Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Stare Me Down by Riley Murphy

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She swears it's only her curiosity.
He swears it's because she's curious.
A Dom stuck in anger management classes meets his match in his court-appointed therapist. Their attraction is off the charts. Unfortunately though, the timing is bad for both of them. Or, at least it is until he discovers his little vanilla doll isn't vanilla at all. Then it's a matter of timing be damned. He can't keep his hands off her. A definite problem, as she has a past to deal with and he has a goal to attain. So when the present rears its ugly head, they are both blindsided. Now they're forced to stare each other down if they hope to have any chance of a future together...

Angela’s Review:

I have loved every book by Riley Murphy. I bought this the first day it was available on Amazon.

Like another reviewer mentioned, it started off a little slow, but once I got past the first chapter, it was a fast paced, easy read. The plot was interesting. Ramsey is a business owner who is ordered to take anger management therapy through the court. Jaxx is the therapist assigned to his "group". The first scenes of the book are well into this therapy, and you already sense the attraction they are both dancing around.

As always with Riley Murphy, there is more than just a sexy story, you have a good storyline mixed in, with a host of other issues popping in just for fun! Let's see... an overbearing mother figure, a "perfect" wannabe husband from abroad, an estranged brother that holds the keys to financial success, and strange phone calls that make Ramsey virtually disappear!

I really liked Jaxx, who was independent, strong, well educated, yet vulnerable and unsure about herself in a sexual sense. A perfect match for Ramsey who was so sure of himself sexually, a Dominant, but a little emotionally unsure of himself because of his relationship with his family.

This was probably one of the best books I have read in a long time. I'll admit, one of my favorite things to do it highlight quotes and one liners in books and go back and read them later. I was giggling for a LONG time at some of these! I'll only post a few, or this will be the longest review EVER!

"She wasn't a vanilla doll. She was his kind of chick."

"Does that honesty shock you? It'd better not, Jaxx, because that's all there'll be between us. Get ready."

And my VERY favorite:

"That was the funny thing about special. You never knew when special was going to happen, but when it did, you wanted to protect it. Keep it close and not let others know you were experiencing it, for the fear it would disappear."

I hope you one-click and read Stare Me Down!!

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About the Author:

Riley Murphy writes sexy, humorous and emotional romance, happy ending guaranteed. An optimist, she believes life is awesome, people are complicated, but in a good way, and we should never stop learning. Riley currently resides in Florida with her gorgeous husband. She has two wonderful kids and one very bossy English Bull terrier. When Riley's not working she enjoys reading, oil painting and getting to the Sunday crossword puzzle before anyone else does, so she can fill-in all the easy answers first. If Riley wasn't a writer she'd be an international spy with top-level security so she could have a peek at Area 51 and decide for herself if those green guys are for real. Riley loves her characters and she hopes you do too. You can visit her website at

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