Release Day Launch Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

Posted 28 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Giveaway, Promo, Release Day Party, Review / 1 Comment

Release Day Launch Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Launch Review: His Reverie by Monica MurphyHis Reverie by Monica Murphy
Series: His Reverie #1
Publisher: Self Published on July 28, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 249
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.
The only girl I could ever love.
She is light.
I am darkness.
She is innocent.
I’ve done too much.
She is good.
I am bad.
She is my every dream.
I should be her every nightmare.
We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…
Not.
Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.
The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

Here Are My Thoughts

Plot

His Reverie was an interesting contemporary in terms of contemporary romance novels. Nothing went on that had me absolutely shocked in the novel but there was enough going on to where I was not bored. There were a few events that occurred that were predictable. In my opinion, the characters in this novel is what made this book decent, not necessarily the plot. What I was not expecting, though, was the cliffhanger at the end of the novel. So if you aren’t into that type of thing, you may want to wait until the second novel comes out.

Leading Lady

Reverie lived a sheltered life as the daughter of a televangelist. She was naive in every way possible until she met Nick. She was definitely an innocent character and I found it amusing to read her diary entries with her opinion on what happened in the book. Sometimes she came off as a little too clueless but it was something that I had expected from the beginning of the novel so it was not a big deal for me.

Leading Male

Nick just got out of jail after being framed for a murder that he did not commit. Nick was definitely handed a tough life that continued when he got out of jail, but he was a bit whiny about it. He wallowed in self-pity for the duration of the novel. I just felt like he needed to man up a little. Other than that, he was an okay character. Not my favorite though.

Romance

The romance in this novel was one of those “forbidden” ones that I usually love. I enjoyed it for the most part in this novel. It came off a bit awkward sometimes because of Reverie’s naivety which kind of made things weird. They had to get through some pretty tough stuff because of the fact that Nick wasn’t “suitable” in the eyes of her parents. So they kept it a secret until, of course, everything blew up in their faces. It was how it was dealt with that made it great. They were good for each other, I think.

Conclusion

His Reverie wasn’t the best contemporary romance novel that I’ve read. It lacked a bit in plot and had decent characters. However, it was still a good read.

3 Stars

Excerpt

“Thirsty?”

I jump at the sound of a soft female voice, my hand jerking so the hose splashes me right in the face. Muttering a curse, I drop the hose and reach out blindly, wrenching the faucet off with one hand as I swipe at my eyes with the back of the other. I hear the girl laugh and I whirl around, fully prepared to find some bratty preteen Hale daughter mocking me.

But she’s not a preteen. Not even close. More like around my age. She’s tall and slender, her long blonde hair falling far past bared tan shoulders. She’s wearing some sort of sundress or whatever you call it and she’s pretty much covered since it hits just above her knees though her arms are exposed since the dress is sleeveless. The sun catches her just right though, shining through the thin fabric of her skirt so I can see through it.

My gaze drops and all I can see is long, long legs through the shadowy fabric. Damn. Those sexy legs are endless.  She clears her throat, like she knows exactly where I’m looking and what I’m thinking and I jerk my gaze up guiltily to meet hers, feeling like a jackass.

That’s when I notice her eyes are blue. As blue as the sky above us, and she’s so damn pretty, with delicate features and pink, pink lips, that I can’t seem to form words.

“Who are you?” she asks curiously. Her voice washes over me, sweet and melodic and now it’s my turn to clear my throat to get the lump out so I can freaking speak.

“Who are you?” I ask back like an idiot.

She smiles shyly and my entire body reacts, a bolt of electricity seeming to go through me. “I asked first.”

“Are you Hale’s daughter?” If she is, that sucks because holy hell she’s hot but yeah.

She’s completely untouchable if she’s a Hale.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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