Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy….Review

 Never Let You Go

This is not your conventional romance. NEVER LET YOU GO (Bantam Trade Paperback Original; On Sale 5/3/16) is about a woman who unwittingly falls in love with the son of her abductor. The second and final novel in a darkly sexy contemporary series from New York Times and USA bestselling author Monica Murphy, NEVER LET YOU GO is a tale about forbidden love.

Katie Watts was almost thirteen when she was kidnapped at an amusement park. Held captive for days, she’s finally rescued by her captor’s teenage son, who was subjected to his father’s mental and physical abuse for years. In the aftermath, Katie was sent into seclusion with her family, and the captor’s son was shipped off to one foster home after another, completely disappearing from her life.

NEVER LET YOU GO is an emotionally powerful novel about moving on from horrific events in the past and learning to love. Monica Murphy deftly delves into the world of romantic suspense and masterfully tackles a difficult subject matter.

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The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?


Never Let You Go is the sequel to Never Tear Us Apart.  This story is not for everyone.  It’s gritty, ugly and real.  But it’s what makes the ending so much more enjoyable.

This book picks up right where the last one left off.  We watch Katie grow and become more confident in herself as the book moves along.  My heart ached for Katie.  But my heart also sang when she finally listened to herself and let go.

Will/Ethan we got to see a lot more from his view.  We got to see what went on in his head.  I felt that we got to know him a lot better in this book.  But his love and devotion for Katie made my heart so happy. 

As for the other characters – her sister Brenna, I loathe that woman.  Yes, she has her own issues to work with but damn.  And Will’s dad Aaron, when I saw his name pop up the first time from his POV – I literally walked away.  I didn’t care to read his portion.  In the end, I did.  But that just shows you how well written this book is.  Monica was able to make me hate this character so much, seeing just his name, repulsed me.

Watching these Will & Katie go through so much, I cried, laughed, smiled and even got pissed off a few times.  What they have gone through definitely brought them closer together on a whole other level, but it also allowed them to understand one another better.  Katie is a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for.  Will is her guardian angel.  These two are unbelievable together.  There’s no denying what they have together.

This book really got to me.  It made me feel a lot.  I literally felt like I was watching a movie play out before me.  Everything these characters went through, it oozed off the pages.  Monica wrote a spectacular story and delivered it hauntingly beautiful. 

Like I said before, this story isn’t for everyone.  But it’s  a story that will grip you, pull you in, and keep you immersed til the end.  It’s an emotional and sweet story that will stay with me for years to come.

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Praise for Book One, Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

“Murphy imbues these characters with genuineness and plausibility. . . . [Readers] will look forward to the promised sequel.”

Publishers Weekly

“Murphy jumps into the world of suspense with a powerful story of friendship, trauma,  coping and betrayal. The characters jump off the page into real life and will have readers gasping and feeling every emption that they go through. Another amazing book to add to Murphy’s already stellar library!”
Romantic Times, TOP PICK!

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MONICA MURPHY is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series (One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises and Four Years Later), as well as the Fowler Sisters trilogy (Owning Violet, Stealing Rose and Taming Lily) and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Connect with Monica Murphy

Website: www.monicamurphyauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MonicaMurphyauthor • Twitter: @MsMonicaMurphy 


More Praise for Monica Murphy’s Never Tear Us Apart

“All the best parts of romance and betrayal . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”

New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover

“A powerful story that left me raw yet hopeful.”

USA Today bestselling author K. A. Tucker

“Murphy has written a compelling and emotional love story of two severely broken people, each of whom can be healed only by the other.”

“It’s poetic, addresses difficult themes, and captures the essence of our fragility as humans and the strength love provides.”

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