In case you missed it, Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy released this week!
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.
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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5 out of 5 stars
This is one of those books that I really wish that I could give more than 5 stars to because it is truly phenomenal. I mean I knew I was going to like this book for sure since I tend to like twisted romances like this plus Monica Murphy is the author, so there was no way it would disappoint, but I was still so unprepared for how much I ended up loving this book.
This book really took me on a emotional roller coaster ride. One minute I was the verge of tear while the next moment I was swooning hard over Ethan. And let's talk about Ethan for bit. I have so many thoughts about Ethan. I absolutely loved his character. Although he wasn't physically abused in the same way that Katie was, he still had a lot of emotional scars left by the treatment he endured at the hands of his father and despite growing up with a father who was a serial rapist and murderer he was a really good guy who despite his fears from the very beginning all he wanted to do was protect Katie. But despite his good intentions, I still had my issues with some of his actions. The fact that he doesn't tell Katie who he is from the very beginning when they come into contact again after eight years apart made me want to smack him. I'm mean I get that him keeping this secret from her is a big part of the plot and is needed, but God did I want to smack him. But despite that as I said I really did love his character. His imperfections made him more lovable and I was rooting for him to win Katie's heart from beginning to end.
Now let's talk about Katie. Her character survived something so horrific that you can't help but feel for her. I thought that the way that the author portrayed her struggle to move on with her life and attempt to be happy to be realistic and impactful and really gets you thinking. I admired how brave she was even when she thought she was broken and ruined as well as the fact that she took a chance on falling in love even with all the memories still haunting her. I also really loved her attempts to stand up to her mother and sister and stop them from dictating what she could do based on what they seemed safe. They were really suffocating and I was really loved that she went against them in order to live her life and be normal.
Aside from the two amazing main characters what I especially loved about this book is how the author chose to tell this story. The dual point of views really allowed me as a reader to fully understand both Katie and Ethan and their struggles. And the way that we get to see both the past and present allowed the book to have that extra emotional punch that had me on the verge of tears through most of the book.
Overall, as I said already I loved this book more than life. It was such an emotional story that really sticks with you and I can't wait until the second book is released so that I can see if Katie and Ethan are able to achieve their HEA because trust me these two characters deserve it.
*Book review previously posted in a post on December 15, 2015.