Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy | ARC Review

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Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy | ARC ReviewStealing Rose by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #2
Published by Bantam
Release date : March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to

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 first book in The Fowler Sisters trilogy, Owning Violet, was such an interesting and hot read. I had so many questions left unanswered about the overall plot arc, not to mention I was curious about Rose and her story, so I was more than willing to jump right into Stealing Rose.

Rose has a lot of the Fowler traits, but there is something different about her too. She tries her hardest to stay out of the spot-light, and she feels under appreciated for the all the hard work that she has one within the company. She worked her ass off to get when she was within the family business, so when she gets word that the promotion she was gunning for could possible go to her father’s girlfriend, and also her future brother in law’s ex partner, she decides to quit and reinvent herself.

I don’t judge a character’s maturity level by their age, I judge it by their character. And Rose was immature. I don’t know what she could have possibly thought would happened by throwing a tantrum – by leaving the country, no less –  and quitting her job. I admire the spontaneous of the whole thing, but she really needed some follow through. Because of everything that happened, I find it hard to believe that anyone would take her seriously from this point forward.

It’s not often that I find the “love interest” more interesting and entertaining (He is more than just the love interest – since this is his story too – so I guess that’s not a wholly fair statement), but I did here. I felt like he was more complex and had more depth to his character. He was once rich, lost everything, and taught himself how to be cunning thief in order to care for his mother. Obviously, not the most honest work and he wasn’t proud of it, but he owned it. If that makes sense.

Once these two meet and start to have a relationship – things really get complicated. It was obvious that their whirl wind affair was more than that but their lack of communication was frustrating at times. BUT. A part of me GETS IT. Rose doesn’t know WHAT to do, and Caden wants to be something MORE than he is for Rose. I don’t agree with Caden on how he handled the situation, but I think that he had his head in the right place. They were hot together too, and seeing Caden bring Rose out of her shell was fun!

The writing was fabulous. Monica really knows how to write some hot stuff, and the chemistry people her characters is never forced. I just wished for a more original story line here. Hopefully, Lily’s book will blow me away.

I also want to point out that Violet felt like a totally different person in Stealing Rose. I get her nurturing instinct, but she took it too far and she was a huge hypocrite. I was so happy to see Lily sweep in and help Rose and support her and her decisions.

Overall –  While I had my small reservations about Stealing Rose, I still rather enjoyed it. As I mentioned before, I am anxious for Lily’s book! I can’t wait to see what trouble this girl will bring and how everything will wrap up!



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

One response to “Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy | ARC Review

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Oh yay! I have this one for review too! I’m excited to read it bc I had so many questions at the end of Owning Violet! I’m glad to know going in a little bit more about Rose’s character so it won’t come across as quite the surprise. I’m glad you liked Caden though- I can’t wait to meet him. The same things that bothered you in this one will probably bother me too. Still, I’m glad you enjoyed overall and are looking forward to Lily’s book!

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