters introduced that played such pivotal roles in Ronan’s life. Not only do they add another layer to the already intriguing plotline, but they shine a whole new light to Ronan that makes you just as confused about your feelings towards him as Poppy is. I love a good morally grey character, and Ronan is the epitome of a grey character who keeps you on your toes.

It’s told from dual points of view with inner monologues included from both protagonists. O’Keefe has written their stories quite well that you instantly feel the change of atmosphere whenever it switches back and forth between Poppy’s and Ronan’s points of view, but throughout it all there’s always this shroud of edge and uneasiness hanging over them.

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It’s a relatively quick read, but as I mentioned earlier it had a slower pacing, and wasn’t as action-packed as the first book. But it’s still as intriguing and suspenseful as ever, and there’s a monumental mic drop moment within the last few chapters that had me literally sitting up with my jaw dropping! 😲😱 This was one plot twist I hadn’t bargained on. It never even crossed my mind that it could head down this direction. I don’t know if you guys will be ready for it either, but I can guarantee it’s one you won’t want to miss out on!

There’s an array of shady characters all of whom had me side-eyeing. I love the conspiracy and scheming that surrounds Poppy and Ronan, and constantly wondering what will happen next. It’s a continuous storyline so make sure to read Stolen Hearts first. Also, this book ends on a cliffhanger (a cruel one at that), so keep that in mind when starting this series. But overall, the storyline was gripping, continually building-up, full of twists and turns, and will have you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it to readers who love contemporary romances that have dark, gritty elements thrown in.

It’s also a must read for those who’ve read other books set in the Midnight Dynasty.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you 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:

  • Book One: Stolen Hearts: Amazon
  • Book Two: Broken Hearts: Amazon

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Midnight Dynasty is a brand new world where enemies and lovers are often one and the same.

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Read my reviews of books in the Midnight Dynasty!

👑 Cinderella Trilogy by K. Webster

Book One: Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster
Book Two: Prince Charming by K. Webster
Book Three: The Glass Slipper by K. Webster

🔥 Hellfire Club by Becker Gray

Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray
Book Two: Callous Prince by Becker Gray

🧡 Hearts Trilogy by M. O’Keefe

Book One: Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

🌹 Beauty and the Beast Trilogy by Amelia Wilde

Book One: Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

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

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Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe

⚠ Warning: This review contains minor teasers

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The flare of a cigarette and the handsome Irishman in the shadows–I wanted it all, but I wasn’t allowed to want.

Ronan was danger and beauty, murder and mercy. To me, he was a mystery, but he was also the only man who ever knew me.

In that single stolen moment before I had to give my life to someone else, I imagined myself with him, the man with scars and bruises. The one who knew what hurting meant far more than I did at that time.

Instead I was given to another man, one who broke my soul right along with my bones.

Through it all, there was always that memory of the man in the shadows, the one who said–not in words–that I was strong, that I could endure, that I was more than just a princess in a ballgown.

Now Ronan is the only man who could keep me safe from two warring families that wanted my blood. The spark that started two years ago burned brighter with each touch, each glance, each kiss. He woke me from the nightmare, giving me life with soft touches and sharp words.

Two years ago, Ronan gave me strength, but he took something in return. I never gave him my heart, but hearts like mine are made to be stolen.

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• MY REVIEW •


“One thing was clear — he was the danger. Ronan was the unknown.”


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👏 Ronan. 👏 Ronan. 👏 Ronan.

Okay, Constantines… Morellis… you’re gonna have to scooch over because Ronan is here to stay! My gosh I loved every little bit of Stolen Hearts! This is my introduction to O’Keefe’s writing, and it has honestly made me eager to check out her backlist of books right alongside the next books in the Hearts Trilogy.

(For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is part of the world of the Midnight Dynasty. Two powerful warring families with each character’s story told by a different romance author. All can be read separately and in different order, but I highly recommend you read them all for an expansive experience of the world. More info below).

This story is about Ronan, the mysterious Irish right hand man of sorts to Caroline Constantine (the matriarch of the Constantine clan), and Poppy who was taken under Caroline’s wing after a family tragedy. What started out as two strangers connecting one night, only to see each other again two years later. With instant attraction and intrigue, a forbidden romance develops.


“What do you want, princess?”


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It’s a relatively short first book (having easily read it in one sitting), and it leaves you with such a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. So many things were running through my mind by the time I finished the last chapter. Although this is a contemporary romance, it has a smidge of darkness surrounding it due to the characters that have been introduced. They’re all keeping their cards close to their chest and all seem to have ulterior motives that you never know who to trust. Yes, even Ronan.

He is the (anti)hero in this story who reveals very little of himself, and when he does seem genuinely sincere, it’s followed by actions that’ll have you second-guessing him again. It’s hard to turn away from his enigmatic persona. Maybe it’s the Irish charm! 😉😍 O’Keefe has brilliantly written him as a protagonist who can effortlessly hold your attention. Every time he walks into a room, sound fades out and you’re left anxious to see what he’s about to do next.

I came into this story not really expecting the story I ended up getting. It’s unpredictable, full of plot twists, and left me wanting so much more. Yes, for the most part the story is about Poppy’s and Ronan’s complicated, slow-burn relationship. But weaved in and out of it are lies, danger, and secrets that’s itching to be uncovered. There’s honestly so much to look forward to when reading this book—drama (and lots of it), suspense, and a thrilling mystery. Not to mention the intense chemistry all throughout between Poppy and Ronan whenever they’re near one another, and the dynamics the secondary characters bring that give this world more dimension.

Poppy can be described as bit of a damsel in distress— which I can usually roll my eyes at. But Poppy is a likable character. Despite certain insecurities, and personality traits stemming from the struggles she’s had throughout her entire life along with her more recent battles, she still comes off as good-natured, tenacious, and quite relatable.

Please note this book contains sensitive subject matter than may be triggering for some readers. It contains domestic abuse, child abuse, violence, and mental/psychological disorders. It also contains sexual content suitable for readers 18+ only!

This story is told solely from Poppy’s point of view. Whilst I would’ve loved Ronan’s as well, I still enjoyed seeing everything through Poppy’s eyes and how she interpreted certain situations and her inner monologue in regards to Ronan. Poppy’s backstory gets revealed early on as it sets the entire atmosphere for the rest of the book along with flashbacks here and there adding depth and an understanding to her present day situations and concerns.


“My blood was up. And I was ready for a fight.”


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She’s so fascinated by Ronan that her curiosity leaps off the pages and almost transfers to you whilst your reading. The few snippets that Ronan divulges to Poppy makes him all the more swoon-worthy in that his-sexy-but-his-also-bad-news kind of way. Who doesn’t love a complex, bad boy with a gritty past, though?!

Overall, such an eye-popping start to the trilogy. It’s short, at times sweet, and most definitely packs a punch! It’s a romance story that I think would appeal to a lot of romance readers no matter if you prefer dark romances or lean more towards the contemporaries. It’s a bit of both along.

  • Broken heroine
  • Dangerous hero
  • Second chance
  • Secret romance
  • Game-playing

Stolen Hearts is set in a world where the Constantines and the Morellis can either be an ally or an enemy— image, power, and connections are key. Poppy is an outsider, and still navigating through her new life within, and she has a strong attraction to Ronan. But he’s practically part of the inner circle, and has a working knowledge of how things operate in their world. Can she trust him when it really counts?


“No man had ever made me so curious. Or reckless.”


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It’s gripping! You’ll fall for Ronan even though you might not completely trust him and you’ll root for things to fall Poppy’s way. In my opinion, it’s a must read! Bring on Broken Hearts!!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you M. O’Keefe, Dangerous Press, and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read a review copy! 🧡

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Midnight Dynasty is a brand new world where enemies and lovers are often one and the same.

Continue with the world of the Midnight Dynasty!

 💻 Join the Facebook Group! Midnight Dynasty Reader Lounge

📱 Follow on Instagram! Dangerous Press

🔔 Get the latest news! Newsletter Sign Up

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Read my reviews for other Midnight Dynasty books!

👑 Cinderella Trilogy by K. Webster

Book One: Stroke Of Midnight by K. Webster
Book Two: Prince Charming by K. Webster

🔥 Hellfire Club by Becker Gray

Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray
Book Two: Callous Prince by Becker Gray

🌹 Beauty and the Beast Trilogy by Amelia Wilde

Book One: Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

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

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