I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.
The only girl I could ever love.
She is light.
I am darkness.
She is innocent.
I’ve done too much.
She is good.
I am bad.
She is my every dream.
I should be her every nightmare.
We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…Not.
Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.
The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.
3.5 to 4 Stars
I was given an advanced copy in exchange my honest review. No spoilers here!
I have thoroughly enjoyed Monica’s books before and was excited to read this YA release but I was left a bit disappointed since my expectations were so high.
This is a dual POV novel. We hear from Nick first hand and then from his love interest Reverie through her journal/diary. I love dual POV books but this was a little odd since we only knew Rev from her writing. It felt almost like her character said/wrote the same thing every time she had a chapter.
Nick is awesome! He’s only 17 and the poor kid has faced tremendous upheaval. Falsely accused of murder, he spends almost a year in jail only to get released and have his world rocked again. Reverie Hale is a preacher’s daughter. A preacher who happens to be Nick’s new boss.
Despite knowing he’s not good enough for her, she becomes the only bright spot in his day and the two begin sneaking around to spend as much time together as possible.
I won’t say anything else regarding the plot so I don’t ruin things. I thought the story was well written and Nick’s character developed well. I had a hard time connecting to Rev and their relationship seemed too rushed. I get that they like each other but I don’t think they know each other well enough to be in love yet. Certainly, Rev is not mature or experienced enough to love Nick yet.
The ending is a doozy but thankfully book two is out in August. I will definitely read the next book just to see what happens with Nick. I’ll also keep my fingers crossed that I like Rev and connect with her more as her character development is really what got in the way of my rating this book higher. I do still recommend this book for anyone who enjoys YA or Monica Murphy because her wonderful writing style is apparent. I definitely expect the story to improve with book two.
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About Monica Murphy
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.