Saturday, January 30, 2016

Never Tear Us Apart (Never Tear Us Apart #1) by Monica Murphy [Review]

Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them.

Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

4 Never Let you Go stars
I don’t even know where to begin with this review. Never Tear Us Apart is nothing what I expect, it was a non-stop read that made me feel so many emotions. This book is so unique only a season writer like Monica Murphy could have dreamed of it. It’s a story about pain, regret, guilt, longing and redemption.

It’s eight years later and Katie is now ready to tell her story. The story of her kidnapping that has changed her life forever. I loved the way this book started. It started with the present! I actually really liked this because I didn’t want to get into detail of what happened to Katie in the past, don’t worry, you will find out throughout the book, but this pace worked for me. It was too soon to get to the gritty stuff. The beginning helped me form an opinion of who Katie is now.

Katie is damaged, tortured and slowly trying to put her life together. She feels like she is now ready to tell her story and move from it. The only thing is, she has a lot of healing to do.

Then, there is Will. Will is Katie’s hero, he’s the one that saved her from that dangerous and monstrous man, the man that tortured Katie. Will and Katie weren’t allowed to keep in touch after the ordeal, so when Will sees Katie on TV, eight years later, he does everything he can now, to get in touch with her.

I love Will. He rescued Katie when he was fifteen, a little boy himself. He didn’t grow up in the best childhood and has his own scars to heal from too. You see, Will is the son of the man who kidnapped Katie.

Wow, didn’t see that coming right? I’ve never read anything like this plot and I am instantly hooked. So many things run through my mine, like how does Will feel towards Katie and how does Katie feel about Will? Why didn’t they keep in touch throughout the years? Even though Will is the son, Katie doesn’t blame him for anything, he’s her Hero.

The story flips back to the past and present throughout the book. For those of you who do not like flashbacks, I promise you, these are worth reading. I hate flashbacks, but there was something about Katie and Will’s past I needed to know what happened, what led up to the kidnapping, rescue and after.

When Will finally finds Katie and tries to reach out to her, he doesn’t let her know he’s Will. He uses his new name, Ethan, the name he changed to after the incident. I totally understand why Ethan didn’t want to introduce himself to Katie as Will. There are too many old wounds and I loved reading about Ethan and Katie getting to know each other.

The thing I love so much about this book was the flow. I loved the flashbacks and I love the emotions Monica Murphy made me feel. Katie is so broken and Ethan is the guy to fix her.
It’s a beautiful romantic story about good, bad, pain and healing. I loved it.

An ARC was provided

Never Tear Us Apart #1 AMAZON Paperback AMAZON Kindle
Never Let You Go #2 TBR May 3 AMAZON

Never Let You Go 
Lies hurt. Lies destroy. I tried my best to understand why Ethan kept his secrets but it was so hard. Until I realized that I couldn't deny myself any longer -- I needed to be with him. We needed each other. Despite my family's wariness, the media's fascination with us, the fact that his father still has a stranglehold on our lives, we belong together. No matter what. I will never let Ethan go. But sometimes love destroys us too, and we're too weak to banish the demons. Especially when our demons are determined to ruin us...

The Rules SERIES

FAIR GAME (Book 1)

Bad enough Jade Frost’s boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round…and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn’t stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade’s confused. There’s more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her…or could he?  


IN THE DARK (Book 2)

Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the maid who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?
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SLOW PLAY (Book 3)

Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else.

Tristan Chadwick is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him. 

Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?
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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.

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