Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review Tour: 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
I really do love this new series by Monica Murphy.
I think I loved Gabe from the beginning. He never came across as a jerk like I was expecting. He's spending his vacation with his family, even though he doesn't want to. And I don't blame him. His parents seem like real jerks. I mean he is 21 butt out already. I loved meeting his sister though! Anyways, the opening of the book made me smile. I think that is why I instantly liked him.  I also really liked seeing how he saw Lucy from the beginning. They had instant chemistry even if things didn't go as smoothly as he expected!
Lucy was a great female character. She was fiesty and sweet all at once. She's house sitting for the summer and Gabe assumes she is a spoiled little rich kid like him. So she doesn't correct him. Even though they spend the whole summer together practically glued to the hip. Knowing her background, I get why she was nervous to tell him. I might not agree with it, but I totally got it.
I really liked how the story started at the beginning. To often you will read books that are similar to this that start off in the middle and leave out the whole first meeting. Thankfully, this one takes you right from the beginning all the way up to the oh shit moment in college. I can't even say this is where the story really starts because it isn't. These two were off the charts from the very beginning. And there was plenty of steam in this book, though I would have liked to read some other scenes that were mentioned as a memory instead of just wondering what happened. I hope that makes sense! :)
I cannot wait to read more in this series and hope to have glimpses of everyone again in Tristan's book!
 5 stars!!! 
***ARC provided in exchange for my HONEST review.Thank you!***

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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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