Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Never Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart #2) by Monica Murphy: Release Blitz Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Darkly sexy, emotional and forbidden, a woman unwittingly falls in love with the son of her abductor. The conclusion of a two-book contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy.

Lies hurt. Lies destroy. I tried my best to understand why Ethan kept his secrets but it was so hard. Until I realized that I couldn't deny myself any longer -- I needed to be with him. We needed each other. Despite my family's wariness, the media's fascination with us, the fact that his father still has a stranglehold on our lives, we belong together. No matter what. I will never let Ethan go. But sometimes love destroys us too, and we're too weak to banish the demons. Especially when our demons are determined to ruin us...

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Review by Michelle:

The thrilling and unique story of kidnap survivor, Katie, and the unlikely boy she fell in love with continues in Never Let You Go as the future of these two is shaky, at best, after Ethan's betrayal in the first book. Never Let You Go is the heartbreaking story of not just one, but two survivors who, despite public perception and opinion, have found an unbreakable healing connection in one another.

With high hopes that Katie and Ethan's one of a kind relationship had not been irreparably damaged, we are immediately drawn in again as the couple are now apart and distraught without one another. This would normally be the time when we would see immense growth in the characters, especially Katie, as she deals with Ethan's actions and comes into her own leaving her stronger and better able to decide whether to welcome Ethan back into her life or not. What I love about this book is that it is not your typical story in any way. Instead, we see most of Katie's growth come when she has Ethan's love and support. Instead of seeming co-dependent or feeble on her own, we see Katie embrace a love and a bond like she has never known and use it as a buttress for the fortitude she had previously gained on her own as well as a building block for even greater progress, independence, and strength making Katie and Ethan's relationship real, invaluable, and much more than the dirty little secret the media sensationalizes.

Between a completely unexpected perspective and a shocking twist, this story was without a doubt surprising and even pulse-racing. It was not at all what I was expecting as a conclusion to this couple's story, which I found to be both electrifying and refreshing at times and a bit too much and exceedingly dramatic at others. Although I would have liked a bit less drama for these two and a bit more insight and exploration into their building relationship, overall I did enjoy the unpredictability and excitement of it all.

An angst-filled rollercoaster centered on a hard subject, what could be considered a taboo relationship, heartbreak, deception, betrayal, vengeance, healing, and love, Never Let You Go will have you laughing, crying, yelling in frustration, and biting your nails in suspense in this heartwarming, heart pounding conclusion you don't want to miss.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

About Monica Murphy:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series. She writes new adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite.

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“Maybe I care,” she retorts. “Think about what this will do to us.”

“What could it do? Force us to admit that yes, we’re in a relationship now? What’s wrong with that?”

“This so-called relationship only happened because you sought me out and then lied to me!” Her voice is shrill, her eyes wild, and she visibly shakes. She’s angry.

At me.

“I never meant—” I clamp my lips shut when I see her hostile expression. She looks ready to pounce. Christ, maybe she’s right. Maybe we shouldn’t have met today. Our hurt feelings are still too close to the surface, too raw and painful.

“Do you really think meeting me today was a mistake?” I need to know her answer, though I might not like it.

Katie watches me, pressing her lips together. I wait for her response, air lodged in my throat, my heart tripping over itself in my chest. I feel like it’s all come down to this. “This won’t work,” she whispers.

“What won’t?”

“Us. The two of us . . . together. We need to accept it.” Her face almost crumples but she somehow keeps it together, all while she slaughters my heart with her words. “We shouldn’t be seen together in public. If anyone recognizes us, it will become this—thing, and soon the media will be talking. About us and our sick relationship. And I don’t want that. I don’t think you do either.”

My spine stiffens involuntarily and I slowly back away from her, holding my hands up in front of me in pure defensive mode. As if my position can ward o the blow only her words can deliver.

I thought my father knew how to pack a punch, saying just the right thing to make me internally bleed. A few choice words from Katie Watts and I feel like I’m near death.

“You want me gone? I’m gone,” I tell her, but I don’t budge. I’m hoping she’ll stop me. Despite the pain she’s causing, I don’t want to walk away from her. Even though it feels like my heart is about to crack into a million tiny pieces. I swear she already broke my heart when she first found out who I really was and ran, exiting my life like she was never in it.

Now she doesn’t want to be seen with me in public. Doesn’t want Lisa to know. The rational side of my brain understands why she might feel that way. But the irrational side, the emotional side, is screaming in agony over her rejection, demanding that I hurt her back.

My vengeful side makes me think of my father.

I rub a hand across my chest to ease the radiating ache, but it doesn’t help. The way Katie watches me isn’t helping either.

“It’s for the best,” she whispers. “The minute she spots us, she’ll tell . . . everyone. And then we’re in trouble. They’ll twist our relationship into this weird, sick thing, and I can’t. I can’t bear it, Ethan. I’ve already suffered through too much and so have you. This—we’re not worth it.”

My mouth drops open. We’re not worth it? She’s the only person in my life who’s worth anything.

“I’m—I’m sorry.” The choked words leave her and I can’t say anything in return.

She turns and leaves, her steps hurried, her at black shoes slapping against the pavement as she scurries away. I watch her go, don’t stop her, don’t say her name. I don’t do a damn thing, as if I’m paralyzed, and I wonder for one crazy moment if I might be.

But I’m not. I’m just struck numb by her words, by her worry. She’s right. I know she’s right. The media will turn our relationship into a train wreck, and with good reason.

We are a train wreck. We shouldn’t have happened, but we did. No one else knows what it’s like to be me. No one under-stands what we went through together except her and me. But she has walked away from me yet again. Practically ran, and I did nothing about it.

Breathing deep, I tell myself to stay strong. Either this will work or it won’t—but I want it to. I’m desperate to keep that connection between us.

Yet I need to understand and respect her feelings. Forgive her for walking away from me so easily. It’s damn hard. That tiny, vulnerable part buried deep within me, that little boy who never felt wanted, the one who spent his entire life moving through it essentially alone . . .

He is devastated.

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