Never Tear Us Apart
By Monica Murphy
Summary: Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
A long time ago, when I was fifteen and a completely different person, I saved a girl’s life. I spent only a handful of hours with her, but somehow, we connected—and I’ve never been the same. No one understands what we went through. No one knows what it’s like to be us. We survived, yet I don’t feel like I’m really living—until now. Eight years later, I find her. I want to make her mine. I need to make her mine. But she’ll hate me forever when she finds out who I really am.
Source: I won a lot of books from a giveaway and this was one of them.
Never Tear Us Apart seemed like a contemporary romance steeped in just enough suspense and darkness to be right up my alley. I love Colleen Hoover and K.A. Tucker, so the synopsis really drew me in.
The book had a great premise that I wanted to see unfold, but it just didn’t capture me the way I’d hoped. The reader already knew Ethan’s identity, but the main character did not. It took basically the entire book for Ethan to come clean and I felt frustrated. I wish that either the reader didn’t know and was on the same page as the heroine OR that Ethan just fessed up sooner so there could be more pages about that whole drama and maybe a dramatic rekindling once all was forgiven.
As the pages kept turning and she was none the wiser, I wondered if we’d ever get the secret out and then it finally happened and then the book ended. (Spoiler alert, sorry not sorry. It’s better if you just know there’s no resolution before going into it.)
The emotional connections, the push and pull, the dark secret neither character was willing to share with a stranger.. all of it just kind of fell flat for me and felt like it was lacking something.