Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
Published by Bantam
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Second Chance Boyfriend
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.
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.
“You should care. You’re a good girl. So pure, so sweet. I’ll fucking wreck you.”
The intro to the synopsis about this series being for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase is very misleading. In fact, this book feels misleading as a fan of Ms. Murphy. Her One Week Girlfriend series was the perfect blend of sexy and sweet. Owning Violet feels like the exact opposite. The characters were unlikable, the plot was shallow, and this story, unfortunately, felt like it would never end.
“Wear something sexy beneath the clothes, violet. Wear your armor…and then wear a little something that will slay me underneath.”
Violet is not the type of heroine that I can root for. I don’t need the heroine to be a strong-willed, take-no-shit badass, but I cannot in any way understand a woman that chooses to stay with a man that cheats on her. All while her boyfriend, Zachary, is whoring his way through their relationship, Violet turns a blind eye to all of it and assumes he will just straighten up once they take their relationship to the next level. Hell no. That was the first strike. The second strike came with Ryder. Ryder is a douchebag. Of course he is instantly drawn to how prim, proper and innocent Violet is. Plus there is the added benefit of what sleeping with her would do for his career. But despite the “attraction” and interaction between them, Ryder never really stepped up to the plate. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt no real connection between them. Ryder liked to play hot and cold most of the time and push Violet to sexual extremes.
“I’m forever changed because of her.”
But my biggest problem with Owning Violet was how long and drawn out this story was. I try my best to not DNF a book once I’ve hit a certain percentage, but I wish I would have. I kept waiting for something to happen. And waiting. And waiting. Things happened, but nothing that made me want to continue on with this series, especially when it comes to Violet’s sisters. I mean, if you are going to have a series center around sisters, at least let them have relationships worth wanting to read about. The few times that Violet interacts with her sisters felt detached and empty. Because of that, I cannot continue on with this series when I have no connection or interest in what will happen with these sisters or this cosmetic company.