"Doesn't every man want to own a beautiful woman? Or at the very least, take care of her?"
There wasn’t much about Owning Violet that surprised me, except how much I wound up enjoying it. For a good while after starting the book, I thought I wouldn’t even be able to finish it, so it comes as a great revelation that I gave it such a high rating. Everything about the book that might draw other reads in – the dual first POV in present tense, the setting – are details that I usually find rather annoying in fiction. In fact, I didn’t even like the characters at first.
Violet is introduced in the novel as a character who is fragile – mentally and physically. She appears to be a woman whom is controlled by a need to please (especially her father), and is perceived as the ice queen of the Fowler sisters. She’s also extremely family oriented, and feels responsible for keeping the family name unsullied. I didn’t like this woman at first. I saw her as a woman who was so afraid to be alone, she’d let anyone with a penis walk all over her. Everybody, including herself, thinks she is a tame kitten, when it is soon clear she’s actually a lion in sheep’s clothing.
Ryder, the male MC, works as the head of packaging in Fleur Cosmetics, the business that Violet’s grandmother started, and her father heads. I absolutely hated him for about 200 pages, until I realized he experiences just as much character growth as Violet. For most of the novel, I didn’t see much difference in him than Zachary, Violet’s douche bag ex. He willfully admits to using Violet as a stepping stone (one he plans on crushing) in his attempt to work his way up the corporate ladder at Fleur. What really grates is he absolutely hates Zachary, the reason being because he thinks Zachary is a “conniving, underhanded asshole.” I found this infuriating, until I realized he was always upfront about his plan to use Violet, while Zachary professed to love her, yet cheated on her every chance he got. Meanwhile, Ryder warned Violet over and over not to trust him.
I was thankful Murphy redeemed Ryder and Violet, and allowed them the space for character growth. It made Owning Violet better for it, because there is nothing worse than reading a book where you can’t connect with the main characters. While this book won’t score any points for surprising plot twists, I really enjoyed it. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one sitting. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy their sex hot and their business men tatted and pierced. Give Owning Violet a shot and see what you think!
~ One Curvy Blogger
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