Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tour-Review and Giveaway: In The Dark by Monica Murphy (The Rules Series #2)

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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?


I swear, the more I read by Monica Murphy, the more I want to read.  Her writing style is so easygoing and yet draws you in so quickly and thoroughly that you just do not want to put this book down.  While this is the second book in The Rules series, it could easily be read as a standalone, though personally I'd recommend reading in order to get the most enjoyment from the stories.

I LOVE the fact that Lucy is a curvy girl.  For me, it makes her character so much more relatable and along with her background-which she tries to keep Gabe from discovering-gives her more depth.  She's sweet and innocent...and then Gabe enters her quiet life.  

Mmmm...Gabe...he's a keeper.  The prototypical playboy (just like his friends Shep and Tristan...well, if you've read Fair Game you know how that's going for Shep), Gabe is hot, sexy and just downright delicious.  It's so enjoyable to watch as he goes from playboy to an unsure, infatuated guy who just can't get Lucy out of his mind.  And to go along with Lucy's curvy girl status--I love how he loves her curves, and how he makes her feel about them too.

Put Gabe and Lucy together, and the pages virtually sizzle with their amazing chemistry.  Add in some secrets and other drama to keep up the tension, and you've got another fantastic story in The Rules series.  If you're a fan of new adult/college romances, you'll definitely want to add this to your TBR list.  Bonus points for the alternating points of view from Lucy and Gabe, I love when authors do this as it adds a lot of depth to the story...and getting Gabe's POV is pretty entertaining.

4.5 wonderfully curvy, sexy, secretive stars, recommended for 18+ due to adult language and some super-hot adult intimate scenes.  And after the dose of Tristan we got in this story, I'm really looking forward to his story next in the series!


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Blurbs :
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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