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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
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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 girl 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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What would be the harm in pretending you're someone else for a while? Especially if that someone else is rich and is vacationing in an amazing house for the summer? Nothing is wrong with it at all. Unless...
Gabe is the rich kid forced to spend the summer vacationing with his family. Lucy is the sexy girl next door that Gabe is obsessed with watching her strut her stuff swimming and lounging by the pool all day.
He finally gets up the nerve to go over and talk to her. They had an awful start to their summer fling, how does one really fall asleep mid make-out session anyways, Gabe? But I guess Gabe was hot enough, and Lucy was bored enough to give him another shot.
All was fun in the summer sun until the two go back to school and unexpectedly see each other. That's when Lucy runs in the opposite direction. Her lies are about to catch up with her and she's going to need to come clean if their feelings towards each other have any shot at true love.
I loved how Gabe was so straight forward, "I'm not the sensitive man who'll value your virginity and offer up my love in exchange for it." I thought it was cool that he didn't bullshit and sweet talk his way just to get sex. I was however, secretly hoping Lucy wouldn't give it up to him.
I liked how Gabe would assure Lucy that she didn't need to diet. On the other hand though, if she wants to have a salad, let her have a damn salad! Either way, it was nice that her not only showed her, but told her how much he loved her body, building her self-esteem about her body image in her mind. It did get a little tiring listening to her obsess over her weight though, it went on a little too long for my liking.
There was a mixture of funny AND hot in the book.
"Straddle my face."
"Yeah. Ride my face, Lucy. Come on."
Being that she was very inexperienced, I found her reply hilarious and likely a very accurate response.
I loved Gabe and Lucy together. Fantastic chemistry, hot love, and the ability to forgive and grab their love by the horns and go full force ahead. No matter what scary things may come along in their lives, these two have the winning formula to make it through anything.
In the Dark is another great NA book from Monica. Now we just have to wait for the story of the last lone man standing, Tristan.
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Blurbs :FAIR GAME (The Rules Series, Book 1) May 12, 2015
When your boyfriend bets YOU in a poker game, you better know when to run...
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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**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
After reading the synopsis, I was really interested in reading this book. I am a HUGE Karina Halle fan and this was so different from anything she has written before. Not only was it a historical romance, but it also had zombies, action, and romance.
Eve is a half Native American and half Caucasian girl in 1851; she doesn't fit in with either one. One day five men come knocking on her uncle's door looking for her. They will pay a good chunk of money to have Eve come with them because of her tracking skills. I really liked Eve; I found her to be brave. She didn't show the fear she was feeling on the outside and I admired that.
I didn't like Jake much in the beginning of the story. He was rude and racist towards Eve. Of course, after hearing what happened to his family, I understood why he was like that towards Eve and he started to grow on me. I loved seeing him and Eve protect and learn to trust each other in the middle of the craziness going on around them.
I enjoyed some of the other side characters, but not others. Avery was one of my favorite. I loved his relationship with Eve and how he was there to protect her as much as he could. Hank was creepy and I didn't Isaac from the moment I met him.
I love how Karina intertwined the fictional world of Donners with what happened with the Donner party. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how the zombies in this story were not the stereotypical shuffling and moaning zombies. The descriptions were pretty gross and gruesome, but I loved that.
Overall, I really enjoyed all the elements in this story. It had history, action, romance, and, of course, the human-eating zombies. I loved the fast-pace, action, and romance. I highly recommend you give this book a try.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I love history, and, obviously, I love reading. Therefore, any book that can successfully combine any kind of historical event with some brand of fiction is something I think is amazing. The synopsis of this story promised all that, along with some action, horror, and romance. And let me just say, it lived up to all my high expectations!
I really liked Eve, the main character. As a half-Indian girl in the 1850s, she was looked down upon by most of society, and treated like she was inferior to pretty much everyone. However, Eve didn’t let this get her down, and she was pretty bold, in a totally believable way. I loved how Eve found ways to learn the things she wanted to know. Also, I thought that making her tracking abilities a huge part in their journey through the mountains was great.
The side characters were really interesting. Avery was a very good friend to Eve, and I liked the fact that he didn’t treat her as less than an equal. I loved that he taught her things, and I really felt their friendship. Eve’s love interest, Jake, was always interesting, although I definitely agreed when Eve found him unlikable in the beginning. However, he had a really great backstory, and the relationship between himself and Eve was really nice to watch unfold, because he treated her as his equal, and overcame some of his prejudices. I thought Isaac was horrible, and Hank was even more so. I liked how Tim had many different motives, and the fact that his character was different from how he was portrayed in the beginning of the story made me appreciate the author’s ability to develop characters.
The plot of this novel was great. Intense, fast-paced, and action-packed throughout, it followed Eve as she set out on a tracking expedition with five strange men, looking for the uncle of one of these strangers. There were zombies, battle scenes, and characters who weren’t so good. The book combined a bit of history regarding the Donner party, some romance, and horrible cannibalistic creatures that used to be men. I loved it, and I couldn’t stop reading.
Overall, I thought that this was a really great and unique read. Eve was a wonderful heroine, because she was brave even when she didn’t want to be. The atmosphere was great, and full of creepy parts that I loved. The plot was interesting, and uncovering the motivations behind the characters was fun. I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of horror, action, and some great romance.