Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@MsMonicaMurphy, @wordsmithpublic)

Wow... this was a great start the the duology, I tell you! It plays with your emotions and leaves you hurting, but wanting more! Cannot wait for the conclusion!! 
Title: Never Tear Us Apart
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: Never Tear Us Apart #1
Genre: Dark Romance
Published: January 5th 2016

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Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

I’ve become a fan of Monica Murphy’s writing as of late, so when I saw that she wrote something a little darker, I was excited to get my hands on it. Never Tear Us Apart is not an easy read; it touches on some difficult elements that bought two people together.
The story alternates between Katherine and Ethan, from the past and the present, and was done so in a tasteful matter, that churned all of my emotions.

Katie went through something that every parent dreads and which no child should ever go through. She was one of the lucky ones because she was rescued. But she had struggled ever since, with her family, friends, the public and her own inner demons. It was eye opening, getting her history, understanding what she went through and why she made the connection with her captor’s son, Will.

Ethan (Will) had always wondered what happened to Katie, and after she did an interview on television, he decided to try and track her down to see if her life is better. He managed to find her, and made his way into her life once again, although she didn’t recognise him. I liked seeing him interact with Katie, their connection growing once again, but it annoyed me that he held back so much.

There’s a lot of inner dialogue in this story as the author gets across the details about the characters as well as what they are feeling. Katie’s mother and sister struggle to let her do so much by herself though, constantly checking on her and monitoring her. Ethan’s life wasn’t as easy, either, after everything that happened. They have both built themselves new lives, but feel as though something is missing. It was great to see the change in Katie, becoming stronger and more confident; having a guy in her life had helped her. But Ethan’s secrets kept the distance between them. Never Tear Us Apart ended quite suddenly and now I’m dying to see what happens next for Katie and Ethan; the tease in the back was not enough!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first kiss between Katie and Ethan, it was sweet.

I shouldn’t do this. But I have to know. The need to taste her, just once, overwhelms me completely, and I give in to the urge and brush her lips with mine. A little sound escapes her at first touch. The softest “oh” I’ve ever heard, as if I surprised her, which I might have.

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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.

Other reviews featuring Monica Murphy
The Rules series
Fair Game #1 
In the Dark #2
Slow Play #3

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