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Owning Violet

(The Fowler Sisters #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,806 ratings  ·  564 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy contemporary romance series that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, and destined to make waves.

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted her
Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Bantam
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Monica Murphy
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Makes me so sad to see the one star left for OWNING VIOLET when no one has read it beyond a few people. I haven't done this in a long time so I'll go ahead and tell you a few things about Violet's book (and give it 5 stars to get rid of that ugly 1 star next to the cover):

1. It is the sexiest book I've ever written.

2. Ryder McKay is hot. He's also sort of an a-hole.

3. What he's doing is not very first. Then of course, he falls for Violet.

4. It's the longest book I've ever written, comi
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

Owning Violet is a about an heiress to a cosmetic brand, her family and a sexy, tattooed hero.

I really like the premise of Owning Violet it has all the ingredients of a sexy, melt your heart kind-of-erotic story but unfortunately it didn't quite mix well for me.....

I found the heroine to lack gumption and strength in certain instances but then, in others, she would appear to be the opposite.... confident and sassy. Character motivation seemed a little loose at times and unfortunately all this ai
***ARC received by NetGalley***


Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Heroine: 3/10
Hero: 4/10
Humour: 1/10
Hotness: 8/10
Romance: 5/10
Extra book Details: Heroine & Hero POV; 1st person. Approx 400 pages. First in the series, each book is about a different sister.
'I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I'm the dutiful daughter, I braved a vicious attack and survived. I devoted herself to her family’s business empire. I met an ambitious man and fell in love. We
Oh boy...(Kanye gif = bad news hoochies)

I was struggling to figure out what this book reminded me of. We got 3 sisters, all rich, all dumb, crazy ass family, skeezy boyfriends, did I mention they were dumb? Anything come to mind?
Ahh yes, me too!! Thus the inspiration for a Kartrashian gif inspired adventure!

This book is all about Violet Fowler, push over extraordinaire. She works for her daddy’s company Fleur cosmetics.

She is dating a douche named Zachary, who cheats on her all the time and al
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I am a little torn in writing this review. First I loved Monica Murphy’s One Week Girlfriend Series so I was really excited to start this one, and I am not sure where the break down is for me exactly. The only explanation I can think of is some things were glossed over and other aspects of the story were told in too much detail.

In the beginning we meet Violet. She is the middle Fowler daughter and the most dedicated to her family’s business, Fleur Cosmetics. We immediately see that she i
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Ryder sees Violet and wants. He wants to steal her away from her cheating, dirtbag boyfriend, Zachery, who also happens to be his chief competition at Fleur Cosmetics. With Violet being one of the three heiresses’ to Fleur Cosmetics and an influential executive in her own right, she holds a lot of promise to someone like Ryder. Pilar his “friend” (if you can call a pit viper a friend), and sometimes lover wants to crush and devastate Violet so she can take her place in the company. So they come ...more
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
*4 Nutella jars and 5 Nutella jars for the detailed sex scenes*

Let me point out why the sex scenes deserve 5 jars........ IT WAS DETAILED AND I MEAN MOTHERFUCKING DETAILED like ....

That detailed!

Our story is about violet Fowler a daughter/girlfriend/sister and a damaged women, being the middle daughter of forest fleur and sister to slightly damaged sisters, violet plays her part well managing her grandmothers and fathers company fleur cosmetics,playing sister to rose and lily fleur (yes ther
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I find books that you don't connect with make for a difficult review- sadly to say that this was a book that I didn't connect with.

I loved the premise - cosmetic company, sisters, lust, sex, love, bad boy- it all sounded like it was going be great but it fell short.
There were scenes that were unbelievable to the character. (view spoiler)
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3 "Stand firm" Stars

I was so much looking forward to reading this, the synopsis caught my attention whilst still holding some intrigue. I have to confess however, I wasn't as satisfied on completetion as I would have hoped to have been. On reflection I feel I wasn't convinced by the characters or even the motive for some of their behaviours.
As much as I wanted to root for Violet, I found her on more than one occasion weak in character as well as some of her choices made. And Ryder, dare I say m
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audios
3 Hot and Cold stars

Yeah that's pretty much how it went with Violet and lol
I'm going to continue to read Rose and Lily's books.
I'm def curious what Pilar does (who I very much did not like)
Dee Montoya
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
**2.5 Stars***
(Arc kindly provided by Netgalley)

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Violet Fowler is the middle child in a family of three sisters and even though she's had everything money can buy, tragedy took a lot from her, leaving her a very insecure woman. Her mother committed suicide when she was young and immediately she took on the role of protector of her sisters. She's is beautiful, smart and poised but her insecurities and the obsession for stability in her life allow people to walk all over her more often than not
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
4.5 stars!!
This was my first book by Monica Murphy and it was brilliant! It exceeded all expectations and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

Sexy, adult, erotic, this book has it all. Owning Violet introduces us to three sisters “born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.” As the daughters of the scion of a world-famous fragrance company (it brought Estee Lauder to mind), Violet and her sisters are all very different but all intimately entwined w
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-finished
I could not go beyond 22% with this book and my face the hole time was pretty much like this...


I love all types of books but the "heroine" in this one did nothing for me and her low self-esteem just rubbed me the wrong way. I mean really? You know he's (her soon to be - in her head- fiancé) (view spoiler)?

Don't even get me started on the male main character...


So NO...I did not like the book and I was very close to giving it 1 star but
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Violet is all prim & proper. She had the perfect role at her family’s cosmetic company, set to take over the reins when her father retires and the image of the ideal man on her arm. But her boyfriend of two years is not the ideal man in reality. Zachary is all about climbing the ladder and chasing skirts. Violet has looked the other way for years, until now.

Ryder has turned his life into a success. From a street punk to a savvy businessman. But that climb to the top came with a price, and that p
Dirty Dayna
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I have loved Monica Murphy since her one week girlfriend series and I am honored to get an ARC for this.

4.5 Bad Boy Stars

So seriously Ryder is a bad boy that I wanna get bad with!
here are some of his lines that melt me

My soul is hard. As hard as that damned diamond Violet is touching. Hard and black and ugly, and crazy fucker that I am, I revel in the blackness. The darkness

I will definitely mark her. In primitive, sexual ways that she'll keep hidden beneath her clothes. I'll know
Oct 04, 2014 marked it as to-read

**ARC provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review**
**2.5 stars**

Owning Violet was all over the place. Every character in the book works for the company owned by Violet's father and those not related to her are plotting to use her to advance. First, it's Zachary, Violet's boyfriend and then it's Ryder - the hero- and Pilar, the caricature villain who was Ryder's lover and rescuer. The last two concoct a very convoluted plan which includes breaking up Violet from her boyfriend, Ryder seducing her and then breaking her heart so she has a nervous br
Dnf 38%

I'm not into this so I'm bailing here. I just don't like the power play between then - she's an Exec in the family business, he's some creepy middle manager playing the alpha in his lunch break. Meanwhile, in spite of the fact she's ambitious, competent and beautiful, she doesn't seem to have the respect of anyone - her ex, her family, her employees and the grasping middle manager getting in her pants to further his career.

I normally love this author's books but this story is not for me,
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
“You should care. You’re a good girl. So pure, so sweet. I’ll fucking wreck you.”

The intro to the synopsis about this series being for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase is very misleading. In fact, this book feels misleading as a fan of Ms. Murphy. Her One Week Girlfriend series was the perfect blend of sexy and sweet. Owning Violet feels like the exact opposite. The characters were unlikable, the plot was shallow, and this story, unfortunately, felt like it would never end.

"Wear somethin
Advance Readers Copy (ARC) provided by via netgalley

Title: Owning Violet
Series: The Fowler Sisters (#1)
Author: Monica Murphy
Genre: Adult Erotica
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Raring: 4.5 Stars

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This was just perfect. This is the most sexiest book written by Monica Murphy and it was exquisite. When I was approved to read an ARC of Owning Violet I was thrilled, beyond excited to say the least. This book was not a let down at all. It gave yo
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

**Owning Violet generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

2 Underwhelming Stars

I finished Owning Violet last week and I’ve been contemplating my review since. I’m big fan of this author’s Drew + Fable series so I my excitement for her journey into erotic was definitely there. Unfortunately, the story of Violet and Ryder fell a bit flat for my tastes.

The plot intrigued me, it had manipulations working beneath the surface – almost Cruel Intentions’ish –
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I freaking loved "Owning Violet". Monica has written what promises to be a deliciously sexy series with the Fowler Sisters and I'm already excited for the next book!

Violet Fowler was the sensible, good girl of the sisters... the one that everyone could rely on . When those perfect life she had all mapped out suddenly crumbled, it was Ryder Mckay who saved the day. Ryder offered a who
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So I've spent the last hour or so trying to find the perfect fuck you gif. Obviously, my search was not successful. I considered using a dozen different gifs and put them together in a longer, new, gif. I don't have the time or the ability to do that, so I'll just get on with this review. The reason for my search was for a better visual of my reaction to a certain conversation. It's between our main characters, Violet and Ryder. Basically, she's creating a new product, he
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Violet and her boyfriend Zachary, Ryder and Pilar all work at Violet’s family cosmetics company, Fleur. Ryder and Pilar are scheming to break up Violet and Zachary to make their own move on up the corporate ladder. Zachary’s cheated on Violet for the last time (with Pilar). Then, Ryder realizes Violet feels more than just a pawn in their game. And, (sexual) shenanigans and romance commence.

The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between

Sexual heat in spades: I’ve read Monica Murphy’s books before, s
Owning Violet is the first Monica Murphy book I have read. I have several blogger friends who LOVE her books and now, I can see why. I didn’t love this book to pieces, I did have my reservations about it, overall I quite enjoyed it.

First off – I have to say that Ryder is a dick. The first time I read his POV, I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall, stomp on it and set the damn thing on fire. That is how much I despised this guy. He has no qualms about going after what he wants – using peop
Holly Baker
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF for now at 47%

I hate to do this, I really really do. I'm a big Monica Murphy fan, but Owning Violet just didn't work for me.

I loved the premise. That first line of chapter two definitely caught my attention, but there was just something missing, so I couldn't fully give myself over to this book. I was in two minds about the characters. Violet is very naive and though she did show signs of a slightly stronger, sassier character, I felt she was too much of a push over for me to like her. Ryder
4.5 stars

What a fabulous story. Monica is/was a new to me author and I have fallen in love with her writing style.

This story had an excellent balance of plot, angst and loving, for me. There was drama in all the right places, but it never felt over the top or convoluted.

The characters were well fleshed out and I had a love, hate and at times, love/hate relationship with many of them. Pilar was a prize bitch, but I still liked her, go figure.

I was rooting for Violet and Ryder the entire time, an
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely was obsessed with Monica's One Week Girlfriend Series and her Billionaire Bachelors Series... And NOW The Fowler Sister are going to be rocking my world!

This is the sexiest, steamiest, OMG give me more, book that Monica has written.

Ryder McKay is going to BLOW YOU AWAY (Even though he's an a-hole most of the time...he's damn sexy being one) He's dark, mysterious... the bad boy we love.

Violet is the girl who does everything by the books and is her father's shoe in successor to the
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Ryder is kind of a jerk. He is willing to do whatever it takes to further his career. When his mentor/occasional lover Pilar sets her sights on destroying Violet, the daughter of Fleur owner and a rising star in the company, they agree to break up Violet and her cheating boyfriend Zachary. Then, Ryder is supposed to break fragile Violet's heart and destroy her so that she can no longer do her job. What they don't count on is the way Ryder really feels about Violet and ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have ARCs of the next two books, but I wanted to read this one first. I was holding out because I just refuse to pay more than $3 for an ebook. I just can't do it, so when it came up in an email that it was on sale for 0.99.....

Loved Ryder, but he really needs to have it out with Pilar and kick her to the curb. Violet was so sweet but I need her to open her mouth and tell her Dad how she really feels. Now the two of them together were hot. Looking forward to the next books.
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