Thursday, September 3, 2015

In The Dark by Monica Murphy ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

IN THE DARK (Book 2) August 25, 2015
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?


I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to read this one.  Gabe is a total player in the first book.  Once and done.  And the whole watching Shep fall for Jade - he didn't want any of that.  But then he spends the summer with Lucy.

It starts from him watching her and moves to him not able to resist her.  They have an interesting kinda fling for the summer.  But Luce is lying to him.  I always struggle when a character is lying.  And it was the same here.  I didn't really see the need for her lying.  She's not got money.  She's housesitting.  What will he do if he finds out?  She's expecting things to be a fling anyway, I just don't get what the difference would be.

I did like that she had some body image issues.  He's constantly telling her how much he loves her curves but she's always trying to loose weight.  That part felt real and important to me.

Loved Gabe.  He's fighting the falling thing tooth and nail but once he realizes that he really does want a relationship with Luce, he chases after her.  And these two are hot together.

Then the story shifts to be back at college and their reaction to seeing each other again was a bit surprising.  I loved the way Gabe reacted not so much with Luce.

The rest of the story felt just okay.  A kinda perdictable issue comes up for them.  I wasn't surprised at all.  It did feel like something they should have to tackle based on Lucy's youth.  I, also think it's what brought them finally to the same page.

This is a good sequel to the first book, though I enjoyed Fair Game a lot more.  I enjoyed Gabe's story even if I wasn't Lucy's biggest fan.  It's great New Adult with a healthy portion of hot and sexy.

If you read the first, you'll want this one too.  If you enjoy the extra hot New Adult, you want this one.


  1. The lying thing is always tough for me too, I have to really understand the reasoning behind it. But this still sounds enjoyable. Great review!

  2. I understand what you mean about this one... Lucy was a bit annoying in the second half.... get past the lies girl!

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