Sunday, April 14, 2013

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
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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.  -

I had heard next to nothing about this book when I picked it up, but I really loved the cover and the title, so this was one of those spur of the moment acquisitions that turned out to be a pretty good instinct.  I'm really starting to get into contemporaries in recent months, so I've been plucking them off the shelves (both actual and virtual shelves) left and right.  This was a really good find.

I love it when I find a book that has a terrible situation where the characters are striving to overcome and actually manage to make progress.  It makes you feel like you know them and like there's hope for everyone.  This book had such situations.  I loved both characters very much.  You have Drew who, on the surface, seems to have it all.  For some reason though, this guy who could have any girl, needs Fable to pose as his girlfriend at his family's Thanksgiving dinner.  Immediately, I'm left thinking, why would a guy like him need to hire a girlfriend?  There are any number of girls who would be willing to actually date him.  So why this? 

Then You have Fable, who takes care of her brother because no one else is there, or is inclined, to do it.  She takes Drew up on his offer because the money involved can help her and her brother.  What she finds when she gets there is not at all what she expected. Secrets come out, ones that would destroy any family.  I expected Fable to be kind of put off, run off by the stepmother, etc... but she wasn't.  She stuck by him, helped him, and this made her such a great character to me.

Their romance together was sweet and necessary.  Both of these people have been more lonely than they should be, and the fact that they're able to find each other is great.  Naturally, the ending wasn't exactly what I expected, but there is a sequel that, coincidentally, came out this week.  So I'll be having to pick that up.

The author's writing was great.  The pacing was perfect to the point where I looked up and the book was over, and I didn't really have much awareness of the passage of time.  It was emotional and the situation heartbreaking.  The characters were real and sympathetic.  I didn't feel like I was reading a book.  A very good read.



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