Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy (The Fowler Sisters #2)

Stealing Rose by Monica MurphyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Bantam

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to.

No sophomore slump for this wonderfully engaging trilogy! Stealing Rose was just as good as book one and in some ways even better as we learned more dynamics within the Fowler family.

Being the youngest sister often leaves Rose feeling left out and under appreciated. In an attempt to break free of the Fowler mold she turns in her resignation and heads off to Europe. One too many drinks leads to a skinny dip during a high profile party and an unknown man kissing her senseless and then leaving her wanting.

A thief from the rich is all Caden knows how to be. The necklace around the youngest Fowler sisters neck is the target he needs to acquire in order to support his mother back home. No matter that Rose ignites emotions he thought long dead.

The more time they spend together the more the lines between fling and relationship become blurred. Caden will have to decide once an for all if a person can truly change who he is for the love of one woman.

Perfect. Awesome. Hot. I could go on and on about this book and Monica Murphy’s writing! I fell in love with this family in the first book but Stealing Rose just drew me in. Once again I was left wondering how Murphy could make me fall for a hero who is planning to hurt the heroine from the get go. From the beginning Caden has his sights set not on Rose but on what she can get him. The family heirloom necklace is highly coveted and with it around her pretty neck Caden thinks her an easy mark. Seduce her, steal from her and be on his way back home to cash in his prize. Yet Rose is the one who seems to do all the seducing as her subtle, gentle ways slowly open him up to seeing things in a completely different light. Never before had he imagined there were other ways to live than stealing but Rose makes him want more than the solo lifestyle that brings. The sex was monumentally hot and made the connection between the characters even firmer (snort) as their relationship progressed. These two went from straight screwing to showing each other the passion they envoke in the other person. The dirty talk Caden spouted was absolutely fabulous as well as Roses reciprocating responses. That element definitely heightened the smexy scenes.

While Caden did the most changing throughout the book I do think Rose truly found herself with his help. She was able to finally see that she doesn’t need to shine constantly to be missed and that she should never give up on her dreams for her family legacy. As the youngest I think her sisters (esp Violet) felt the need to shelter her a bit and seeing her with Caden made them realize she isn’t the baby anymore. I will admit that Violet pissed me off with her constant mothering but I understood her reservations as far as Caden was concerned. Granted, being in her early 20’s Rose didn’t have much experience with men but geez, let her make mistakes on her own if that’s what she wants.

As book three approaches later this year I find myself eagerly wanting to see how Murphy takes the un-tamable Lily (aka the oldest Fowler sister) and has her step up to the plate regarding all the family issues that I’m sure will come to a head. The repulsive Pilar from book one has weaseled her way into the heart of the Fowler patriarch and Im sure that’s going to blow up in her face. In fact I’m counting on it because that woman needs to be bounced right out the door onto her perfectly shaped ass.

 

I give Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy 5 stars!

 

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