Review: In the Dark by Monica Murphy


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?


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So I am just going to dive into the brutal honesty of this review and say this book fell short for me. Monica Murphy is a phenomenal contemporary romance author, I love her work…usually. I don’t know if its a combination of not feeling New Adult romances lately or if its the story itself but I couldn’t connect to these characters. I found Lucy to be fickle and inconsistent; she would be worried about her insecurities one second and then throwing caution to the wind the next. I think my biggest struggle was I just couldn’t relate to the characters.

I found the constant ups and downs of their relationship annoying as opposed to endearing. I just wasn’t feeling the story at all, I more so felt like I was re-reading Shep and Jade’s story, which Gabe points out! Gabe says throughout the story how much in common their relationship has with Shep and Jade’s. I was hoping for something more unique and was left disappointed.


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