Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review: "Never Let You Go" by Monica Murphy (Contemp. Romance, Suspense, New Adult)

Never Let You Go
by Monica Murphy

Publisher: Bantam
Series: Never
Never Tear Us Apart (#1) (affil.)
Genre: Contemp. Romance, Suspense, New Adult
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

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Description from Publisher: The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.

The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

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I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

I enjoyed how this book had a more normal and comfortable Katie and Will than the first book. Their relationship was more normal and I liked the obstacles they faced. This book felt almost like a "After the HEA," though the first book didn't leave these two with a happy ending. It just had so much of what a real relationship has and not just the crazy intense emotions.

The voice of Aaron was creepy, but in a way that made sense and added a necessary voice to the story. The suspense his role brings is well worth suspending some disbelief over how likely the scenarios involving him are. [His breaking out of prison was a bit unbelievable, for instance (hide spoiler)]

Speaking of roles... Thank you, Monica Murphy, for Molly. More books need wonderful dogs in them. :)

The crazy journalist works pretty well for this, and I appreciate that Lisa is so deeply involved in Katherine and Will's story.

The breakthroughs that are made by Will in this book are well done too. I feel as though this book got to be more "Will's" book, though the first installment hardly ignored his turmoil.The work they do on their relationship is important and eases any discomfort the reader may have over their unusual situation. The two are so much more mature in this half, which really solidifies their love and affection for one another.

Overall, this is a great finish to their story. There is love, suspense, strong character growth, and tortured souls - and a sweet Happily Ever After. What more could you ask for?

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