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The Story Of Us

(Serenity House #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  51 reviews
For ten years Samantha Riggins and J. D. Kronos have convinced themselves they have the perfect relationship. No strings, no commitment, no future. All that changes when the son Sam gave up for adoption walks into her shelter. The son J.D. knows nothing about.

The presence of their child breaks through all the rules they've lived by. And suddenly what Sam thought she knew
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published September 6th 2018
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Mar 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
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For ten years Samantha Riggins and J. D. Kronos have convinced themselves they have the perfect relationship. No strings, no commitment, no future. All that changes when the son Sam gave up for adoption walks into her shelter. The son J.D. knows nothing about.

The presence of their child breaks through all the rules they've lived by. And suddenly what Sam thought she knew about J.D. turns out to be wrong. Are the feelings they share enough to keep them
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Story Of Us is a sweet secret baby and second chance story that I enjoyed. It deals with redemption and self discovery among other things. I'll admit I had some issues with the hero but overall I liked it and recommend to those who love sweet reads.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Janine Ballard
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Samantha Riggins runs a women’s shelter and lives on the premises. When a pregnant teenager from an obviously moneyed family shows up seeking refuge, giving Jane Doe as her name, Sam contacts J.D. Kronos. A private investigator and Sam’s on-again, off-again lover, J.D. can help her find out more.

But Sam and J.D.’s relationship hits a roadblock when he hints at his dark past and amoral deeds. Sam is uncertain whether he has Jane’s best interests at heart, or if he would sell her out for mo
Melanie Cesa
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam and J.D. are fire! I love them. Their story is captivating. So many secrets, many apprehensions, redemption, soul-searching, and a life time of finding your way. This story has many layers and it’s beautiful watching them all be peeled back. I loved the unwavering faith Sam has for J.D. and her wanting him to see his worth. I loved the way it all unfolded. Beautiful!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, arc
The Story of Us was a truly unexpected pleasure. Molly O'Keefe has created a storyline rich with unforgettable characters and a unique backdrop that is the Serenity House. The friends with benefits kind of relationship that Sam and J.D. have seems to suit them, with each seeking out the other when needed but never seemingly wanting more. However, you could feel the heat between them, the mutual respect combined with a passion that couldn't be denied no matter how much time had passed since their ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“ A Knight in Denim”

Such a unique plot along with compelling characters truly enriches this story and brings it alive. It’s filled with hard truths and redemption and hope.

The relationship between JD and Samantha in the span of ten years is mind numbing to me. I don’t understand how a woman who loves a man knows very little about him. The fact that Samantha sees JD just a few days at a time, and whenever he shows up at Serenity House, the shelter for women she helps run, explains the 10 years o
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author
I totally enjoyed reading Samantha and J.D.'s story in The Story Of Us: A Secret Baby Romance by Molly O’Keefe, book one of her Serenity House series. This story deals with two people who have had the “perfect” relationship for ten years; no strings, no commitment, and no future. Private Investigator J.D. was a sexy, broken man with a lot of secrets that he would not share with Sam. Samantha operated Serenity House, a shelter for women in nee, wanting to fix everything. Everything changes the da ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Break out the tissues, because you’ll need them! This had sad tears, happy tears, frustrated tears, and angry tears. The entire story felt like it was layered in mist, fog, and sometimes the light peeked in, and other times, the dark chilled everything

Sam and JD have been FWB for 10 years, since Sam took over the woman’s shelter she runs, and JD was who was called when there was trouble. Sam has always seen JD as her saviour, her white night, the guy who fixes things when things go wrong. JD kno
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-direct
I can always count on several things when I read a Molly O'Keefe book - ugly crying, smiling, having my heart broken and pieced back together. The Story of Us was no exception.

Sam and J.D. are a couple of self-contained, walled-off-to-others, strong personalities. They've been hurt and won't let the world hurt them again. Acting like a few days together here and there are enough helps keep each of them from being hurt by the other. As always, they reunite in the sexiest of ways when Sam calls J
Perrin Larton
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam Riggins and J.D. Kronos have had a convenient relationship for years. Every few months, J.D. shows up, or Sam sends him a text and they hook up. The sex is hot and fast, with no commitment on either of their parts. It’s worked fine for years. However, they both are keeping secrets from each other, and the secrets are about to explode into their lives.

Sam runs a women’s shelter and a new pregnant woman shows up on her doorstep. There are issues and then J.D. also shows up. Coincidence? Perhap
Pennie Morgan
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely emotional book and will take you through all the feels from the highs to the lows and back again so be prepared for the roller coaster of a ride. Sam and J.D. are something to behold and 10 years stumbling through this twisty type of relationship to come out on the other side...WOW...just...WOW. There are lies and secrets between them but that has been the basis of their entire coming together and every time they come back together months in between it is the same. This all ...more
Shermaine Dowling
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This had all the ingredients for good romance

Samantha Riggins is your proverbial bleeding heart. She took in pregnant or terrified and lost girls and women within Serenity House, shelter from the storm and all of life's unfairness. It was also Sam's house as she lived there year-round, teaching, supporting, protecting, enlightening, and nurturing her lost ones. J.D. Kronos, a mysterious P.I., would come by every 4-5 months or so, and their little world would envelop them in a haze of lust, want,
Rhonda Brant
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. J.D. and Sam are into a 10 year relationship, both passionate about their work, both have big secrets that neither knows about each other. Loved the passion that these two have for each other, and once things start to unfold, you can feel the tension come off the pages at you. Your heart breaks for Spence and the situation he and his mother are in, but what a special young man, you find yourself really pulling for him and and the new family he so wants to get to know. ...more
Stephanie Ditmore
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. WOW! I loved this book, J.D. and Sam are explosive together, scintillatingly delicious and I was captivated from the start and couldn’t put this down. A friend with benefits story, that can’t be denied, but is it really what they both want? The more time spent hooking up, the more passion and feelings fall into the mix. Sam always sees the good in J.D. but he has a hard time being that person she needs, deep down he’s a good guy but co ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming and Heartbreaking Romance!!

Sam runs a shelter for young women. She lives upstairs and devotes her life to her work. J.D. is a private investigator and is “on-call” if Sam needs a hand. They have had a no-strings relationship, seeing each other 2-3 times a year

When a “mafia princess” comes to stay she may bring danger with her. When the son Sam gave up for adoption wants to come meet her – J.D. happens to be there, and there is no mistaking the resemblance between the two.

Roller coa
Amanda Grooms
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t expect this book to make me feel so emotional, but it did. Sam has a friends with benefits relationship with J.D. and she wants more, though she’s never truly admitted it to herself. She runs a women’s shelter and works a ton. J.D. floats through whenever she needs help from a PI. What J.D. doesn’t know is that Sam had a baby 9 years ago— his baby. And gave him up for adoption. That baby, Spence, who is going through his own trauma, having just lost his adoptive dad, shows up at Sam’s s ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam and J.D. are booty call buddies. Sam runs a shelter for woman who need to escape their life, for any reason. J.D. is a PI who calls in on Sam when he's passing or when she calls. One night, a young girl turns up at the shelter, saying she is Jane Doe and is 21. Although Sam knows that none of this is true, she still takes Jane in. Unfortunately, Jane Doe is trouble and could bring misery and violence to the shelter. In another storyline, Sam's secret comes out when the son she gave up for ad ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

Samantha (Sam) and J.D. have had a relationship of sorts for a decade. Both have big secrets. J.D. comes from a troubled past and when he’s with Sam, he feels at peace, feels like a different man, but he believes he can’t have those feelings forever. That Sam could never love him if she knew the truth about him. Sam has a big secret, too. One that unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep while J.D. is visiting her. There is tension, drama, heartache, fear, romance and more. You migh
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Story Of Us by Molly O'Keefe is a secret baby, second chance romance. Sam and J.D. have had what they consider the perfect relationship for the past 10 years. No promises and no strings attached. Then Sam's biggest secret walks into their lives. With their lives turned upside down, they begin to question everything they know about each other. The Story Of Us is captivating and emotionally changed. Sam and J. D. have great chemistry and they will pull you into their story. This is a great sto ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The book was good but it was difficult to like Sam after discovering why she gave up her son for adoption. It's not like she was young or had no place to stay... I don't get it.

The reason for adoption:
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Ruth McDonnell
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved J.D. and Sam! J.D. is Sam's occasional lover over the last 9 years. He appears and disappears out of her life. She runs a women's shelter. She eats, lives and sleeps her job. When a secret shows up at her door, can these two survive the backlash from what each of them has been hiding from the other? The story and plot are excellent. The story is told in third person, which detracted the one star for me. I forgot I am not a fan of third person. But Molly's story can even overcome my third ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one will put your heart through the wringer. Sam and J.D.'s story is filled with deep emotions. In a long term friends with benefits relationship, these two do a great job of keeping secrets from each other. One huge secret is uncovered and it creates a domino effect of revelations that will rock their relationship, how they see each other and how they see themselves. Complex, complicated and very emotional, this book packs a serious punch. I am voluntarily posting a totally honest review.
Carol (bookish_notes)
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, read-in-2019
Aww this was sweet. And short! And angsty. I really loved Sam and J.D. The mob is randomly in this, but that’s just extra drama, I guess. My main issue with this book are the random POVs.

So. You have the love interests and their POVs in third-person. But then you also have the nine-year-old, the adopted son’s mother, and one of the pregnant girls at the Serenity House??? It’s really weird.

It’s also weird that a nine-year-old’s favorite show is The Simpsons, but that’s probably more of a reflec
Norma Jean
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms. O’Keefe has written an emotional story of second chance love. Sam and J.D. have a good relationship... no strings. Sam runs a women’s shelter and J.D. is a private investigator. Everything is going smoothly until the son that Sam gave up for adoption shows up...the son that J.D. was never told about.

Ms. O’Keefe knows how to blend all the emotions into her books. I highly recommend The Story of Us to anyone who enjoys a good contemporary secret baby/second chance romance
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm going to diss the title, Molly. I'm not sure I felt the "secret baby" needed to be in the title. I know it was a secret but the story didn't really feel like it was centered mainly on the secret baby. Maybe I'd of said, Bad guy or not a bad guy" as the main story concept. J.D. was interesting and indeed broken. I liked both main characters and Spencer was icing on the cake. Pretty interesting story but not a light hearted one until the end.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy, romance!

This book was just what I was looking for...a quick, easy "feel-good" read that leaves you happy, not sad, or depressed. And, it was complete in one book, no waiting for the next episode of a multi-part series. Although there are additional books in the series, dealing with other characters from the first book, you are not locked into the entire set. I dislike having to buy several books to get the whole story!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the feels - really good!

I didn’t initially love the storyline, or Sam, but that quickly changed... This story was so well written with raw emotions and pain that touched me, and even had me in tears. Well developed, strong characters grappling with doubts, fears, forgiveness and love. And the boy! He was so strong, and made such a difference to the people in his life. A great story that I highly recommend!
Reva Parks
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Molly O'Keefe has written the best second chance love story ever. You won't want to put it down until the very end, when Samantha and J.D. finally decide after ten years to really reveal themselves to each other and quit hiding behind their never ending work loads. But it took the appearance of nine year old Spencer to begin the exposure of secrets to one another. Lots of anger and tears and ham sandwiches. Can't wait for Book 2!
Christine Jalili
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down until I finished. Loved the chemistry between Samantha (Sam) and J.D. They both have secrets and I stayed on edge. My heart ached for them. Will he ever open his heart? He’s sure he’s not a good guy, and I felt heartbroken for him. Will he accept his son whom he didn’t know about until now. It’s very heartwarming in the end and I had happy tears. I highly recommend this book.
Bailey Lamar
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I enjoyed almost every aspect of this story -- except for J.D.

J.D. annoyed me at best, and at worst pissed me off enough I considered putting the book down. He was continuously rude to Sam, who I felt had a very giving heart, and had made an extremely hard choice, given the limited options she had at the time. J.D. was kind of a bully, was mean to everyone and hurt Sam's feelings repeatedly, and was a lying liar face.

Now, the rest of the characters were great. I admired Sam's poise and person
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Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever

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