Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…
Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.
They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?
Cristina’s Rating: 4.5 of 5 Hearts
The second book in The Rules Series is Gabe Walker and Lucy’s story. Somewhat typical but a unique story in their own way that was filled with fun, angsty, intense moments that I enjoy reading and get easily hooked on. If I had to pick Shep or Gabe from the series so far I would definitely be Team Gabe. 😀
That dark thrill down my spine every afternoon when I feel his hot gaze on my body is incredibly addicting.
Gabe is vacationing on a summer trip with his insane and filthy rich family and seeking for some adventure other than the boring & (so-done) plans and events that his parents have set for him. Until he finally has caught sight of the mystery girl next door where he is begins “perving” while she has been laying out poolside or taking a swim. Lucy has caught sight of his wandering eyes and even had started putting on a teasing show.
Beautiful, curvy woman, Lucy/“Luce”/Luciana, has a life that she keeps to herself. She is house sitting for the summer
to earn some extra cash and when the gorgeously, jaw dropping, next door neighbor she been flirting with from afar suddenly drops by for surprise visit she continues the charade of a rich girl assumptions that Gabe has of her. Needless to say it temporarily worked in her favor.
After finally giving into their desires (& steamy ones at that) of wanting to be around each other they make a pact to keep this a summer fling and has spent together every chance they get. Little did they know that this plan of a spontaneous escapade would turn into something more until they unexpectedly encounter each other once again…in college of all places! What are the chances?
“I get too caught up in you. Every single time we’re together.” He shifts away from me so he can stare down into my eyes. “It’s like you’re the only thing I focus on when I’m with you, Luce. Hell, even when I’m not with you, you consume my thoughts. It’s wild.”
I really enjoyed this story. Gabe was a person who I least expected to fall for someone like Lucy especially after getting to know him in book one and his lavish lifestyle. He was like a whole different person in this 4.5 stars read. I was even LOL during the early chapters and was how it got me more into the story. A bit of laughter, with a mix of a love connection (opposites tend to attract) with a side of secrets and drama make Gabe and Lucy’s story refreshing. Oh Gabe you had me from the start. It was worth a sleepless night for.
Renery’s Rating: 4 of 5 Hearts
Ah, you have accomplished your goal, Ms. Murphy. Well, for me anyway. After reading the acknowledgments, you said you just wanted to write, have fun and make your readers smile. You did that for me. Gabriel Walker most definitely made me grin like a fool. Can’t say I love him more than Shep, but he is something else though. And this is what I really enjoy about this series. It’s just light and fun and sexy all at the same time. Plus, the story in itself has substance. It won’t drag you along and give you tons of hot and heavy scenes going nowhere. No, I loved every single moment of it. And then again, when I reached the end of the book, I can’t believe it’s over. Just like Fair Game—I. Still. Want. More! I just can’t seem to get enough of these guys! That epilogue does not suffice. It’s not really a cliffhanger per se, but it just ends abruptly (but in a really nice way) that you’ll be left needing more. Wanting to know more about what will happen to them after.
Gabriel Walker is filthy rich and he’s spending his summer time with his family in their gigantic, but boring mansion of a vacation house. When he saw who their neighbor was, he started watching her every afternoon that she lounges and swims. With a body like hers, he most definitely wanted her. And Gabriel Walker always gets what he wants.
Lucy is spending her entire summer house sitting for this family who owns a humongous house. She can do what she wants so she finds time to entertain herself. Since she’s been wanting to lose weight—finding her curves a little too much—she sees to it that she swims every afternoon. She always senses him watching her from that balcony and she enjoys it. Nothing wrong with a totally hot guy like a model straight from GQ devouring you from afar, right? But when he takes the time to approach her, get to know her and win her over for the summer, what’s she going to do? Especially with how gorgeous and filthy rich this guy is. And she’s nowhere near his level. At all.
They both just go with the flow, spend time and have fun, figuring what they have will only last over the summer anyway. Eventually, as time passed, feelings get a bit involved and it was really inevitable. Since they parted ways and knew it was just a summer fling, imagine their surprise when they go to the same college. And much worse (or better), is that they have a class together. Talk about a small world. Or coincidence. Or maybe fate? Would Lucy be able to keep up her pretenses especially now that summer is over, but they seem to still be all over each other? She knows how different she is from Gabe, given the life she’s been dealt with, so what’s she planning to do? How long can she keep doing this?
In the Dark can be read as a standalone, but is part of The Rules series. I think you’d better enjoy reading it if you’ve read Fair Game and got to know Shep and Jade. I was so thrilled reading this. Again, I think Shep still does it for me, but that doesn’t mean Gabe is any less in any way. He’s perfectly sweet and gorgeous too. But I guess Shep Prescott has this uniqueness in him. Oh, prepare a spare set of panties too, because Gabe knows how to run and use his mouth. He can be really sweet, bold, dirty and dominant. He made me swoon and gave me butterflies in my tummy. I mean, imagine the biggest player in the entire college getting all serious and sweet to you. Sometimes I find it ridiculously impossible, knowing his (old) ways, but yeah you’ll sure be melting into a puddle. And I love how Lucy was able to tame him and ground him back to earth every single time. He badly needs it. They just complement each other so well, and not to mention that their chemistry and the sexual tension is off the charts! Now I seriously cannot wait for what Monica has in store for us with the last man standing, Tristan, in Slow Play too!
New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She’s a workaholic who loves her job. When she’s not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.