Saturday, January 9, 2016

REVIEW TOUR: Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

We're celebrating the release of NEVER TEAR US APART by Monica Murphy!

Title: Never Tear Us Apart
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bantam January 5, 2016

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Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I'm a fifteen-year-old again--the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She's grown-up now--beautiful, quiet, composed--and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she's safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I'm stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she'll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

My Review

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

This book is so different than anything I have ever read. I saw the blurb and immediately knew that I had to read it.

I really like the way this book is presented. It goes back and forth between the present and the past. In the past we learn how how Katie ended up getting abducted (which was so real you could picture it happening to pretty much anyone), what happened during her capture (thankfully, without too much detail) and how she got away. In the present (8 years later) we learn that Katie is trying her hardest to live a normal life, but of course it is hard. She sees a therapist and lives on her own, which I see as an important accomplishment after everything she went through.

It isn't until she meets Ethan that she starts to realize that while she is alive, she hasn't been living her life. More like she is just going through the motions. But who could really blame her? Katie went through a extremely traumatic experience as a young child and I can't even imagine having to come back from that. But there is something about Ethan that makes her feel comfortable, safe even. The two get along really well and he seems to understand her on a level that no one has been able to since she was rescued. She feels a connection to him and wants him to be the one that "bring her back to life."
“Ethan,” she breathes when I’m finally close enough to hear her. “I found you.”
“What are you doing here?” I stop just in front of her, wanting so badly to reach out and grab her I have to curl my hands into fists to prevent them from doing so.
“I came to meet you just like you asked, and …chickened out at the last minute.” She drops her head so I can’t see her face anymore. “I don’t know what compelled me to come to the park.”
“I did the same thing.” When she lifts her head and her gaze meets mine, I continue. “You didn’t show and I was …mad. I started walking, wishing you were with me. Next thing I knew, I was here.”
Her lips part, her eyes full of sadness. “I don’t know what we’re doing anymore,” she whispers.
I step closer, grabbing hold of one of her hands. Her fingers are cold and I interlace them with mine, squeezing her tight. “I don’t either.”
She tilts her head back, her pretty, dark blue gaze meeting mine. Her eyes are full of pain and confusion and the tiniest flicker of hope. “You know what really happened to me, don’t you.”
“It doesn’t matter.” I shake my head. I don’t want to talk about the past. I want the here and now. I want to be with Katie. “Come home with me.”
Her eyes widen, I swear she’s about to jerk her hand out of my grip, but I tighten my hold on her, not wanting to let her go. If I had my way, I’d never let her go. The connection we share, the one we formed when we were just kids, it hasn’t gone away. If anything it’s become stronger and I’m sick of fighting it, sick of fighting my feelings for her.
“Please.” I bring our connected hands to my mouth and brush my lips across her knuckles. Her audible gasp tells me everything. That our chemistry, our attraction for each other, isn’t just one-sided. She feels it too. 
But Ethan is keeping something from Katie. A very big something. I honestly don't know what I would have done if I was in Ethan's shoes and I didn't feel myself hating what he did, but at the same time I couldn't wait until the truth came out. I knew that once it did, the book would take on a whole new feeling.

I'm itching to get my fingers on the next book. This one left me with not only a lot of questions, but with the feeling of "Oh my god, how can this possibly end well?" and I look forward to seeing how this all plays out. 

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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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