Author: Monica Murphy
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance lately. It’s interesting that the subgenre still holds interest for me, as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every trope out there. I had to fight for moments to read the first title in Monica Murphy’s new Fowler Sisters series, Owning Violet. Stolen moments on my lunch break, at the grocery store while waiting in line, and while waiting for Youngest to be released from wrestling practice. And then, I binged. I gorged myself on Violet and Ryder’s story for an afternoon. And I don’t regret a single minute.
This is a workplace romance. And, the one thing that irritated me about Owning Violet was that Violet wanted to keep everything with Ryder on the down-low, while her entire relationship with Zachary was in-the-open. Both work at Fleur Cosmetics, and have parallel positions in the hierarchy. I’ll just leave that right there for a minute.
Violet is the ‘responsible’ sister. She’s destined to run Fleur Cosmetics someday. I mean, she’s really the only one of her sisters interested in the position. I liked Violet’s chapters. The narration is first person with shifting viewpoints, and Ms. Murphy tells us who’s talking. What drew me to Violet was the fact that she changed and evolved throughout the novel. She started as a meek and quiet ‘flower’—a ‘shrinking violet,’ if you will—that wasn’t interested in rocking-the-boat. By the end, however…well, you’ll have to read to find out why I like her so much now. 🙂
Ryder. How to explain Ryder? He’s certainly an enigma, that’s for sure. Besides being damaged, and needing to learn to actually love, Ryder has about a bazillion things going against him in the grand scheme of things. Even though he holds a position pretty high-up in Fleur Cosmetics, he feels unworthy. I know that Ryder’s narration in his chapters is about HIS growth throughout the novel, but the boy did things slow and in his own time—that’s for sure. I kinda wanted to wrap him in a fleece blanket and pet his thick, wavy locks a few times as I was reading. We all know I have a thing for damaged heroes, and while Ryder had several of those qualities, he didn’t quite fit the grid. Does that make sense? And whew! He certainly has the domineering control-freak thing mastered. *snort* I’d be Violet in a heartbeat.
While I liked the characters, I felt that the building of their relationship was definitely at the forefront of the story. Individually, not much happened for them—especially Ryder—throughout the story. I’m okay with that. A romance novel needs to be about the couple and how their relationship grows. What was super unique to Owning Violet was the END of Violet’s relationship with Zachary. And this was a completely pivotal element of the novel. Without this part of the plot, I think I would have DNF’ed this title. Kudos to Ms. Murphy for pulling in the whole break-up thing. Because, even though we’re strong women, it sometimes takes a while for us to realize we deserve something better. That we don’t have to sit back and take what’s tossed to us, almost as an afterthought, and we don’t have to be a stepping stone for someone else’s career. That’s not what a true relationship is about.
All-in-all, Owning Violet is an excellent title that introduces the world of Fleur Cosmetics, and the Fowler Sisters. I’m excited to read the next title, about Rose, which is slated for release in March. Ms. Murphy’s writing is engaging and realistic, yet gives us some fabulous elements in which we can get lost in a fictional world. I look forward to future titles from her.
I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Series: Fowler Sisters #1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Format(s): paperback (400 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publicist
Owning Violet (Fowler Sisters #1)
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