In The Dark
The Rules Series #2 by Monica Murphy
Whitney’s Four Star Review
Monica Murphy is always a sure bet for an entertaining and sexy story and The Rules series does not disappoint.
In the Dark is book two and I do recommend reading the series in order unless you just have no intention of reading the whole series. We met Gabe in the first book and I fell in love with his easy going nature and yes, his sexiness!
Gabe has high expectations placed on him from his wealthy family in regards to not only his career but his marriage prospects. As such, he is all about sowing his oats and having fun in college with no strings attached.
Lucy is housesitting for the summer on the East Coast and having fun soaking up the sun and enjoying the attention of the hot neighbor. When she finally meets Gabe, he assumes she lives there and since they have agreed to a summer fling, she doesn’t feel the need to correct him. In fact, Lucy is from a single parent family who has always struggled for money.
When they wind up at the same college, her lies unravel and she struggles to gain Gabe’s forgiveness and acceptance into his world. We get to see plenty of the other characters you’ve come to love in this series as well.
Monica’s writing is intriguing and kept me turning the pages which led me to my only problem… the last 15% or so seemed quite rushed. And even though the end is tied up, it felt a little unfinished though that sometimes happens with NA novels in my opinion.
There is plenty of steam and both Gabe and Lucy are very likeable though Gabe made me so angry at one point I wanted to reach through the book and smack him. I’m super excited for the next book which I have a feeling might be my favorite.
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FAIR GAME (The Rules Series, Book 1) May 12, 2015
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.