Review: Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy

Review: Never Let You Go by Monica MurphyNever Let You Go by Monica Murphy
Series: Never Tear Us Apart #2
Published by Bantam May 3, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Never Tear Us Apart
Also by this author: Never Tear Us Apart
Amazon US

Darkly sexy, emotional and forbidden, a woman unwittingly falls in love with the son of her abductor. The conclusion of a two-book contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy.

Lies hurt. Lies destroy. I tried my best to understand why Ethan kept his secrets but it was so hard. Until I realized that I couldn't deny myself any longer -- I needed to be with him. We needed each other. Despite my family's wariness, the media's fascination with us, the fact that his father still has a stranglehold on our lives, we belong together. No matter what. I will never let Ethan go. But sometimes love destroys us too, and we're too weak to banish the demons. Especially when our demons are determined to ruin us...

If you read Never Tear Us Apart (and I suggest you do, sooo good), you’ll know that Katie and Will are in an impossible situation.  Katie, as a young girl, had been abducted and sexually assaulted by Will’s father. Will saved her, they formed a bond.  A bond that outside forces didn’t understand and didn’t want to see continue.  But strong bonds that were formed under the most terrifying of circumstances aren’t so easy to break.

In Never Tear Us Apart, Katie and Will are reunited but it’s under a heavy veil of lies and the mistrust does tear them apart.

Now, in Never Let You Go, Will must own up to his mistakes and Katie must face the hard truth of still loving someone that misled her so deeply.

While their lives are in personal turmoil over their ill fated relationship, those outside forces are still trying to taint any contact they may have and Will’s father is doing everything in his power to ruin them before he’s sentenced to death.

Everything I just touched on is all heavy subject matter all on it’s own.  The combination of all those things thrown together…felt like too much for me.  There was a lot of focus on how the public would perceive a budding relationship between Katie and Will, frankly, I just never bought in to that so much.  Had that thread in the story been down played and the focus been more on Will’s father, I think I would have enjoyed this story so much more.

I still liked it. I liked the very real struggle of Katie coming to terms with who Will is and how he fits in to her life.   Learning to trust someone who has hidden so much, even knowing how hard it is for Katie to trust anyone. Ever. That could have been highlighted more.

Also, I liked the suspense and the drama of a convicted killer still gunning for the victim that got away.  That’s a great story line and if done well, creepy as fuck and a total page turner.  Which is exactly how that bit started, but somewhere along the line it fell apart. Became almost contrived or too easy.

I loved that I got to read how Katie and Will persevere in such a horrible situation, I don’t regret reading Never Let You Go. Yet, it left me feeling a little unsatisfied as well.  



About Monica Murphy

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

%d bloggers like this: