Book Review: His Reverie by Monica Murphy

This is a mature Young Adult from Monica Murphy, author of the One Week Girlfriend and Billionaire Bachelors Club series. It's also a little different from what I usually read, as far as the characters' ages go. Nevertheless, I was drawn to the premise of star-crossed lovers, the contrast of his dark and her light, and I couldn't help but wonder, How are they going to make it work? *squee* 
Check out my review of His Reverie and think about adding it to your TBR list! :)

I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.

The only girl I could ever love.

She is light.

I am darkness.

She is innocent.

I’ve done too much.

She is good.

I am bad.

She is my every dream.

I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…


Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

On the surface, His Reverie seems like a typical "rich girl falls for poor boy" or "lovers from different sides of the track" story. As I read, though, I found myself really sympathizing with these characters. Author Monica Murphy gave them intriguing backstories and such a mix of emotions, that I felt inclined to sit back and watch their story unfold. You'll think you know how the ride will go, but trust me, it takes a couple of unexpected turns...
Nicholas Fairfield is seventeen...and has spent the last eleven months in jail, accused of a crime he didn't commit. Even after he's released and all charges are dropped, Nick can't seem to catch a break and only suffers from more heartache and loss. His mother reveals she has cancer and passes away only weeks later.
One day after the next, she just broke down. Like the lights shutting off in a giant skyscraper, one floor at a time, until finally she was just...dark. Empty.  
It's such a striking moment because it mirrors all of the hardship that Nick has endured, how empty his life has become. He's desperate for a way out and a chance to have something good for once. And that's when he crosses paths with Reverie Hale.
"What does it mean?" When she frowns, I continue, "Reverie."  
"Oh! Daydreaming. Lost in thought."
Nick is able to find a summer job, working for well-known televangelist Harold Hale at his family's vacation home, and this is how he ultimately meets Reverie. Reverie is the Hales' only daughter and has grown up incredibly sheltered and with strict rules. Yet, regardless of her lifestyle, she is sweet and kind, not spoiled or self-righteous. She's an unexpected light, shining right in front of Nick, and he can't help but get pulled in.
It's weird. Almost like she's Rapunzel or whichever princess I'm thinking of, trapped in her castle.
But, also because of her lifestyle, Reverie is untouched. Untainted. She retains the na├»ve hopefulness and bold honesty that youth and inexperience allow, and it makes her curious. Eager. Like a blank white canvas, waiting to be painted with color.
Her gaze meets mine, full of expectation. For what, I'm not sure. "I'm looking for an adventure."
They're inevitably drawn to each other, and as they get closer, the novel is unique in how it expresses each of their points of view. In chapters narrated by Nick, the reader is in his head as he fights to stay grounded. He sounds more realistic, and often times more cynical, out of the two. Afterall...She's rich. He's struggling. She's like a new doll, fresh out of its package. He's already been beaten up and thrown around the playground. His point of view carries that sense of foreboding, that his time with her is only fleeting. Yet, he can't stay away, finding her light too irresistible.
I still want to see her. Just...breathe her in. See that shy smile. Let myself get lost in her presence for a little bit. She takes all the ugly in my life and makes it beautiful, at least for a few stolen minutes.
Then, in order to see things through Reverie's eyes, the reader is given her diary entries, her most private and candid thoughts. Again, she just seems so unassuming and innocent, almost to a fault. (Ah, to be young and carefree!) She just wants him. She wants to know what it's like to fall in love, to feel, and to experience it all.
He looks at me and my stomach flutters. He touches me and my skin burns. And when he kisses me...I want to melt.
It may have seemed a bit quick and easy in a way, but I understood the bond that tied them together. Nick and Reverie had each been dealing with loneliness and emptiness for so long, and in the end, I just saw them as two young people chasing a dream and hoping for the fairy tale. Their secret relationship was tender and built gently, but it also carried that electric feeling whenever they let their chemistry lead them. They definitely had their moments of sweet, reckless abandon. It was the thrill of experiencing "firsts" and giving in!
"Wherever you are is what I want." I bring her hand up to my mouth and drop a kiss to the top of it. "Daydream."  
She lifts her head and the smile she sends me is heart stopping. "I love it when you call me that."
From the very beginning, though, the question was, How long can this last? There was so much at risk for both of them if they were to get caught, and even more factors came into play later on! Trouble lurked around them. For Reverie, life in the Hale house wasn't as perfect as it seemed to the public eye. There was enough strain behind closed doors to elicit a few concerned Hmmm's, and I was anxiously waiting to see how that would all come to a head! Nick's world also began to come apart as his past and the lying caught up with him. These were all elements that kept me engaged as much the romance did!
Then, finally...Nick is thrown one more curveball, and oh, it's a crazy one! He ends up making an insanely tough decision!
"You always have a choice. What's so sad is that you don't even see it." She walks up to me and kisses my cheek, her lips lingering as if she doesn't want to stop.
I enjoyed reading His Reverie! It had a whimsical and romantic side, with endearing characters, but it had another layer that was just dark and mysterious enough to keep the story interesting. And with that kind of cliffhanger, I definitely look forward to seeing how Nick and Reverie's journey concludes! I'll be counting down to Her Destiny's release in August! Book 2!
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Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series. She writes new adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite.
*** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review ***