Type: Erotic Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and the sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it.
But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. And soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense.
Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s who I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—and what-ifs be damned. . . .
I do believe this is the best book of the trilogy and after raving about book one to anyone that would listen, that’s quite a feat! Whereas in book one I hated the hero from the first page, I LOVED Max even though he was out to steal from Lily one very important laptop. Having been hired by Pilar (the conniving BITCH) he saw his stealing the laptop as just another day on the job. He didn’t care what was on it or what it meant to either woman. But from the moment he first sees Lily he’s unsure what the end game is because she is not anything like the media portrays her to be.
Running to Hawaii to escape the threat Pilar represents, Lily just wants to hide. She’s not stupid though and notices the incredibly gorgeous male who seems to always be where she is. Figuring him to just be the paparazzi she does her best to ignore him but fate has other plans and they are quickly thrust together much to both their dismay.
Max justified every encounter as keeping his mark close but it’s apparent that as he gets to know more of the real Lily he’s intrigued about what she could possibly have that Pilar wants so badly. He wants to do his job but his lines are blurring with every time he sees her.
Having hacked into Pilar’s private emails has revealed what she has planned for the Fowler family. Lily wants to desperately tell her family but is afraid of their reaction. She craves their acceptance and she’s tired of being alone but she doesn’t want to admit it for fear of rejection. She lets Max see the real her even when it scares her to let him in. His touch screams of the submission he wants from her but for a headstrong woman like Lily she’s not sure she can give him what she wants.
This book was so hot that I needed to fan myself from time to time. Max was dominant without being domineering and sheer perfection in every way. Even when he was lying to Lily about who he was I liked him because his conscience never let him forget his flaws. I knew his moral compass would eventually win and so even at times he was messing with her head I could overlook it.
I really felt for Lily because of her black sheep standing within her family. Her sisters obviously loved her but her mega daddy issues kept her from trying to fit in better. She wanted to be loved and shown acceptance but felt her past could never be forgotten. Max gave her the opportunity to start fresh with someone and show them who she really was. His acceptance of her made her growing feelings that much more profound.
Taming Lily brings the ongoing story arc in a complete circle to give the loyal readers their much needed closure. The connection between Max and Lily threatens to set readers aflame as they navigate the murky waters that run between work and love. Murphy can ensnare a reader with ease!
I give Taming Lily by Monica Murphy 5 stars!