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Publisher Description

The first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.

Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

Praise for 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

“It’s poetic, addresses difficult themes, and captures the essence of our fragility as humans and the strength love provides.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Beautiful, poignant, and perfectly written . . . It’s a book that burrows into your very heart and grabs hold. A book that’s different yet unforgettable.”—Dirty Girl Romance

January 5
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews



Monica did an amazing job with this book ,truly hooked and loved each chapter can’t wait to read part two.
A must read ☺️

okay9 ,


The author keeps you on the edge of your seat! I didn’t know what to believe, I had to keep reading. So intense! For fans of dark romance this book does not disappoint.

HadleyRoss ,


Omg this book is absolutely amazing. I love Monica Murphy's books and this one is different and darker story line than her usual books but it's really good. I strongly recommend reading the beginning of the first few pages where Monica explains the subject and the inspiration for this book before you start reading. It is a romance yet a darker story lies in the connection that Ethan and Katie share. I don't want to spoil the book nor can I find the words to truly express to do this book justices so I won't try. All I'll say is the I truly love it and it's a must read. I can hardly wait for the next book and the conclusion to come out. May is so long away to wait.
Great job Monica five stars all the way!!

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