Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 3, 2015
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
I enjoyed Owning Violet when I read it a couple months ago. It was a bit darker and sexier than the other Monica Murphy books I’ve read. I love seeing an author stretch themselves and write something I don’t expect from them. Naturally I was anxious to read the other books in the series and see where the overarching storyline of the Fowler sisters would go.
I struggled quite a bit getting into Stealing Rose and I can’t pinpoint exactly why. It might’ve been my mood at the time. (I totally a moody reader.) I sat the book down once and came back to it only recently and got into it more the second time around. (See? Moody.) I still didn’t connect quite as quickly with Rose and Caden as I did Violet and Ryder. I ended up coming around, but it took awhile.
I had a tough time connecting with Rose. I understood her feelings towards her father and Pilar, but I didn’t really get her actions. She frustrated me. I know she was young, but I wanted her to stand up and speak her mind instead of running away. Honestly, Rose was a bigger struggle for me than Caden was. I understood Caden’s motivations. Now, granted, he wasn’t exactly a GOOD guy on the outside, but he wasn’t a jerk either. He was definitely playing games and in it for more than just a good time with Rose, but there was still something sweet about him.
There was an undeniable sexual chemistry between Rose and Caden, but I didn’t get an abundance of feels with them. There were some smokin’ hot sexy times. (Monica can bring the heat!) While it was obvious they had a connection, I wasn’t sure how real the feelings were between them. Was it all part of the con? Part of Rose’s rebellion? I can honestly say now that I know things were real between them, but it wasn’t until the last 25% of the book that I really began to feel it. (Of course, I wasn’t entirely connected to the characters, so that probably played a part in it, too.)
Stealing Rose was still a good book. I think it filled in some holes in the overall Fowler girls series. It was hot and sexy. I’m definitely interested in seeing how everything comes together in Taming Lily. I have a feeling everything will hit the fan in this book and I can’t wait!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.