Cruel Intentions! Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Posted December 3, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Cruel Intentions! Owning Violet by Monica MurphyOwning Violet by Monica Murphy
Series: The Fowler Sisters #1
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Published by Tantor Audio on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs
Source: Purchased
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I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything


First Impression:

OWNING VIOLET reminds of the 1999 movie, Cruel Intentions but much more adult.

What worked for me:

I like how Monica Murphy writes where we get the story through both Violet and Ryder’s POV. Each chapter is from a different POV. This kind of writing lets us learn about both characters and what makes them tick.

I’m so glad that there wasn’t a virgin and/or billionaire in this contemporary romance.

What didn’t work for me: 

I almost OD on all the foreplay. I was just a sexually frustrated as Violet and Ryder. I wanted them to just do it. LOL


I originally started reading OWNING VIOLET via eARC from Netgalley but I got sick and didn’t feel like reading so when I saw that was having a $4.99 download sale I grabbed OWNING VIOLET on audio. Saskia Maarleveld delivers OWNING VOILET in an enjoyable way. She has the kind of voice that pulls off a male voice well, while keeping the female voices soft.

Lasting Impression:

I really enjoy Monica Murphy’s writing style and I’ll give book 2, STEALING ROSE a go when it releases March 3, 2015.


If you’re a fan of  erotic romances that have both a damaged hero and heroine then you’ll enjoy Monica Murphy’s OWNING VIOLET.

About Saskia Maarleveld

Saskia Maarleveld comes from a large family where audiobooks were the only way to get though car rides without fighting. She attributes this to her love and understanding of reading books aloud. With a full, warm, strong and expressive voice, Saskia is the perfect fit for a variety of audio book genres. Raised in New Zealand and France, her ability with accents and dialects is excellent, with many of her books being narrated entirely in accents other than her own (which is tough!). Based in New York City, Saskia spends her time narrating and trying to stay out of the restaurant business. In addition to this she creates video snacks called ‘Kevin and Phebe’ – very funny for a slow day at the office.

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, and is published with Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen and Bliss.

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While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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