Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: In the Dark by Monica Murphy

Rating: 4 Cups of Coffee
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?

Natasha's Experience:
Oh my gosh, this book was all sorts of amazing. This is the second installment in The Rules series, a series of standalones, and it was such a great read with laughs and all kinds of heat.  Shep and Jade from FAIR GAME, the first book in this series, are still my absolute favorites, but Gabe and Lucy definitely had me rethinking that spot more than a few times.

“I’m cautious. Careful. I plot and plan and do what I’m supposed to. I don’t make waves and I don’t cause trouble. One look from Gabe and I want to cause all sorts of trouble.”

Gabe is on vacation with his family, who he really can’t stand, with the exception of his younger sister, Sydney. Lucy is house sitting a mansion on the beach for the summer, and she finds that her neighbor might make her free time that much more interesting. Because Lucy wants to keep things casual between her and Gabe, she omits the fact that she doesn’t actually in the house she is sitting for and he is left believing that Lucy is a rich, spoiled girl who just wants some fun before school starts back up in the fall. This plan is something Gabe can handle; no strings, just pleasure. There isn’t much room left in his life for something more and he is okay with that. But Lucy is anything but simple and this “fling” they’ve created turns into more than what they bargained for.

“I’m afraid spending time with Gabe might be more than I can handle. And I’m starting to think he might be worth the adventure.”

Gabe and Lucy are electric together and fight against their growing feelings because in the end, they only planned on a summer fling. However, love and all that comes with it doesn’t really care about their plans; it just happens and when it does, it takes them on a ride they aren’t expecting.

“This girl…she’s starting to mean everything to me. More than I care to admit.”

Monica Murphy gives you a fun read with just enough drama to keep things interesting and a whole lot of sexual angst that will keep you up all night! I can’t wait to fall in love with the next book in this fab series!

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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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