Tuesday, December 2, 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Owning Violet (The Fowler Sisters #1) by Monica Murphy

Owning Violet (The Fowler Sisters #1) by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Bantam Books
Source: ARC received from Publisher
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This book was received from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way *

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

My everything.

This was definitely a page turner for me. I loved the fact that I literally couldn't put it down and it pretty much consumed my thoughts when I DID put it down.  So i'm pretty sure this is one of my new favorite series.

Violet Fowler is a lot of things in this book. Daughter, sister, survivor, these are all words that can (and are) used to describe Violet but what I really love about her is that she is a woman. She can be weak and strong at the same time and her emotions control her every move. I thought Violet was very realistic and I loved her mood changes because at the end of the day, we all share that quality. I think her strength and weakness when it came to handling Ryder was also very realistic.

Ryder was definitely my favorite character. He's hott, smart, and conniving! Which are all qualities I love in a bad boy. But of course, he changes for the better and can't deny his feelings for Violet. It's interesting to see the lengths he goes to just to deny the fact that he has all these feelings for Violet. It really makes you feel bad for him because you understand that he's never had any type of love or positive relationship in his life. I think that Ryder and Violet are truly perfect for eachother, no matter what circumstances brought them together!

There are, of course, a few peeves that I had with the story. The most important one is the "trauma" that Violet went through. I felt like it was just a filler for the book. There was this buildup about it and it left me wondering what happened. When it was finally discussed, it just seemed lacking and unimportant. It didn't seem to impact the story in any real way so it was a little frustrating to have that buildup lead to nothing. Then there was the Pilar, the most disgusting villain i've ever seen. There's evil and then there's Pilar. The whole "situation" with Pilar and Forrest really bothered me. Especially because that didn't seem to go anywhere either. It was this huge buildup and then a huge let down once it was discovered to be true. I figured there would be some family outrage, but there was only a moment of disappointment and disgust. I also disliked the fact that there wasn't much action from Violet's sisters. I feel like we know nothing about them and I couldn't really get a feel for them with there minor roles. Considering that THEY are Violets life, I just figured they would be more prominent in the books.

Overall though, I really LOVED this book and I CANNOT wait for the next in the series. I just can't imagine a story connected to Violet that didn't actually involve Violet and Ryder. This will definitely be interesting! :)

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