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.
"Wreck me, Ryder. Tear me apart and put me back together again in the way only you know how. Make me feel safe."
"She should run. Get away from me as fast as she can. I'm like a disease that will eat at her welcoming heart until it's completely destroyed. And I won't feel an ounce of remorse for stealing it."
I think what I loved most about this book is that each character is an enigma in their own special way. Ryder McKay is a guy with a rough past. He's got a hard exterior due to a bad childhood, and can definitely be a scheming asshole, but as the story progresses you see he has a sweet, protective, caring side that I think even surprises him once he discovers it. He was seriously frustrating at times! I wanted to jump into the book, shake him, and yell "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!" half of the time. But then he would say and do the sexiest things and I would melt right along with Violet.
Violet on the other hand starts off seeming weak and like she could break at any moment. Once you get a better glimpse at her, she's a strong, empowered woman with a wild sexual appetite. I wasn't sure I would like her at first the character development was so on point that I found myself really rooting for her to be happy in the end.
"This is temporary, what Ryder and I share. Like a meteor shooting across the sky, bright and hot and thrilling to watch, until it fizzles and burns into nothing."
I don't know how she did it but Monica Murphy captured some hardcore chemistry within the pages of this book, probably some of the best I've read. Even before Ryder and Violet were ripping each others clothes off, I could feel the sexual tension radiating off my Kindle. I'm not much of an erotica reader but I loved the seriously raunchy sex scenes in this book. They were filthy, rough and freaking hot!
Overall this was a 3.5 star book for me. The writing, character development, and sex scenes were top-notch for sure! I think the only reason I didn't go all the way to 4 or 5 stars is because I felt as though there was a lot of underlying emphasis on Violet's past which lead me to believe that the person involved would resurface but they never did. I was a little bit disappointed by that. Perhaps in another book? I hope so.
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Release Date: March 3, 2015
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—the second novel in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts.
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.
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