Wednesday, April 3, 2013

One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1) by Monica Murphy Review:

Goodreads Book Blurb:
**Mature situations and sexual content - recommended for ages 17+**
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… Me.

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...Forever.

Genre - Adult/New Adult/Contemporary Romance

5 Powerful, Disturbing and Dramatic Stars!
Totally Mess With Your Head, Angsty Read!

The Review:
One Week Girlfriend is proof positive that romance can still be written with heart pounding angst, a dark but well told story and have two leading characters that have harrowing lives but are still strong and easy to connect to. I loved this story!

Drew Callahan seems to have it all. He’s popular, he’s rich, he’s hot and he’s the star of his college football team. But even the most well put together person can carry dark and disturbing secrets. Drew has to go home for Thanksgiving, a place he hasn’t been back to in two years. Tragedy and nightmares haunt his childhood home and he’ll do anything to avoid facing it alone. His solution? Hire the town slut to pose as his “one week girlfriend” to help him face his demons with no attachments and no commitments.
Quote Spotlight… 
I need help. I’m a fucking wreck and I need someone to save me before I become completely unsaved. - Drew

Fable has a reputation, one that is well known but not deserved. She doesn’t care what others think of her, she’s only interested in taking care of her thirteen year old brother and him keeping out of trouble while their mother drinks herself into oblivion. When Drew offers her the deal of a lifetime, she can’t help but take it, even though she knows the only reason a guy like Drew would come to her is because he’s slumming it. But she should know better than anyone, things aren’t always what they seem.
Quote Spotlight… 
Like souls find each other, you know. As corny as it sounds, I’m starting to believe we were brought together for a reason. - Fable

I adored these two characters.

Drew is this mystery who’s buried in hidden shame and guilt. He’s so consumed with it, he’s allowed no one to get close to him on a personal level. He’s troubled and has all this pent up rage but he’s focused it into school and football, keeping things like relationships and girls at arm’s length. His past has traumatized him even if he doesn’t recognize it and it’s kept him from living a full life. But he’s got this sweet side to him that you can’t help but love. He cares and he thinks about others feelings. He’s not like the rich snobs he’s grown up with and the way he starts to care about Fable is tender and passionate.
Quote Spotlight… 
“I’ve bared my body and my soul to you, and I have never, ever done that for anyone before…” - Fable

Fable has had to grow up way to fast. She’s taking care of her brother who’s at an age where he finds trouble easily. Their mother isn’t much of a presence in their lives and when she is, she’s more concerned about her drinking buddies then her family. Fable has insecurities she’s hidden behind a tough attitude, not letting people to close for fear of them using her, but she a fighter who fights for what she wants and she doesn’t back down when she sees Drew struggling. He’s beautiful and he fills her with a hope she’s not had in a long time. Yes, he’s troubled and sad but she wants to save him and help him. I admired her strength and her loyalty to not only him but to her younger brother.

I loved the new take on an old theme. The circumstances were dark, riveting and downright horrific but I loved the way the author told the story while keeping the characters easy to connect to. This story was twisted, angsty, torturous but also fun and exciting while also being a true romantic love story! Drew and Fable were sexy and their chemistry was off the charts HOT!!!
Quote Spotlight… 
The more I push you away, the more I want you to push back. - Drew

The Wrap Up:
Though the book was a bit short, coming in at 155 pages or so, it was filled with everything that makes a story great! And really, as a friend of mine pointed out to me (ahem… Juls!), it was just the right length for the perfect amount of push-pull. I can’t help it, I just wanted the story to go on and on! I wasn’t ready to let go of Drew and Fable, even for a short amount of time. Soooooo…. I can’t wait for book two, Second Chance Boyfriend, which comes out April 9, 2013. Sign me up! Im in! I can’t wait to see where these characters end up!


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