August 24, 2015

Review - In the Dark 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

In the Dark is Lucy and Gabe's story. We first met Gabe in Fair Game is he is Shep's best friend. Keep in mind these are all about different couples and can be read as standalone.

Gabe comes from a wealthy family and is staying with this family at beach house for the summer. It just Lucy and her mother and they have been struggling to get by their whole lives. That is when the opportunity comes up for her to spend the summer housesitting their beach house she takes the chance. 

Gabe is immediately attracted to Lucy and wants to get to know her, but she isn't interested. She knows their worlds would never connect and isn't the type of girl two have a summer fling. At least that's her plan until she get to know him better. The more time they spend together she can't deny her attraction and is willing to take what she can get: one fantastic summer. 

Gabe and Lucy are absolutely perfect for each other and I was immediately cheering for them. I wanted Gabe to move past his "player" status and I wanted Lucy to feel like she was more and worthy. Gabe helped Lucy with her confidence and to me that is priceless. Lucy showed Gabe he can be more in life and be himself, not who his father expects him to be. 

I love these fun, college romance's Monica is delivering. They have tons of heat, humor and romance. I love how these guys are willing to change their ways and commit to these girls. As Monica said at the end, she isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, she is just writing something fun. Trust me, I am not complaining and I am hooked! These books give you butterflies, keep you engaged and leave you wanting more. I cannot wait to see what comes next in Slow Play.

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Blurbs :
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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About the Author:

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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