Sunday, 30 August 2015

In the Dark (The Rules #2) by Monica Murphy Review

Hello everyone! 

I am so sorry for being such a bad blogger but I am now slowly and surely coming back! To kick off I have a review of a book that I really enjoyed: In the Dark (The Rules #2) by Monica Murphy! Unfortunately due to University craziness this will be a mini review. (Also, this post should have been up days ago but Blogger decided to stop working for me!)

In the Dark is the second book in The Rules trilogy, focusing on Gabriel and Lucy. I was a big fan of Fair Game (The Rules #1) so I couldn’t wait to dive into this book! And I was pretty happy with how the whole story was told.

Told through dual POV, In the Dark started off a bit slow for my liking, however when I hit the 30-35% mark the plot started to pick up. After that I found it relatively easy to get lost within the pages and found myself quickly finishing the book! Whilst the plot was a tad predictable at times, I did enjoy author Monica Murphy's writing style.

I have to say though, I did have trouble connecting with Lucy. I honestly just wanted to shake her at times, some of her decisions didn’t sit well with me. I did love Gabriel, but I couldn’t always commit to their connection as a couple either. What I could fully commit too was how hot a lot of their scenes were. And yes I am talking about *those* scenes ;) Monica Murphy sure does know how to write a sexy scene!!

Altogether, Monica Murphy's In the Dark is a wonderful, easy going book. There are some deeper issues  explored within this book which I enjoyed, I just wished that I connected to our leading lady more. However I am still looking forward to Tristan's book!

I give In the Dark a solid 3.5 stars!

*Thank you to WordSmith Publicity for a review copy of In the Dark in exchange for my honest review.*

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?

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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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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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