Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy combines highschool drama with twisty suspense and swoony romance to deliver a superb read and one that had me second guessing myself all over the place!
I was a bit iffy on Penelope at the start but I warmed to her, and I loved how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to her friends, even where she was in the minority. She had a good sense of right from wrong and while she may have been following the wrong path, she corrected that in this book. Cass was a fabulous love interest and I loved that he was a little different that the run-of-the-mill book boyfriend. I seriously loved him and I was rooting for them in a big way.
I loved the mystery element and I kept changing my mind over the guilty party, although I did correctly guess one aspect of it, but I still couldn’t narrow it down to one individual. What I particularly enjoyed was how real the sense of danger felt, and that Monica didn’t shy away from the brutal reality of what happened to those girls. It made for some intense reading.
All in all, this was a really great read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to fans of well-written YA romantic suspense.
I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via Chapter by Chapter blog tours and I am voluntarily reviewing same.
Sitting with Cass like this, being so close to him, makes me hyper aware of everything about him. His clean tinged-with-fabric-softener scent. The sound of his breathing, the beat of his heart. His hair is soft, so are his clothes, and he has angsty taste in music. His shoulders are broad, his thigh is hard beneath my butt, and his chest is firm.
I like him. Despite being angry with him earlier, I can admit that I’m attracted to him. And I think he’s attracted to me.
“I’m pretty sure the only person Brogan wants to get off is himself,” I mutter under my breath, ducking my head.
Cass chuckles, the warm, deep sound making me shiver. “Most guys are selfish assholes.”
“Even you?” I look up to find he’s already watching me.
He nods slowly, his gaze dropping to my lips again. “Even me.”
“I bet you’re not that selfish,” I whisper. I am totally flirting with him.
“Oh, I definitely am. Watch me.”
And then he does the craziest thing.
Cass leans in, his mouth drawing close. So close, I can feel his breath tickle my lips. I part them, ready to say something, anything to break the sudden tension that’s crackling between us, but his mouth lands on mine in an instant.
I suck in a breath, shocked by the jolt of electricity that rushes through my blood when his lips touch mine. We’re already completely wrapped up in each other. It feels…natural to kiss him.
His arms tighten around my waist, pulling me into him. I circle my arms around his neck, my fingers sliding into his hair. It’s thick and soft, the ends curling around my fingers, and I tunnel my hands deeper into it, savoring the hitch in his breath when I do so.
Our mouths are still connected. We kiss and kiss. Soft, innocent kisses at first, and then I part my lips, and he does too. Our lips linger, the kisses last longer as our breaths accelerate, and then his tongue is there, tracing my lips, circling mine…
It’s the hottest kiss I’ve ever experienced, the both of us trying to be quiet as we secretly make out while hiding in Courtney’s closet. His hands go to my waist and he readjusts me so I’m straddling him, and I wrap my legs around his hips. We’re chest to chest, his bulky sweatshirt is totally in my way, and I wish I could tear it off him so I can get closer.
But I settle for this. We’re kissing for kissing’s sake. There’s no end game, no trying to get into each other’s pants or get each other off, as Courtney so eloquently put it. And it feels so good, to get lost in Cass’s arms and lips for a while, to forget about my troubles, to concentrate on the delicious slide of his tongue against mine, his hands in my hair, the race of his heart and the heat of his skin.
Plus, it’s Cass. We’re giving in to the chemistry that seems to simmer between us every time we’re together. There’s something between us I’d like to explore, despite all the extra baggage that seems to come with this boy. His dead dad and his murdering mom and his weird grandma with the cluttered house and the cats. His mysterious ways and addiction problem—all of this adds up to a guy I should avoid at all costs.
About the Author:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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