The feature heroine of the week is Katie from Never Tear Us Apart and Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy
Why is she worthy of this honor?
Katie suffers through and survives one of the most horrific acts that can happen to a child. And while is is going through the motions of living her adult life, she begins to live fully and take back her life as she falls in love with Ethan.
Why do I love her?
Katie is one of the best female heroines because she comes back from such a vicious attack when she was young (If you haven’t noticed a trend, most of my favorite heroines are coming back from a tragic experience). She decides to open herself up to love when she meets Ethan, but, of course, it isn’t all smooth sailing. These two have one of the biggest hurdles to overcome that I can remember ever encountering in a book before. She has to come to terms with who Ethan is, how people will perceive their relationship, and then finally come face-to-face with her attacker. The amount of strength and determination that Katie shows in order to live a full life is immense, and I am still completely awed by her character.
What are my favorite memories of her?
- Having the courage to step out of the shadows
- Confronting her fears at the boardwalk
- The chemistry between Katie and Ethan when they first meet
- Standing up to her family
- Ignoring the public opinion of her
- Confronting her attacker
- Wearing the bracelet
- Having sex for the first time
- Her anger at Ethan and Will
- Making up with Ethan/Will
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again–the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now–beautiful, quiet, composed–and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.
Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.
The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.
I don’t want to let him go.
While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.
Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?
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 both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives 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 angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Monica is also known as USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com).