Review & Spotlight: Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

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Review & Spotlight: Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review & Spotlight: Her Defiant Heart by Monica MurphyHer Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy
Series: Damaged Hearts #1
Published by EM Publishing on March 29, 2018
Genres: New Adult, romance
Pages: 200
Source: Social Butterfly PR
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Life can feel like a cruel joke. I grew up poor and motherless, with a father who never got over his wife’s abandonment. But now he’s gone too, and I’m dead set on finding the woman who so carelessly tossed me aside when I was a baby.

I want revenge. And I’m going to get back at my mother any way that I can.

I change my name. Start my new life in college, and just happen to cross paths with the gorgeous, ultra-rich Rhett Montgomery. He’s immediately interested in me, not that I’m surprised.

You see, I planned it that way. I meant for him to find me. He’s the one connection to my mother, and I’m using him, so I can destroy her. But I didn’t plan on Rhett being so charming. Sweet. Sexy.

And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for him either…

Series Rating: four-stars
Also by this author: Saving It, Pretty Dead Girls


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New Adult, Contemporary Romance.

Book #1 of a trilogy that it shouldn’t be a stand-alone read.


  • Addictiveness: This was a fast read for me. I couldn’t put this book down. Emotional roller-coaster.
  • Character: hero 4/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 4/5  Both main characters are easy to love, connect and understand. I know, they both are hiding things. In fact, Jensen is hiding a lot. They are both a bit broken and they are not expecting the feelings that they have for each other. Jensen get on my nerves, but at the same time, she is so broken that is hard not to want to hold her and mother her a bit. I’m really invested in their happiness.
  • Freshness: I don’t think I haven’t read anything like this before. There is a bit of “Revenge” (tv show) here, but it feels unique.
  • Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 3/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Great opening and ok ending. Perfect conflict and dialogues written to play with emotions. Fast-paced with enough subplots to enhance the story. A few unexpected twists here and there, that makes this story believable and enjoyable. It hurts. It also leaves me with the certainty that still will hurt more. I can’t wait to read the next book, in fact, I wish I didn’t have to wait.
  • Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This is a love story. Like most tales of love is never simple. It hurts! Is beautiful and poignant. Jensen is broken and lost. She has invested a lot on revenge, she wasn’t expecting to find love. Can’t wait to see how this romance is going to progress.
  • Writing Style: I love Ms. Murphy and I’m used to read YA books from her. I like this more adult style here. Great plot, with amazing characters and an emotional ride.


  • Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 3/5, buy 3/5 I’m on the fence here. I really don’t know if I would have chosen to read this book if it wasn’t for Monica’s name on the cover. I’m not sure exactly what bother me here, maybe too much white. I like the title and I like the font. I guess I don’t love the colors used. I guess I would like to see more of the art also. Less of the cloud/deleted space effect.  I’m picky with cover arts.

Wow! I wish I had book #2 #3 today. I can’t wait for the rest!

29.5/35 STARS – 4 stars  (between 28 to 31/35 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 4  Cover: 3  Freshness: 4.5  Plot: 4  Romance: 4 Writing Style: 5

  • Action 0/5
  • Angst 03.5/5
  • Darkness 0/5
  • Humor 0/5
  • Romance 5/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 0/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys romance with a bit of angst.
  • Would I re-read this book? Yes.
  • Would I re-read this series? Sure.
  • Would I read more from the author? I love Ms. Murphy’s work. Can’t wait to read more!

You MAY read this because you like romance; you SHOULD read this because you follow the author’s work; you MUST read this for an emotional ride!!!


“Your friends are calling you,” I finally say.

He glances over his shoulder, then returns his attention to me. “They can wait.”

I’m surprised he’s putting talking to me above wanting to spend time with his friends. “Well, my homework can’t.” I gesture to the open textbook by my laptop. “Nice to see you again.”

“Nice to see you again? That’s all I get?” He slides into the booth seat across from mine, leaning across the table like he wants to get closer to me. “I bet you don’t even remember my name.”

“I bet you don’t remember mine either,” I toss back at him, tacking on an annoying giggle after I say it.

He makes a face, like he knows I’m fake as hell. “Jensen.”


His smile is back, wider than ever. “You should come sit with us.”

“No, thank you.” My voice is prim, like a snotty rich girl’s would be. Wouldn’t they find it hilarious to know that I spent my teenage years living in a mobile-home-slash-trailer park, in the decrepit old fifth-wheel my dad called our new home right before I started eighth grade.

One brow lifts. “My friends would love to meet you.”

“I doubt that.”

“It’s true.” He glances over his shoulder again, and they call out to him, a couple of choice words ringing in the air. The waitress glares, stomping over to their table to give them a lecture I suppose, and Rhett whirls around so he’s facing me once more, his expression full of amusement. “Or maybe not.”

“Go hang out with your friends,” I tell him gently, wanting to give the impression that I am the perfectly understanding girlfriend. He might not have those types of serious thoughts about me—yet—but my good behavior can enter his subconscious, right?

“Jensen. I want to see you again.” He reaches across the table and touches the top of my right hand, his warm fingers practically burning my skin. I snatch my hand away from his, my fingers trembling as I clutch my hands together in my lap.

One casual touch from him and I feel like I’m going to erupt in flames.

It’s terrifying.





About Monica Murphy

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 both a traditionally published author and 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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