Review: I’ll Always Be With You (Lancaster Prep #4) by Monica Murphy

Posted May 18, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

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

Review:  I’ll Always Be With You (Lancaster Prep #4) by Monica MurphyI’ll Always Be With You by Monica Murphy
Series: Lancaster Prep #4
on May 18, 2023
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 448
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars


New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy returns to Lancaster Prep…

Weston Fontaine is the hottest senior at Lancaster Prep.

And he knows it.

He’s gorgeous. Confident. Smart.

Too smart.

Everyone loves him. He could have any girl on campus, except for one.


I’m a Lancaster, meaning I’m basically untouchable—or so I thought. My family owns this God forsaken private school that I don’t want to attend. But according to my parents, I have to endure my senior year at Lancaster Prep before I can return to what I love the most: ballet.

West doesn’t make my time here easy. He’s arrogant. Crude. Insufferable. He torments me in the worst way, to the point that I can’t stand him. Yet he’s the only boy I’ve ever let touch me…

You see, West and I? We share a secret. On a hot summer night in Paris, we hooked up. And I never do that. Ever. I revealed parts of myself to him I’ve never shown anyone else. He’s seen me at my most vulnerable. I told him my secrets. And he told me his. In Paris, he was sexy. Protective. Even, dare I say…sweet.

Now he’s the villain in my story, yet I can’t help but chase after that feeling only West can give me. Despite our hatred for each other, we somehow burn brighter when we’re together. So what happens when you helplessly fall for the one person you know is bad for you?

If you’re like me, you go ahead and fall for him anyway.

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My Review

I’ve only read one in this series so far, but it was one of my favorites last year. This one was pretty intense as well. While I wasn’t a fan of when Caroline was smoking, even if I get why she was doing it, the rest of her life and rebellion made sense for the most part. Although I think maybe I need to go read another one or two in the series to catch up on a few things that were mentioned and alluded to in this but weren’t spelled out since it was Caroline’s story and not her sister or brother’s stories. A lot of the adults were not reliable, as it has been in the other books, they can’t be trusted to do what is best for the teens, as is what the main characters are. Not that I would recommend this for my high school students.

I like how there was a bit of a time jump at one point in the story that was a little unexpected, but the way it played out was definitely interesting. But reminded me of another story I’ve read in the past year or so. The girl Caroline made friends with I did really like, and then there was the girl who was the mean girl, Mercedes, and boy, wow, did I NOT like her. It’s crazy to think about how all the Lancasters had their own dorm to live in, meaning when Caroline was there, because she was the only Lancaster at the time, she lived in a building alone. That would be creepy I would think. But it worked out for the most part. Although I’m also surprised it didn’t require a pass code all day long, that it would just be unlocked, letting certain things happen later in the story.

Another intense, deep story in the Lancaster Prep series.

About 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. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.

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