Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

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Title: Owning Violet
by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
Published by Bantam Books on December 2nd, 2014
Genres: contemporary, new adult, romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything.

There is nothing I love more than a book that hooks me from the very first chapter. Owning Violet nailed me from the start…no pun intended lol. This had everything that I look for in a good romance book. I call it my smexy check list. You got your angst, conflict, and foul mouthed hottie. I swear that’s all I need. I almost always find something to nit pick about and I’m pleasantly surprised that I only had one issue. I can’t go and spoil it but I’ll get to that later. I really like Violet’s character. It’s very rare that I like the female in a romance because they piss me off. She starts off as this reserved woman that’s the perfect step-ford girlfriend…doing everything that is expected of her. Thank goodness she snapped out of it! I hate giving away spoilers but I think this one is a necessary evil. She kicks the jerk boyfriend to the curb. Can we please throw some confetti now? And what can I say about Ryder? I can’t even go into it without giving up some part of the story. I will just say that he’s not the perfect pristine man that everyone thinks he is.

Fast forward a bit…she has this fling (not really a fling but I can’t think up a better word for it right now…blogger fail) Violet and Ryder agree to “use” each other. I’m over here like YES!! Please more! At first I thought it was a little too racy for my tastes….but then I shut myself up because that’s stupid lol. It felt like they were going at it every other chapter. Again, not complaining anymore. I’m at peace with it. What I did love was that all of the scenes were something different. You didn’t get any of that recycled love making crap that you read in every romance book. I was never bored! It was yummy. For real…like you need to read it right now.

Back to the dreaded part that made this 1/2 a star less than 5… I’m not going to spoil it, I swear! When it comes to conflict, it needs to feel believable. I think Violet reacted in a way that she should have but took him back the second she sees him again. I would have put him through hell! At least give me a big argument or one of those angry passion moments. I felt like it needed it. But that’s just me. I always want the worst possible outcome. Glutton for punishment, if you will. BUT…I accept it. It was very enjoyable and I was never bored. This is definitely one you want to add to your reading list this year.

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.