ARC Review | Taming Lily by Monica Murphy

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ARC Review | Taming Lily by Monica MurphyTaming Lily by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #3
Published by Bantam
Release date : July 7th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and the sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it.

But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. And soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense.

Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s who I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—and what-ifs be damned. . . .

Also in this series: Owning Violet
Also by this author: Owning Violet

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Fowler Sisters series is one that I have been following since the release of Owning Violet. This series has been kind of lack luster for me – but I wanted to finish reading all of their stories and finally see the resolution of the overall plot arc of the story, in regards to Pilar.

Sadly. What I had hoped would be favorite in the series, wasn’t. And what I hoped for in a satisfying resolution, wasn’t either. Taming Lily left me wholly unsatisfied. (Unlike our characters).

If there is one thing Monica is consistent with – it’s her hot and sexy scenes. There are MANY – and most are written so well and beyond sexy. Granted, there were a few that left me kind of side eyeing the book and there were also times Max came off SO creepy. But mainly, I can’t get over how much sex is in these books without the communication and connection I like to see the characters have and develop before declarations of love are given. The entire series, Taming Lily especially, was full of sex; not having the actual plot come in until around 65%. Yes – I knew Lily was running from something. I knew what Max was doing in Maui. But all of that was placed on hold, for all the sex.

Along with that – the writing style isn’t one of my favorites; even though I loved it in the second book. With the dual POV, we get almost the same scene from each view, OR the POV will switch to the other character, pausing for that character to explain everything that’s happened previously. That’s like pausing a movie in the middle to explain everything to that point. No. Wait it out and explain later! (That’s the only way I can explain it).

As far as Lily goes – I did like her the most of all the sisters. She has the same insecurities as her sisters; but lives out her days as the wild child to keep up with that appearance. I felt like she held a lot of guilt for the harsh feelings she held towards her sisters, not to mention all the Daddy issues. Max, wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t like how immature his voice was, and the references to his past were never explained; even though it was mention he “screwed up” several times. How?

If I were to rate this book purely on the hot sex and sexual chemistry between Lily and Max? It would be a five. It reads as an erotica not contemporary romance to me. If you are looking for a hot and sexy series, I recommend this one. But I don’t recommend it for those that like more substance in their romance novels and a strong plot.

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Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

6 responses to “ARC Review | Taming Lily by Monica Murphy

    • tonyalee

      Yes, me too. I don’t mind the sex but there needs to be a plot

  1. Rachel

    I read the first book of this series and felt exactly the same way! I don’t care for books that are just all about sex. It’s not even really hot for me if there’s no emotional connection, or a foundation set for I love yous to be exchanged. I can totally understand why this would be disappointing. Great honest review! 🙂

    • tonyalee

      Thank you! I actually liked the first book, but didn’t realize that the sex would override the entire series lol

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Yeah, this was definitely disappointing. And I felt the resolution with Pilar was really underwhelming. I was like… that’s it? It’s over? I don’t know. It just seemed too built up over 3 books and we didn’t get a whole lot from it. I definitely think you should try Monica’s Bachelors Club series. I liked it a heck of a lot more and I felt there was more plot involved.

    • tonyalee

      I don’t know. I know you like her other series but I might wait to check out her other books. I’d hate to have this series ruin her books for me, so.

      And yeah! What was with the build up and no resolution?!

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