ARC Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

Release Date: July 28, 2014
His Reverie
His Reverie
by Monica Murphy
4 stars

Here is another series by Monica Murphy that I will be looking forward to in the coming months. HIS REVERIE ends in a cliffhanger, so yes, I definitely need to know what happens next!

I wasn’t aware that this was going to be the first in a series or probably just a two-part book and honestly I was disappointed by that. If I did know it ends this way, I would have waited for the second book because I’m not as patient for sequels now as I was before. This issue aside, I think this story stepped up the next level coming from the One Week Girlfriend Quartet.

From the synopsis we immediately get that this is about two people who are in love, but people or circumstances are not letting them be together. Upon starting the book, I was immediately reminded of Tonya Holmes’ WITHIN TEMPTATION, a story that I really, really loved. We have Nick freshly released from prison after 11 months. He was sentenced for murder, a crime he didn’t commit. It was incredibly sad that instead of celebrating and having a fresh start, he found himself further into emptiness and sadness due to his mother’s death.

The only light in his life was Reverie, the daughter of a wealthy televangelist for whom Nick is working as an estate hand. It was cute seeing their first interactions, especially Reverie’s diary entries. She’s just turning 17, lived a very sheltered life and was raised to be conservative in her actions and morals. She was definitely a pure soul, one who wonders innocently about how a kiss would feel like and gets confused at what she feels when she sees Nick with his shirt off.

I could immediately see the conflict 3 or 4 chapters in. Reverie is such a pure, innocent person and Nick is an ex-convict who has nothing to his name. Oh, and there’s an annoying and conniving ex of his who’s really a snake.

The ending was painful to read because you see your kindle saying 90-95% and there’s still A TON of problems to resolve. I got frustrated because of the injustice of it all. Nick and Reverie may have made it clear to each other that they are in love by the end of the book, but theirs is one of those situations where saying I love you will bring a happily ever after.

HIS REVERIE is well-written, as can be expected from the author. The buildup of the romance is exciting, and the milestones (that first kiss, the first time they make love) were sweet. Mostly it’s because of Reverie, but also because of how Nick is with her. Sure he’s still rough around the edges, but he obviously adjusts for this inexperienced young woman.

I look forward to the next installment of HIS REVERIE! If you don’t mind cliffhangers and waiting for sequels, you can definitely go ahead with this book.

Monica  Murphy

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of new adult contemporary romance. A believer in kissing. A believer of love.



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