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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘The Reluctant Bride’ by Monica Murphy

Everyone’s for sale, including me…

The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy is NOW LIVE!


Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

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4 ‘Future wife’ Stars!

ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.

I was oh-so-curious-and-excited to finally get into Perry Constantine’s mind and I knew Monica Murphy would not disappoint with the start of his love story. I was all over the idea of an arranged marriage theme and I have to say Monica did an amazing job with it. She gave us a slow burn romance, with two characters that are supposed to not want each other but they can’t do anything but that. I loved reading how this couple acts on their attraction and how that affects the narrative. I am so ready for more after that cliffhanger!

So, The Reluctant Bride is the first installment in Perry Constantine and Charlotte Lancaster’s story, and it focuses on the start of their arranged marriage that is basically controlled by the heads of each of the families involved. These two don’t know each other but they are forced into a relationship neither expected. But what happens when they start to get along and they peel each other’s layers? A very intense attraction starts and it’s impossible not to act on it. But the past and their families are also on their way and everything is not as it seems. What will happen next for this couple?

He doesn’t think I’m a prop.
Perry Constantine looks at me as if I might be someone special.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, especially since I believe there will be three books in the series, and I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone. I’ll just say I thoroughly enjoyed The Reluctant Bride and finally getting to know these two characters. Perry and Charlotte are more than what they show. Perry is not all about parties and women anymore. He loves working and he has some darkness inside of him. Same for Charlotte and her cold relationship with her family. I loved that these two can start a beautiful connection neither expected nor that are able to share feelings and vulnerabilities. And their chemistry? Hells yeah, so hawt! I cannot wait to read whatever is coming next, to get to know more about this couple and to see how their relationship evolves.

It matters, what this woman thinks. About me.
I’m going to break through Charlotte’s walls.
Even if it fucking kills me.

Therefore, I am rating The Reluctant Bride with 4 STARS because it was a very good start to Perry and Charlotte’s love story. I connected with both characters from the start and it’s so clear their connection is so much more than just physical. I need more after that cliffhanger, that is for sure! Monica definitely does justice to what we expected from Perry Constantine and I cannot wait to read more about him and his relationship with Charlotte. A great start to this series!

The Author


Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.

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