Owning Violet by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Format: ARC, 400 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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’ve always enjoyed Monica Murphy’s books, so when I received an offer to review the first book in her new (and sexier!) Fowler Sisters series, I jumped on it. And boy am I glad I did.
Office romances are a trope I tend to enjoy. I love the “forbidden” nature of them. While that’s not really the basis of the storyline in Owning Violet, it’s what originally attracted me to the book. (I’m really a sucker for any type of forbidden romance.) What I got instead (and LOVED) was a whole bunch of lies and manipulations and twists and turns. The story kept me on my toes and, honestly, kept me guessing right up until the end because I wasn’t really sure how everything was going to play out.
Violet began the book as the “good girl.” She played by the rules and did what was best for her family. She was a smart woman, but she didn’t have much of a backbone. Her boyfriend was an asshat with a wandering eye… and then some. Enter Ryder. Ok, so Ryder was NOT a good guy. He’s not the kind of guy you can trust, but he certainly is the one you lust after. He was just as ambitious as her jerk of a boyfriend and he loved to play games. When she became the target and he agreed to seduce her and drop her to break her, things got all kind of hot. The chemistry between Violet and Ryder was intense. He pushed her boundaries and I feared the sexy scenes might make my iPad catch fire. Of course, nothing is entirely what it seems and once real feelings get involved, the story gets that much more complicated. And I loved every minute.
This is how to kick off a new (and smokin’ hot) series. The second book in the series, Stealing Rose, won’t be here until March, but I’m already anxious to read it. I can’t wait to get more of the youngest Fowler sister. I think her story will be really interesting. The quietest ones are usually the wildest. 🙂
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.