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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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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?
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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?
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.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Wordsmith Publicity
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Part 2 in an ongoing series
My In The Dark Review ...
In the Dark, is the second book of his series, where another of the boys has fallen. Which is quite the far drop from the one and done rule, these boys lived by.
Gabriel (Gabe) Walker is the more even keeled of the three boys. He too comes from a rich, demanding family, where they dictate what is expected of him. But Gabe, wants a different life then what they want.
Lucy comes a single mother, who learned her lessons the hard way. After this, she has instilled her philosophies with Lucy, which has made Lucy a bit gun shy where boys/men are concerned.
Lucy by chance is house sitting in Santa Monica, where she has a GQ looking neighbor whom makes it no secret of his interest in her. As Gabe has been blatantly watching Lucy for weeks, he finally takes the plunge and goes after her.
He quickly learns a few things.
1) Lucy is NOT like any other girl he has been with.
2) Lucy has insecurities
3) Lucy holds a lot to the vest.
4) She's also everything that he wants
Lucy's a bit doomed from the start, with her mama's fears, and insecurities combined with lies, assumptions.
Gabe usually goes for the blonde country club type of girl, but Lucy is curvy, Latino and sexy as hell.
"I'm on a diet." I don't get why. Really I don't. (Me neither)
Gabe has a bit of an uphill battle with Lucy's fears and insecurities.
"I like you just as you are. I wish you would too."
Since Gabe's an easy going guy, he makes up a story for Lucy that he thinks should fit her. Assuming he's right since she didn't correct him, he keeps on assuming this is true. For Lucy she first assumed that it was only going to be a summer fling so it was easy to let Gabe think one thing when the truth was another.
Now that their worlds collide after a steamy summer fling, Lucy is faced with what she's done.
Hopefully our mistakes won't come back and bite us both in the butt.
Lucy can't fight her feelings for Gabe, but she keeps digging herself a bigger hole.
I'm so scared to tell him anything personal for fear he'll dump me (Argh! Insert eye roll here)
Then more digging . ..
Telling Gabe the truth now? Could cause me to lose him. And that's a risk I'm not willing to take. (Yeah! That's not stupid at all and keeping secrets will never back fire. Insert another eye roll here)
I liked the idea of Lucy more than Lucy herself. I think it's because within this genre the insecure heroine has been overdone that I'm quick to not like these types. I'm also a strong woman and want to see and read about strong woman.
I'm the idiot who lied to him during our entire relationship. I have no one to blame bit myself. (Agree)
Often we have to learn the lesson the hard way and for Lucy that's the case. Thankfully Gabe's sweet, honest and strong and stands up for what he wants no matter the consequences. Sure he made his own mistakes but they're both young and have to learn.
Do I like this series? Yes, but both books so far have taken me a bit of time to get into them. Did I like Gabe and Lucy together? Yes, especially after Lucy gets over her personal shit. I have to admit that I have a weak spot for NA and this did fit the bill, even though this rich world is not my world. The expectations are different while their role models have nothing but cold relationships due to being a part instead of a person. It's nice to get lost in a world that I don't know and would not want to be part of. Now we have to wait for the grumpy Tristan to fall. Will I continue with this series? Absolutely, as I have to see how the mighty Tristan will fall in love and hopefully bite his opinions and words that he's so quick to give.
3. 25 NA Thumbs up!