Review: The Fowler Sisters #1, Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

22747260Blurb from GoodReads

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.

ebook, 400 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Bantam
edition language: English
series: The Fowler Sisters
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
My Thoughts:
I liked One Week Girlfriend series I was excited to read Monica Murphy’s latest series, Fowler Sisters with its first book, Owning Violet. I can say I still like her writing but I cannot say the same thing for the story and also the characters.

From the blurb I can tell that I usually like this kind of story. There is nothing new in Ryder and Violet story, I know, and is predictable but I think it makes room for drama and angst, which is my guilty pleasure in contemporary romance. However I didn’t enjoy Ryder and Violet’s story as much as I thought I would.

Ryder uses Violet to make him reach higher position in Violet’s father’s company and to take revenge to Violet’s boyfriend. He keeps telling her that he is mean and is a bad guy with dark past. Problem is I didn’t see and feel it. Yes he uses her for his benefit but so does her boyfriend, Zachary. I’m sure everyone will use her for their benefit, if they have a chance. It doesn’t mean that he is mean, not mean enough for me to tell him that he is mean, at least. And about his dark past? I’ve read lots of that kind of “dark” past before, so yeah his dark past is nothing as dark as I thought he had when I read first chapter.

As for Violet, I’m confused by her personalities. Ryder keeps telling me that she’s shy and in some occasion she indeed seems a shy introvert girl. But then she can do things that are far from her shyness before she backs to her quiet personality. For me, most of the things she does aren’t believable. Maybe she can switch her personalities that easy because of Ryder which she claims change her in so many ways, but still I found it’s hard to believe when she does things that are out of her personalities.

And for the story, there are things that left unclear and feel like it comes out of the blue. Maybe they are meant to be in the sequels but I still feel like they are there just to make me wondering about it and maybe glue to it. While in reality it is kind of an epic fail because it’s just annoying me. And not to mention that the story is so drag on I’m bored most of the time and the ending felt rushed and too easy. I think I’ll still read the sequels though. So I’m waiting for Rose’s story now.
Result: 2 out of 5 stars
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Review: One Week Girlfriend #3.5, Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

18733803Blurb from Goodreads

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even taking responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, once again, he’s found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?

Reality. Now the honeymoon’s over. Drew’s football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined our life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him all the time. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .

Kindle Edition, 130 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Bantam
edition language: English
series: One Week Girlfriend
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
As much as I loved Drew and Fable story and felt like I want more of them, I couldn’t enjoy this novella the way I enjoyed One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. At the same time I think it’s a good bridge between Drew & Fable story and Owen story as we can see Owen grows up and become more mature than when I first met him.
The main reason why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought before is because it’s too sweet for my taste. Fable and Drew are constantly telling each other how they love and can’t live without each other made me rolled me eyes a couple times. Don’t get me wrong, I love their lovey dovey feeling but it was just too much for my preference. Thank goodness there are also (a bit) drama in their relationship which made the story more interesting to me.
Result: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Review: One Week Girlfriend #4, Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

21418318Blurb from Goodreads

“Over. “That about sums up everything in my life. Suspended from my college football team and forced to cut back my hours at The District bar because of my crappy grades, I can’t keep turning to my sister, Fable, and her pro-football playing husband, Drew, to bail me out. I just can’t seem to find my own way. Weed and sex are irresistible temptations–and it’s messed up that I secretly hand over money to our junkie mom. A tutor is the last thing I want right now–until I get a look at her.
Chelsea is not my type at all. She’s smart and totally shy. I’m pretty sure she’s even a virgin. But when she gives me the once over with those piercing blue eyes, I’m “really” over. But in a different way. I won’t deny her ass is killer, but it’s her brain and the way she seems to crave love–like no one’s ever given her any–that make me want her more than any girl I’ve ever met. But what would someone as seemingly together as her ever see in a screwed up guy like me?

ebook
Published February 28th 2014 by Bantam (first published February 25th 2014)
edition language: English
series: One Week Girlfriend
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
When I knew Ms Murphy is going to write Owen’s story, I was beyond excited. He’s a minor character in Fable and Drew’s story but I just loved him as much as I loved Fable and Drew and wanted his own story. So you can imagine how happy I was to get my hand on his book and had a very high expectation.

This might sounds weird but I liked that his life isn’t perfect. As Fable’s brother, I thought his life will be much easier as her life with Drew is much better. But far from it, not even when Fable and Drew’s life is so perfect there’s nothing to compare their perfectness. Owen has his own life, a life that different from his sister and brother-in-law. I think it’s what exciting me more. He’s different from Owen I knew before. I have to admit that I was surprised with it. It was like I didn’t recognize him but at the same time it made the story more interesting, with his drama and all.

However, I didn’t quite enjoy the insta-love in this book. Owen and Chelsea are surely attracted from the very first minute they met. And only in one week, they practically fall head over heels with each other, though they haven’t realized it at the time. I just couldn’t buy it. Not when he that keeps saying he doesn’t do relationship and she who keeps telling me that she doesn’t trust people easy. I liked her as his love interest, though. She’s so different from him I think she’s a perfect balance for him.

As much as I loved Owen, I don’t think this book is as good as Fable and Drew’s book. It also couldn’t live my expectation. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good though. In a way, I didn’t feel the feeling I thought I would feel like when I read One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. But I think I’ll keep reading any books about those characters in the future if Ms Murphy decides she still has something to tell. Maybe Wade’s story? I’m quite curious of him now 😀

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: One Week Girlfriend Quartet #3, Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy

18111977Blurb from Goodreads

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.

I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.

ebook, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Random House Publishing Group
edition language: English
series: One Week Girlfriend Quartet
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
So I’m going to go straight about this book. The way the author wrote this book wasn’t as good book #2, Second Chance Boyfriend which is my favorite of the series so far. I can still connect to the characters, Colin Wilder and Jennifer Cade but I’m not quite like them. They weren’t lovable characters for me. Colin didn’t much different from where he was first introduced in Second Chance Boyfriend, which I liked that way because it showed that that’s the way he is while I couldn’t say the same for Jennifer. It might be because she didn’t have a big part on book 2, at least not as big as Colin, or maybe it was because I didn’t pay much attention to her there. One thing for sure she was kind of annoying me here. She kept telling Colin that she’s a big girl, can take care of herself, not to worry about her, not to always help her, and all the similar things. But at the same time she kept making the same mistakes, fell to the same hole again and again yet couldn’t learn from it. After so many times it happened that were just irritating me.
And then, I didn’t quite like their relationship either. Both of them hide their feeling and refused to communicate to each other in the name of guilty. I understand they feeling, I did but their hide and seek, push and pull relationship was exhausting me. Hell…even Colin and Jen realized it but why they did it again and again was a big question for me.

“All we do is talk in circles. I say the same thing, you say the same thing, and then everything’s fine. But really, everything isn’t fine. We just come back to this. Every. Single. Time.”

One thing that worked for them was the sex. But I want a very good love story, not just misunderstanding relationship with great sex for the characters story. Although I liked the last couple chapters toward the end, I felt Colin and Jen happy ending happened in a rush. This is definitely didn’t work for me and the least I liked from the series (so far).

Result: 2 out of 5 Stars

Review: Drew + Fable #2, Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable, #2)

Blurb from Goodreads

Lost. That one single word best describes my life at this very moment. I lost the last games of the season and both my team and my coach blame me. I lost the last two months because I drowned in my own despair like a complete loser. And I lost the only girl who ever mattered because I was afraid being with me would destroy her.

But now I realize how truly lost I am without her. She has become my story…and even though she acts like she’s moved on, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. She’s beautiful, sweet—and so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is help her. Be there for her.

Love her…

If only I could convince Fable to give me a second chance. Then I wouldn’t feel so lost anymore, and neither would she. We could be found together.

Forever.

ebook, 210 pages
Published: April 6th 2013 by Monica Murphy (first published April 5th 2013)
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
series: Drew + Fable #2
My Thoughts
Messages > Compose New Message
from: Rachmi Febrianty
to: Monica Murphy
subject: My second read on your second book, Second Chance Boyfriend
message:

Dear Ms. Murphy,
I don’t know whether you read or not my review of One Week Girlfriend
a couple months ago. But I like to think that you read it. I said that although I enjoyed and liked it, it was quite predictable to me. I sort of could guess Drew problems from the beginning of the story.

Yet I believe you could make an unpredictable story. And I find it here in your second book. The thing is when I read an unputdownable story, my mind can’t stop wondering about it. Sometime I can guess it and it make me kind of disappointed because I love the feeling when I cannot ‘read’ the characters mind. When I read Second Chance Boyfriend I know that Drew left Fable, I realize that they love each other and I kind of have my own thought about their story but I’m not sure about it. You made me wondering where you are going to bring their story. I wonder what will happen to them, but my mind just wondering without knowing what will be. You put surprises in it, surprises that I didn’t thought when I read. It’s like while my mind wondering I just reading it and enjoying their story. I love it, I love knowing that you can trick me and show me that you can make unpredictable story. And I still love the characters, especially Fable. I love that she’s so strong and independent and never give up on Drew.
One most prominent thing that made me enjoyed your books is your writing. To be honest it was your writing that kept me read One Week Girlfriend. You put emotion in it. I can feel it, believe it and connected to the story and the characters. And you still do it in Second Chance Boyfriend, even better.

That’s why I will read your next and a lot of next books. I know you said Drew and Fable story is finished. But since they keep whispering in your head, I hope I can read their story again, though it just a glimpse in other characters stories because seriously I want to read Colin, Jen and especially Owen story. I think they are fucked up mess too and from Drew and Fable experience I know you can make a perfect fucked up mess couple. I think they deserve their own story or maybe it because I cannot let them go. I don’t mind whatever the reasons as long as you make unputdownable unpredictable enjoying stories.

But I have one tiny problem in this book. In chapter one I read that Colin eyes are blue, Fable said Into the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. Bluer than Drew’s, if that’s possible but then in chapter three Colin comes in, offering murmured words to Jen I couldn’t quite catch before he locks his gaze with mine and heads toward me. “Much improved,” he says, stopping directly in front of me, crossing his arms in front of him. He’s wearing a black T-shirt that stretches across his wide shoulders and chest and black pants. The dark clothing only seems to emphasize the golden hair, the golden skin, the pale green eyes. Is it just me or it is one tiny inconsistency?

Since I loved and enjoyed this book, I have a song that keep lingering in my mind while I read it. I think it’s perfect for Drew and Fable. Hope you think it too. It called Demons, by

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Best Regards,
Rachmi
(your 1270th Second Chance Boyfriend readers in Goodreads)
Result: 4/5 Stars

Review: Drew + Fable #1, One Week Girlfriend

One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable, #1)

Blurb from Goodreads

Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…

Me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.

Forever.

Paperback, 155 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Monica Murphy
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
series: Drew + Fable #1
My Thoughts
Dear Ms. Murphy

My reaction after read the blurb was

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It gave impression that Fable, the female character has a dysfunctional family. To be honest I love reading that kind of story, it’s my guilty pleasure. So of course I have to get it and read it as soon as I can.

As much as it intrigued me, I found that the story quite predictable. From the beginning of the story I can point out Drew’s past. Yet it was still enjoyable to read.

Read it made me lack of sleep because I couldn’t put it down until the last pages. I finished it at 2 AM while I have to go to work at 8 AM.

Since your book made me sleepy a whole day and I cannot erase Drew & Fable story from my head, I have to blame you to caused me dizzy 😀

Hence, I’m willing to experience it again. I don’t bother lack of sleep and dizzy if the sequel will be better than it.

My favorite part of this book is the main characters. Fable, she’s so strong and persistent, witty and like her sarcasm. She doesn’t let Drew’s rejection avoid her to stand by his side, while you make Drew more vulnerable than another male character I’ve read. But I like it, because in his story it’s more believable to him to be vulnerable.

As your debut, I think you doing it well. You know how to write scenes more realistic so I, as a reader can feel what the characters feel. I also like your writing. You make it become unputdownable story.

Love your code word, marshmallow by the way. I always admire authors who could put something new on their story. Like what you did in this book. I never thought marshmallow as a code word but now I think it’s kind of cute and like Fable said, it indeed a random word yet her reason is believable.

Look forward for the sequel of Drew & Fable story.

On the other side I also want to read about Owen. I love Fable & Owen relationship and how she loves him and she will do anything for him.

Wish you could surprise me in your next books because I’m sure you can do much better than your debut. I mean, I really like this book that’s why I gave it 3.5 stars but I believe you could write unpredictable story also.

Best Regard
-Rachmi-

Result: 3/5 Stars