Title: One Week Girlfriend
Series: Drew + Fable #1
Author: Monica Murphy
Published: January 11th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.
But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…
I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.
I have been avoiding getting on the new adult bandwagon because what I’ve seen of it is mostly contemporary romance. And I am not that big on either contemporary or romance. I have been hitting these genres hard this month, and thought I had reached my limit. Then I found this book on sale, and despite promising myself no more purchases this month, I went ahead and got it. I’ve seen the GORGEOUS cover pretty much everywhere, and the premise intrigued me. Pretend dating is one of my all time favorite tropes!
In fact, it is such a favorite that I turned a blind eye to my carefully planned reading schedule so I can read this one instead. And at 1:38am, I finished. If that’s not an indication of how much I enjoyed the story, I don’t know what is.
I’m not sure enjoyed is the right word, though. I mean, this book was kind of painful at times. I don’t think I’ve ever read quite such a broken male romance lead before. Hard backgrounds, sure, but Drew? He is fucked up. In little pieces. And this is the story of a girl named Fable, who tries to put him back together, only for every piece she slots in place, she realizes how much worse the damage is than she’d thought.
So, the plot twists are not all that twisty, but they are still very effective at evoking an emotional reaction. There is something hopeful about all of it, though. A sort of light at the end of the tunnel. The ending didn’t take me by surprise, I felt like having it play out any other way would have made light of the situation. And it’s handled in such a way that I don’t even feel depressed. Closure is not needed at this point. Healing is. Massive amounts of therapy, that’s what’s needed. Besides, it sets things up nicely for the sequel.
Let’s forget Drew for a moment. Despite how pretty he is and all, and his hideous past, I didn’t find him all that compelling. FABLE, on the other hand, be still my heart. Having seen her own fair share of darkness, this is a tough cookie who still manages to keep her shit together. Mostly. The way she takes care of her brother. The way she tries to take care of Drew. If only she could stand up for herself as much as she stands up for them. Such deep scars hide there, but of everyone in this book, she is by far the most well adjusted. For more of her, I will gladly read the next book, which is luckily only a few months away.
I’m a wife and a mom. I drink too much coffee and spend too much time in front of my computer. I like to read, I like to write, I like to watch bad reality TV and I like to think I act younger than I really am. Though sometimes I’m sure my kids think I’m a complete buzz kill.
I’m not going to lie – it’s been a while since I was in college. But do you ever forget those troubling, indecisive, exhilarating years? Where you’re not exactly sure what you’re supposed to be doing, how you’re going to pay the rent, how much you hate your boss and oh my God, how much did I drink last night anyway?
Whoops. I think I just revealed I went to a major party college (major as in what a good time I had!). And really, I didn’t hate my boss, she was amazing. I worked with some pretty amazing girls, too. We all became great friends and I had this guy who was the worst. guy. EVER. Yet I still stuck with him for years because I was in love (insert sing-songy voice).
Yeah, see? Those years, my early twenties…I can’t forget them. And I hope I convey those turbulent, messy emotions in my books. ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND is the first in a series (like I’d leave Drew + Fable hanging like that! I’m not that mean) and the second (still untitled) book should be released in early April. So stay tuned…