Saturday, August 29, 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: In the Dark (The Rules #2) by Monica Murphy

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Title: In The Dark

Series Name: The Rules Series
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

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IN THE DARK (Book 2) August 25, 2015

Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?

My Review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

As soon as I finished Fair Game I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series. Shep's friends gave him so much grief for falling in love, so I was looking forward to Gabe and Tristan meeting the same fate. 

While sunbathing one day Lucy noticed Gabe watching her, so she let him watch. For weeks. Gabe eventually gets up the courage to actually talk to Lucy and he talks her into hanging out. Gabe goes to her place after being out to dinner with his parents. Unfortunately for him, he had a few too many drinks at dinner and ends up making a TERRIBLE first impression. I won't tell you what happens because it is actually quite funny, but this is part of the fall out. 
“Let me make it up to you,” I toss out as a last bid. She comes closer to me, her hand shooting out to touch my chest. Hope lights me up but then—she just gives me a hard shove and I stumble out of the pool house backwards.
Damn, the girl is strong.
“No,” she says as she pulls the pool house door shut behind her.
“I’ll take you out tomorrow. Dinner, a movie, whatever you want to do.” Hell, I’ll make her dinner and the only thing I know how to cook is a grilled cheese sandwich and a quesadilla, which is pretty much one and the same.
She shakes her head—very firmly. “No thanks.”
“Let’s go hang out at the beach tomorrow afternoon. Soak up the sun, walk in the waves.” I sound like a cheesy asshole and I’m pleading. Oh, shit. I never plead, not with chicks. I never have to.
“I don’t think so.” Did she waver? Nah, she didn’t waver. This chick is tough as nails. Passionate as all get out with a body sexy enough to make my head spin just looking at her.
And she hates me, because I somehow fell asleep mid-kiss.
I’m a complete idiot. If the guys ever find out about this, I’m screwed.
Clearing my throat, I make one more attempt. “Lucy…”
She holds her arm out, indicating I need to get away from her pronto. “See you later Gabe.”
Nodding once, and with my proverbial tail between my legs like a chastised puppy dog, I leave her place and head back to mine.
So as you can see, Lucy is not going to make things easy for Gabe. He has to work to make Lucy give him another chance and thankfully she does. That second chance goes extremely well and the two end up spending a lot of the summer together. What Gabe doesn't know is that Lucy is keeping a very big secret from him. She is not the girl he thinks she is, but she figures that keeping the truth from him for the summer won't be a problem. But when the two of them cross paths at college, things get complicated. I kept waiting for the truth to come out and it happened in a way that I wasn't expecting. 

I love how hard Gabe fell for Lucy. Gabe had everything handed to him from the minute he was born, so I liked the fact that he had to work to get Lucy. He knew that she was special and it did not take long to realize that she was the one for him. On multiple occasion Gabe tried to forget about Lucy, but he just couldn't do it. He was determined to make Lucy a permanent fixture in his life. 

I LOVED Lucy. She was this beautiful, headstrong, funny, women and I knew as soon as she met Gabe, he had met his match. Unlike Gabe, she had to work extra hard for everything in her life. She wasn't necessarily ashamed of where she came from, but she was worried that Gabe would look down on her. I think at some point she realized Gabe wouldn't care, but she was in too deep at that point. 

Gabe and Lucy were HOT together. Their chemistry was off the charts and it didn't take long for either of them to fall for the other person. He genuinely cared for her and when things went a bit south I was proud of the way he handled things. 

So two down, one to go! The final book in this series will be Tristan's story. Let's just say that I am not happy with that man and I hope that he has to work extra hard to get the girl. Like really, really hard. And it will take a lot for me to like him again. 


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FAIR GAME (The Rules Series, Book 1) May 12, 2015

When your boyfriend bets YOU in a poker game, you better know when to run...

Bad enough Jade Frost's boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round...and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend.

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn't stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more.

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade's confused. There's more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her...or could he?

SLOW PLAY (Book 3) November 10, 2015

Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else.

Tristan Chadwick is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him.

Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?

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New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. 

She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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