Never Let You Go - Monica Murphy

Never Let You Go

By Monica Murphy

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Contemporary
Never Let You Go book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 28 Ratings)

Never Let You Go Monica Murphy Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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

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User reviews about this book

  • Amazing!

    5
    By THPayne
    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!
  • This book gave me anxiety!!

    5
    By Shelly062498
    *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!
  • Learning to live again!!!

    5
    By Cheryl SDS
    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.
  • Emotional overload…but worth it!

    5
    By Liz C. B.
    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.
  • exquisitely magnificent and brilliantly unique love story

    5
    By shadowplay4u
    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.
  • Happiness Can Extinguish Sadness

    4
    By lisarut07
    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 Goand 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.
  • Gut-wrenching, beautiful journey of finding hope & love

    5
    By mj_toth
    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.
  • Lies and betrayal never looked so good

    5
    By Mrsdiddy
    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.
  • So good!!

    5
    By Featherlight97
    This is the 2nd book to Never Tear us apart. This is such an emotional read! I couldn't put it down! It starts out with Katie and Ethan/Will trying to get over their heartache for each other and live apart. Katie finally gives in and texts Ethan to meet up for coffee. They start off slow as friends because Katie is having a hard time getting over the fact that Ethan lied about his real identity. She doesn't know if she can trust him .Katie's sister and mother find out she's talking to Ethan again and they tell her they'll have nothing to do with her if she starts seeing him again. Then they have Lisa Swanson harassing them to do an interview together. Will also recieves a letter from his dad with some revealing information. He is also urging him to do the interview. How would the public take them being together in an actual relationship?! Will they think they're sick?! It just seems that the odds are totally against them! Will Katie and Will be able to overcome the odds and finally find peace and be able to be together in love?! Another great thing that I Like about the book is that you get to see lots of different POV's even Aaron's! You get to see just how crazy he really is!! Well that's all I'm gonna give away! If you enjoyed Never Tear us apart then I think you'll enjoy this book! Such a Roller coaster ride! I can't wait to read more from Monica Murphy! I received a free ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

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