The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.
The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.
I don’t want to let him go.
While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.
Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?
Praise for Never Let You Go
“As a reader, this relationship shouldn’t work even though it has to work. It’s only because of Ms. Murphy’s skill in delicately addressing survival from sexual assault and abuse that we find the capacity to heal through touch and love.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Much like the first book, this story was an emotional roller-coaster ride that never really let up. But that’s what made the story so fantastic and engaging.”—Emilie’s Book World
“A story that will grip you, pull you in, and keep you immersed til the end . . . an emotional and sweet story that will stay with me for years to come.”—Read-Love-Blog
“A dramatic and beautiful and frightening story.”—Fictional Candy
“Murphy nailed it with this one for sure. . . . Katherine and Ethan. Katie and Will. They are such a dynamic couple. Everything they have been through makes their bond tight.”—Mommy’s a Book Whore
Praise for Monica Murphy’s Never Tear Us Apart
“All the best parts of romance and betrayal . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover
“A powerful story that left me raw yet hopeful.”—USA Today bestselling author K. A. Tucker
“A powerful story of friendship, trauma, coping and betrayal. The characters jump off the page into real life and will have readers gasping and feeling every emotion that they go through. Another amazing book to add to Murphy’s already stellar library!”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“Murphy has written a compelling and emotional love story of two severely broken people, each of whom can be healed only by the other.”—Booklist
“Murphy imbues these characters with genuineness and plausibility. . . . [Readers] will look forward to the promised sequel.”—Publishers Weekly
Fans of Never Tear Us Apart will be pleased that this sequel fulfills the promise of Murphy's decidedly unconventional contemporary love story, set in an unspecified part of the U.S. Years before the story opens, serial killer Aaron Monroe imprisoned young Katie Watts. Aaron's son, Will, saved Katie from his father and then disappeared. As an adult, Will renamed himself Ethan Williams and manipulated Katie, now called Katherine, into falling in love with him. It's been a few months since Katherine discovered her new lover's true identity and kicked him out of her life, appalled by his deceit. Along comes ratings-hungry TV reporter Lisa Swanson, who had once gained fame by exploiting Katherine. Now she's skating on the edge of journalistic ethics by attempting to arrange a meeting between Katherine and Aaron, who's currently on death row. Inevitably, Katherine and Ethan/Will are drawn back into each other's lives. Tension mounts as the charismatic but broken lovers struggle to heal each other while dodging media attention. The superior characterization and compelling plot are enough to outweigh the awkward prose and clunky structure.
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This is the conclusion to Never Tear Us Apart. They must be read in order. And what a fantastically beautiful conclusion it is. Monica Murphy pulls out all the stops in this second chance romance. You will go through quite a roller coaster ride with your emotions as well as some twists and turns you do not see coming your way. You will find yourself on the edge of your seat, not sure you want to know what is next as well as laughing and crying. This story grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go until the end and you will love every last minute of it. Katie and Will/Evan are so meant for each other. Their souls are bound together from all the trauma they have suffered together. But their beautiful passion and love help them heal their wounds and they become stronger together. This is a powerful, passionate story that you won't want to miss. They will be forever with me. Highly recommended!
Received a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review.
Never Let You Go
Omg- I know that this is fiction but I’m halfway through and beyond frustrated. Where is the therapist from the first book? It’s like she never existed. And what about lawyers? I understand the set up to leave the main characters hanging out to dry on their own but there is literally not a single voice common sense here, whereas at least the therapist was that in the first book. Very frustrating, to the point that I am stopping reading and will consider picking up again as a possibility at some future point.
This book gave me anxiety!!
*Recieved a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book gave me anxiety!!
**I cry. I can’t stop. I cry at night before I go to sleep. I cry throughout the day when I should be doing something, anything to remind myself that I’m alive. I should be living.
But instead, I cry for what I’ve lost.
I cry for what I’ve found.
And then … one day, there are no more tears. They’ve dried up, like they never existed in the first place.
Very rarely have I had a book grip me so much that it caused knots in my stomach in anticipation of what happens next. Glueing me to the pages, devouring every word. Holding my breath with fear of thinking what is coming next!
**Gone is the girl I once was. Gone is the woman I was slowly becoming.
Now there’s only this void. And there’s only one person to blame for what I’ve become, what I’ve turned into.
And his name—his real name—is Will Monroe.
So much happens in this book, that you just need to read it to experience it to its fullest! Katie and Ethan/Will struggle with Ethan's deception, his lies, and what the future may hold for them. Katie starts seeing Ethan more as her Will, her hero and her feelings for him increase. Even though he lied to her, deceived her, she thinks he only did it with her best interests at heart. She's unsure where she will allow their relationship to go though, she fears if exposed, people will not accept their relationship.
Lisa is going to do a televised interview with Aaron Monroe and she is relentless in getting Katie and Ethan/Will to participate. Aaron is still writing Will letters.
Lots more happens, but I won't spoil it for ya *wink*. You just need to read this installment!
The story is intense and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. At this point, it's hard what/who to believe, especially when we get Aaron Monroe's POV. Yep, you heard me correctly. *insert shocked face emoji*.
**Would Will help me? Would he kill someone for me if I told him to? I doubt it.
But that don’t mean I can’t force him to do something … just to help out good old Pops.
I hate what happened to Katie, but I love how she grows and learns to move on with her life and be the strong woman she knows she was always supposed to be. She is quite amazing, considering the trauma she went through. Her character growth is inspiring and a testament to her immense strength, her love, and her compassion. Truly a beautiful story!