Friday, 10 July 2015

ReleaseBlitz, Review & Giveaway: Monica Murphy's "Taming Lily (The Fowler Sisters #3)."

Release Blitz, Review and Giveaway: Monica Murphy's "Taming Lily (The Fowler Sisters #3)." 


I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and the sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it.

But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. And soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense.

Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s who I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—and what-ifs be damned. . . . 


I loved Lily and Max's story and boy was this one a scorching hot read!! Max sure knew how to keep things steamy in the bedroom so get ready for some sexy reading with this last book of the series. This story started out a little more slow paced than the previous books, however this one did have a much bigger plot to it. I was intrigued from the very beginning by Lily. She had something to hide, something she was running away from. And then there was the mysterious Max following Lily's every move. The mystery continued and I had a feeling that something big was going to happen but I had no idea what it was. 

"Fate's thrown us together, There's a reason for that, Princess." 

Lily Fowler was the rebellious younger sister. She had learned from an early age that being naughty could achieve way more attention than Violet and Rose got so that's how she continued to live her life, but as I discovered in this book, there was far more to Lily than what her family and the media portrayed her to be. Lily deeply loved her father and her two sisters and was continuing to struggle with the loss of her mother when she was just a little girl. All she wanted was to be accepted and loved for being her own person rather than be forced to follow her older sisters footsteps into the family cosmetic business. 

Max met Lily in Hawaii, where Lily had escaped to for a last minute vacation. The pair were soon hitting it off and end up having a holiday romance. Max was extremely sexy and fast became addicted to Lily, the couple barely leaving each others side, embarking on one long sexcapade. Lucky Lily!! Now, although I liked Max, I wasn't sure if he was as genuine as he made out. It wasn't just fate that brought Lily and Max together, Max had ulterior motives and I couldn't wait to find out what they were. I just hoped he wasn't going to break Lily's heart. 

"You want me to fuck you hard and make you scream. 
You want me to eat your pussy until you're coming all over 
my face and squirming like you do. You want it all because 
no one else makes you feel like I do. No one."

As the story continued I did begin to put the pieces together and realise what Lily had been up to. This made me realise how much Lily did love her family and how far she would go to defend the Fowler legacy, I loved the way that the plot had connected all three of the books and the family together and also how it gave me the chance to catch up with Violet, Ryder, Rose and Caden. The story ended brilliantly. Lily and Max made such a gorgeous couple and I loved how Lily's life had completely changed with Max by her side. All she needed was the love of a good man and she had finally found that with Max. As always, Monica gave me a beautiful epilogue that ended so sweetly that it made me swoon! 

"I feel like you were made for me, Lily. That we were made for each other." 

"Taming Lily" was a fabulous conclusion to a brilliant series and gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️  from me.


Looks like Maui agreed with you.” Violet greets me as I walk toward her, practically falling into her welcoming hug. I squeeze her back, closing my eyes for the briefest moment as I absorb her love and warmth, so incredibly thankful to be with her again.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you in person,” I tell her before I withdraw, though I don’t let her go my hands still clasp her shoulders and she’s holding on to my arms.

“I know.” Violet’s smiling at me, looking gorgeous with all that dark hair falling down her back in luxurious waves, her dark eyes sparkling as bright as the giant diamond on her finger. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Violet look so genuinely happy.

I could almost get choked up, having her here in front of me. I didn’t realize I missed my sister so much until now. “Skype just doesn’t cut it, you know,” I say, my voice rough as I clear my throat past the emotional bubble clogging it.

Violet rolls her eyes and smiles. “I totally agree. But guess what? You’re stuck with me now. No more going back to Lon- don for us except to visit.”

I’m so grateful for her warm acceptance of me that I can feel the tight knot in my chest slowly unravel. I was scared to death this morning as I prepared to come into Fleur. Seeing Daddy, Grandma, Rose, and Violet . . . and worst of all, that evil witch Pilar . . . I wasn’t looking forward to it, and that’s the understatement of the year.

I was petrified really, afraid of what any of them might say. I’d rather pretend the fact that I ran away to Maui to escape my problems—especially a problem that neither I nor Pilar wants made public knowledge, I’m sure—was swept under the rug. 

I don’t even want to talk about Maui and what happened there. The man I met. The man who somehow, some way, double-crossed me. Stole from me . . .

I have my suspicions about why Max did what he did. Nothing confirmed yet, but come on. I had jewelry in my suitcase— expensive jewelry. Cash in my wallet and stashed away in my travel bag. Yet he took my laptop and that’s it. The fucker stole from me.


Could he be working for Pilar? 

No. It couldn’t be possible, just some weird coincidence.

Maybe he didn’t steal from me. Maybe one of the hotel employees snagged my Mac. I hadn’t checked on it in days. For all I know, it could have been missing since the day I stashed it up on the shelf in my closet.

That’s the problem. I don’t know what happened, when it was stolen or why. I can suspect Max all I want. It makes sense in a way. He held me close until I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning, groggy and hung over, he was gone. Disappeared like he’d never existed in the first place. He didn’t even leave a note. I searched for him everywhere. By the pool, in the lobby, down by the beach, in the hotel restaurants, but he wasn’t there.

I went to his hotel room only to find the door cracked open and the maids inside, cleaning. His stuff was gone. The maids let me know he’d checked out that morning.

He didn’t even bother saying goodbye. 

It hurts that he didn’t believe me worthy of a goodbye. Worse, he lied to me. Said that we would see each other again and then ditched me. I don’t get it.

What did I do wrong? That last night, when we had sex, I gave him everything I thought he wanted. I wanted to please him, wanted to be the submissive woman, not only to make him happy, but because it made me feel...good. I liked handing over the control to Max so I could get lost in the pleasure. It aroused me, his controlling ways, the words he said, the demands he made on my body. I wanted more. I wanted all of him . . .

And he didn’t want me at all. 

Author Bio:

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.

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