***Blog Tour – In the Dark by Monica Murphy – The Rules #2 – 3 Stars***

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In The Dark by Monica Murphy
The Rules #2

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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?

 

Review 3 Stars

In The Dark is book #2 in The Rule Series, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

I’ve read several books by Monica Murphy and really enjoyed them. I’ve always found her good guys and girls lovely and her bad guys and girls evil and generally bad.

Which was why it was surprising that I kind of just felt mehhh about all of the characters in this book.

Both Lucy and Gabe just came across as incredible gullible!!

Don’t get me wrong they are both nice enough people I just found myself rolling my eyes at the predictable issues and dialogue.

This is a nice NA story and really when you break it down it’s a classic plot that should and does work as an easy Sunday afternoon read.

My issue is that I didn’t invest in the characters and instead of finding the body issues that Lucy has relatable and endearing I was aggravated by how a beautiful girl with a natural rocking curvy body is ashamed of her curves.

Girls there is nothing wrong with women having curves!!!  I know that Gabe loves her body but I was too busy wanting to shout at Lucy to notice Gabe proclamations.

This is a nice book with a nice NA storyline that ended in a nice way with only a few minor speed bumps to happily ever after.

Perhaps I’m being a miserable cow but I just didn’t get into this book.

In The Dark gets 3 stars from me.

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?
Goodreads

SLOW PLAY (Book 3) November 10, 2015

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?Add to Goodreads

About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
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