Author: Monica Murphy
Shhh. I may have fangirled a little when I met Monica Murphy at RAGT in June. Don’t judge (BTW, she’s SUPER nice and chatted with me about this series!). Ms. Murphy’s Fowler Sisters series is at the top of my ‘ya gotta read this’ list for anyone that reads contemporary romance with a little down-n-dirty.
And I was not disappointed with the third book in the series, Taming Lily. I think it’s my favorite of the three, to be honest.
To say Taming Lily was a rollercoaster would be an understatement. I was riveted to this title, and naturally wanted more time to read. Seriously, if you can block out time to binge-read, do it. I managed to find some okay places to stop and continue on with everyday life, but I didn’t want to. Ms. Murphy managed to ramp up all the tension through the first 3/4 of the title, and then BAM! ‘IT’ happened. (see how I kept that spoiler-free???) I knew IT was coming all along, I just didn’t know how IT would play out. After IT happened, I wanted to cry. But, in the end, there is a happily-ever-after.
Max, a private investigator hired by the witch Pilar, is hot on the trail of Lily Fowler–looking for an angle to acquire a piece of technology. Set in Hawaii, Taming Lily brings readers to the island of Maui with the sun, surf, and all the trimmings. Max’s inner turmoil throughout the novel was palpable. My stomach tied in knots for the guy. Looking for an Alpha PI? Max is your guy. He’s got the role of Dom written all over him, even though this title isn’t really BDSM. We get into light power exchange and a few other goodies that make Max even more delicious. I think my favorite ‘Max’ part of the book was after IT happened. My heart really went out to the guy, and even though IT was totally crappy, he does redeem himself at the end. Big. Time.
I think I identified with Lily Fowler for a million reasons. Not because I’m a 133t hacker or anything. Not because I’m an heiress to a hugely successful cosmetics company. I think what did it for me was how vulnerable she was with Max. Lily has been larger-than-life, and the perpetual thorn in her father’s side through the first two Fowler Sisters titles. Not so in Taming Lily. As the story opens, Lily is heading to Hawaii to avoid confrontation. *ding*ding*ding* We have a winner! I’m not sure anyone *really* likes butting heads with other people–okay, maybe some people do–but Lily legitimized for me heading for high ground when everything derails. We see Lily in a way we’ve never seen her before. The normally in-your-face Fowler sister hides behind her huge sunglasses and tries to hide from the world at-large. Seems like no one notices her except Max. And she notices him noticing her.
What could’ve come off as a creepy-slash-stalkerish novel was expertly played by Ms. Murphy. Fully developed characters, Max and Lily, rode the rollercoaster plot to ultimately arrive at their happily-ever-after sunset. With a few *extremely* steamy scenes tossed in, I’d highly recommend Taming Lily to readers. While it’s the third title in the Fowler Sisters series, I think it could be read on its own. But, I’m pretty sure anyone starting with Lily’s book would soon pick up Violet’s and Rose’s books.
I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and the sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it.
But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. And soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense.
Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s who I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—and what-ifs be damned…
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Series: Fowler Sisters #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (320 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley
Taming Lily: A Novel (Fowler Sisters #3)