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Never Tear Us Apart (Never #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,129 Ratings  ·  520 Reviews
Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
A long time ago, when I was fifteen and a completely different person, I saved a girl’s life. I spent only a handful of hours with her, but s
ebook, 416 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Bantam
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Monica Murphy
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm proud of this book peeps. It's unlike anything I've written before and I feel like I've really stretched my writer wings with this story. It's not for the faint of heart. The subject matter is tough. The hero and heroine have suffered a lot. But they are two broken people alone who only make sense when they're together - and that's my favorite kind of romance.

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Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Only Us STARS


I liked the premise of this story so much more than the story itself. Who doesn’t want to know more about a survivor of a kidnapping and how she is coping years after the horrific ordeal?

”I lost my innocence at the age of twelve, far too early. And the man who stole it from me will haunt me forever.”

Adding to the interesting plot is the fact that the love interest is the boy who saved her and also the son of her captor.

"You saved me from him. You're my hero. Like an angel f
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

I want her. As wrong and twisted as I know it is, I can't deny it.
I want her, all for myself.

Sometimes you read a book that touches you on an emotional level. It's a book that burrows into your very heart and grabs hold. A book that's different yet unforgettable. A book that touches on a deeply emotional and dark subject and yet gives you the light at the end of the tunnel for it. THIS, this was that book for me. I think this may easily be one of my favorite books I've read by this
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, kidnapping
I loved this book so much , the plot is really good and the story is well written ! it has two points of view Katherine and Ethan and flash back of time ( present day and 8 years earlier)

I really do find power in words, written words , books and poems and songs , Since i’ve always felt like i have no power

Katie/ Katherine : Katie got raped at age of 12 by a drunk drug addict Aaron William monroe Even After 8 years of her abduction katie still couldn’t move on with her life
Nothing about Katie
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4-4,5 STARS

This was a totally different book from what Monica Murphy usually writes. Katie and Ethan's story was definitely a unique one, it has nothing to do with her other stories.This story is so emotional, heartbreaking and intense.

"I know the remnants from my old one would cling to me.The worry.The fear.The sadness.They're hard to get rid of.Even harder to live with."

The writing is so beautiful and the back and forth make the story realistic and make you understand what happened.The plo
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
From reading the blurb, I wasn't sure how dark this book would be especially since it's my first read by Monica Murphy. I was pleasantly surprised that while it does delve a bit into some not very nice things, it's not very explicit.

Will and Katie meet when he rescues her from being kidnapped by his father! That's right...his father! Will's been put in a very precarious spot but he does the right thing and that's what important. But what's more important is the bond that he forms with Katie.

Claire Robinson
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - Only Us. Stars!

I am no stranger to Monica Murphy’s writing, in the past she has delivered up some absolutely stellar standalones and series. That said, I honestly can say that Never Tear Us Apart may well be her finest work to date. I think mainly because it is so different from what she has previously published, this is a book that pulls you in, and keeps you emotionally invested right up until the end.

This isn’t a fluffy romance, and at points it’s quite dark and gritty, a little uncomfo
ARC provided by publisher n exchange for an honest review

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 photo a29587f301fd231dc971faec40939e_zpsnxheuevq.gif “I’m her guardian angel after all. It’s my duty to ensure she’s safe.”

An utterly devastatingly beautiful tale of innocence, loss, sadness, heartbreak, redemption, and hope. With her gripping, heartfelt, poignant, and gorgeous prose, Monica Murphy has truly captured my heart, mind, and soul with this touching tale that is filled with layers upon layers of raw emotions. Never Tear Us Apart leaves readers yearning for more. More of the ons
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Monica Murphy, so of course when I saw she was releasing a dark contemporary romance I was jumping at the bits to read it. Now that I have finished Never Tear Us Apart, I am completely torn. The one thing I know for sure is I desperately need the conclusion to the story!

Katie Watts was abducted, beaten and raped when she was twelve years old. Her life as she knew it was over and she quickly learned her actual life would soon be ending, too. Will changed Katie’s fate. A young boy himself,
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I was really liking this book but the ending was one of the worst EVER!!! I don't know that it's enticing enough for me to continue with the second book in the series.
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I don't think there's ever been a more accurate description than SPEECHLESS for how I felt after I finished this book. I was left wide eyed and completely overwhelmed by the entirety of this story. It's been 5 days since I finished and I'm still overwhelmed by what I read. I needed time, time to gather my thoughts.

To say it's been impossible to focus on anything, is an understatement. I have obsessed and torn apart every one of Monica's words in my head. And I have so many emotion
Olga therebelreader

I've learned a lot in my short life. Had a lot of terrible things happen to me. I've known tragedy, pain, loss, unspeakable violence.
Now I've known tenderness. Passion. Desire. Romance. I've known what it feels like to be held and kissed by someone you care about.
I also know what it feels like to be betrayed. I've experienced that particular feeling again and again.
- Katherine

This book was an emotional rollercoaster that I loved!
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Katie was kidnapped, tortured and raped whe
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favorites

Why this book?
The synopsis sounded intriguing

What I thought

Sometimes you read a book that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go, making it hard to think coherently for hours after you’re done reading it. A book that is unforgettable, one that will stay with you forever. This is one of those books! This book was an emotion roller coaster that left me emotionally exhausted. These characters lives were torn apart and they only found happiness in eachother. I wish I could say more, but I’m l
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an emotional rollercoaster. Ethan/Will and Katie share a very difficult past. Will rescues her after his father abducts and rapes her. Years have passed but the connection they had as kids is still there. Will re-enters Katie's life as Ethan and they begin a shaky relationship full of push and pull as they try to find their way. The love Ethan has for Katie is possessive and obsessive. I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about that. On one hand I see the connection, and on the other, ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars....

An emotional, poignant yet beautiful story of a forbidden and unconventional love...

I don't want to give a brief about this book as the blurb itself is a wonderful intro.All I can say is that,it's a forbidden love story of two people who forged a bond in one of the most horrifying circumstance.

I loved this book even though it was hard to read. The trauma that Katie suffered was horrifying. Although it is not explained in a vivid and detailed manner, the aftermath and its impact on
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
This book and I did not get along. From the blurb and skimming review on Goodreads, it looked dark and angsty - and I love some dark and angsty. I didn't find that however. Maybe I'm just bitter and old? I found the blossoming romance between our hero and heroine kind of hokey. Their thought process about each other was so over the top, I rolled my eyes the entire book. The darkness never came - yes it deals with a dark subject matter (kidnap and rape) but the darkness is skimmed over for the mo ...more
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TITLE: Never Tear Us Apart
SERIES: (Never Tear Us Apart, #1)
AUTHOR: Monica Murphy
GENRE: A Stand-Alone Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 05th, 2016


Will add more to my review closer to release, but come release day it's one of those books you need to one click..

Man oh man I inhaled this book, such a beautifully written tale of kidnapping in its truest form, so
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was written so amazingly I couldn't put it down. The subject matter made me go outside my box and I read some parts with a chaser of maalox and emetrol !!!!! I highly recommend that you read the authors note and plan accordingly. Grab some Kleenex, some medication for nausea and queasy stomach and read at your own risk with an open heart and mind ❤ ...more
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Ach herrje. Wie sehr habe ich mich auf dieses Buch gefreut?

Ich war überrascht von der doch recht harten Thematik, allerdings positiv. Ich mag schwere Bücher, düstere Bücher, Bücher Indenen nicht alles Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen ist.
Bis ungefähr zur Seite 180 hat es mir gefallen, doch dann merke ich recht schnell, dass sich alle Gedankengänge wiederholen. Von beiden Protagonisten. Und das hat mich tierisch genervt. Immer wieder wurden die selben Sätze verwendet und ich hatte das ständige Gefühl
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books
4 Never Let you Go stars

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. Never Tear Us Apart is nothing what I expect, it was a non-stop read that made me feel so many emotions. This book is so unique only a season writer like Monica Murphy could have dreamed of it. It’s a story about pain, regret, guilt, longing and redemption.

It’s eight years later and Katie is now ready to tell her story. The story of her kidnapping that has changed her life forever. I loved the way this book started. It st
3 "Beyond the Past" Stars

Katie Watts has spent the last eight years trying to avoid her horrible past. But with one interview, her ability to move forward seems lie an impossible task. Meeting Ethan, though, brings out a part of her she thought she'd forever lost on that fateful day. While she begins to move forward, an unexpected truth is brought to light, leaving her shattered all over again.

When Ethan sees Katie, his past is like an open wound. Having changed his name because of the atrociti
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"Never Tear us Apart" was my first experience of a novel by Monica Murphy and my oh my, what an explosive way to pop my cherry. This was such a powerful, emotional, heart felt story about survival first and foremost and secondly about love... that thing we all need, that thing we all crave but often fear keeps us from reaching out and grasping it, e
Quick review for a somewhat quick read. To be honest, coming out of reading Monica Murphy's "Never Tear Us Apart" - I feel emotionally manipulated for the absolutely wrong reasons. This is a story on a very tough subject matter with quite a bit of emotion behind it. I knew this even going into the book and was prepared for the gravity of it. I don't fault the story for the intentions behind it or even for delving into the lives of two very flawed characters who underwent a tragic experience in t ...more
EDIT: Doch 2,5 und nicht 3,5 Sterne
Habe nochmal darüber nachgedacht und bin zu dem Entschluss gekommen, dass es nur 2,5 Sterne verdient hat.
Wäre die Geschichte nur aus Katies Sicht geschrieben worden hätte es mir wahrscheinlich besser gefallen, aber Ethans Sicht hat das Buch zerstört. Leider leider.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 4-stars
4 "Post Traumatic Unbreakable Bonds" Stars for the story and narration!

A connection built out of tragedy. They say we come together as a community at times of deep tragedy and are most likely to form attachments to others during emergency situations. Monica Murphy explores this concept on a more personal level in Never Tear Us Apart.

However, please note that the background of this story is quite horrific and shocking, and involves the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year old girl (some of which is
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Never Tear Us Apart is heartbreak. Start to finish. But it’s a beautiful kind of heartbreak. It’s the kind of heartbreak that keeps you flipping pages, holding your breath and on the verge of tears. All in the hopes that what you know is going to happen deep down in the darkest parts of your heart, will actually all work out and these characters you’ve come to care about will heal and love and live.

It’s not that easy of a story though. Not by a long shot. There is no easy win, no simple happy


This book was incredible. The subject matter is very tough and emotional. As I was reading, I saw this all playing out like a movie. That's when you know you've come across a GREAT author that knows how to write and capture her readers attention and keep their attention from start to finish.

Be warned that this book has a MAJOR cliffhanger. I'm anxious to get my hands on the next book. Maybe the ARC Fairy will pay me a visit and grant me an advance copy. **crossin
Advance Readers Copy (ARC) provided for my blog for an honest review from the publisher Bantam (Random House).

Title: Never Tear Us Apart
Series: Never Tear Us Apart, #1
Author: Monica Murphy
Source: eARC
Pages: 416
Genre: Dark Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Characters: Katie Watts, Ethan
Point of View: Dual (Past to Present)
Happily Ever After: (view spoiler)
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Date Read: January 4th, 2016
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Gah! This novel made me feel so
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
(Edited: I added some more thoughts and changed my rating after further thinking about this book.)

2 stars

This book had been on my radar for a while. I was drawn in like a moth to a flame by the blurb. I really liked the idea of reading about a girl who was kidnapped, then falls for the kidnapper's son. What happens to the heroine was sad and tragic, but the kidnapping part of the story was glossed over, making the story less dark than I thought it would be. While I didn't care this book didn't g
Ivy Deluca
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Quite the change from what I’ve read before : The books that I’ve read by Ms. Murphy’s before this have been lighter contemporary fare, so needless to say, between the beautiful cover and the intriguing premise (young woman recovers from horrible kidnapping/abuse and then falls for kidnapper’s son), I couldn’t help but want to see what could come of this. What I got was a sad and tragic story filled with strong, resilient charac
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