In the Dark by Monica Murphy: Review

In the Dark by Monica Murphy: ReviewIn the Dark by Monica Murphy
on August 25th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?

Stacia says…

There is just something so enjoyable about a great new adult novel. Not to mention, I love a good light hearted college-age romance. Monica Murphy writes this genre to perfection and this series is just the kind of book to enjoy on a warm summer day.

In the Dark is the second book in the Rules series, but I think you can read it as a stand alone. Although, I recommend reading Fair Game because it was truly a fabulous read!

Having to spend yet another unwanted summer vacation with his parents, Gabe Walker needs to find something, anything to fill his time. So, stalking his sexy, curvy new neighbor seems like the perfect plan. When he finally works up the nerve to go over and meet her, their connection is instant and very hot.

For whatever reason, Lucy doesn’t think too highly of herself. She thinks she is too chunky, to plain, and needs desperately to go on a diet. So, when the hunky neighbor at the house she is sitting for, starts to shower her with attention she figures a summer fling can’t hurt. But, when they end up going to the same college, Lucy must face all the secrets she thought were best hidden and Gabe has to decide if he is ready to drop the playboy status for something more.

“I’m a nobody. I’ve always been a nobody but Gabe makes me feel… special. Like I’m sexy. Like I’m the only girl that matters to him. And I like that. I love it.”

I really grew to love these characters. Gabe isn’t the player he appears and really wants what his best friend Shep found with his girlfriend. He treats Lucy with respect and I loved how he couldn’t get enough of her curves and made sure to let her know she didn’t need to loose weight or look like every other girl; in fact he preferred her just the way she was. I also really liked Lucy. However, I had a hard time with the lies and secrets. It didn’t really seem like they were necessary; especially with as long as she dragged them on.

“I’m claiming her mouth, and if she’ll have me I’m claiming her soul too. This girl… she’s mine. She is it for me.”

I am looking forward to the next book in the series and reading Tristan’s story. He seems very set in his ways and grouchy for no real reason. So, I bet his book will be filled with all kinds of angsty drama!


About 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.