Friday, September 15, 2017

ARC Book #Review: His Reverie ( Reverie 1 ) by Monica Murphy

Book Title: His Reverie ( His Reverie 1)
Author:  Monica Murphy |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Monica Murphy
Genre: Romance, Mature Young Adult
Series/Standalone:  Series
Format: ebook
Cost: $3.99
Pages: 250
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: July 2014
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I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want. The only girl I could ever love.
She is light.
I am darkness.
She is innocent.
I’ve done too much.
She is good.
I am bad.
She is my every dream.
I should be her every nightmare.
We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…
Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.
The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.
This so wasn't what I was expecting. Looking at the cover and knowing that Monica writes these awesome new adult books I just dived right in.  And this was more than I expected.  This book is about second chances and I thought at first it was going to be a light romance, I was not prepared for the mystery that unfolded.

Nick is freshly out of jail, while he was in there his entire life has imploded. Nick is here to stack his money, keep himself hidden and find a way to get out of the this small town that has cost him so much, he doesn't want anything to mess with his plans.  Life however kees throwing him curveballs.  One of the few things he has is his new job and the view it offers.  Then there is Reverie Hale daughter/Princess of the Hale family, sweeter than sugar, she is blind/naive sheltered and so clueless it makes your teeth hurt.

One of my favorite characters is Nick's friend Michael because he was one of the few people who was seeing things as they were.  He was also the voice of reason, he tried to show Nick all the ropes and protect Nick, but you can only protect someone as much as they will allow.  I really enjoyed how the story came together because the characters that we actually meet written pretty well.   The story is told mostly through Nick's eyes, so we only know what he knows and all we have is his perspective of the characters.  A few of the characters only grew as characters the more they interacted with Nick, otherwise they were kind of just names.

I loved that this was at the beach for summer and it was surrounded by woods that were so well described you felt like you were there at the lake having fun with them.  This book focused on the second chances that Nick needed, how much he wished he was someone who deserved Rev.  We also got the reason he ended up in prison and Rev learning to see beyond the smoke screen of her family.  I liked the story of them getting to know each other.

Going in there was no clue about the mystery.  There was no hint that there was going to be a scandal that would blow Rev and Nick apart.  My favorite part of the book of course came close to the end, Because oh my gawd what the hell was that??? How can someone be that terrible and you never see it??  There are a few things that I couldn't stand.  At times Nick's inner thoughts when it came to his ex.  He would constantly say he didn't judge her for enjoying sex but then use terms that clearly judged and slut shamed her even if it was only in his head. I also had an issue with his insistence that Rev was 'innocent'  and kept going over that description every time he thought about her.

**Bit of a Spoiler here**

Also then there is Rev, she is a Christian girl who is a part of a family that is well known in the Evangelical field.  Her father has made a big deal about her remaining a virgin until marriage and she had a huge party celebrating her pact.  *Now I personally have sooo many issues with this, but whatever do you* Yet when she breaks this pact she seems to only feel a small amount of remorse.  I know women who waited until marriage and still had issues with it since they had been pushed to hold onto this thing for so long and I know women who totally dived into being sexual beings with no issues.  I just wish that if she was written as such a strong Christian girl that she had more issues with it.

There are a few things that were left unexplained however there is a second book so I'm hoping they get solved there.  I do have a bone to pick with the genre in particular, can we have mature adults that actually adult?? It seems like the new thing is for there to be no adults in these kids lives, they either die or they are just shyt as adults.  My gawd all adults can't be this terrible.

If you enjoyed this book I highly recommend Monica's other books as well. And Chris Myers Blackout, Raine by JC Valentine is another good suggestion.
Happy Reading my loves, 

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