Release Day Launch/Reviews/Giveaway: Stealing Rose: Monica Murphy

Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters #2
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Releases March 3, 2015

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.

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I sit on the edge of the mattress, not about to give up. I need to get closer to her and eventually get closer to that damn neck- lace she wore. Dexter wants it. He’s been hounding my ass for it. And I’ll get it.


I’d rather focus on her first. Earn her trust. So I’m not casing out her hotel room. I’m not looking for any stray jewelry lying around.

Hell, I’m in too deep now.

I’m here with Rose because I want to be, not because I want to steal something from her.

Yet. Don’t forget the “yet” part at the end of that last thought.
Yeah. Who wants to focus on trying to steal a necklace when I could be sliding back into bed with her? I want to feel the hot, tight clasp of her pussy milking my cock again. I want to feel her touch me, feel her lips on my skin, hear her moan when I hit a spot that feels particularly good. I want to learn all of those spots, memorize them for later. Because there will be a later for Rose and me. I plan on that. And she’d better plan on it too, no matter how much in denial she is.

“Rose.” She turns to look at me, her expression wary. Guarded. I know the feeling. More than anything, I know that look. I’ve been wearing the same guarded expression pretty much all my life. I trust no one. They’re all out to screw me over; it doesn’t matter who they are. I’ve become so good at playing the part, of being whoever I need to be at any given moment, I have no idea who the real me is anymore.

Being with Rose is the closest I’ve felt to myself since I don’t know when. I want to explore this. Explore what we share, what she makes me feel, what we are when we’re together.

She’s ready to kick me out and I’m ready to cling. Talk about a total role reversal. I need to get my head back on straight and focus.

“Caden.” She matches my tone, watching me expectantly. When I don’t say anything she rolls her eyes. “Do you realize I don’t even know your last name? What does that say about me, that I’d let you into my room and—fool around with you for hours and I don’t know your last name? It’s appalling behavior.”

“Appalling behavior? You sound like a crabby old school- teacher.” I want to laugh but I don’t. She’s dead serious. I think she’s just shocked herself with what we’ve done.

I’ve shocked myself too, but in a good way. While she acts like we’ve committed the ultimate sin.

“You wouldn’t understand.” She averts her head as if it pains her to look at me and I move closer to her, reaching out to tuck a stray strand of hair behind her ear.

“It’s Kingsley,” I murmur, wishing I could kiss her. Comfort her. But that’s not happening, not yet. I’ve got to take it slow.

She turns, a little gasp escaping her when she discovers how close I am. “What?”

“My last name. It’s Kingsley.”

Rose is the younger of the Fleur Cosmetic heiresses, the Fowler sisters. She always seems to be in her sisters' shadows. She is the hard worker who fights for what she believes in, but is finding it hard to believe in anything lately and is often ignored. Her oldest sister Lily's wild ways and erratic behavior keep her in the spotlight and her older sister Violet's strength, talent, and new relationship tend to outshine her. 

So Rose decides to shake things up a bit while in Europe and catches the eye of Caden. He is mysterious, sexy, charismatic, and not exactly forthcoming with personal details. They share an interesting meeting that leaves them both more than intrigued. And when they both need a change of pace and end up in the same place again, all bets are off. They can't resist each other although they both know the other is dangerous for them. But they challenge each other and their sexual chemistry sizzles. They play off each other well with her being serious and he lightens things up while also bringing her passion like she has never known. 

I liked Caden. He was charming, funny, and sexy. He became totally immersed in Rose although he felt unworthy and never dreamed it could be long term. He had a past and questionable present and future. He was a good guy that did not make an honest living. 

Rose had her own independent spirit and spunk. But she could also be dramatic and run away from issues. She was trying to find her own way and wanted to be really seen for who she was.  But she often felt left out, underestimated, and or unimportant.

They have the passion, but not full disclosure and honesty. They have secrets and hidden agendas between them. Rose's life is in complete flux and she is trying to figure out what she wants her future to hold. And she is challenging everything Caden has ever thought he wanted. But they are sucked into a whirlwind and are powerless to stop. But it was obvious that their pairing was going to have consequences.

Eventually they have to emerge from their happy little bubble and face their real lives and his secrets. Will they rise to the occasion or fall completely apart?

We got more with her sister Violet and her new love Ryder (Owning Violet) and her sister Lily and their feisty Grandmother. We also were introduced to a few other interesting side characters as well. 

I have to admit this one seemed like it built slower and was pretty steamy, but a little thin on  plot and issues. Although it did pick up the drama towards the last part. It was told in both Rose and Caden's points of view giving us access to their secrets before the other person knew. I did really like the couple and was rooting for them. It was a story about second chances, hope, perseverance, redemption, and love. The next book will be Taming Lily and from what we know of her so far, that girl does need some taming.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“I may be the professional, but with us, you’re the thief.”

Rose Fowler feels ignored, overlooked, and unneeded at work. With the upward movement of her father’s new girlfriend, Pilar, Rose feels like she is being even more unnoticed in a position created for her when she wanted to earn a VP position with Fleur Cosmetics rather than accept one simply because she was a Fowler. 

But now she’s thinking it may be time to leave the family business, and she plans to turn in her resignation when she returns to New York. As the youngest, Rose has always been sheltered by her sisters and father. When she steps out at the Cannes Film Festival in a daring dress and iconic family heirloom necklace, she turns heads in ways she hadn’t intended.

The Poppy Necklace would set Caden Kingsley up nicely. But he hadn’t anticipated it being on the neck of Rose Fowler, nor had he anticipated his emotions becoming tangled in his quest for the necklace that would bring him a huge payout. 

“You reached right into my chest and took my heart like it fully belonged to you. And I think it does.”

As Caden and Rose dance around each other, experiencing things neither planned for nor know how to handle, their time together transforms from a simple flirtation to something far more. Their chemistry was instant, with both challenge each other to be the best, most authentic versions of themselves possible. But as hot as the sparks fly between them, they hold pieces of themselves back, secrets and omissions that eventually threaten the bond between them.

There were less details and plot lines from the business side of the family in Stealing Rose than was in Owning Violet. The girls are all still angry over Pilar’s influence on their father and the potential that she will be a more permanent fixture both in the family and the company. But because Rose is taking a leave of absence for much of the book, the future of the company that was such a focus in the first book takes a back seat to Rose and Caden. 

I loved the way this story wrapped up. From the point where secrets begin spilling into the open until the finals words of the epilogue, I couldn’t put this down. The earlier portions were entertaining, and they certainly spent enough time in bed together to make things steamy, but it was really the last 20% or so that made me love Rose and Caden. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

OWNING VIOLET (The Fowler Sisters #1)
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The Fowler sisters are New York City’s darlings, heiresses to the Fleur Cosmetics Empire. Quickly put up on a fame hungry pedestal only for the media to lie in wait, eager to tear them down, these three very different young women soon find love in the most unexpected places…

Violet Fowler is the good sister. She works hard at her family’s cosmetics company, is faithful to her boyfriend and never causes any trouble. Until Zachary disappoints her yet again with a promotion that will take him to London—and away from her. His leaving sets a new fire within her. What’s the point in being so good when no one else ever is? 

Someone within Fleur Cosmetics wants that London promotion and will do anything to get it, including throwing temptation in the path of the not-so-faithful Zachary. Ryder McKay came from nothing and has fought every step of the way to his position at Fleur. And now the mysterious charmer has set his sights on Violet. If it worked for Zachary, it could work for him.

Seducing the good Fowler sister is easy. What Ryder doesn’t count on is how much Violet makes him feel. What started out as revenge soon becomes something deeper. Can Ryder go through with his plans to deceive Violet? Or is he only deceiving himself?

TAMING LILY (The Fowler Sisters #3)
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Preorder on Amazon/B&N/iTunes/KoboExpected  July 7, 2015

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. . . .
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.

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