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M. O’Keefe’s Stolen Hearts ARC Review

Thank you to M. O’Keefe, Serena and the Dangerous Press team for the advance reader copy of Stolen Hearts, the first book in the Hearts Trilogy. This story releases on January 12th!

A mafia fixer and a woman that belongs to another man. What a juicy combo, for Dangerous Press’ first release of 2021.

I am a member of the Dangerous Press’ Review Team, this does not affect the honesty and integrity of my review.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“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.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Ronan and Poppy are the main characters of this latest instalment in the world of Constantines and Morellis. Poppy was orphaned in her late teens and forced to take up custody of her sister and her father’s debts. She was not going to be able to make it on her own so Caroline Constantine found her a husband who would be able to financially help Poppy. All he has done though is trap her in a loveless abusive marriage. Ronan works for Caroline as a bodyguard/fixer/jack-of-all-trades in the mafioso world. The Irish immigrant was emotionally and physically abused before he escaped for America with Caroline’s help. Caroline actually plays a huge role in this story as the helper and the refugee for many characters.
  • Pacing: The story opens with the night Poppy and Ronan first meet and after a brief flirtation we fast forward two years. Two years into Poppy’s marriage and Ronan waltzes back into her life. The encounter she had the night of her engagement party had never left her. There were twists and intrigues throughout the story that just kept me reading. This is definitely a satisfying quick read.
  • Setting: Bishop’s landing is the center of the Constantine universe but I really feel as if it did not get to be there that much in previous books in the universe. Yet in this story Bishop’s landing is its own character, it is the only home Poppy has ever know really. So even when she has the opportunity to venture away from it more she feels reluctant to do so and still feels a pull to remain in place.
  • Romance: Poppy and Ronan’s flirtation at her engagement party should have been nothing more than that, a fleeting moment of intrigue. Two years later neither of them have forgotten about that night. Two years have passed with Ronan alone and Poppy trapped in a loveless abusive marriage. This story represents a chance for them to be together despite the odds and despite everything that tells them they shouldn’t. These two have electric chemistry, even just their normal convos drip with sexual tension. This is only the first book so now HEA in sight yet but by god am I ever rooting for these two.

Stolen Hearts receives four out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…


Thank you again to M. O’Keefe, Serena and the team at Dangerous Press for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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