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Stealing Rose
     

Stealing Rose

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by Monica Murphy
 

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The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts
 
People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just

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The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sizzling series about three powerhouse sisters and the men who would have their hearts
 
People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.
 
Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.
 
For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.
 
And maybe I don’t want to.

Praise for Stealing Rose
 
“Prepare to have your heart stolen! Rose and Caden’s story crackles and sizzles right to the swoony end.”New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

“Cannes, London, diamonds, glitz, glamour, a jewel thief, and steamy sex—[Monica] Murphy delivers it all! . . . Readers who can’t resist a bad boy and hot, hot sex will find much to enjoy.”Booklist
 
“Entertaining characters ignite the pages.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Murphy is an incredible talent. . . . Rose and Caden have formed an unlikely relationship that seems perfect, but is an illusion. Their chemistry is off-the-charts hot, but is that enough for them to get their happily ever after? Readers will be hanging on the edge of their seats wondering what Murphy has in store for this couple. A fantastic book that you simply must read!”RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
 
“Mesmerizing characters, stellar writing, sexy as sin: just wow!”Fresh Fiction

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/12/2015
Entertaining characters ignite the pages of the predictable second Fowler Sisters romantic thriller (after Owning Violet). Cosmetics heiress Rose Fowler is at the Cannes Film Festival for the opening of a documentary film about the family business. She’s wearing an indescribably sexy white dress and a priceless diamond necklace. Caden Kingsley is there to steal said necklace. An easy job—if it weren’t for the potent electricity between him and Rose. So he swipes a few other bobbles and hightails it to London to regroup, only to encounter Rose an improbable second time. And a third, and a fourth, and so on, in every position, in every location around town, for several days and nights. The sex is good, and these two might have a future together, but the plot goes exactly where the reader expects, and the thesaurus-reliant prose is recrementitious. (Mar.)
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Advance praise for Stealing Rose
 
“Prepare to have your heart stolen! Rose and Caden's story crackles and sizzles right to the swoony end.”New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553393286
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2015
Series:
Fowler Sisters Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
356,068
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Chapter One

Rose

What do you do when you discover something about your family that you never wanted to know?

You pretend it doesn’t exist. That your perfect little family is precisely that—­untouched. Pristine. No amount of tragedy has ever put its fingers upon us. At least, that’s what we want you to believe. There are books out there, unauthorized biographies about my grandmother and her legacy, Fleur Cosmetics. About how my father and my sisters and I have continued on with that legacy as best we can, referencing us as if we’re somehow insufficient. Daddy is the one who made the company flourish, though he gives all credit to Grandma and she takes it, the greedy old lady that she is.

I love that greedy old lady to bits. I really do.

My oldest sister, Lily, has done a piss-­poor job of carrying on the legacy, and she’d be the first to admit it. Her brutal honesty is one of the things I love best about her, though most of the time I resent her actions and the attention they receive. She is all about the spotlight and when it doesn’t shine on her, she will do whatever it takes to snatch back that light so she can revel in it.

Then there’s Violet, the middle sister. The quiet one. The secretly strong one. Oh my God, is she strong. She’s been through so much. Tragedy has placed its hands all over her, yet somehow she’s always risen above it. Now she’s so happy with her man, Ryder, and I can’t begrudge her that. He’s so intense sometimes it’s almost scary, but then he sees Violet and his eyes get this dreamy sort of haze to them . . . he’s a total goner for her.

It’s sweet. Too sweet. My jealous side can hardly take it.

Me? I’m the Fowler sister everyone believes is normal, with a bit of a fighter streak in me. Grandma says I’m closest to her personality-­wise and I want to believe her, but I don’t know. Do I really want to be like her? Like any of them? My disillusion with the Fowler image is firmly secure on the worst night possible.

I don’t know what to believe anymore, after what I just found out about our mother. The tragedy that no one ever, ever talks about—­even those unauthorized, horribly scandalous family biographies gloss over the death of Victoria Fowler. I don’t remember much about her, and what I do recall is fuzzy at best. Those memories are fueled by my sisters, though, since they actually do remember Mom, especially Lily. The loss was especially hard on her. Hence Lily’s outrageous behavior from the age of about fourteen until now.

At least, that’s what we all blame it on, including Lily. I’d like for once to see her take full responsibility for her actions, but I doubt that will ever happen.

There is more to our mother’s death than I ever knew. I wonder if Lily or Violet knows. It’s such a touchy subject, one I don’t broach with them . . . ever. As for Daddy, I never talk about Mom with him. He swept our mother’s death under the rug, something he’s so good at doing. Threw himself into his work instead of focusing on his daughters, though he wasn’t a bad father per se. A tad neglectful sometimes?

Yes. Most definitely.

We strive for perfection, yet every last one of us is far from perfect. When I was little, I was protected in this silvery, pillow-­soft cocoon where nothing ever touched me, or the people I loved. Not even my mother’s tragic death brought by her own doing could bother me. How could it, when no one ever talked about it?

But I want to talk about her now, after reading her last diary. The one I discovered when I was given a box of her old things by Daddy. He finally cleaned out our mother’s rooms and closet. He’d kept them preserved for so long, but now that his new . . . girlfriend is in the picture, he’s banished all reminders of our mother from his home.

Forever.

I couldn’t even look at the contents of that box without nerves eating me up and feeling nauseated. I kept what was in there a secret from myself for months. Until a few nights ago, when I finally opened the box and found her diary filled with passages she wrote up until she took her own life.

Fascinating reading. And sad.

So incredibly sad.

What’s happening tonight . . . things could be revealed. Moments from our family history are going on blatant display. All of it controlled by my grandmother, which means . . .

It will all be glossed over—­become glossy perfection. Isn’t that the term Violet used for her collection when they discussed packaging? That could be the Fowler family theme.

I watch as Grandma approaches me, a fond smile on her face, her eyes misty with memories.

“I want you to wear this tonight.” Grandma Dahlia presents the large, square box to me, her frail hands shaking the slightest bit, causing light to glint off the diamond rings on her fingers. “It hasn’t been worn by anyone in ages.”

We’re in my hotel room, my grandmother having knocked on the door only minutes before as I was getting ready. We were all supposed to meet later but here she is, resplendent in her gorgeous black lace dress, a sweet smile on her face as she studies me.

I have no idea why she’s doing this and I don’t like the uneasiness that settles over me as I take the box from her, my fingers smoothing over the black velvet. It’s old, the color slightly faded, and it’s heavy. Slowly I open the box, anticipation and fear curling through me, and I gasp at what I see lying inside.

A necklace. But not just any necklace—­the stones alternate between a brilliant white and a soft, blush pink, and each one is perfectly cut, perfectly matched. “It’s beautiful,” I murmur, surprised at the size of the stones. I’ve never seen this necklace before in my life, and I thought my sisters and I had all played with or worn every piece of fine jewelry there is in the family. “What are the pink stones?” I ask as I drift my fingers across the necklace almost reverently.

“Why, they’re diamonds of course, some of the rarest in existence. Your grandfather gave this necklace to me long, long ago.” Grandma sounds at once both proud and sad. “A present for when your aunt Poppy was born.” A wistful sigh escapes her and she looks away, her mouth turned down, her eyes shining with unshed tears. “You remind me of her. So much.”

“I do?” I purposely keep my voice soft, not wanting to upset her. I didn’t know my aunt Poppy, though I wish I had. She died in a horrible car accident before I was born. I’ve seen photos and yes, there’s a resemblance, but I never thought I looked much like her.

More tragedy. More death. Another family member we lost that we rarely mention. It’s frustrating, how easily we forget what happened to those who are gone. If I disappeared, would everyone eventually forget me too?

I don’t want to forget anyone. Not my mother. Not my aunt Poppy. I want to know more. But tonight is supposed to be special, so I should let it go. This night is for my grandma, for the family, for Fleur.

I will myself to let it all go.

“Oh, yes.” Grandma turns to face me once more, the tears gone, the familiar determined look back in place. She rarely shows any signs of weakness and I love that about her. She’s such a strong influence on all of us, and right now I’m in need of some of that strength. “There’s some similarity in your looks, but really it’s your attitude. The way you speak, the way you behave, how you think. It’s just like my Poppy. She was so vibrant, so full of life, and she was never afraid to back down from something she believed in. Just like you.” She reaches out and clasps my face in her wrinkled hands, her fingers cold against my skin. I smile at her but it feels fake, and I let it fade. The velvet box is clutched in my hands, my fingers digging into the stones. “Wear this tonight and think of Poppy. Think of Fleur.”

“But Grandma, tonight is all about you.” We’re in Cannes for the movie festival, here to watch the premiere of a documentary about Grandmother and how she started Fleur. She monitored every step of this documentary and claims it is a collaboration of love between her and the director and producers of the piece.

More like my grandmother dictated to them exactly what she wanted mentioned. Again, no one crosses Dahlia Fowler. To do so would be taking an extreme risk. The woman has no problem making claims of ruining people.

She has ruined people. Time and again.

“You should wear this necklace. Not me,” I say when she still hasn’t said anything. She’s staring at me as if she can look right through me and I blink, hard. Blocking my thoughts, my anger, my frustration. But she can probably see it.

Grandma just chooses not to talk about it.

“No.” She shakes her head and drops her hands from my face. “You should wear it. It’s yours for tonight. Violet has her young man and Lily has .  . . whatever it is she thinks she wants. Such a disappointment that she’s not here.” Her mouth screws up into this bitter line and I want to smack my sister for yet again letting everyone down. “You . . . you deserve this. Wear it proudly. It’s your legacy too, my love. Never forget it.”

My legacy. Most of the time, I don’t feel like it’s mine. It’s Daddy’s and Violet’s. It’s slowly becoming Ryder’s. Lily’s? Not so much. She loves to wear Fleur cosmetics and spend the Fleur money, but that’s about it. She has no desire to be a part of the family business. She’s allergic to work.

Lucky bitch gets away with it, too.

I work like crazy and no one notices. I’m tired of putting the time in. I’m tired of dealing with Daddy and his horrific relationship with that slut Pilar Vasquez. The woman is scheming to become a permanent part of Fleur Cosmetics—­by nabbing the last name Fowler—­pure and simple. Does she really care for him? Doubtful. But my father is so blinded by lust he can’t see beyond her big tits and her supposed great ideas.

“My legacy,” I murmur as I withdraw the necklace from the velvet casing and hold it up to the light. It sparkles, the blush-­colored stones even more dazzling when they shine. I vaguely remember hearing of the Poppy Necklace and I’m pretty sure I’m holding it in my hands at this very moment.

The necklace will look amazing with the white dress I’m wearing tonight. White may signify virginity and purity and all that other nonsense, but wait until everyone sees this dress. It’ll blow their minds.

And I’m in the mood to shock this evening. This is my last hurrah before I give notice to my father next week. Yes, I’m quitting Fleur. I can’t imagine staying there now. I made my escape for a short period of time after it came out that Daddy was dating one of the most conniving employees Fleur Cosmetics has ever had under its roof. Pilar rubs it in our faces as much as possible that she has our father wrapped around her little finger.

I hate her. I refuse to work with her, especially now that I’ve heard rumors that Daddy is promoting her. Not that he’d ever come to me and tell me about it. No one tells me anything. I’m ignored at Fleur. So much so that I don’t think it’s even worth continuing to work there . . .

Considering this evening will most likely be the last I’m representing the Fowler family for a long time—­I know Daddy is going to be furious over my giving notice—­I’m going all out. Besides, I’ve never been to the Festival de Cannes before. The necklace will only add to the effect.

Meet the Author

Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, Owning Violet, Stealing Rose, 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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Stealing Rose: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
MCOABW More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS Stealing Rose is the second book in The Fowler Sisters series by Monica Murphy and follows the youngest Fowler sister Rose. I’ll be honest with you, when I first attempted to read Owning Violet I couldn’t get into it. I tried on three different occasions and each time I ended up putting the book down. I don’t know why because the story isn’t bad, the writing is engaging and steamy as hell. I just for some reason couldn’t get into it. Finally, one day I sat down opened it up and I swear it was like I picked up a different book and I completely devoured it. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood…I still have no clue what it was, but in the end I did enjoy the first book in the series which made me continue with the series. Stealing Rose is incredibly hot! Boy did I have to fan myself a few times. Not only does this story deliver Rose’s romantic struggles, but also keeps up a bit with areas of Violet’s life (allowing the reader to keep up with some of their favorite characters). Monica Murphy continues the series in dual POV which I absolutely adore.  I loved everything about Stealing Rose. The chemistry between Caden and Rose made my Kindle spark! Talk about steamy! I’m still blushing and fanning myself. I definitely enjoyed Rose’s story a bit more than Owning Violet, but I have officially fell in love with the series after this read. Caden meets Rose in Cannes and there is an immediate attraction between the two. One that is undeniable. Rose is going through a reflective stage, she’s trying to figure out her place in the Fowler family and within their family’s empire, Fleur Cosmetics. She feels underappreciated and due to recent developments her relationship with her father has turned sour. Enter Caden, a cup of tall, dark and handsome. He brings out the absolute best and worst in Rose. He pushes her buttons and drives her crazy in so many ways, but she can’t help the pull she feels to him. He makes Rose feel alive and frisky. She’s having fun and learning about herself in the process, but how much does she really know about him? Will his secret tear them apart or bring them closer together? I couldn’t put this one down. What drew me into this series is how real these “heiress” characters feel. They’re wealthy, but they work their butts off to keep their family business running. They aren’t arrogant or greedy and Monica Murphy has made them “human.” You connect with them without feeling like they’re these privileged princesses. You can see that they all care for each other a great deal in their own  ways. Violet annoyed me a bit in this book she was a bit judgmental and a bit of a hypocrite, but I understood and liked that at one point she’s called out on it. It’s actually a breath of fresh air to read about three sisters like Rose, Violet and Lily. After reading Stealing Rose, I cannot wait for Lily’s story. You are in for a treat with an ending that will tear you up in the best possible way.  I highly recommend this read to Erotica/Erotic Romance fans.  Happy Reading!
Susan Decker More than 1 year ago
An ARC was provided  for an honest review.  I want to start out by saying that when I received this ARC, I was very excited because I loved Owning Violet. After reading Violet and Ryder's story I was eagerly anticipating the next books in the series. Stealing Rose is book two in the three part series about the Fowler sisters. Well, I wasn't disappointed! Monica Murphy wrote another five star book in this erotic series. In Stealing Rose, we get Rose, the youngest of the Fowler sisters and heir to the Fleur cosmetics dynasty that her grandmother founded. She feels that she is the sister no ones notices, appreciates. She doesn't seem to notice her own beauty, quick wit and smart mouth the way those around her do. Her insecurities that seem to be due to her mother's death and sisters attention seem to fuel these feeling of inadequacy.  She is sickened by her father's relationship with Pilar, aren't we all, and is resigning from Fleur after an event in Cannes to find herself and feel appreciated. At the event she meets Caden. Is it a chance meeting or does he have ulterior motives?  Caden grew up with wealth and privilege until his father lost it all through scheming and committed suicide. He is forced to find a way to support him and his mother. He becomes a jewel thief traveling in wealthy circles. Caden, who is hot and domineering, and Rose have amazing chemistry and the author knows how to write off the charts, steamy scenes. Will Caden steal the Poppy necklace and betray Rose? Will Rose find out Caden's secrets and leave him?  Read this wonderful book on March 3rd when it releases and enjoy their story and now it ends... I am looking forward to Taming Lily! 
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Sex, fashion, and continental glamour. A tempting, protective, and misguided hero who knows how to please a woman. A beautiful and smart young heroine who only wants to be happy in life and in love. The Fowler Sisters series by Monica Murphy is a rich and privileged world, where the heroine can spend weeks in a tony boutique hotel in London while she takes a stress break from the family business and enjoy herself in the arms of a hot guy. I’m addicted to this series, the writing is fast-paced, and the characters are colorful and interesting. Caden Kingsley has led a dangerous life ever since his father took his own life after an investment scheme gone greedy. He steals to support himself and his grief-stricken mother, but he desperately wants to stop so he can live a real life. Fortunately, Caden has a mentor, an elusive older man named Cash who is a kind of fairy godfather, guiding him, watching over him and his mother (whom he loves), and eventually helping Caden become an honest man, one who will be worthy of Rose and her love. Caden is in Cannes to steal a Fowler family heirloom, a gorgeous diamond necklace he has been told Lily Fowler would be wearing at the glamorous film festival. In the first of several coincidences, Caden knows Lily from school, when both were classmates at the same private school. He enjoyed a little flirtation with her and that’s when he first delved into jewel theft. Instead, Caden finds beautiful Rose, the youngest Fowler sister, wearing the necklace in a stunning dress. Rose Fowler and her sisters have an almost ambivalent relationship. Rose admires Violet and respects her. Lily, unfortunately, is the problem wild child. But Rose loves her sisters no matter what. Lately, Rose has been floundering in the family business, the very successful Fleur Cosmetics started by her grandmother. She has become disillusioned, feels her contributions don’t matter, and wants to quit. So she takes a sort of sabbatical, enjoying time in Cannes and London, where Violet and Ryder live and where she meets Caden after he saves her from the attentions of an aggressive seducer. Caden struggles with his assignment to steal the necklace and his growing feelings for Rose. With Rose, Caden finds he enjoys not only her company, but he also envies her relationship with her sisters and the time they spend with friends and family. For the first time in a very long time, he feels like he could belong–something he longs for. More than anything he wants to be worthy of Rose. As in all of Murphy’s books, the sex burns up the pages, but it’s much more than that. There is a lovely romance about acceptance and belonging and not every scene is graphically described; plenty of the action fades to black. It’s the emotional connection that Murphy creates so well that makes this book so absorbing. It’s ultimately a story about two people rescuing each other. I like both Caden and Rose; though both are very young each have been through a lot and that has forced them to grow and mature faster than their years. If I have one disappointment with this book it’s my typical one with so many romances, historical or contemporary; but I can’t say what it is because it would be a spoiler for this book! Taming Lily is up next and I look forward to reading about the wildest Fowler sister. For fans of fashion, glamour, and glitz, this is an entertaining story and series.
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JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
**ARC provided by Random House via NetGalley** Rose Fowler meets Caden at the Cannes film festival & cannot get him out of her head. But when the universe brings them back together...WATCH OUT! I really enjoy this series & I hope in Taming Lily we might get more into the issues plaguing this family. We definitely got an ear full in OV & can feel the hostility in SR but nothing too deep. Their chemistry is off the charts & I loved watching Rose come out of her shell. I'm very much looking forward to TL even though I don't want the series to end. - ..... You reached right into my chest and took my heart like it fully belonged to you. And I think it does. I don't know who else deserves it, though really, you shouldn't want it. I can only bring you pain.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Owning Violet when I read it a couple months ago. It was a bit darker and sexier than the other Monica Murphy books I've read. I love seeing an author stretch themselves and write something I don't expect from them. Naturally I was anxious to read the other books in the series and see where the overarching storyline of the Fowler sisters would go.  I struggled quite a bit getting into Stealing Rose and I can't pinpoint exactly why. It might've been my mood at the time. (I totally a moody reader.) I sat the book down once and came back to it only recently and got into it more the second time around. (See? Moody.) I still didn't connect quite as quickly with Rose and Caden as I did Violet and Ryder. I ended up coming around, but it took awhile.  I had a tough time connecting with Rose. I understood her feelings towards her father and Pilar, but I didn't really get her actions. She frustrated me. I know she was young, but I wanted her to stand up and speak her mind instead of running away. Honestly, Rose was a bigger struggle for me than Caden was. I understood Caden's motivations. Now, granted, he wasn't exactly a GOOD guy on the outside, but he wasn't a jerk either. He was definitely playing games and in it for more than just a good time with Rose, but there was still something sweet about him.  There was an undeniable sexual chemistry between Rose and Caden, but I didn't get an abundance of feels with them. There were some smokin' hot sexy times. (Monica can bring the heat!) While it was obvious they had a connection, I wasn't sure how real the feelings were between them. Was it all part of the con? Part of Rose's rebellion? I can honestly say now that I know things were real between them, but it wasn't until the last 25% of the book that I really began to feel it. (Of course, I wasn't entirely connected to the characters, so that probably played a part in it, too.)  Stealing Rose was still a good book. I think it filled in some holes in the overall Fowler girls series. It was hot and sexy. I'm definitely interested in seeing how everything comes together in Taming Lily. I have a feeling everything will hit the fan in this book and I can't wait!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the second book comes out in a series because I never think it will add up to the first one but Rose and Caden did not disappoint! Rose the wild child that just wanted to be noticed and Caden who just wants to take care of his mother by any means necessary. He eyes Rose and she has what he wants and she gives him a lot more of what he needs. No spoilers but such a sweet ending to their story. Bring on Lily!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the love story for Caden and Rose was great. Way better than the first one. I understood Caden and Rose more than Violet and Ryder. I can't wait for Lily's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Decent. Sexual scenes were well done. Story could have been longer for the cost of the book. The authors these days charge so much for so little. It's frustrating. s.
LoriC5 More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly well written. It was smooth and moved from each scene to the next with purpose. The characters had depth and we were unique to themselves so that they didn’t just mesh into a solid cast of people.  Cash is a great hero. It’s a little bit of the reformed bay boy, but at the same time, you really only see the conceited jackass for a little while. We learn that he has an incredibly big heart really quickly. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t act like an idiot from time to time. But hey, he’s a guy. He’s sexy as hell, possessive, and a dirty talker. My favorite kind of man. And let me tell you, the steamy scenes had me gulping down ice water and turning up the air conditioning.  Rose is lost, but that doesn’t stop her from having a pretty poignant personality. I was proud of her for looking at her life and seeing that it was going nowhere. Until, she let herself get railroaded. I was a little disappointed in the fact that she was hiding out from her dad, having given notice, but not really. And, letting others question her choices. Her reasons seemed incredibly just to me and I just couldn’t understand how others could belittle them. The ending was sweet and I was so happy to see Caden and Rose get their HEA. I always hate when the hero and heroine spend huge portions of the book so I was glad that those times were glazed over a bit. These two make a great couple and it was great to learn their story. This is the second book in the series (although they can be read as standalones), but my first read in the series, and I really did enjoy it.  HOWEVER, the largest reason that I gave this book 4 stars is also making me hesitate to go back and read the previous book. I disliked Violet. A lot. She was too pushy, too much of a know-it-all, too judgmental, and a hypocrite. Not to mention that I questioned how she could try to dictate Rose’s life when she has suck poor taste in friends. She was never redeemed to me and unfortunately, she really took away from my enjoyment of the book. The only reason I’m still considering reading the first, is because of Ryder and a hope that she isn’t such a twit in her own book. I’m very interested in reading Lily’s story though.  Overall though, I would recommend this book. Caden and Rose’s story is tough, but fun and HOT! I am definitely a Monica Murphy fan now. As I said before, her writing is really stellar and I’ll be checking out her other works for sure. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Liked it alot better than Voilet's story. A great balance of emotions, very passionate thru out. Rose & Caden's chemistry was off the charts! Really good storyline. Loved it. This is the book you read over & over.
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I've read by Monica Murphy.  It's clear that she knows how to write hot scenes.  The dirty talk as well as the sensual scenes will have readers blushing and fanning themselves.  I also liked that Rose was not portrayed as naïve and virginal, although she was much more innocent than Caden.  She gave as good as she got and that's always makes for a super sexy story. However, this book was a hard one for me to read because I wanted to love it, but just couldn't.  In my opinion, the story fell short because the actions of Rose and Caden did not reflect the people that they were supposed to be.   Caden was supposed to be a super-slick jewel thief.  Instead, I found that Caden was sloppy and lacked focus.  I know that having Caden fall in love with Rose after just a few stolen moments with her was supposed to be the start of the conflict but I think that it made him look amateurish, not romantic.   Rose was supposed to be an heir hard at work at her family empire.  She worked at a Fleur Cosmetics makeup counter for a summer when she was sixteen.  She held a position that was created for her because she was a Fowler.  At twenty-two, she had been hard at work full-time for, at the most, four years. (But, more likely, she'd been working full-time for little more than a year.)  Given her scant experience, it's unbelievable that Rose thought she earned a promotion.  Rose wasn't hard-working, she was entitled. Overall, if you can get past the characters' behavior -- particularly Rose's attitude regarding the promotion -- this could be a very enjoyable book.  This book has a glamorous premise and international setting, two things that are a big draw for a lot for some readers.  Unfortunately, it missed the mark for me.    Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All errors are my own.  This review is excerpted from my book blog
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Stealing Rose is a mix of classy and steamy romance. Readers enter the world of the rich and famous. These three sisters—known as the Fowler sisters—have been born into Fleur Cosmetics, where they must carry on their grandmother's legacy of the company. But even the rich have their dark, dirty family secrets, and Rose has just discovered hers. Rose is the youngest of the three sisters. She’s headstrong and stubborn, and she feels like she’s living in Violet and Lily's shadows, her two older sisters. And she's ready to get out from under the mothering hand of Violet, the middle sister, who has taken on the role of mother in Rose's life since their own mother's death. Rose is rebelling against the proper lifestyle and her responsibility to the family company she was born into. Rose is ready to be a little reckless for once, and who better to be reckless with than the hot, sexy guy she meets at her grandmother's party, Caden. Caden has his own dark family secrets and selfish reasons for being at Rose's grandmother’s party, and it wasn't to fall for the beautiful, rich, Rose Fowler. But these two end up in a hot and steamy romance, which is supposed to be only reckless sex for Rose—and for Caden, it's way to get his hands on more than Rose's sexy body. But the reckless fling turns into much more than Rose and Caden ever bargained for when love steals both their hearts. Stealing Rose is a sexy, hot, classy romance, and Monica Murphy definitely knows how to put the class in Rose and Caden's steamy romance. I highly recommend as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book is just as wonderful as the first book. You won't be disappointed. I'm excited to read the final book in this series.
DMPH62 More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book, and possibly more than Voilet & Ryder. I can't wait to see what happens in Taming Lily. I have become a Monica Murphy fan. 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars You can always count on Monica Murphy to bring the sexy times in her books. Stealing Rose is certainly no exception! This book follows the youngest Fowler, Rose, who is struggling to find her place in the world. She doesn't want to be the same girl she's always been. She's unhappy with her father's love life and what that will mean for Fleur Cosmetics, she feels she doesn't do anything wild or reckless (when she wants to), and to top it all off- she's lonely. She sees how happy her sister Violet is with her fiancée Ryder and she longs to have that in her life. Rose was an okay heroine for me. She did grate on my nerves a bit as she could act quite childish at times. She is fed up with her father and his girlfriend Pilar, which I can't really blame her for, but for her to want to quit over it? I wanted to see Rose take action and fight against her father and Pilar. I wanted to see her have a conversation with her father, explaining why she would be the better fit. Instead, we get none of that and we have Rose hiding out in London with Violet and Ryder for the majority of the book. For someone who knows what she wants in terms of a relationship, she has an odd way of showing it. She's content to do the casual thing with Caden, even when she knows she wants more from it. Which brings us to Caden. Oh my. I really did like him. He's not your typical hero, which I was a big fan of. He also wasn't as big of a douche as Ryder was, so I liked that about him too. He can't help but be attracted to Rose, even though he knows he needs to stay away from her, as his intentions are not honorable. A chance encounter brings them back together and this time Caden isn't going to listen to his conscience. He wants Rose and he plans to have her... however, the secret he harbors is one that could threaten everything between them. I liked Caden and Rose, but I didn't quite connect to their relationship like I would have wanted. They have explosive sexual chemistry, but we don't see much of the couple getting to know one another and having actual conversations until much later on. They are both insistent it's a casual affair, but of course, feelings get involved and soon Caden is torn over his feelings for Rose and the other part of his life he has kept hidden from her. He wants to be worthy of Rose and will have to make quite a few changes in his life in order to do so. He didn't always make the best decisions, but his pride and desire to be a better man take precedence here. Overall, I did enjoy this one- despite the copious amounts of sex between Rose and Caden. I did want to see more of their interacting with one another instead of turning to sex, but by the end I believed in their relationship. I am really looking forward to Lily's story, as we have heard so much about the wild child of the group and I am really curious about some of her associations, especially after finding out one of Caden's friends is familiar with her.... I have no doubt her story will be as sexy as its predecessors and will shed some light as to why she's such a loose cannon.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
OMG--Rose AND Caden- STOP THE PRESS~   the yummy factor and the drama is high here. So good. Love it! ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** Monica Murphy has written a fantastic trilogy –known as Fowler Sisters- and this is book #2 which is Rose’s book called Stealing Rose. Rose Fowler is the youngest of the family, at twenty-two, Rose if feeling a little lost in the mix. She feels unappreciated, unloved and undervalued. In Cannes for the debut of her family documentary, Fleur Cosmetics, her world is about to be titled on is axis when a tall stranger appears and then just as quickly disappears. Caden is at the festival to steal the expensive one of a kind necklace that is on Rose’s neck but the allure of her beauty and the easy way when they talk has Caden making him double guess himself. And after one night with a wild Rose has Caden so hooked and his being in Cannes wasn’t a mistake; his encounter with Rose wasn’t one of chance- it was all set up. But the sparks he felt were real and when they run into each other in London, now the chase is on and has a whole new purpose between them. Rose is deciding what she wants to do with her life; she knows one thing is clear; she wants Caden. She can’t deny the way her body reacts to his and how his dirty words turn her on like no other. For the first time, Rose is being reckless and putting her own wants and desires first.  The start of the book is somewhat slow; that did happen in book 1 so I think this may be how the series is. It gives the reader a chance to see how the sisters are and give us background in the characters before the book amps up and starts going full pace. I like the pace and I like how we, as the reader, gets to see all the players in essence and know what is going on.  There were some real UH OH moments in the book-Some moments were I was like “OMG, you did not bring back that “b*tch?” or “what is going on, why did you do this to them?” moments but as the reader, you have to sit back and take the ride to get to the end and it was a great ride. I may not have fully understood but Caden and Rose made this book. I loved them and I got them as characters. He was the guy that I felt had that promise- Rose was the heroine who started off as lost and in the end was found because she had that feeling of knowing who she belonged to. Just know there is a wicked witch making reappearance in this book and possibly a *blessed* event.  Do I like this book-Love It Will I read book 3?- OMG YES- Cannot wait for Lily’s book My rating: 5.0 stars *****
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Received a ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. Loved this second book in Monica Murphy's Fowlers sister series.  Rose Fowler is the youngest of the Fowler sister, at only 22 Rose is feeling lost and is tired of being overlooked  and unimportant in the family cosmetics company Fleur as well as in her life. She is in Cannes for the debut of her family documentary, Fleur Cosmetics. As she is getting ready her grandmother request that she wears "The Poppy Necklace" (Her Family's heirloom large diamond studded flower necklace).  It is this necklace that brings Caden Kingsley to her attention.  Caden Kingsley use to have it all before it was all taken away, leaving him to find a way to provide for his mother and himself. Becoming a  thief came easy to Caden with Lily Fowler as his first victim but although Caden was hoping to see "The Poppy" necklace he was not expecting Rose to be wearing it. With the first brief touch as Caden comes to Rose's rescue Rose is captivated with Caden and Caden is captivated also by the sexy attractive woman that is coming on to him. Although Caden walks away from her and the necklace, neither one can get the other out of their mind.  Days later in London fate brings them together again and their chemistry is off the charts, sizzling. Through out the book their chemistry is palpable and their sexual attraction leads to many sizzling sex scenes that bond them together physically and over time emotionally. Loved that it was written in alternative POV letting the reader know what each character is thinking. Thoroughly enjoyed these two as they open up to one another and start to fall for each other. But what happens when Rose finds out what Caden's true motives and past are?  Well you are just going to have to read this story to find out.  QUITE THE STEAMY, SIZZLING, EROTIC, TREAT!  LOVED IT!
psee More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review This is Murphy's second book in the Fowler Sisters Series and I think something is secretly building throughout these books. Who knows, I may just be imagining things but I just have a feeling something big, likely regarding Rose is gonna come out in the next book. Anyhow, Rose is trying to figure out what she is going to do with the rest of her life because she certainly isn't happy and she doesn't feel appreciated working for the family's cosmetic business. She is ready to make a drastic change so coming across the devilishly handsome Caden. Little does she know that Caden is a thief and when they meet, she has just what he wants. What Caden doesn't plan on is falling for the innocently sexy Rose and essentially the only thing being stolen in his heart. This book was really enjoyable. It is important to read all the books in order as you will get the most enjoyment reading them that way as all of the characters come back to play an active part in this story. I love that the book is told in alternating POV because Caden is great. He is a dirty talker with a sexual appetite that keeps Rose happily distracted from her work/life dilemma. Better yet is getting the perspective of Caden's conscious. That is how Caden wormed his way into my good graces. Some may be a little upset that the couple seems to fall for each other a little too quickly but their chemistry with each other is palpable throughout the book. While I would have enjoyed seeing more of how this couple connected outside of the bedroom we do get glimpses throughout the book. In one aspect they bond over a similarity in their past and as they grow together as a couple each reveals a little more about themselves. Unfortunately all secrets are not revealed and of course everything comes tumbling down. Luckily neither Rose nor Caden make crazy mistakes while figuring everything out. I do love how Lily is finally there for Rose and how she is helpful to the couple in general. Her connection to Caden was a little too close for comfort though and is one of the reason's for the 1/2 point deduction. Overall, I feel this was a great addition to this series and I am looking forward to finding out what kind of trouble Lily is going to get into in the next book. Plus I will be able to see if I am right and there is more to Rose's story with her family. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Wow I am loving this series. This is book the second book in the Fowler Sister series but can be read as a stand-alone. As with the first book, plenty of suspense and drama and very hot. The book kept me thoroughly entertained throughout and I loved the characters, both Rose and Caden were easy to connect with, I couldn’t put it down. I loved it!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Be prepared. There are several scenes that are meant for over 18 readers. That said, I liked this book. I read the previous book and this is just as good. Monica wrote a really deep story line for this book. There was one section where I thought-"Come on. Do something." Then it took off and away I went! I felt sorry for Rose. She was the only sister who truly loved the family business-Fleur Cosmetics. Her Dad is tough. He basically ignores what she does in the Company. She runs to England and quits her job. Some spoilers along here. She visits with her sister Violet from the first book. There she meets Caden,a con man/jewel thief, who wants to steal her expensive, family necklace. He smooths his way into her life. Big Spoilers here. He runs to the U.S. She leaves before he does. They are both unhappy. Super Big Spoiler here. This series is very graphic. If it doesn't bother you, you will like the book, otherwise skip it. I hope you pick it to read! I have this book for an honest review for Netgalley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
: 3.5 stars--STEALING ROSE is the second installment in Monica Murphy’s new adult, contemporary The Fowler Sisters erotic romance series focusing on the three sisters-Violet, Rose and Lily Fowler-heirs to the Fleur Cosmetics Company. This is the younger Fowler Sister- Rose Fowler and Caden Kingsley’s storyline. STEALING ROSE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but saying that I would have liked to see more of Forrest Fowler (the sisters’s father) and his new lover Pilar-the bane of the Fowler Sisters existence-the relationship is important to the understanding of the sisters’s emotional upheaval. Similar in nature to OWNING VIOLET (Book 1) STEALING ROSE focuses on a ruse against one of the Fowler sisters-in this case-Rose Fowler. Caden Kingsley is a man determined to get what he wants but falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Caden flirts and seduces his way into Rose’s bed and her heart all the while keeping his eye on the ultimate prize. Caden is a professional thief and Rose has something he needs and wants. With the Fowler family matriarch hosting a Fleur Cosmetics event in London, England Caden finds himself drawn to the youngest Fowler sister even though he had targeted her older sister Lily in a game of winner takes all. Rose is determined to leave Fleur Cosmetics. Her sense of self worth and ability to succeed has been undermined by her father’s newest relationship. As the youngest daughter, Rose feels displaced in her father’s heart; his acceptance of her choices is less than comforting when his own choices have placed his daughters in a precarious position within the company. The relationship between Caden and Rose is quick to develop. Rose is immediately entranced by Caden’s good looks and charm. Caden is a man on a mission and seducing Rose is the first step in getting what he wants. The $ex scenes begin as a playful tease moving into full fledged seduction and possible love. When the truth about Caden’s motives is revealed, a broken hearted Rose will return to America with a secret she will have a difficult time to hide. The world building focuses more on Rose and Caden’s relationship than the Fleur Cosmetics Company. As I said previously, it would have been nice to get a more personal look at Forrest Fowler and Pilar as their relationship is the catalyst for the Fowler Sisters’s slow departure from Fleur Cosmetics. The secondary and supporting characters include Violet and Lily Fowler as well as Violet’s boyfriend Ryder McKay; Grandma Fowler is a forced to be reckoned with; Caden’s mother Cora is an interesting character- a little lost in her own world but a mother who loves her son. Caden’s friends Whitney, and Mitchell Landers whose foray into the London night life leave a little bit to be desired; and Cash-a man who has taught Caden an alternative way to earn a living. Monica Murphy knows how to tell a story. The Fowler sisters endeavor to hold their place within Fleur Cosmetics but along the way betrayal and heartbreak must be confronted. Our heroines are fallible; the heroes untrustworthy; their storylines not to be missed. Let’s hope Lily can find her happily ever after. Everyone deserves a little love and romance in their lives.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Stealing Rose  by:  Monica Murphy  I received a ARC of this book for an honest review.  An intense story about two people, that are not happy with the direction their lives have taken.  Rose is tired of languishing in the background and wants to break free.  Caden is tired of all the responsibilities that have been heaped on his shoulders for years-but bad decisions have led him down a dark path.  This is a book about two broken people looking for redemption and a light at the end of a dark tunnel.  Was not feeling the first person narration of this story.  The story itself was good but too long and wordy in some areas.   Overall, an enjoyable read.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it. Maybe my new found courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty. For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now. And maybe I don’t want to. Review: I have to say, I loved this story more than I did the first one.  I felt more connected with Rose and I just loved her and Caden together.  This is a great heart-felt, sexy, contemporary romance. Great story of a girl trying to get out of the shadow of her older sisters and the sexy jewel thief who steals her heart.  Loved, loved, loved Caden!  He is a broken, sexy, globe trotting jewel thief...what is not to love?  He has had to take care of his mother from a young age and ended up doing things he should not have.  Rose is still so young and has been trying to live up to her family's expectations, but Caden brings out the carefree side of Rose, especially at a time when she is questioning her life and her work.  The times that they were holed up in the hotel room and just being with each other was such a great element, even though secrets were being kept they really fell so deep spending that time together.  ****Spoiler Alert****                      I was so hoping for a unplanned pregnancy, when they forgot those condoms.   I don't know why but I just thought even with all their problems it would be great for them.  I have not even gone into how hot these two are, but ***fanning myself*** there is a lot of great sexiness between these two. Always an excellent storyteller and her books keep getting better and better.  Look very forward to seeing what craziness is in the works for Lily's book. 4.5Stars