BOOK REVIEW: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything.

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Bantam

Wow. What to say? Ryder and Violet are the definition of dysfunctional. They both work at Fleur Cosmetics, and they both have extremely different backgrounds. Ryder was orphaned at a young age and turned to the streets to survive. Violet grew up in wealth with three sisters and a father (however hard he may seem).

Ryder is super ambitious. Will do anything to get ahead. And one thing he's willing to do is use Violet to get a promotion from her father. 

I wish I'd liked Ryder more. Don't get me wrong, he's a bad boy turned kind of good, but I still felt like in the end he would have chosen furthering his career over Violet. But in real life nobody is perfect and it's kind of refreshing to read MCs who don't act perfectly to situations.
I wish we'd gotten more of a back story on Pilar, who took Ryder under her wing, amongst other things.. but I suppose she'll be used in the future books. 

As for Violet, I feel like she needed more of a backbone. She had made herself think that she had to be this perfect human to counteract her two somewhat out of control sisters. Even planning on marrying a man that stepped out on her. She stood up for herself more towards the end, but still seemed like kind of a pushover, worrying about what people thought about her way too much.

I did end up really enjoying it though, finished it in one day, and I'll be continuing on with the series. Really looking forward to Rose and Lily's books. Lilly sounds like a hot mess and those are the heroines that are my absolute favorite. 

Favorite Quotes:

"I can see the delicate line of her throat as she swallows and I want to rain kisses on the fragile skin here. Whisper exactly what I want to do to her in her ear. Jesus, I have it bad."

“I’m … just a man. A man who fucks up, who makes mistakes and sometimes doesn’t think. I’m reckless. I’m arrogant. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. I grew up fast and didn’t have a real childhood.” I pause, not sure how much more I should say. I don’t want to scare her before I get my one last chance. “I … don’t know how to love.”

"I can’t believe it. I don’t deserve her. But she’s mine. And no one can take her away from me. No one."

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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