Title: One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: February 10, 2013
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One Line: A very endearing story of love between two damaged people that I really liked.
About the Book: 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.
One Week Girlfriend is intense, emotional, borderline raw and gritty with crazy characters who I have some pretty strong feeling towards. Main characters aside, Drew’s dad is aloof and creepy and his stepmom is just plain despicable. There’s not much that happens in this one week where they’re at Drew’s parents’ house, but enough does that brings these two together in ways they never expected. Everything flowed nicely and I breezed through the pages easily.
Fable is an excellent female protagonist. She’s strong, rough-around-the-edges, and doesn’t give a crap what people think of her. She knows she has to take care of her little brother and lives for him and herself. I think her character fit very well with Drew and that even though she was dealing with her own drama, she still cared enough for him to help him out with his problems. I also liked her personality in general, especially when people come at her, the girl bites back!
Drew is a pretty damaged character, let me tell you that. I liked him enough. As damaged as he is, he’s still a good guy, and you see that all through the book. He has a lot of demons, but still manages to come off as a guy I really liked. It’s not often you see the other side to a topic like what’s addressed in this book and I’m glad Monica took this route. I figured out his past pretty early on, Monica hints at things pretty aggressively throughout the book, in a good way though, but I did not expect that tidbit near the end. All I can say is he’s got one heck of a messed up family.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, even though that ending was kind of like torture. I obviously have to jump right into Second Chance Boyfriend and see how things work out for these two crazy lovers. In One Week Girlfriend we get more of Drew’s story with bits of Fable thrown in, so I’m hoping we get more of Fable and how crazy her life is.
Title: Second Chance Boyfriend (Drew + Fable #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: April 6, 2013
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One Line: Just as intense and emotional as the first one, you can’t help but fall for this couple.
About the Book: 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.
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.
Second Chance Boyfriend picks up a couple months after One Week Girlfriend, where Fable is left wondering if Drew will ever come back to her and Drew is trying his best to come to terms with his past and become a better person for himself, and for Fable. These two run into each other fairly early on in this book, and it becomes obvious that they just can’t stay away from each other. I really liked how this book was focused more around Fable, although Drew’s troubles do get resolved, too. It was good to see Drew being there for Fable and supporting her, so I think this was the perfect sequel to their story.
Fable continues to be a strong female protagonist in this book and you really start to see how messed up her life is, how she deals with everything, and how she fights for the people she loves. She’s a great sister, even if she has her own doubts. I love her relationship with Owen. Things change quite drastically for Fable, some bad, some good, and I think Monica did an excellent job telling her story.
Drew has changed quite a bit since the first book and I love him more for it. After hitting rock bottom, he finally gets his act together and starts to see a therapist. As he gets his act together, he starts expressing himself in better ways, like through poetry and writing, and I really liked how his character changed for the better. This time around, it’s about him showing Fable that he can be the right man for her. He can be the one she comes to for support, trust, and love. He definitely matures a lot in this book and I think he was way better for Fable now as opposed to how he was in One Week Girlfriend.
Overall, I was very pleased with how things ended for Drew and Fable. They went through a lot of emotional stuff. I loved how Monica took two very damaged characters, made them fall in love, and showed readers how that love could change a person so dramatically. The ending was pretty crazy, I’ll tell you that, and things with Drew’s situation gets resolved in quite an unexpected way, and I really liked where Monica took it. This was a pretty good NA title and if you’re an NA fan, I’d highly recommend you give Drew & Fable a read.