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New Release Review! NEED YOU NOW by M. O’Keefe

A sexy single dad fights for the woman he wants in the most emotional stand-alone romance you’ll read this year.

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Need You Now, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Molly O’Keefe is LIVE!


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.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

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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.

“I know.”

“Half the time I hate you.”

“I know.”

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.
And it felt...good. It felt good to believe in him. And in us.


Rosa’s story!

To be honest, I didn’t look any further than the author’s name (a Molly O’Keefe book? Yes, please!) when signing up to review this book. All I saw of the blurb were the words, “a sexy single dad” and I was going to read it. So it wasn’t until I picked up the book to start reading that I realized it was set in the world of The Debt series and that the heroine was Rosa.

I might have squealed just a little.

Rosa’s story was exactly what I’d been hoping for–a delicious, angsty, sexy story that finally, finally gives Rosa and Marco (and Ariella) their HEA and gives readers a little more closure to the story that started in that horrible place the teens all called St. Joke’s. (We still need Bates and Clarissa’s story, though–which I see is finally available for pre-order–woot!)

Haven’t read the other books in this universe yet? That’s okay–I honestly think you could start with this one, because you do get all the details you need about Rosa’s part in what happened back then in a series of flashbacks here. The other (no longer, it’s 4-ish years later) teens all play small roles here but Rosa’s story is a story contained in itself. I dare you to start here and not want to read all the other books, though, because OMG these books are really something.

I will say that resolving the problem that is keeping Rosa, Marco, and Ari apart is almost too easy, but since things before that were so truly awful it’s hard to even mind that much. If anyone deserves an HEA, it’s them!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

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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