Sunday, June 2, 2013

Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
Release Date: April 5, 2013

Lost. That one single word best describes my life at this very moment. I lost the last games of the season and both my team and my coach blame me. I lost the last two months because I drowned in my own despair like a complete loser. And I lost the only girl who ever mattered because I was afraid being with me would destroy her.  But now I realize how truly lost I am without her. She has become my story…and even though she acts like she’s moved on, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. She’s beautiful, sweet—and so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is help her. Be there for her.  Love her…  If only I could convince Fable to give me a second chance. Then I wouldn’t feel so lost anymore, and neither would she. We could be found together. 
Forever. -

I really connected with the first book in this small series, and this second book solidified it for me.  I love the characters in this story.  They are so real, and deal with such real and emotional issues that I just couldn't help but to love them.

Fable is one of my favorite characters, because she is strong, proud, and determined.  I love how hard she works to provide a life for her brother, including being an adult long before it was her time to do so.  She's one of those people that will make a way for herself, whether she has one or not.  It will happen.  That determination is admirable.  She also has plenty of room in her heart to care for others.  The way she forgives Drew, and supports him in his struggles is sweet and caring.  I just loved her.

Then there's Drew. I fell in love with this character in the first book, and he grabbed my heart even harder in this book.  I felt so sorry for what has happened to him, and for what he's still having to deal with.  But I love the fact that in this book, he's not just wallowing in his struggles, he is trying to actively get help, deal with it, put it behind him.  I also love the new level that he went to in his love for Fable.  He is willing to step up, be what she needs, help her and her brother out.  The way these two grew together in this story was sweet and poignant, and also hot.

There were a couple shockers in this story that I wasn't expecting, and they really amped up the conflict quite a bit.  In the end, I think things concluded exactly as they were supposed to.  There was one area left up in the air for me, which I would have liked having just a bit more closure to, but it wasn't enough to detract from the story or ruin anything for me.

The writing was serious, emotional, and kept me caring about these characters until the end.  This was a really good story that I enjoyed immensely. 


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