Book Review: In the Dark by Monica Murphy


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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
Rating: 3 stars

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IN THE DARK (Book 2) August 25, 2015
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 maid 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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Grace Review

Another manwhore goes down!  Book two in this series features Gabe, one of the three rich Slutketeers.

In book one, Shep found his match and quickly gave up one-night stands for Jade.  When summer arrives, Gabe is bored out of his mind at his parents house, but at least he has a nice view.  That would be his neighbor Lucy.

Stunned that the beautiful man is interested in her, she doesn’t correct him when he assumes she’s a rich Daddy’s girl.  While Gabe initially only wants Lucy to provide some summer fun to the slow days, the connection between them proves deeper each time they are apart.  And the two play a bit of a cat and mouse game.

As the synopsis mentions, Lucy carries her lie with her when they reconnect at college (this would be an example where maybe too much is revealed in the synopsis, taking away the element of surprise).  I’m not sure why Gabe didn’t see all the obvious signs about her status, but her lack of interest in spending money was part of her appeal.

With a heroine of Mexican decent, I both liked and disliked how this book handled her diversity.  Let’s get the minus side out of the way.  This woman seemed to be the product of every bad sterotype for Hispanics – runaway Dad, poor financial status, and a Mom who is a maid.  On the plus side, I’m really glad that the author had a Mexican heroine.  They seem to be few and far between in romance books.  Also, there was very little mentioned about her race, other than her darker skin, which apparently looked like a good tan.  This book had the potential for race to be a big drama point, especially with Gabe’s parents, but nothing came of it.  Race essentially became a non-issue, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

Speaking of the Gabe’s parents, I was left scratching my head with their relationship and expectations. Gabe internal whines repeatedly about how his parents control his future, both career wise, and marriage wise.  So there was the potential for some big drama with Lucy and how she didn’t fit into his parent’s future plans.  But there really was no mention of it once things were sorted with Gabe and Lucy.


This book had a lot of potential, but I felt like big things like race, status and family expectations were dangled in front of me and then dropped.  I did like that Gabe saw beyond all of these factors and found love when he least expected it.

Of the three guys, Tristan remains the biggest mystery, so I’m very eager to see how he falls, just like his buddies before him.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.





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?

Title: Fair Game
Series Name: The Rules Series
Author Name: Monica Murphy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Rating: 4 stars

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SLOW PLAY (Book 3) November 3, 2015

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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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.

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