Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
on 2014-12-02 Pages:
• Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series--perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase--that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves. I've moved through life doing what's expected of me. I'm the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family's business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I. Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it's for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary--perhaps even more so. He's also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I've never felt before. One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I'm hooked. Ryder's like a powerful drug, and I'm an addict who doesn't want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren't pure, and I believe him. For once, I don't care. I'm willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul. My everything. Praise for Owning Violet
This book was pretty light on substance but high on sexual heat. I liked it because it was really predictable and cliché. It’s just what I needed right now, a steamy read that was light on plot.
Violet Fowler is the middle of 3 daughters born to the Fleur tycoon and CEO of Fleur Cosmetics. Violet is the quiet and most diligent one as she tries to maintain her family’s legacy. She does her best to follow rules including playing devoted girlfriend to her co-worker and boyfriend Zachary.
When Zachary accepts a position in London, Violet finally has to admit that their relationship wasn’t based on love and she decides to take a walk on the wild side with Zachary’s nemesis Ryder McKay. What Violet doesn’t know is that Ryder and his partner in crime Pilar have their own scheme to move up in Fleur Cosmetics and it involves Violet and Zachary. Everyone wants something but who is in it for love?
I have read enough of these types of books (good girl meets sexy jackass with an agenda) to know where this was going from blurb. I was curious to see how the author was going to put her own spin on the trope. The book was okay but I commend the narrator Saskia Maarleveld made the story enjoyable to listen to. Her voice was a good match for the characters.
My issues with the book centered on how shallow the characters appeared and how much sex seemed to overpower everything. Violet was confident and ambitious at work, but a complete doormat in her professional life. Her sisters seem superficial and lack direction. Zachary, Pilar and Ryder are so competitive and jealous of others that they would use anyone to get ahead. Sex was used as currency and the characters don’t really form real bonds outside of hot sex. There was a lot of sexual chemistry but a lot of self-absorbed professionals.
If you are in the mood for light but steamy, then give this one a try.
*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review
Series: The Dark Elements #1
on 2014-03-01 Pages:
• Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
One kiss could be the last Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she's crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She's half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla's kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it's tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she's the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world
This one is similar to Obsidian (Lux, Book 1), another Jennifer Armentrout book with a special heroine and two boys who are vying for her attention. This one doesn’t have aliens, just Demons and Wardens (gargoyles). If you like the Lux series, then you will probably like this one as well.
17 year old Layla is half-demon and half-warden (gargoyle). She doesn’t have family so she was raised by Warden guardians. She has feelings for her warden best friend Zayne, but it doesn’t appear he returns those feelings. The Warden guardians train to protect mankind from demons who keep coming into earth and sucking out people’s souls. Layla is unique among the warden because she can sense demons anywhere (of course it could just be the fact that she is a demon)! One day, while chasing a demon, she gets rescued by another Demon named Roth.
It turns out Roth wasn’t there by accident. He has been following Layla on assignment to protect her. So of course they start flirting and what do you know, Zayne liked her too! So Layla is attracted to a Warden (Zayne) and a Demon (Roth). (*sighing*)
Roth tells Layla that there are things the wardens are keeping from her. He seems to encourage her and even push her to do things outside her comfort zone. I actually liked Roth because it’s hard to pinpoint one person who truly has Layla’s best interests at heart. She is struggling to find her place and there are people with answers that could help her but no one steps up to share those secrets with her. The truth would have made her stronger but unfortunately she was a center of a battle that she had no idea about. Roth came into her life and he just cared more than the people around had.
I struggled through this story. I never connected with the heroine and I didn’t see what’s so special about her. I also had a hard time with the formulaic parts of this story. I couldn’t stop seeing Katy from the Lux, but I liked Katy way more. I would have liked Layla to be more of a fighter. She was passive and reactionary than aggressive and making things happen.
The actual plot was okay, so I will try book 2 before I can definitive say how I feel about the series.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the review copy.