I’m such a big fan of Monica Murphy, so when I heard she had a new series coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it! Owning Violet is the first book in the Fowler Sisters series and it. is. HOT. You’ll need a fan while you read this because Monica Murphy turns up the heat between a good girl and a very, very bad boy. I highly enjoyed this one – I loved the characters, the sexiness, and the angst. It did take me a bit to warm up to the book, but before long, I was addicted to everything about this story.
Owning Violet is a romance between complete opposites: Violet, the proper, good daughter who will one day run the family business; and Ryder, the dark, wicked man who is way too tempting for his own good. When I first met Violet, I wasn’t too sure how to feel about her. Her life is perfectly set up – she’s been groomed to take over Fleur Cosmetics and she’s the perfect, attentive girlfriend. In other words, she’s a bit boring. But then enter Ryder McKay. He’s everything Violet isn’t – sensual, wicked, intense – and she can’t stay away from him.
Ryder is a jerk. He is ambitious, ruthless, and has no qualms about who he has to bulldoze over in order to climb up the corporate ladder. He works at Fleur Cosmetics, but he wants a better position – the same position that Violet’s boyfriend Zachary is aiming for. And with Violet being the boss’s daughter, Ryder concocts a plan to seduce her to win her father’s attention and favor. When Violet and Zachary break up, Ryder makes his move. But the more Ryder immerses himself in his plan, the more he can’t stop thinking of Violet – or wanting her for himself.
Hell. I feel like I could come apart. With her like this, I feel as if I could spiral out of control at any moment. All I want is her. All I can think about is fucking her. Making her mine. Owning her.
Violet knows what kind of man Ryder is, but she wants to step out of her comfort zone after years of being the proper daughter and girlfriend and Ryder is the perfect man to help her do that. And oh. my. god. The sex in this book is on fire!! There’s a fierce, carnal hunger between these two and chemistry is explosive. But it’s when Ryder and Violet spend time outside of the bedroom that Violet falls for this man, even when she tries to guard her heart.
“You don’t seem like the sort of man who likes waiting.”
“Depends on the woman,” he says. And then he’s touching me, his hand is cupping my cheek, his face is in mine, his body blocking out all available light until he’s everything I see and feel and touch. “And you are definitely worth waiting for.”
Ryder never expects that he’ll actually want more from Violet than just her body. He never expects to fall for this girl who is his complete opposite and has so much goodness in her. I loved seeing this harsh, ruthless man fall in love with someone he believes deserves so much better than him. He’s a jerk, but he’s a jerk I couldn’t help but love. My heart was aching for Ryder, at the realization that if Violet ever finds out about his plan, he could lose the best thing that has ever happened to him.
We shouldn’t make sense together. She’s sweet and good and I’m mean and awful. She cares too much and I have zero fucks to give. A woman like Violet deserves to be worshiped and loved. She’s powerful and smart and gorgeous and sexy and…
Fuck. I want to be the one who worships her and loves her and tells her just how smart and sexy she is every day. For the rest of her life.
I had such a great time reading Owning Violet. My heart was going crazy for Violet and Ryder! ‘Opposites attract’ takes on a new meaning for these two characters. Owning Violet is fast-paced and highly addicting. I highly recommend this book – Monica Murphy fans, you don’t want to miss this!
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.
Reading Order: The Fowler Sisters series
#1 ~ Owning Violet: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Stealing Rose: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Taming Lily: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads