Monday, 25 August 2014

Release Day Launch - Her Destiny by Monica Murphy - #giveaway, #excerpt & #bookreview

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We are excited to bring you the Release Day Launch of Monica Murphy's HER DESTINY! HER DESTINY is a young adult Contemporary Romance and the sequel to HIS REVERIE. Grab your copy today!

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Excerpt:
“You sure Evan doesn’t mind me being here?”
“He probably hates that you’re staying the night, but he’ll get over it.” I take a step toward him and pat him on the shoulder, marveling at the solid feel of muscle beneath my palm, beneath the thick fabric of his sweatshirt. Has he gotten taller since the last time I saw him? Broader? He’s so big, standing next to him makes me feel small. “Do you need anything else?” I remove my hand from his shoulder, wishing I could touch him more.
“Nah. I’m gonna change, brush my teeth and go to sleep.” He smiles, looking cute, like a little boy and my heart flutters. When he reaches for the hem of his sweatshirt I step away, watch in silent fascination as he pulls the fabric over his head, taking the T-shirt he’s wearing beneath it upward so I catch a glimpse of his flat, perfect stomach, the little trail of dark hair that starts just under his navel.
I’m breathless, my skin is tingling and when he tosses the sweatshirt onto the couch, I start to walk backwards. “Okay well, good night.” I need to get away from him before I do something really stupid.
Like jump him.
“Night, Reverie,” he calls after me as I hurry to my bedroom. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him watching me with that penetrating, thoughtful gaze and I turn away, practically tripping over my feet in the hall. I rush into my room, shutting the door quietly before I slump against it, closing my eyes and pressing my forehead against the rough wood.
My feelings for him haven’t stopped. I still want him. I’m still in love with him. So why am I denying myself from being with him? Because I’ve changed and I’m worried he won’t accept me for who I really am? And because my life is so crazy the last thing I need is another complication to muck it all up?
Valid reasons, but why would I deprive myself from being with him? He’s the only one who understood me. Who listened to me. Who cared about me.
I think he still does.
Cracking open my eyes, I push away from the doorway and shut off the light before I crawl into bed. I lay there in the dark, listening to him move about inside the bathroom, which is right next to my bedroom. He finishes brushing his teeth before he exits the room and I swear I can feel him standing on the other side of my closed door, waiting. Listening for any sign of life coming from within.
I can’t move. I’m frozen, holding my breath, waiting for him to knock on the door, to turn the knob, anything to show that he wants to see me. I want him to both respect my brother’s wishes and defy them. I want him overcome with need yet cautious. I want…everything.
All of him.
Disappointment crashes through me when I realize he is definitely obeying Evan’s wishes. He doesn’t sneak into my room, doesn’t attempt to talk to me, nothing. I should be happy. Pleased that he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
Instead, I’m sad.
Rolling over on my side, I punch the pillow beneath my head and settle in for the night, willing myself to fall asleep. I get to spend pretty much the entire weekend with him. Maybe we can work it out then since we’ll have plenty of time. But for now I’ll have to settle for Nick visiting me…
Only in my dreams.
 

About HER DESTINY:
I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want.
The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Completely.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious. Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Conflicted.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.

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About Monica Murphy: I write books. I have the best job ever. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Writer of new adult contemporary romance-ish stuff. Published with Avon and Bantam. Mom and wife. Native Californian. For more information, please visit my website at http://monicamurphyauthor.com or sign up for my newsletter (copy and paste the link into your browser): http://bit.ly/IW5U0y I'm also known as USA Today bestseller romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com).  

 

 

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

My Her Destiny Review...  

Since I was left with the cliffhanger from His Reverie I had to read this book to find out what happens.  As I begun reading I was hoping that I was going to start to like Reverie's character more than the last book but sadly no, that was not the case.  In reality I started to like her even less.  For Reverie she was a bit sheltered from the world and Nick was really her first experience of the outside world. 


Because of this naivety when she gets the bitch slap of her reality she really doesn't handle it well.  Instead of being the strong girl she had potential to be, she throws her friends away and becomes friends with the 'mean girls' or class tramps.  While Rev is spiraling out of control with her family drama, her broken heart for Nick is still there.  If it wasn't for her brother Evan I don't know what would have happened to her.  With their recent reality, Evan steps up to the plate and takes care of Rev.  

 At this point even though I wasn't digging Rev, I still got her and what was going on.  However, the moment Nick comes back in the scene is where I got really confused.  Until this point she has been missing Nick, then he shows up and she is all 'nope, not going to happen. I've changed' blah, blah blah and does a complete 180ยบ where it comes to Nick.  


Nick has never stopped loving or thinking about Rev but he is just as confused with Rev as I am at this point. 
I need her to stop contradicting herself.
This is what I realized that bugs me about her, is all her contradictions.  She is so wishy washy that it is hard to really warm up to her. They have both had many road blocks in life and some worse than others but Nick handles them with a maturity beyond his age where Rev's immaturity hinders her which causes a divide for me with the depth of their emotions towards one another. 


Even though Rev was not winning my heart. I did like the story and especially Nick.  I think if I was younger like 20 years younger I totally be cool with Rev and have more empathy with her.  Most of the times when I read YA/NA type books I can lost in them and don't feel like I am way to old to read them but this one I felt like it really is geared to a younger audience. 

3 Contradictory Thumbs up!
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Lauren




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