Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
Published by Bantam Release date : December 2nd, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicist | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Owning Violet is the first Monica Murphy book I have read. I have several blogger friends who LOVE her books and now, I can see why. I didn’t love this book to pieces, I did have my reservations about it, overall I quite enjoyed it.
First off – I have to say that Ryder is a dick. The first time I read his POV, I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall, stomp on it and set the damn thing on fire. That is how much I despised this guy. He has no qualms about going after what he wants – using people to his advantage for his own personal gain. He’s completely selfish and just an all around douche bag. However, what does it say about Monica’s writing that I was able to eventually warm up to the guy and *gasp* like him?
I have to admit – but there is something attractive about someone who knows who they are and own it. Good or bad. So I can see Violet’s attraction to him. He’s edgy, sexy and screams NO GOOD. But he has layers, of course, and pealing back those layers and seeing what he can be is always fun and exciting. He isn’t complete changed? No – how can he? – but he is on the track.
Violet too, was frustrating at first. She is with a man, Zachary, that is obviously using her to climb up the cooperate ladder and her naive thoughts about marriage were irritating. She’s a doormat. Did she break out? Yes. But I thought it was rather quick and it felt too convenient. That aside, I do think when it came to her career she was smart and tough. I love seeing powerful woman in the business world.
Now these two together? *fans self* Their chemistry was off the freakin charts. Monica Murphy sure knows how to write some sexy scenes. The taboo setting of some of their encounters adds to the intensity too. However, I work in a cooperate office. (Granted, my company is not as large as Fleur Cosmetics). Which is why there were some parts that just blew my mind. Either I am completely naive as to what goes on, or the people just turn a blind eye to two people getting in on in the conference room, which is hard for me to comprehend. Office politics and all that.
One of my biggest issues was how much of the overall plot arc was left untouched. Yes, this is a series and it will continue on with each installment, but I was still disappointed. I felt the ending was rushed too – and Violet was too quick to forgive Ryder without having all the facts.
Overall – I did enjoy Owning Violet. I can’t wait to see what Monica Murphy brings us with Roses’ story. If you love hot adult romances, I recommend this one!
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