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)
Their relationship is centered around their sexual play. The author did play up Ryders strong sexual bossy side but for ME, it was just overdone and drawn out with Ryders continual insecurity and bazaar behavior. I must say, however, his lack of having any kind of family or personal relationships was made clear. At the same time, Violet was very submissive and forgiving with Ryder.
Pilar drove me nuts, as i imagine was the authors intention. She is a conniving manipulator going to the top to get what she wants....assumably addressed in another book.
Not sure it was a very strong or original read but if you thrive on alpha, its here.
This is a stand alone read, thank you author!!!
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.
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!
Violet suffered an attack that only a few know about. Violet works in her father’s cosmetic company where her boyfriend, Zachery works. Just when Violet thinks that Zachery is going to propose to her, he is offered a position in London. He accepts without talking to her or asking her to come with. Ryder has wanted the position in London for a long time, but was not offered it. He knows that Zachery had a higher chance of getting that position because he is dating the owner’s daughter. So Ryder makes a bet and makes it a mission to seduce Violet and get the position in London.
You will think of Violet insecure, weak, and pathetic. She knows what her boyfriend, Zachery is doing, but she has looks the other way always. So many times in the beginning of this book I was yelling at my Kindle for Violet to get a backbone and just tell Zachery off. I have to say that this made it very hard to connect with Violet. I was never sure if she was going to go back to Zachery the minute he called and said something “kind” to get her back. Ryder was a powerful drug that you became addicted to. I loved how open he was about telling his story to Violet. I appreciated that the author did not hold this information from the reader. My issue was that sometimes, I was not sure if Violet was strong enough for Ryder. He saw her behavior with Zachery and how she would break, but he still was attracted to her. I am not sure I was able to understand that. We got Violet’s background as well, but I felt that some of her story came a little too late for me to be able to understand why she allowed to be treated as a doormat.
The writing was not the issue. As I explained a lot of my issues were with the heroine. I wanted to see her strength without Zachery or Ryder in her life.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.