Double Review: Never Tear Us Apart & Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy (Never Tears Us Apart #1 & #2)

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica MurphyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Bantam

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Nikki

A long time ago, when I was fifteen and a completely different person, I saved a girl’s life. I spent only a handful of hours with her, but somehow, we connected—and I’ve never been the same. No one understands what we went through. No one knows what it’s like to be us. We survived, yet I don’t feel like I’m really living—until now. Eight years later, I find her. I want to make her mine. I need to make her mine.  But she’ll hate me forever when she finds out who I really am.

Having been a Monica Murphy fan for quite some time, I was unprepared for how different this book would be from anything I had read from her in the past.

Never Tear Us Apart is a story of gut wrenching survival and healing. As a child, Katie was abducted, held and repeatedly raped over the course of several days. The only reason she got away was with the help of the son of the monster who took her. A fifteen year old boy who had no idea just how awful his demented father could be.

Now years later, a tv interview once again brings all the memories flooding back as Katie tries desperately to heal from her traumatic past. She’s a loner, afraid of everything and living her life without actually living it. Doing the interview is her attempt at finally baring her soul and moving on.

Will has moved on from his horrible upbringing by not only cutting all ties with everyone, but by even changing his name to Ethan to make himself harder to find. The only thing he’s never been able to banish is the memories of the girl he set free, and what she had meant to him for those few hours. Seeing her on tv sets in motion a chain of events that throws these two broken people back together, except Katie has no idea the man she’s just met is in fact the boy who saved her.

Due to the nature of the book, I found parts of this one incredibly hard to read. As anyone probably would. Having said that, it was oh so good and one that I could not put down. I knew it was only a matter of time before Will/Ethan had to confess to Katie who he actually was. As their relationship progressed and Katie’s walls began to crumble I wondered why she never put two and two together to figure it out on her own. The only time she’d ever felt safe was when she was with him as a child, that connection still held true as adults. It had been forged in a fire that could not be shaken, even now. The betrayal when his secret is revealed hurt but did not dampen this unbreakable connection, even as the media circus wolves start to circle them, demanding more, more , more of their story.

Monica Murphy blew me away with the heartbreaking detail and stark emotions of her characters. The best stories aren’t pretty. They are gruesome and messy and wrong. Murphy has proven she can give this reader exactly what she wants!

I give Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy 4 stars! 

 

Never Let You Go by Monica MurphyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Bantam

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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…

Star crossed lovers Will and Katie once again find themselves at a crossroads in Never Let You Go as they decide how to move on from Will’s deception of who he is. Katie feels the betrayal deeply but tries valiantly to be understanding of Will’s position and why he felt the need to keep his identity a secret. It’s a slow progression but her unbreakable spirit once again helps her regain the trust she lost in him and begin to forge a relationship with the one person who has always been in her heart.

Her family is intent on keeping them apart, not understanding why they are choosing to take a path they do not approve of. Having been Katie’s support for so long, I think they had her best interests at heart but were unable to let go the control they had held over her for so long. I understood their reluctance but at the same time I was irate at their unwillingness to let her make her own decisions. Especially her sister, who chooses to take matters into her own hands, not out of a need to keep Katie safe, but for her own issues she has harbored living in the shadow of a sister who was broken.

As Will and Katie forge forward in their budding relationship, a meddlesome reporter is making things difficult with her pursuit of yet another interview with not only Will and Katie but Will’s father, the serial rapist and murderer who is sitting in jail asking for forgiveness neither one will ever give him.

Never Let You Go is the ending that I had been hoping for since first starting book one, in several ways (none of which I will reveal to you muhahah). Katie and Will, though broken and dysfunctional, make a new normal for themselves which bonds them together in ways most couples can’t understand. The addition of Will’s fathers POV was difficult to read because his sheer evilness made me shudder in revulsion, but it added another level to the story that book one did not have. Which in some ways was good because I don’t know that I could have read his POV in the beginning.

Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Never Let You Go takes readers on a journey that is hard to take and yet beautiful in its acceptance. Life does go on after a traumatic event, it’s how you decide what to do with the rest of your life that shows the strength of your character.

I give Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy 4.50 stars! 

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