Owning Violet: A Novel Paperback – Dec 2 2014
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“Owning Violet owned me from the first page to the last. Ryder and Violet’s chemistry is off the charts! Read it, own it, love it!”—New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans
“Scorching hot romance filled with suspense, lies, secrets, and explosive heat. Ryder is pure yummiest, a perfect mix of a dominant dirty-talking alpha and a sweet, protective broken bad boy.”—The Rock Stars of Romance
“There’s just something dark and edgy, yet totally irresistible about this novel. I couldn’t put it down! . . . It’s a romance that offers real emotional development and a steamy relationship that will leave you begging for more.”—Peace Love Books
“Owning Violet is exquisitely written. It’s 400 pages of scorching hotness that just sizzles with desire. Written in dual points of view, you get the best of both worlds. Sexy and inviting, it was pure perfection from beginning to end. And leaves you wanting and begging for more. I for one cannot wait to read the next book in this startlingly seductive series. Monica Murphy is an author to watch out for.”—Lady A, Literature Junkie Extraordinaire
“Monica Murphy has a new hit series on her hands! . . . Chemistry between these two characters literally vibrates off the pages. But there is so much more to their relationship than either of them planned for or ever saw coming. Your heart will be so conflicted about what is right and what feels right. I loved that this story had an edge to it that no book I have read recently has. Which is always what we hope for, the book you want to re-read over and over . . . and Owning Violet is that book!”—Swoon Worthy Books
“Owning Violet is the first book in the Fowler Sisters series and it. Is. Hot. You’ll need a fan while you read this because Monica Murphy turns up the heat between a good girl and a very, very bad boy. I highly enjoyed this one—I loved the characters, the sexiness, and the angst. . . . I was addicted to everything about this story.”—Booklovers for Life
“[Owning Violet] is such a sexy, blush-inducing, ‘OMG, what did he just do?’ read . . . and I totally ate it up. I needed a good gritty, sexually strong book, and Monica Murphy delivered that and much more! A really great beginning to a series I am sure to devour!”—Up All Night Reading It’s What I Do
“Sizzling hot . . . Monica Murphy has once again delivered another fantastic book. . . . I can’t wait to read the next book in the Fowler Sisters series.”—Smut Book Junkie
About the Author
Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Told from alternating first person points of view (Violet and Ryder), OWNING VIOLET finds good girl and daddy’s favorite Violet Fowler in a state of confusion. Believing her less than faithful boyfriend of two years is about to propose, Violet comes away shocked to discover that Zachary has accepted a temporary position in London, England with Fleur Cosmetics. Dismissed and discarded, Violet will unknowingly find herself the pawn in a much different game when the sexy head of packaging for Fleur Cosmetics-Ryder McKay-takes an immediate interest in Violet where an anything goes relationship is just what she needs. Hoping to keep their tryst a secret, Violet agrees to a ‘friends with benefits’ affair not realizing that someone else is pulling Ryder’s strings. What began as a dare becomes something so much more.
The relationship between Violet and Ryder is spontaneous, erotic and sensual. From the boardroom conference table, to the bedroom and every surface in between Ryder and Violet’s supposedly secret affair becomes fodder for the employees at Fleur Cosmetics. Violet is considered the quiet, shy and overachieving sister but in the bedroom a different side of Violet will emerge.
Ryder is a bad boy with a bad boy reputation; an alpha male with dark secrets and a darker past but when Violet is told that everything about their relationship is a ruse, Violet will walk away heartbroken and destroyed. Ryder has made a pact with the devil and the devil has set her sights on someone more powerful within the company.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I'm going to dig into the characters. In my opinion, character development and likability is Murphy's strength. In this book, I liked the characters. While Violet is very different than me, I was still able to connect with her and even relate to her. What I liked the most about Violet is the dynamic she has with her sisters. The closeness they have, even when they don't get along, was really great. They have great dialogue and it made me think of my own sister.
As for Ryder, he's your bad boy dressed up in a pretty package. So naturally...I loved him. He grew up on the streets and was given a chance to turn his life around. Not only did he take it, he became a successful business man. And of course the ladies love him. He's a bit rough and sometimes not so nice, but oh so smooth and sexy. He's pretty much the opposite of what Violet wants in a man. But yet, he's appealing and he won't be deterred by Violet's protests.
Violet and Ryder had good chemistry. I felt that they worked well together at the office, but outside the office, Ryder helped Violet let her guard down. She seemed much more relaxed around him. In the bedroom (or the office)...they were HOT! And they share many sexytimes.
There were a few things that I had questions about, but I'm going to assume that my questions will be answered later on in the series. I absolutely hated Pilar, but I know I'm supposed to. I think she's a snake and I hope that she gets nailed to the wall in the end. She's manipulative, sneaky, and generally...not a nice person. Which leads me to...I had trouble with Violet's relationship with her father and the way they communicate. My last point: I felt that the ending came to a close a bit too fast.
Overall, I did really enjoy this one. As I said above, I'm really excited about this series. I see myself in each sister in different ways. It'll be interesting to see how the story plays out as a whole too. There are some lingering questions that have left me feeling...intrigued. Check it out!
Ryder McKay is a little rough around the edges. He hates Violet’s boyfriend on principal, as they are working towards the same promotion. When the opportunity to get closer to Violet arises, he sees it as a way to potentially rise his career as well as the thrill of the chase.
I loved the development of both Violet and Ryder. Violet develops a backbone, learning to use it as the story progresses, both for her own gain and those around her. Ryder is a bad boy all covered up. Suits and ties, dresses and heels. Both characters hide behind their respective armor, but neither gets what they expect as the armor breaks down and the clothes come off.
This is by far the author’s hottest work (as Monica Murphy, that is), and boy do things heat up quickly. For a while it seemed that all that was between Ryder and Violet was physical, but I loved watching the physical turn deeper at moments when each least expect it.
The games that Ryder started out playing initially bothered me. Hoping for an HEA for them, it’s always messy when things don’t start out honest. And this was no exception. Things got very messy, very quickly. While parts of the storyline are resolved nicely, and Ryder pays for his indiscretions, I wished there had been more fallout for the other characters involved in the games.
I felt like there were a couple storylines that were started or referenced but never picked up again, and I am hoping they come up again somehow in either Rose or Lily’s stories, but at the same time can’t figure how they’d fit in as they center around Violet.
While this was one of Monica’s longer works, it didn’t feel overly long. The story moved along at a nice pace with continual development of both characters and their relationship, with necessary bumps along the way to keep things moving.
This was an interesting start to a new series from Monica Murphy. I loved the introductions readers get to Rose and Lily, the sisters that will be the focus of the next two books, and can’t wait to see more of them. I think there is more than meets the eye for both of these sisters, as there were several things that happened in this book that point to things maybe not being what they seem.
Ryder McKay is a charismatic, naughty charmer with a dirty hidden agenda. He has set his sights on seducing the boss's daughter. Not only does he want her, but it would have the added bonus of taking down his biggest competitor and help him earn a promotion.
She is the prim and proper Violet Fowler who thought her life was just about picture perfect with her elegant facade, Daddy's respect, a good job within the company and boyfriend/soon to hopefully be fiance'. But one night her perceptions change.
(Quote)Clearly this is a woman who needs some messing up so she can get a little dirty. Have some excitement in her life for once. I get the feeling she's orderly to a fault. That sounds infinitely boring.
Ryder is mysterious, dark, and magnetic. He and his friend, Pilar are not afraid to cook up a few schemes if it helps them out. And they come up with what could have been the perfect plan to bring down people in the way of their career aspirations.
As the dominos start to fall, lines get blurred and things get more complicated and real. As Ryder starts to actually spend time with Violet, he is surprised that things are not always how they appear. They have sexual tension and chemistry and challenge each other. He causes her to break out of her perfect shell and she helps him feel and grow a conscience. His commanding ways encourage her to submit to her own pleasure, but also be empower her at the same time.
"I'm a sick and twisted f***, Violet. I'm no good. Not good enough for you."
"I don't care."
"You should care. You're a good girl So pure, so sweet. I'll f***ing wreck you."
It's a game of cat and mouse. Nothing is safe or predictable. It's a dangerous game involving their personal lives and careers. And the deeper they get, the less the game becomes important and the more enticing Violet becomes. But when created on a bed of lies, secrets, and manipulation, trust is easily shattered. And when there are others involved with equally questionable intentions, the game is that much more dangerous and unpredictable.
(Quote)I may want to own Violet, but I'm afraid she might already own me.
Who's using who? Who will come out on top? When the fall out inevitably occurs, who will be destroyed?
I came to really like Ryder. Sure his intentions did not start out pure, but as his layers were peeled back revealing some vulnerability and emerging feelings under the surface, he really grew on me. He had a difficult past, feelings of unworthiness and guilt, and a convoluted history with his friend Pilar. He made plenty of mistakes and spent a lot of time having to regroup and apologize. But it was not unexpected for a character that had seen so little love in his life. My heart hurt for him knowing what a messed up situation he found himself in and how challenging it was to find a way to make all of the factions happy as well as himself.
"I've done everything I can to destroy her and she wants more. More of me. I can't believe it. I don't deserve it. But she's mine. And no one can take her away from me. No one."
Violet was initially closed off, meek, fragile, and kind of annoying as she kept herself locked into the perfect box. But as she let go and found herself, I came to like her personality too. But sometimes it seemed that she was always having to accept his apologies for his behavior and was powerless to resist him when he put on the charm. So I might have liked for her to get an even stronger backbone at times, but it did not make me like her any less.
I enjoyed them together...their chemistry, their connection, and the way they challenged and encouraged each other to grow and change. They really helped the other one find pieces of themselves that they did not know existed.
In a battle between lust, love, power, and control do you have to choose just one or can you have it all?
There were a few unlikable or toxic characters with secrets and bad intentions that caused distrust, tension, and drama. It was thankfully told in both points of view so it was easy to see their struggles even during times when they were not disclosing their true thoughts and feelings to each other. This was an interesting start to a series that will feature the three Fowler sisters...the older, wilder, tabloid princess Lily and the younger, savvy, unapologetic sister Rose who seems to live in the shadows of her sisters at times. The sisters have an interesting dynamic, their own personal issues, and their own ties to and expectations involving their family company Fleur cosmetics. Stealing Rose will be the next book.
The plot intrigued me, it had manipulations working beneath the surface – almost Cruel Intentions’ish – that I really like. The execution however just didn’t work. Despite the raw passion between the two characters which I really did enjoy, I never connected with Violet or understood her motivations. She was a demure heroine then became fierce in an instant. She was zero to sixty with no transition period in between. The dark and dangerous hero Ryder McKay had a lot going for him and I felt I connected more with his character than Violet’s. The story boasts a lot of push/pull and anticipation that became redundant as did some of the repetitive language the author chose. The betrayal and manipulations are what really kept me skimming through the story, without them I may have not have finished.
As I stated, Owning Violet had potential for me that was never fully realized. It wasn’t what I was expecting. The story of Ryder and Violet just wasn’t a story for me.