Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go

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by Monica Murphy
     
 

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The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
 
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies.

Overview

The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
 
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.
 
The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.
 
I don’t want to let him go.
 
While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.
 
Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

Praise for Never Let You Go
 
“As a reader, this relationship shouldn’t work even though it has to work. It’s only because of Ms. Murphy’s skill in delicately addressing survival from sexual assault and abuse that we find the capacity to heal through touch and love.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Much like the first book, this story was an emotional roller-coaster ride that never really let up. But that’s what made the story so fantastic and engaging.”—Emilie’s Book World
 
“A story that will grip you, pull you in, and keep you immersed til the end . . . an emotional and sweet story that will stay with me for years to come.”—Read-Love-Blog
 
“A dramatic and beautiful and frightening story.”—Fictional Candy
 
“Murphy nailed it with this one for sure. . . . Katherine and Ethan. Katie and Will. They are such a dynamic couple. Everything they have been through makes their bond tight.”—Mommy’s a Book Whore
 
Praise for Monica Murphy’s Never Tear Us Apart
 
“All the best parts of romance and betrayal . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover
 
“A powerful story that left me raw yet hopeful.”USA Today bestselling author K. A. Tucker

“A powerful story of friendship, trauma, coping and betrayal. The characters jump off the page into real life and will have readers gasping and feeling every emotion that they go through. Another amazing book to add to Murphy’s already stellar library!”RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
 
“Murphy has written a compelling and emotional love story of two severely broken people, each of whom can be healed only by the other.”Booklist
 
“Murphy imbues these characters with genuineness and plausibility. . . . [Readers] will look forward to the promised sequel.”Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/04/2016
Fans of Never Tear Us Apart will be pleased that this sequel fulfills the promise of Murphy’s decidedly unconventional contemporary love story, set in an unspecified part of the U.S. Years before the story opens, serial killer Aaron Monroe imprisoned young Katie Watts. Aaron’s son, Will, saved Katie from his father and then disappeared. As an adult, Will renamed himself Ethan Williams and manipulated Katie, now called Katherine, into falling in love with him. It’s been a few months since Katherine discovered her new lover’s true identity and kicked him out of her life, appalled by his deceit. Along comes ratings-hungry TV reporter Lisa Swanson, who had once gained fame by exploiting Katherine. Now she’s skating on the edge of journalistic ethics by attempting to arrange a meeting between Katherine and Aaron, who’s currently on death row. Inevitably, Katherine and Ethan/Will are drawn back into each other’s lives. Tension mounts as the charismatic but broken lovers struggle to heal each other while dodging media attention. The superior characterization and compelling plot are enough to outweigh the awkward prose and clunky structure. Agent: Kimberly A. Whalen, Trident Media Group. (May)
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Praise for Never Let You Go
 
“As a reader, this relationship shouldn’t work even though it has to work. It’s only because of [Monica] Murphy’s skill in delicately addressing survival from sexual assault and abuse that we find the capacity to heal through touch and love.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Much like the first book, this story was an emotional roller-coaster ride that never really let up. But that’s what made the story so fantastic and engaging.”—Emilie’s Book World
 
“A story that will grip you, pull you in, and keep you immersed til the end . . . an emotional and sweet story that will stay with me for years to come.”—Read-Love-Blog
 
“A dramatic and beautiful and frightening story.”—Fictional Candy
 
“Murphy nailed it with this one for sure. . . . Katherine and Ethan. Katie and Will. They are such a dynamic couple. Everything they have been through makes their bond tight.”—Mommy’s a Book Whore

Praise for Monica Murphy’s Never Tear Us Apart
 
“All the best parts of romance and betrayal . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover
 
“A powerful story that left me raw yet hopeful.”USA Today bestselling author K. A. Tucker

“A powerful story of friendship, trauma, coping and betrayal. The characters jump off the page into real life and will have readers gasping and feeling every emotion that they go through. Another amazing book to add to Murphy’s already stellar library!”RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
 
“Murphy has written a compelling and emotional love story of two severely broken people, each of whom can be healed only by the other.”Booklist
 
“Murphy imbues these characters with genuineness and plausibility. . . . [Readers] will look forward to the promised sequel.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101967300
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
109,368
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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ETHAN

She is relentless in her pursuit of me. The constant calls, the texts, the voicemails, the emails. No wonder she’s one of the top investigative journalists on TV.

Lisa Swanson is a serious pain in my ass.

After three weeks of constant harassment, I give in and answer her call. She sounds surprised to hear my voice and I’m pleased that I could shock her. I don’t think much gets past her.

“You answered,” she says.

“It’s either answer or try to ignore you for another three weeks,” I tell her, sounding bored. Inside I’m a wreck. I’ve remained undercover since that moment Lisa texted me and Katie . . .

My heart thuds. Hard. Like it came to a complete and utter stop. How am I still alive? Just thinking about her wrecks me. Twists me up inside until I feel like I’m going to be sick.

When Katie discovered the text from Lisa and left me, I shut down. Physically and emotionally shut down for days. Only within the last week have I once again tried to pick up my normal routine. Working on projects. Talking to clients. I behave normally, move through life as if nothing’s wrong, but inside . . .

Inside I’m hollow. Broken into so many tiny pieces, I don’t think anyone or anything could put me back together. I’ve lost the only thing that matters. The only person I’ve ever really loved.

And she hates me. She should hate me. I can’t excuse my actions.

“Your father’s interview is set to air soon,” Lisa says, her determined voice bringing me back to reality. “I’ve delayed it for as long as possible, but I can’t put it off anymore.”

“Why’d you delay it?” I know the answer. I’m just curious to hear what she has to say.

“Because I wanted to get your side of the story, Will.” I flinch at hearing my name. My old name. I’m not Will any longer. I wish she would stop calling me that. “I’m going to be honest with you.” She pauses.

Honesty. There’s a funny concept I seem to know nothing about. Deception and lies, that’s what defines me. Makes me tick. I pretend. I don’t know how to be my true self. Only with Katie did I feel close to who I really am.

And now she’s gone.

“Your father said some . . . not-­so-­nice things about you,” Lisa says haltingly.

“Like what?” I sit up straighter, run a hand over my head. I’m still in bed. What’s the point of getting up? I can do everything here, even work. My laptop lies discarded next to me. My iPad is on my bedside table. I’m in my underwear, I haven’t eaten anything yet today, and it’s already past noon. I can’t remember the last time I shaved, looked at myself in the mirror. I’m afraid of what I might see, the truth in my eyes, the deception in my face.

Who said the truth hurts? Because they’re so fucking right.

“Accusatory things,” Lisa says, purposely being vague. Why doesn’t she want to tell me? Oh, probably because she needs something to draw me in and get me to talk. “You won’t like it if he goes on national television and says those things, Will. I promise you, it would be to your benefit to talk to me.”

Leaning my head back, I close my eyes and blow out a harsh breath as Lisa waits for my response. I don’t know what to say, how to reply. Doing a televised interview with her would expose me, when I’ve hidden in the shadows for far too long. Not talking to her might end up with me looking like a savage child rapist in cahoots with my father.

Either way I can’t win. And Lisa knows it. She’s taking a risk, hoping that I’ll choose talking to her as the lesser evil.

I’m not sure if that’s the right thing, though.

“Has she agreed to talk to you?” I ask, my voice tight, my muscles strained. I’m so tense I could shatter.

“Who?” Playing dumb. Lisa’s good at that, too.

“You know who,” I say through gritted teeth.

She sighs. “I told her I found you.”

My heart fucking drops into my toes, swear to God. “What did she say?”

“She didn’t say much at all, which surprised me. I thought she’d be happy to hear the news.” Lisa goes quiet, then clears her throat. “Talk to me, Will. Please. You won’t regret this.”

I will so regret it. And she knows it. She’s just trying to pretend she has my best interests at heart. “I don’t know.”

“Your father’s interview is tentatively scheduled to air ten days from now. If you talk to me, I could get an extension. The execs would love to hear your side. And if I could somehow get Katherine involved again at one point—­”

“No.” The word shoots out of me like a bullet, as though I’m defending myself against a direct strike to my heart. I feel like I’m already dead with just the mere suggestion of Katie being involved in this three-­ring circus Lisa is trying to organize. My father in one ring, me in the second, and Katie in the third, all of us alone, fighting each other.

Forget it.

“No?” Lisa’s voice is brittle. She doesn’t like being told no.

“She can’t be involved.”

“Why not?” Lisa asks incredulously. “Her perspective is vital. I think she would rush to your defense. She spoke so highly of you before.” Another pause. A judgment. “Unless maybe you’re not telling me the truth . . .”

“Fuck you,” I mutter, refusing to defend myself to her. I could give a damn what she thinks about me.

But I care about what Katie thinks. She’d hate me for talking to Lisa Swanson. I know it.

So I can’t do it.

“If you talk, she might talk, too. She won’t right now. She refuses to see me. But if I offer the chance for the two of you to speak to each other after all these years . . .” Lisa’s voice drifts, as if she’s dangling a carrot and I’m supposed to jump at that opportunity to speak with Katie.

She can’t know that I’ve already spoken to Katie. Basked in her presence, reveled in the sound of her voice, her laughter, the touch of her hand. The softness of her lips, the scent of her hair, her skin, how she tastes, how she squirms when I touch her in one particular spot. The sound of my name falling from her lips when I make her come . . .

Not my real name, though. An imposter’s name. Ethan is no one. Will is the devil.

Again, which side do I choose? Who am I really?

“I won’t put her through that. I’m not interested.” I’m about to end the call when I hear Lisa’s frantic voice. I bring the phone back to my ear.

“You should reconsider. I can put a temporary halt on this, and let you tell your side of the story. But if you choose not to talk to me, I can’t be held responsible for the attack on your reputation that is bound to happen The interview will air ten days from now, whether you like it or not.”

Haughty Queen Lisa is back to playing hardball. “Let it happen.”

I end the call.

I set my phone on the bedside table.

I close my eyes.

Meet the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, Owning Violet, Stealing Rose, Taming Lily, Never Tear Us Apart, and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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Never Let You Go 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
LisaR0 More than 1 year ago
This story was a wonderful ending to a stunning duet. Not only does this story tie up many, I mean MANY, loose ends, it also portrays an idea of everything being ok. Of course, if you are familiar with Never Tear Us Apart, then you know that that story deals with many a demon and uncertainty. But it also ends with quite the cliffy..... I can definitely say that I LOVED Never Let You Go more than Never Tear Us Apart. With Never Tear Us Apart, there were quite a few things that lacked for me. Mainly the emotions and the disconnect I had with Katie. And then I was given Never Let You Go and feel like this book was written by a totally different author. I felt "connected" to Katie, to an extent. I could almost relate to how she felt. She waged a war constantly within herself. It was almost bone crushing seeing her deal with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She was basically a new person. I really enjoyed seeing that new light shine a path to something else, rather than seeing yesterdays shadows. The feel is a tad bit lighter in this book. Just a tad though. There was always that feeling of pinpricks on my neck, because I had no clue what to expect. This kept me on my toes, almost like I was the vulnerable one, this time around. The air was a little bit more freeing, but the h/h were still constantly on edge. And who can blame these two? So much happens. SO darn MUCH! As the first 72% of this story unfolds, I found myself eating the pages up. I was seriously loving everything that took place between the h/h, and secretly wishing that everything could be wrapped up neatly with a big fluffy red bow at the end of the story. The interactions weren't always jilted, they were loose and all guards were down. I feel almost like it gave me the ok to end at the 72%, because I was fine with where things were going. And then there came that last 18% which was just ehhhh for me. When I said this book felt like it was written by a different author, I was not kidding. And then I got to that last 18%, and knew it was the same author. Things were a bit more far stretched than I had desired and wished for. As much as there needs to be that twist or sudden OMG factor, I hated it. Ok, maybe not hated it, per se, but really didn't like it. Again, I wanted that fluffy red bow to make things tidy and neat. I honestly needed it. It was almost like a security blanket to what was about to come. Overall, this was a great way to wrap up this duet. The writing was stronger in this story than in book one, and the characters were a bit more complex this time around. I loved that there was more fluff but I still loved the suspense that was constantly lurking. I say give this duet a definite try, but go into it open-minded.
Queenbethanny 9 months ago
Achingly Beautiful....Two lost souls needing each other for years, completing each other when they can be together. Sadly circumstances, fear, and life keep them apart. It feels like home when they are finally able to come to each other, loving, needing and wanting. Katie and Will fight to stay together the second time around, letting nothing: his father, her family, his work, her fear, anything keep them from one another. They fight the obstacles, the circumstances and constant hounding from a particular media source. What a good cry - you feel each of their depth of emotion as it's told from each person's point of view. This is a fantastic ending to a great story with a happy ending for all. I can't wait to read more of Monica's book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I have to say that i loved this book as much as the first one. Both books are great. I bought this book today and read it straight through. Check out my review, also on june 1, 2016 for the first book. That one has 5 stars also.
astroyic 11 months ago
This is the conclusion to Never Tear Us Apart. They must be read in order. And what a fantastically beautiful conclusion it is. Monica Murphy pulls out all the stops in this second chance romance. You will go through quite a roller coaster ride with your emotions as well as some twists and turns you do not see coming your way. You will find yourself on the edge of your seat, not sure you want to know what is next as well as laughing and crying. This story grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go until the end and you will love every last minute of it. Katie and Will/Evan are so meant for each other. Their souls are bound together from all the trauma they have suffered together. But their beautiful passion and love help them heal their wounds and they become stronger together. This is a powerful, passionate story that you won't want to miss. They will be forever with me. Highly recommended! Received a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review.
JoannaDursi 11 months ago
Even though overall NLYG didn't have the same heart pounding effect on me (except for the last few chapters) that NTUA did, it was still a great ending to Katie and Will's story. Both Katie and Will grow so much in the second installment. They both have to come to terms with their pasts in addition to her family's reluctance to accept their relationship. I really enjoy Monica Murphy's writing and look forward to discovering some of her other books. - "... I'm not allowed to touch you, that I can't have you ever again. But I'll take whatever scraps you want to give me, though deep down, it'll never be enough."
Musings_of_Madjy 11 months ago
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own. I enjoyed how this book had a more normal and comfortable Katie and Will than the first book. Their relationship was more normal and I liked the obstacles they faced. This book felt almost like a "After the HEA," though the first book didn't leave these two with a happy ending. It just had so much of what a real relationship has and not just the crazy intense emotions. The voice of Aaron was creepy, but in a way that made sense and added a necessary voice to the story. The suspense his role brings is well worth suspending some disbelief over how likely the scenarios involving him are. [His breaking out of prison was a bit unbelievable, for instance (hide spoiler)] Speaking of roles... Thank you, Monica Murphy, for Molly. More books need wonderful dogs in them. :) The crazy journalist works pretty well for this, and I appreciate that Lisa is so deeply involved in Katherine and Will's story. The breakthroughs that are made by Will in this book are well done too. I feel as though this book got to be more "Will's" book, though the first installment hardly ignored his turmoil.The work they do on their relationship is important and eases any discomfort the reader may have over their unusual situation. The two are so much more mature in this half, which really solidifies their love and affection for one another. Overall, this is a great finish to their story. There is love, suspense, strong character growth, and tortured souls - and a sweet Happily Ever After. What more could you ask for?
ToshyBell2010 11 months ago
Finding love after tragedy! Part 2 just keeps bringing on more emotion. I definitely do not recommend reading these books alone/nor out of order. Katie and Ethan/Will are now on a journey to adjust to the news that keeps overshadowing their lives. Will's FATHER! They would like nothing but to be rid of the man but once Katie decided to open up, that also lefter her life open to all the people around her to give their opinions. They struggled as friends, and had to fight as their friendship grew in order to be accepted by the people closest to them. Will's father added such emotion to the story. I hated to hear his plans, but always hoped within the story that they would be able to catch him. I don't like to give the story away in my reviews, so there are definitely no spoilers, but you surely won't be disappointed in this story if you can handle the issues of today's youth. Great ending to the series. And perfect way to deal with the topic.
teetee1968 11 months ago
Never Let You Go is heart wrenching. Gut wrenching! Is that too many wrenchings?? I read this book and Never Tear Us Apart back to back, so it's hard to review this one individually. The story of Katie (Katherine) and Will (Ethan) made me feel so many things. I was heartbroken for both of them as children. I was hopeful for them as adults. No, their love was not expected, or conventional, but it was understandable. Some may think that their love shouldn't or couldn't happen, but I believe it could. They definitely have a lot of hurdles to overcome, but I believe every couple does. I think that Katie does get too caught up in having a hero, especially Will as that hero. I would like to think in time, she learns she can save herself. I really love this two part series. It has left me thinking a lot - even now after I'm done reading them both!
MichelleMonroe 12 months ago
*Recieved a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This book gave me anxiety!! **I cry. I can’t stop. I cry at night before I go to sleep. I cry throughout the day when I should be doing something, anything to remind myself that I’m alive. I should be living. But instead, I cry for what I’ve lost. I cry for what I’ve found. And then … one day, there are no more tears. They’ve dried up, like they never existed in the first place. Very rarely have I had a book grip me so much that it caused knots in my stomach in anticipation of what happens next. Glueing me to the pages, devouring every word. Holding my breath with fear of thinking what is coming next! **Gone is the girl I once was. Gone is the woman I was slowly becoming. Now there’s only this void. And there’s only one person to blame for what I’ve become, what I’ve turned into. And his name—his real name—is Will Monroe. So much happens in this book, that you just need to read it to experience it to its fullest! Katie and Ethan/Will struggle with Ethan's deception, his lies, and what the future may hold for them. Katie starts seeing Ethan more as her Will, her hero and her feelings for him increase. Even though he lied to her, deceived her, she thinks he only did it with her best interests at heart. She's unsure where she will allow their relationship to go though, she fears if exposed, people will not accept their relationship. Lisa is going to do a televised interview with Aaron Monroe and she is relentless in getting Katie and Ethan/Will to participate. Aaron is still writing Will letters. Lots more happens, but I won't spoil it for ya *wink*. You just need to read this installment! The story is intense and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. At this point, it's hard what/who to believe, especially when we get Aaron Monroe's POV. Yep, you heard me correctly. *insert shocked face emoji*. **Would Will help me? Would he kill someone for me if I told him to? I doubt it. But that don’t mean I can’t force him to do something … just to help out good old Pops. I hate what happened to Katie, but I love how she grows and learns to move on with her life and be the strong woman she knows she was always supposed to be. She is quite amazing, considering the trauma she went through. Her character growth is inspiring and a testament to her immense strength, her love, and her compassion. Truly a beautiful story!
BuckeyeAngel 12 months ago
Ethan/Will had constant calls. Texts and voicemail's from Lisa Swanson who is an investigative reporter on tv. She harassed Ethan for three weeks he finally answered. Katie had left Ethan after the text from Lisa. Now all Ethan felt was a void Only with Katie had Ethan felt close to who he really was. Ethan or Will than was Katie’s hero by freeing her. Katie had been kidnapped, raped and then chained in a hot dirty shed. Now Katie was safe and Aaron was in jail for what he did to Katie and others also he was Will’s father- Ethan had changed his name from Will for a new beginning. Aaron was in a high security prison on deaths row. Ethan has some friends but he can’t share his history and he is messed up from it, his father Aaron kidnapped ,raped and killed little girls. Ethan has been kind, sweet, and always respectful to Katie. But now she went by Katherine except for Ethan. But he lied to her about who he was and she was mad and hurt. Ethan missed Katie so much. Great story and really good plot. Also great writing only problem I had was it dragged in some parts of the story. But I really enjoyed how two broken people fit so well together even helping the other to heal in some ways. But there was also a lot of action . Also a lot of adversity which made the story as good as it was. As well as the monster for a father. I loved the characters except for Aaron and Lisa- for the most part-. I loved all the twists and turns in the story especially the ones involving Katie and Will. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Emily-SBDR 12 months ago
Never Let You Go is the follow up to Never Tear Us Apart. It follows Katie and Will has they fight darn near everyone and everything. Their relationships is most unconventional, but when love gets in the way who are we, you, them or anyone to judge? That's the fight they have on their hands. The judgment, and the demons they though were locked up, but have come to test their relationship and their own personal strength. This book is so very well written, yet it is riddled with so many emotions it's almost overpowering. But it's a book unlike any other I've read. Under normal circumstances I would feel very unsettled about Katie and Will's relationship, but they make work, the author makes it work, and it just goes to show it's about WHO they are, not what they've been through. What they've been through has certainly shaped every piece of their lives up until now, but when faced with every difficult obstacle imagined at this point in their lives Katie and Will both realize that it's about them and no one else, it just can't be. They have been so much time worrying about everyone else's perceptions, feelings, etc. that they get to live selfishly now. Never Let You Go is excellent. It's not a heartwarming, light-hearted book, much like it's predecessor, there is a constant underlying tension to the conclusion of Will and Katie's story. But it's a book that makes an impact, it sticks with the reader and makes them open up their eyes to unconventional love that was meant to be. I highly recommend this duet to anyone looking for a stellar read! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Monica Murphy’s Never Tear Us Apart series is enlightening, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, and heart-breaking. It truly covers all the spectrums of emotions. Prepare yourself for an incredible journey of two characters brought together under horrific circumstances, who manage to find love throughout all the chaos. To fully grasp the events of Never Let You Go, you need to read Never Tear Us Apart first. Never Let You Go picks up where Never Tear Us Apart ended. It shows the struggles Katherine “Katie” Watts and Will Monroe/Ethan Williams endure while attempting to be a couple and the fall out of their relationship. “Everything’s a struggle, especially relationships that are worth fighting for.” Monica has went all out with this story. Where NTUA shows the true evils of the world, NLYG shows a light at the end of a tunnel. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some bad things going on in this story but I didn’t feel the need to skip any chapters. The suspense is definitely there, but the surprises are mind blowing. Katie is a survivor. She has this unbelievable inner strength. She’s smart, loyal, and remarkably still a kind and caring person. She wants to be “normal” but there isn’t a manual for surviving being kidnapped, raped, and almost killed by a serial killer at the age of twelve. Or how you’re supposed to deal with knowing you’re in love with the son of the man who brought hell to your front door and almost destroyed you. Will/Ethan is also a survivor. And equally as incredible as Katie. Throughout the stories, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father is often pushed to the wayside. But despite everything he’s been through, he has managed to hold onto his humanity and compassion. Much like Katie, he has closed himself off to the world. He has a wisdom that surprises me. When Katie has problems with her family, he’s able to see through all the chaos and find the real truth, the actual root of the problem. Will helps Katie navigate her emotions and the world like nobody else can. I find it hard to discuss the book without giving away details. I will say I cried angry tears. I also cried tears of joy. In the end, I was left with a smile on my face and a feeling of satisfaction that these two and their family conquered the unimaginable. This is a series that is going to stay with me forever. **Received a copy from Bantam in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in The Never series. I wasn't quite sure how this series would end. The first half of this book was a little slow but then it picked up. There were plenty of moments where I wasn't quite sure if Katie and Will were doing the right thing. How could they survive the scrutiny? I can't imagine the trauma, the self doubt, the loneliness without your family to back you. And most of all, the fear. Always living in fear. Thank God for her guardian angel and Molly! Poor, poor Molly. This is a well written story about the traumatic events of one woman's childhood and how she survived with the help of her guardian angel. It's a story of hope and of strength we don't know we have until we have no other choice. It's about learning to live again. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never Let You Go, the second installation of the Never Series by Monica Murphy, is nothing short of amazing. NLYG concludes the emotional journey of Ethan and Katie from the first Never book, Never Tear Us Apart, but not before Ms. Murphy plays with, tears apart, and mends together every one of your emotions. NLYG is the continuing story of Ethan and Katie, souls meant to be together even though the world keeps pulling them apart. It is gripping, heart-wrenching, and perfection! As a reader, I was emotionally drained after reading this book, I laughed and cried, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading every minute of it and would not want the author to change a thing. The characters-the main and the secondary-are complex, the story is real and raw, and as a reader you feel their pain, understand their thoughts, marvel in their strength, and cheer for their success. I have enjoyed every one of Ms. Murphy’s books—I am a loyal fan of her work. And, without hesitation, I would recommend the Never Series! But, readers should know going in that this series is different, and involves real, tough, ugly issues. There is a tried and true love story here, one worth reading, but the characters have to conquer their demons—the kind you see in the news, sadly and more often lately—before they can achieve and accept that love. *I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and is the continuation of Ethan (Will) and Kate’s story. This is an emotional and gripping story. I do recommend that they be read in order. I was hooked from beginning to end, amazing characters and great story. Loved it!
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Never Let You Go is an exquisitely magnificent and brilliantly unique love story that will quietly reshape and gently mend even the coldest of hearts. This is unlike any love story that you will ever read. It will crawl into your heart and send shockwaves throughout your soul. It’s unconventional in its madness, and beyond breathtaking in its passion. You will never be able to stop the reach or the impact that this book will forever have on your life. Katie has been trying to crawl out of her never-ending nightmare, and just when she thought she was catching glimpses of the light, she slips back into the ever welcoming blackness. She was beyond thrilled to think that she could be a girl falling for a normal guy who seemed to like her no matter her quirks and secrets. Just as she was grasping at a hope she thought she would never see in her life again, it was ruthlessly taken from her. Her heart was shattered and her life was plunged into a painful, hopeless jumble. What she didn’t expect was that the one person she trusted more than anyone would lie to her and tear her heart from her chest. What was all of her effort worth if this is the reward that she is given? Can Katie find the resolve to continue fighting for her life, or will she allow those around her to dictate and push her into a darker night then she thinks she can ever return from? Will and Katie undeniably blew my mind and captivated my very soul. There was no doubt the feelings that they shared for the other were real and true, but their struggle was in how to deal with and finally overcome their shared past going forward. It haunted and tainted the good and wonderful things they dared to hope for. My heart was shredded at seeing how hard they had to fight to just to hold onto each other and the promise of a future that always seemed so elusive and just out of their grasp. Their determination and the heart’s refusal to let go are the only things that held them together individually and as a couple. They are truly inspiring and incredibly beautiful! Monica Murphy has reclaimed my heart with this stunning sequel to Never Tear Us Apart. Her masterful storytelling decimated my heart with a blunt instrument called hope and then tenderly healed it with a ravishing gift called love. She makes no excuses for her the power of her words and the force they will tear through your very being. You will feel every single emotion, hear every desperate cry, and relish every single drop of light that will cascade through the pages of this spectacular book. This is one story that will live within you until the end of time.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
NEVER LET YOU GO is the second installment in Monica Murphy’s NEVER TEAR US APART contemporary, new adult duology focusing on Katie Watts, and Will ‘Ethan’ Monroe. NEVER LET YOU GO should not be read as a stand alone as it continues upon the events of book one-Never Tear Us Apart. SOME BACKGROUND: Eight years earlier, at twelve years old, Katie Watts was kidnapped, raped and held prisoner by a serial murderer, only to be rescued by her attacker’s fifteen year old son. Fast forward to present day, where Katie and Will are reunited and must, once again, fight to escape the monsters –but this time it is the media, Katie’s family, and a reporter who is desperate for their story. Told from several first person points of view (Will, Katie, Aaron), and a lone third person POV (Lisa), NEVER LET YOU GO focuses on the struggling relationship between Katie and Will. Will has been in love with Katie since the day of her rescue, but both are battling demons from the past. As the story line unfolds, a reporter continues to stalk our couple in the hopes of an exclusive interview, while someone else behind the scenes is pulling the strings. We are witness to the guilt, the memories, and the unforgettable circumstances of how they met and came to be. The roller coaster ride of the relationship is kept hidden until the media becomes aware of their present circumstances. There are monsters in the dark, and some of them are real. NEVER LET YOU GO follows Katie’s family - they have never been able to come to terms with what happened to Katie, and the affects of the attention has had upon their lives. Katie feels victimized once again by Will’s lies and omissions of the truth; his betrayal to the now twenty year old Katie finds our heroine struggling with her emotions and her heart. Will Monroe eventually separated himself from the man he called dad, and became a man who existed without the woman he once loved. His eight year search for Katie finds Will caught between the lies, and wanting to give Katie his heart. NEVER LET YOU GO begins with a note from the author regarding the subject matter but in all fairness, the details about the rape are absent, behind the scenes, and referenced where necessary. At no point does the author step into graphic text or haunting scenarios. Some readers may have issues with the story line subject. The premise is thrilling and tense; the characters are determined, engaging and somewhat tragic; the romance is fated and heartwarming.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Katherine feels betrayed. Ethan lied about who he really is which rocked her foundation. The biggest challenge for her is that she wants Will in her life so can she forgive Ethan/Will for this betrayal? Ethan struggles with who he is, for years he has been Ethan, trying to forget the life Will lived before that time. When Katherine wants him to be Will, can he embrace the pain of his past and find peace as Will? There are several beautiful moments as these two work toward their normal. Now, this story threw me several unexpected twists as Katherine and Ethan worked toward healing and a future life. I don’t want to give away the complex layers on this journey. This is a gut-wrenching, beautiful journey of finding hope and love out of incredible tragedy.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW:  5/5 STARS FOR THIS STORY OF LIES, BETRAYAL, SECOND CHANCES AND UNDENIABLE LOVE. Never Let You Go is the conclusion to the Will and Katie’s story which began in Never Tear Us Apart.  This should not be read as a standalone and I wouldn’t want you to deprive yourself of Will and Katie’s journey in any way. The story picks up shortly after the ending of Never Tear Us Apart.  Will is an emotional mess, full of guilt and self-loathing.  Katie, while stronger than before, is still an emotional wreck who is hurting from Will’s lies and betrayal. Will tries desperately to fix what he broke and Katie, now stronger than before, hates him.  Despite feeling betrayed, she misses Will desperately.  There is so much interference from outside sources, so along with what is happening between the two of them, there is a pesky reporter, Katie’s family and Will’s disgusting father causing all kinds of interference. I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling, but suffice it to say, Never Let You Go had me emotionally worn out by the end.  The subject matter is dark and both Will and Katie go through such emotional turmoil.  The story is told in alternating viewpoints and the story does switch back and forth between the past and present, but it is done very well and lends to the story. My recommendation:  This is a MUST read, but I highly recommend you read book one first.
Dimaris More than 1 year ago
OMG exactly what I needed! The struggle from the past was difficult but now you get their struggle together on the here and now. It is so important to get those now as adults because for them nothing has been easy. First, for some of the characters I have to say karma really came to visit. And Will is so patient and mature. I see him as selfless and that is something really hard to find, even in a BBF. I really like how every chapter shows a little progress and I'm thankful for the chapters that gave me the criminal's POV. Not to understand it or sympathize but because it gives you a complete change in perspective. A break from what you know. It is very well written, like if a bad guy really wrote it. With everything that happened to Will and Katie, I'm glad they could manage to find breaks from all that torment and their story is just raw beauty.
hyjean More than 1 year ago
WOW! What sn incredible ending to this series. Will/Ethan and Katie have to withstand everyone's speculation on their relationship. Because nobody approves, they feel like they are in a constant battle to be together. So when questions arise about Wills motives will Katie trust her gut or give into the fear? This series was a definite departure from Monica's usual light, easy writing, but I absolutely loved it and hope she writes more books with this feel.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This is the conclusion to this two part series and picks up right where we were left at the end of the first book. After discovering Ethan's true identity, Katie runs back to her mother and sister. It is not long before she returns to Ethan/Will and they begin trying to cope with the emotions as well as dealing with the media fascination while building their relationship. This series is something that should not be missed! **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
JennC2630 More than 1 year ago
This was a great ending to this two-parter and I'm so glad I read this immediately after Never Tear Us Apart. *Slight spoiler ahead. *I appreciated that Murphy didn't keep us guessing as to what was going to happen with Will and Katie. Had the entire book been spent wondering if they were going to get back together, I would have found it extremely tedious. *Spoiler done* I'm not sure how she did it, but Murphy made this couple into one that I was rooting for the entire time. No matter what outside forces tried to pull them apart, I knew that they would find a way back to one another. And I felt like I understood both sides of their situation. If this happened in real life, I would probably be one of those people thinking that it was weird and gross that they were together, but while reading it, I understood this insanely deep connection that was only shared because of what they went through. I also liked how Murphy switched up this one in terms of points-of-view. It kept me as a reader on my toes because I knew that something was coming, even if Will and/or Katie didn't. I did get a little annoyed with Katie's family in this one...they treat her with kid gloves, but then when she wants to make her own decision they lash out because she's never been able to take care of herself. The end was a bit predictable, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. And can I have a Molly? Please?
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Thrilling Stars! “I need to remember that I get to choose. Only I have the power to find inner fulfillment. If I choose to be unhappy, I’m unhappy. If I choose to be angry and let my anger push me, then that’s my choice too. For once in my life..I choose me.” “I suddenly feel shy, which is ridiculous because he’s seen me naked. Vulnerable. At my worst times and at my best. He’s seen me in every way possible, he knows me better than anyone else and I realize in this single, heart-stopping moment that he is the only person in this entire world that understands me, who knows me inside and out. And I can’t deny it any longer. I’m in love with him.” Never Let You Go is the heart-pounding, thrilling sequel to Never Tear Us Apart. Never Let You Go is told from multiple points of view and picks up right where the last book left off. When we last left Ethan (Will) and Katie, Katie just found out about the huge secret that Ethan has been keeping from her. Now these two must navigate through all the secrets and lies to see if their relationship can be saved. The road to HEA for these two is not an easy one. It’s one that they really have to keep fighting for, especially when a part of their past just won’t go away. Never Let You Go is a fantastic follow up to the first book. It pulls you in from the first page. You will not be able to put it down. This book will have you on the edge of your seat wondering how things will play out. And just when you think things are on their way and the HEA is in sight, a mind blowing twist is thrown your way and will have you wondering, ‘Will Ethan and Katie ever get their HEA’?? I loved everything about this book; from start to finish. All my questions were answered and I gotta tell you, the extra points of view, really added to the story. Never Let You Go is filled with suspense, romance, and drama. And of course with any good suspense novel, you can expect their to be danger lurking when you least expect it….. Never Let You Go takes you on one thrilling ride and was a great ending to Ethan and Katie’s story. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
The unbelievably emotional conclusion to Katie and Will's story that was started in Never Tear Us Apart. This is part II and you really need to read both books in order for the whole story to make sense. After discovering Ethan's true identity, Katie turns back to the comfort and stability of her mother and sister. It's not long though before she can no longer deny the facts. She needs Ethan/Will in her life. Moving through the mire of emotions as well as dealing with the media fascination and her family's disapproval makes rebuilding their relationship difficult but they are both determined to make it work. This book is very well done and will have you reading late into the night. I highly recommend this two book series to everyone.